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Mon. August 19 (Amy) Introductions. Syllabus review. Getting Started. Multimedia technique refresher.
Meet your faculty and find out what you’ll be doing in the Convergence Reporting course.
Come ready to work!
Laura Davison: Twelve ways to get through Convergence Reporting (and like it)
Wed. August 21 (Amy) How to write and turn in your story pitches
As a convergence reporter, you’ll be doing six team stories this semester. Each team will be expected to turn in a minimum of three pitches per story assignment. During this class we’ll talk about what makes a successful story pitch, how to develop your pitch and how to present it to faculty.
Lee Walburn: Editors at Work: Finding Good Story Ideas
Kenna Griffin: Twelve Tips For Finding Story Ideas
Six questions journalists should be able to answer before pitching a story
6 Ways Journalists Can Use Press Releases Effectively
Watch: Excerpts from ABC’s “Shark Tank”
Story pitch form
Peer Evaluation/Team Assessment Form (PDF)
Checklist for completing team stories
Finding good story ideas
Stories we don’t want to see again (pdf)
How to get an A on my next team story
KOMU script template example (PDF)
KBIA script template examples (PDF)
Fri. August 23 (Karen) Recording video using a Nikon D7000, equipment overview, lab policies
Link to download the Nikon D7000 user manual (PDF)
Help file: Setting up the D7000 for shooting video
Help file: Exporting and compressing your Final Cut Pro X video projects
**Special note: KBIA is holding on-site orientation at 9:30a and 1:30p on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Everyone is required to attend one session**
Mon. August 26 (Amy) Newsroom orientation: KOMU & Newsy
STYLE QUIZ 1: Available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday
Newsroom shifts will begin NEXT WEEK. Today we’ll go over what you’ll be doing during your KOMU and Newsy shifts and what you need to know to be successful in those newsrooms.
In class guest: Nichole Cartmell
|Sherlock Holmes||Team Story 1|
|Team 1||Adam Harris||Christa Corrigan||George Dumontier|
|Team 2||Caitlyn Gallip||William (Erik) Hall||Daniel Jones|
|Team 3||Stephanie Kawula||Feifei Lei||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson|
|Team 4||Rexly Penaflorida||Victoria Ross|
|Team 5||Hannah Shaw||Ian Arnold||Laura Herrera|
|Team 6||Sangyoon Jeong||Tyler Adkisson||Ben Turner|
Team story ideas due by 7 p.m. Tuesday for Sherlock Holmes teams
Wed. August 28 (Karen) Using the Marantz, editing with Adobe Audition, and KBIA scripting
In the Futures Lab and at KBIA you’ll be using Adobe Audition instead of Audacity. We’ll go over some of the differences between the two programs as well as review some of the basic techniques of effective audio reporting using NPR style.
Assembling a Basic Audio Story in Adobe Audition
Complete Marantz Manual
Instructions for working at KBIA
KBIA Guide to Scripting (pdf)
Abbreviated KBIA guide to a wrap or package (pdf)
Setting up and using a wireless microphone
KBIA Beat Sheet
KBIA Work Examples
Jessica Naudziunas – Peanut Butter Prices Rising
Kyle Stokes – Big Storm
Kyle Stokes – “C” is for Cuts
Jessica Naudziunas – Cattle Rustling
Jacob Fenston – Six Months After the Storm
KGOU Budget Storm on the Horizon
Creating a SAN location in FCPX (This is needed for saving video files on the ISIS server.)
Exporting video from FCPX
Thu. August 29 Faculty will be around the Futures Lab to assist with story idea development, one-on-one gear questions
Fri. August 30 Sherlock Holmes teams’ weekly pitch meeting with faculty and project managers in the Futures Lab
**Newsroom shifts start this week. All shift summaries must be filed to the Classes Server by 5 p.m. on Saturdays from this point on.
Mon. September 2 Labor Day holiday, no class
Check with your newsroom supervisors ahead of time to see if you’re expected to work the holiday. Some newsrooms require you do, others do not. Newsy and KOMU usually have shifts as normally scheduled.
|John Watson||Team story 1|
|Team 1||Tyler Castner||Miranda Craig|
|Team 2||Jordan Gardner||Caleb Hoke||Taylor Kasper|
|Team 3||Abigail Keel||Aubrey Leiter||Andrew Koch|
|Team 4||Ashley Reese||Sean Nelson|
|Team 5||Elizabeth Tontz||Samuel Richmond|
Team story ideas due by 7 p.m. on Tuesday for Watson teams
Wed. September 4 (Judd) Missourian Project Roll-out
Learn more about the large-scale multimedia project our class will produce this semester for the Columbia Missourian’s website.
Thu. September 5 Sherlock team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. September 6 Watson weekly pitch meeting with faculty and project managers in the Futures Lab
Mon. September 9 (Karen & Judd) In-Class Critique
With the first deadline day passed, we’ll sample the team stories turned in last week. Be prepared to offer feedback — positive and constructive — on your classmates’ work.
