• 4992 Schedule: Spring 2017

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    Week 1

    DATE: Week of January 16 — NO CLASS — Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday

    Assignments Due

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

    Set up your Slack account for team communication.  The PolitiFact and True/False teams will be added to their existing Slack.  You may find it easier and more efficient to download the Slack app for your laptop and/or phone rather than use the Slack web interface.  Invite Mike, your client and mentor to the team.  You can set up private channels or use DMs for any communications you don’t want me, one of your mentors or clients to see.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Digitally sign the “Authorization to Publish” form (FERPA release) and the equipment checkout form.

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    Week 2

    DATE: January 23

    Topics/Subjects: Demo past projects and e-portfolios

    Convergence News of the Week leader: Mike McKean

    *News of the Week topics should focus broadly on journalism and digital media, but the specifics are yours to choose.  Two to three per student.  Coordinate with your classmate who’s sharing the assignment during your week.  Send topic links by early Sunday evening to the #mondayclassdiscussion channel on the Capstone Conversations Slack.  I encourage you to consider as part of the mix stories that reflect on issues of diversity and inclusion that are important to journalists, audiences and you personally.

    Guest: Aaron Sharockman, Executive Editor, PolitiFact

    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.

    We have done away with the personal, weekly blogging assignment.  In it’s place, each team will create one or more posts for the RJI website that target media professionals who may be interested in learning about your projects and applying lessons learned to their own operations.  How many posts and their content will depend on the nature of each project.  Consult with me and your project mentor for details.  

    *Check your email for an invitation from me to view the final presentations and reports from last semester via my Box account.  If you cannot find the invitation, please let me know.  

    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:

    Claire Banderas — http://www.clairebanderas.com/
    Amanda Byler – http://www.amandabyler.com/
    CiCi (Si) Chen — https://sichencici.wordpress.com/
    Steve Dawson — https://steve-dawson-tlzx.squarespace.com/
    Fan Feng — https://fanfengfan.wordpress.com/
    Lindsay Gloor – http://gloorlindsay.wixsite.com/portfolio
    Ginger Hervey – http://grhkc7.wixsite.com/ginger-hervey-resume
    Sarah Kellogg — http://sarah-kellogg-wre3.squarespace.com/
    Samantha Kummerer – http://www.samanthakummerer.com/
    Yili Liu — http://www.yililiu.com/
    Brendan McDermott — http://brendanmcdermott.wixsite.com/portfolio
    Mary McIntyre — https://mary-mcintyre-zke4.squarespace.com/
    Emily Rackers — http://emilyrackers.wixsite.com/myresume
    Micheala Sosby — https://michealasosby.github.io/
    Yinzi Zeng — http://www.yinzizeng.com/
    Shuya Zheng – http://www.zhengshuya.com/

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 3

    DATE: January 30

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Call Luna & George Schramm

    Topics/Subjects: Conducting applied research

    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)

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

    You can also use the university’s Qualtrics survey portal, if you prefer.

    Assignments Due

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

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 4

    DATE: February 6

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  Megan Sheets & Joyce Tao

    Topics/Subjects: Training on how to use the social and UGC discovery tools Banjo and Scopio. Led by Amy Simons (Banjo) and Scopio team.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 5

    DATE: February 13

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Anel Ganic

    Topics/Subjects: Team Research Presentations

    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 10 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and client, if available.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Extra credit opportunity: Send me via Slack DM a draft of your personal branding statement by start of class next Monday.

    Week 6

    DATE: February 20

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Hailey Godburn & Claire Kopsky

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

    Readings/Related Media

    Evaluating your E-portfolio 

    10-Step Personal Branding Worksheet

    Why Linked In is the Only Personal Branding Resource You Need – Forbes

    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 (guess who wrote it) and go over the criteria for evaluating your e-portfolios.

    Assignments Due

    Submit link to your e-portfolio (must include basic scaffolding for site) by 5 pm Friday, March 3rd.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Extra credit opportunity: Send me via Slack DM the best, worst or most revealing question you’ve been asked by a job interviewer.  Get it to me by beginning of class next Monday.

    Week 7

    DATE: February 27

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Yutao Chen & Grace Hase

    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

    Job Interview Tips,” The Huffington Post (a compendium of articles on the subject)

    The One Question You Should Ask About Every New Job,” Adam Grant, The New York Times, December 19, 2015

    How to Talk About Your Weaknesses (video),” Forbes, October 20, 2014

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

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

    Assignments Due

    Portfolio scaffolding link due this Friday the 3rd.

