• 4992 Schedule: Spring 2015 (updated 2/16)

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    Week 1

    DATE: Week of January 19 — NO CLASS — Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

    Assignments Due

    Meet in person or virtually with your client and mentor(s) to plan initial project activities, including preliminary research and priority assignments for the team.

    Post a new reflection on your blog by 5 pm Friday and send Mike a link to the blog.  Your blog may be on any subject of your choosing.  You may continue an existing blog so long as you do significant writing on it each week.

    Written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 2

    DATE: January 26

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects and e-portfolios; discuss this semester’s projects with available clients and mentors

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Torie Ross and George Varney

    Fifteen-minute presentations from these clients/mentors:  Mizzou Made, Futures Lab, Wochit and 3D Journalism

    Discuss project mini-deadlines and final presentations. What is the research component of the project?  Keeping the class current on developments in convergence journalism.  How to present your project findings. We’ll briefly discuss what worked and what didn’t.

    *Check your email for an invitation from Mike to view the final presentations and reports from last semester via his Box account.  If you cannot find the invitation, please let me know.  To play videos embedded in the presentations, you will need to download them.  The written report for the Empathetic Media team is in the form of an iBook.  You will need to download it from an iPad, iPhone or Mac computer with iBook software installed.

    Getting started on your e-portfolio. What goes into one? Why do you need one? How do you make one? Where do you host it?

    Here are our guidelines for Evaluating Your ePortfolio.  Make sure yours meets the standards.

    Here are last semester’s portfolios:

    Tyler Adkisson
    Ian Arnold
    Tyler Castner
    Miranda Craig
    Brittany Crocker (mobile-optimized version)
    Adam Harris
    Marissanne Lewis-Thompson
    Mike Losch
    Joe McLean
    Katy Mersmann
    Sean Nelson
    Allison Prang
    Joe Trezza

    A few previous portfolios worth examining:

    Joyu Wang
    Chelsea Myers
    Barbara Maningat
    Leah Becerra

    Building Your Own Web Site, Free,” Azadeh Ensha, The New York Times, June 5, 2013

    Assignments Due

    Sign “Authorization to Publish” form and the Equipment Checkout form. Post a new reflection on your blog by 5 pm Friday and send me a link to the blog.  Your blog may be on any subject of your choosing.  You may continue an existing blog so long as you do significant writing on it each week.

    Written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 3

    DATE: February 2

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Jonathan Fenton and Matt Zuzolo

    Topics/Subjects: Conducting Applied Research, discuss this semester’s projects with available clients and mentors

    Fifteen-minute presentations from these clients/mentors:  Empathetic Media, Fly Mobile, Hear Say and Disabled Students

    Assessing the market for a new or improved media service using SWOT. Research methods appropriate to our projects, including content analysis, in-depth interviews, focus groups and surveys (online vs. phone). Conducting a quality online survey with our SurveyMonkey account.

    Readings/Related Media

    SWOT Analysis,” Alan Chapman (businessballs.com)

    Audience Research Basics,” Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

    “Preparing an Online Questionnaire — How to Conduct an Online Survey,” from QuestionPro.com

    Survey Design Tips,” also from QuestionPro.com.

    SurveyMonkey.com – Ask Mike for the login ID and password. We’ll look at a couple of examples for good and not-so-good execution.

    Assignments Due

    Work with Mike and your client/mentors to design a research plan for your project.

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 4

    DATE: February 9

    Topics/Subjects: Initial research presentations

    Presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research plans as well as any early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 10 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and clients, if available.

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 5

    DATE: February 16 — SNOW DAY, CLASS CANCELLED

    Week 6

    DATE: February 23

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:   Matt Kalish, Lizzie Tontz, Jordan Gardner and Sam Richmond

    Topics/Subjects: What makes content “go viral?”

    Readings/Related Media

    How to make that one thing go viral. Just kidding!

    How Upworthy used emotional data to become the fastest growing media site of all time
    (Watch the 12:04 video)

    Why ideas and products become contagious: The Jonah Berger Formula

    How to make something go viral: tips from Buzzfeed

    Buzzfeed Gives up the Secret Sauce Essay: 13 ways to make something go viral

    Assignments Due

    Submit link to your e-portfolio (must include basic scaffolding for site) by 5 pm Friday.

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; written, weekly team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 7

    DATE: March 2

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  Heather Adams, Brooke Burchill and Ashley Reese

    Topics/Subjects: Job search strategies, personal branding and e-portfolio review

    Readings/Related Media

    Evaluating your E-portfolio 

    10-Step Personal Branding Worksheet

    We’ll discuss job resources for career opportunities in journalism and related fields, discuss the importance of personal branding and conduct a brief, in-class exercise in defining your brand and go over the criteria for evaluating your e-portfolios.

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; written, weekly team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 8

    DATE: March 9

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  
    Daniel Shapiro and Brandon Weiss

    Topics/Subjects: Beyond Snow Fall: Engaging, long-form journalism (and advertising)

    Readings/Related Media

    The Future of Digital Longform,” Anna Hyatt, Tow Center For Digital Journalism, March 2014

    Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek,” John Branch et al, The New York Times, December 20, 2012

    What the New York Times’s ‘Snow Fall’ Means to Online Journalism’s Future,” Rebecca Greenfield, The Atlantic Wire, December 20, 2012

    The good — and the bad — about the NYT’s Snow Fall feature,” Mathew Ingram, GigaOm, December 21, 2012

    How We Made Snow Fall: A Q&A with the New York Times team,” Steve Duenes et al, Mozilla Open News,January 1, 2013

    A Whole Lot of Bells, Way Too Many Whistles,” Farhad Manjoo, Slate, August 15, 2013.