How to get an A on my next team story
|Sherlock Holmes||Team story 2|
|Team 1||Adam Harris||Caitlyn Gallip||Stephanie Kawula|
|Team 2||Rexly Penaflorida||Hannah Shaw||Sangyoon Jeong|
|Team 3||Christa Corrigan||William (Erik) Hall||Feifei Lei|
|Team 4||Victoria Ross||Ian Arnold||Tyler Adkisson|
|Team 5||George Dumontier||Daniel Jones||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson|
|Team 6||Laura Herrera||Ben Turner|
Story ideas due to faculty and project managers by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wed. September 11 (Amy) Interviewing techniques
Have you ever found yourself interviewing someone and you’re just not able to get them to open up? Or maybe they’re saying a lot, but none of it’s helpful? Reuben Stern joins us again to share some techniques for taking control of your interviews and walking away with stellar material.
Thu. September 12 Watson team stories due to 5 p.m.
Fri. September 13 Story pitches for Sherlock teams. Meet in RJI Futures Lab.
Graduate students: Installment 1 of your graduate project is due today at 5 p.m.
Mon. September 16 (Guest lecturer: Reuben Stern) What don’t you know?
That’s a loaded question, right? Want to know what we’re doing in class today? Well, we’re not going to tell you! Trust us, there’s a lesson built in here.
STYLE QUIZ 2: Available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday
Story ideas due to faculty and project managers at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
|John Watson||Team story 2|
|Team 1||Tyler Castner||Jordan Gardner||Abigail Keel|
|Team 2||Ashley Reese||Elizabeth Tontz|
|Team 3||Miranda Craig||Caleb Hoke||Aubrey Leiter|
|Team 4||Samuel Richmond||Sean Nelson|
|Team 5||Taylor Kasper||Andrew Koch|
Wed. September 18 (Amy) Intermediate Blogging
You have done some basic blogging in J2150 and J7802. Now you have the opportunity to blog for extra credit, this time on the topic of your choice. We’ll talk about how to choose a topic that’s meaningful to you — and turn it into a sustainable blog that you can be proud of for a long time to come.
Why Journalists Must Blog & How
How To Create Your Own Blog
How To Build An Audience
Giving Your Blog A Visual Edge
Adam Westbrook: Five Mistakes I Wish I Hadn’t Made
Interact With Your Niche To Find New Readers
Extra credit: Earn an additional half a letter grade on your final semester grade by blogging once weekly until the end of the semester. Must have 11 posts to earn the extra credit. Posts must be live on your sites by 5 p.m. on Saturdays to earn the credit for that week.
Thu. September 19 Sherlock team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. September 20 Story pitches for Watson teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. September 23 (Guest Lecturer: Mike McKean) Mike McKean’s Search Tools for the Internet
STYLE QUIZ 3: Available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday
There’s more to searching the Internet than going to Google. Professor Mike McKean introduces us to some web tools you can start using today.
|Sherlock Holmes||Team story 3|
|Team 1||Adam Harris||Feifei Lei||Laura Herrera|
|Team 2||Christa Corrigan||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson||Sangyoon Jeong|
|Team 3||George Dumontier||Rexly Penaflorida||Tyler Adkisson|
|Team 4||Caitlyn Gallip||Victoria Ross||Ben Turner|
|Team 5||William (Erik) Hall||Hannah Shaw||Stephanie Kawula|
|Team 6||Daniel Jones||Ian Arnold|
Story ideas due via email by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wed. September 25 (Amy & Judd) Suprise in-class discussion
Come to class awake and ready to participate in a discussion on issues related to reporting. Every student will be expected to contribute to the discourse.
Thu. September 26 Watson team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. September 27 Story pitches for Sherlock teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. September 30 (Amy) Visualizing the non-visual
How many times have you been tempted to pitch a story for KBIA because you figure it’s just not visual? Every story is visual, trust us!
Video: How to edit a sequence
Best practices for visual storytelling
How to critique your own visual story
Types of shots and sequences
Your step by step guide to creating a traditional 1:30 TV/television package
Examples of good detail shots
|John Watson||Team story 3|
|Team 1||Tyler Castner||Aubrey Leiter|
|Team 2||Miranda Craig||Andrew Koch|
|Team 3||Ashley Reese||Jordan Gardner|
|Team 4||Caleb Hoke||Elizabeth Tontz||Abigail Keel|
|Team 5||Taylor Kasper||Samuel Richmond||Sean Nelson|
Story pitches due by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wed. October 2 (Judd) Writing Strong Intros & Nut Grafs
Intros and nut grafs are key to driving home your story’s impact with readers/viewers. What goes into crafting an effective nut graf — and how can you be sure you’re doing it in each and every story you write?