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 8

    DATE: March 6

    Convergence News of the Week leaders:  Rachel Foster-Gimbel & Mitchel Summers

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

    Readings/Related Media

    The Sunni-Shia Divide,” Council on Foreign Relations, February 2016

    Check 2016,” Newsy, 2015-present

    The Outlaw Ocean,” Ian Urbina, The New York Times, July 25, 2015

    Unsolved: A murdered teen, a 40-year mystery,” Gina Barton, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, November 4, 2015

    Till Death Do Us Part,” Doug Pardue, Glenn Smith, Jennifer Berry Hawes and Natalie Caula Hauff, Charleston (SC) Post and Courier, August 2014

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

    Sit Back, Relax, and Read That Long Story — On Your Phone,” Megan Garber, The Atlantic, January 21, 2014

    Narratively — “Human  stories, boldly told.”

    Longreads — The Top 5 Longreads of the Week

    Riveter: Longform Journalism by Women, for Women,” Nieman Storyboard, July 20, 2015

    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

    American Press Institute’s Sponsored content/Native advertising page

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Extra credit opportunity: Send Mike a link via Slack DM to one innovative piece of news video for use in next week’s class discussion.

    Week 9

    DATE: March 13

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Danielle Hogerty & Mengtong Qian

    Topics/Subjects: How much (quality) online video can news organizations produce and monetize?  A look at your examples of innovative video.

    Readings/Related Media

    As Online Video Surges, Publishers Turn to Automation,” John Herrman, The New York Times, July 10, 2016.

    Live Streaming Breaks Through, and Cable News Has Much to Fear,” Farad Manjoo, The New York Times, July 13, 2016.

    What is Happening to Television News?,” Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism,  April 6, 2016

    When TV and Digital Merge, Good Things Happen,” Cory Treffiletti, MediaPost, October 5, 2016.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 10

    DATE: March 20

    Convergence News of the Week leader:  Dorothy Sedovic

    Topics/Subjects: Second project presentations 

    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 10 minutes.  Please invite your mentor(s) and client, if available.

    Invitation to meet with Mike as a team to discuss end-of-semester strategies and issues.

    Assignments Due

    No team report due next Monday.

    Week 11

    DATE: Week of March 27 — NO CLASS — Spring Break!

    Week 12

    DATE: April 3

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Kaveh Kardan & Xin Liu

    Topics/Subjects: The State of Online Documentaries. Guest lecturer: Stacey Woelfel, Director, Murray Center for Documentary Journalism

    Readings/Related Media

    New York Times Documentaries Channel

    New York Times Op-Docs Video Channel

    PBS Frontline

    Mediastorm

    ESPN 30 for 30

    WRAL-TV: “Enough is eNOugh

    DPTV: Denver Post Films

    Vice Media’s Vice Reports

    Documentary Tube

    Fandor

    SundanceNow Doc Club

    Short of the Week

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

    99% Invisible

    NPR’s Invisibilia

    Tramsom

    Third Coast International Audio Festival

    National Film Board of Canada — standard and interactive docs

    IDFA’s DocLab

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

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

    Prison Valley

    After 6/4 : Comparing Chinese and western media perspectives on Tiananmen Square 1989

    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

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Extra credit opportunity: send me a suggested topic for next week’s class by this Thursday, April 6th, at 5 pm.

    Week 13

    DATE: April 10

    Convergence News of the Week leadersUliana Pavlova & Kexin Sun

    Topics/Subjects: Student-chosen topic(s) based on April 6th suggestions

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 14

    DATE: April 17

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Jon Doty & Songxin Xin

    Topics/Subjects: Reveal and discuss 2017 RJI Fellowship projects

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 15

    DATE: April 24

    No class.  Instead attend at least one hour of the RJI Student Tech Showcase tomorrow, April 25th, from 9-4 pm.  First hour includes team presentations and announcing the winner of the 2017 RJI Student Competition.  Details to come.

    Assignments Due

    Written team update posted to your Slack page under a #weeklyupdates channel is due by start of class next Monday.

    Week 16

    DATE: May 1 — Last Class Period

    Convergence News of the Week leaders: Chelsea Vaughn & VK Xu

    Topics/Subjects: Course Evaluations and “The Future of Convergence Journalism at Mizzou”

    The school is wrapping up its strategic plan and getting ready to implement what could be some big changes. What happens to “convergence journalism?”  What advice do you have for re-organizing, re-focusing and improving our curriculum?

    Assignments Due

    Submit the link to the final version of your e-portfolio by this Friday, December 9th at 5 p.m.  We will send that link to outside assessors who will provide you and the school with feedback in coming weeks.

    Week 17

    DATE: Week of May 8 — Finals Week

    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 Google Doc presentation (or another equivalent format), full written report, RJI “short take” and personal reflection due by 5 pm the day of your presentation.

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