    Firestorm,” Jon Henley et al, The Guardian, May 22, 2013

    NSA Files: Decoded,” Ewen Macaskill et al, The Guardian, November 1, 2013

    Focus: North Korea,” David Guttenfelder, AP, 2013

    Decoding the Kennedy Assassination,” Jason Fields et al, Digital First Media, November 18, 2013

    Narratively — “Human  stories, boldly told.”

    Women Inmates Separate But Not Equal,” New York Times Brand Studio (Paid Post by Netflix), June 13, 2014

    The Scarecrow (film and game),” Chipotle, September 2013

    Honest Scarecrow,” Funny or Die, September 18, 2013

    What Does ‘The Scarecrow’ Tell Us About Chipotle?,” Elizabeth Weiss, The New Yorker, September 23, 2013

    ‘Don’t Trick Them; Don’t Piss Them Off': The Sponsored Content Debate Heats Up,” Jordan Teicher, Contently, June 24, 2014

    Copyblogger’s 2014 State of Native Advertising Report,” Demian Farnsworth, Copyblogger, April 7, 2014

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 9

    DATE: March 16 — Guest: Stacey Woelfel, Director, Jonathan Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Hope Kirwan and Aubrey Leiter

    Topics/Subjects: The State of Online Documentaries

    Readings/Related Media

    New York Times Documentaries Channel

    New York Times Op-Docs Video Channel

    Mediastorm

    ESPN 30 for 30

    Vice Media’s Vice Reports

    Serial — a docu-series podcast from the makers of This American Life

    Documentary Tube

    Bear 71,” National Film Board of Canada, January 2012

    Clouds Over Cuba,” John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum, 2012

    Hollow — an interactive, online documentary about small-town America

    Spent: Looking for Change,” documentary sponsored by American Express, June 2014

    A ‘Docu-Ad’ Looks at Hardship of Those Without Bank Access,” Stuart Elliott, The New York Times, June 3, 2014

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 10

    DATE: Week of March 23 — NO CLASS — Spring Break!

    Week 11

    DATE: March 30

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Dresa Cockrell and Gabe Jefferson

    Topics/Subjects: Interviewing for a job, a promotion or to win a new client

    Includes role-playing of typical interview and pitch scenarios.

    Readings/Related Media

    Ten Questions to Answer Before Pitching Investors,” Jane Porter, Entrepreneur.com

    Compost-Fueled Cars: Wouldn’t That be Great?” Onion Talks, October 17, 2012

    Team ShortCut presentation from RJI Student Competition, April 22, 2014

    Assignments Due

    New blog reflection due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class Monday.

    Week 12

    DATE: April 6

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Taylor Kasper and Lakshna Mehta

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations from these teams: Mizzou Made, Futures Lab, Empathetic Media and 3D Journalism

    Presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research findings as well as early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs, Prezzi — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 15 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and client, if available.

    Assignments Due

    New blog reflection due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class Monday.

    Week 13

    DATE: April 13

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: George Dumontier and Taylor Pecko-Reid

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations from these teams: Wochit, Fly Mobile, Hear Say and Disabled Students

    Presentations should include visuals, slide decks and focus on your research findings as well as early production.  Use PowerPoint, Keynote, Google Docs, Prezzi — whichever presentation tool you like.  Each team will have 15 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and client, if available.

    Assignments Due

    New blog reflection due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class Monday.

    Week 14

    DATE: Week of April 20 — REGULAR CLASS REPLACED BY 2015 GENERAL EDUCATION ASSESSMENT EXAM

    Each academic year, our campus is required by the UM Board of Curators to administer a general education assessment examination. The results are reported by the campus to the Coordinating Board of Higher Education.

    In order to achieve a balanced distribution of students across academic units, our class has been selected to participate this semester.

    The Proficiency Profile Exam consists of four individual subject tests, and each student in a class will receive a random type of test. You will NOT be graded on this exam. It is given to assess how well the university has taught you in key subject areas. The test, in total, takes about an hour.

    Assignments Due

    EXTRA CREDIT OPPORTUNITY: You may volunteer to cover one team story at the Journalism Interactive (J/I) conference this coming weekend.  If you choose to do so, successful completion of the story will earn you a half-letter grade boost on either the portfolio or research presentation score.  See Amy Simons about the reporting plan and potential assignments.

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class Monday.

    Week 15

    DATE: April 27 

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Drew Koch and Sam Rohn

    Topics/Subjects: New Mobile Technologies and Their Impact on Journalism: Wearables, Drones, Augmented Reality, Near-Field Communications

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday; weekly, written team update due by start of class Monday.

    Week 16

    DATE: May 4 — Last Class Period

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Abigail Keel and Tim Legible

    Topics/Subjects: Keys to innovation; Course Evaluations

    Readings/Related Media

    10 myths that will stop you innovating in journalism,” Adam Westbrook, August 15, 2011

    Discuss next semester’s capstone projects with focus on innovation.

    Watch Steve Jobs’ Stanford commencement address: How to Live Before You Die from TedTalks at TED.com

    Assignments Due

    New blog post due by 5 pm Friday.  Provide link to grade-able version of your e-portfolio by 5 pm Friday.

    Week 17

    DATE: Week of May 11

    Project presentations to be scheduled individually based on availability of all interested stakeholders.  All presentations will be made in the 3rd floor conference room of the Reynolds Journalism Institute.

    Assignments Due

    PowerPoint file (or equivalent format), full, written report and personal reflection due by 5 pm the day of your presentation. Last blog post due by 5 pm Friday.

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