Thu. October 3 Sherlock team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. October 4 Story pitches for Watson teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. October 7 (Amy) Pre-advising: Planning What Comes Next
STYLE QUIZ 4: Available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday
It’s pre-registration time and students tend to have a lot of questions about what classes are, what they should take and how they fit into their long-term career goals. Bring those questions to class today and the faculty will do its best to answer them. Completing Convergence Reporting opens the door to many more classes you can take. Learn more about them and how they can help you down the road.
*This class session does not replace a meeting with your academic adviser to ensure you’re meeting degree requirements.
Undergraduate Interest Areas
|Sherlock Holmes||Team story 4|
|Team 1||Adam Harris||Ben Turner||Ian Arnold|
|Team 2||Christa Corrigan||Tyler Adkisson||Stephanie Kawula|
|Team 3||George Dumontier||Sangyoon Jeong||Feifei Lei|
|Team 4||Caitlyn Gallip||Laura Herrera||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson|
|Team 5||William (Erik) Hall||Victoria Ross|
|Team 6||Daniel Jones||Hannah Shaw||Rexly Penaflorida|
Story ideas due via email by 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wed. October 9
(Karen) Photo Refresher: The art of photography/photojournalism
Are you manipulating the camera or is the camera manipulating you? Time to review and freshen up those DSLR skills!
High ISO shooting tips
Nikon: Understanding ISO sensitivity
Mostly understandable explanation of exposure (aperture, shutter speed, ISO)
Nikon: Composition Guidelines
Five Basic Rules of Shot Composition
Photography Quick Course Guide (PDF file)
Basic Nikon D7000 camera settings
Each photo must have a caption – Caption help file
Examples of good detail photos
SLR Camera Simulator
Text should always conform to proper style – The five-minute stylebook
Photoshop tutorial (from the Knight Digital Media Center)
Link to Download the Nikon D7000 user manual (PDF download)
Nikon D70 manual (pdf)
Nikon D80 manual (pdf)
Thu. October 10 Watson team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. October 11 Story pitches for Sherlock teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Graduate students: Installment 2 of your graduate project is due today at 5 p.m.
Mon. October 14 (Guest Lecturer: Joy Mayer) Engaging with your audience
Engaging with your audience means so much more than posting a link to Facebook or Twitter and waiting for the comments to roll in. It’s about having a continuous conversation with your community. Joy Mayer, Director of Community Outreach at the Columbia Missourian has done extensive research on the topic and brings it into practice leading the Missourian’s Community Outreach team. What does it do? How does it work? Maybe it’ll be a place you’ll see yourself fitting in!
Joy Mayer: Engaging Communities: Content and Conversation
Joy Mayer: What Engagement Means to the Guardian’s Meg Pickard
Measuring Community Engagement: A Case Study from Chicago Public Media
RJI: Community Engagement
If investigative reporters don’t explain the impact of their work, who will?
Joy Mayer’s Engagement page on Delicious
|John Watson||Team story 4|
|Team 1||Tyler Castner||Ashley Reese||Samuel Richmond|
|Team 2||Miranda Craig||Elizabeth Tontz||Abigail Keel|
|Team 3||Caleb Hoke||Sean Nelson|
|Team 4||Jordan Gardner||Andrew Koch|
|Team 5||Taylor Kasper||Aubrey Leiter|
Story pitches due via email at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Wed. October 16 (Amy) Ethics and Social Media
We use social media in various ways — as journalists and as individuals. But, what happens when those worlds collide?
Alica Stice: Remember that time Derrick Washington got mad at me on Twitter?
Joy Mayer: Journalistic transparency in a red-state-blue-state world
Why Profile Photos Matter: Is Your’s Appropriate?
Five ways to avoid sabotaging your online brand
Poynter: Ten ways journalists can use Twitter before, during and after reporting a story
Vadim Lavrusik: How journalists can use Facebook Graph Search for Reporting
RTDNA Social Media guidelines
ASNE social media best practices
AP Social Media Guidelines for Employees (pdf)
Ten LinkedIn Tips for Journalists
Twitter: Tweet Your Beat: Tips for Sports Journalists
Facebook: Best Practices for Journalists on Facebook
Thu. October 17 Sherlock stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. October 18 Story pitches for Watson teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. October 21 (Guest Lecturer: Reuben Stern) Infographics
Basic introduction to an alternative visual storytelling technique. Please be sure to bring paper and a pen/pencil to class today.
|Sherlock Holmes||Team story 5
|Team 1||Ben Turner||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson||Christa Corrigan|
|Team 2||Tyler Adkisson||Feifei Lei||Adam Harris|
|Team 3||Sangyoon Jeong||Stephanie Kawula||Victoria Ross|
|Team 4||Laura Herrera||Daniel Jones||Rexly Penaflorida|
|Team 5||Caitlyn Gallip||Hannah Shaw|
|Team 6||Ian Arnold||William (Erik) Hall||George Dumontier|
Wed. October 23 (Guest Lecturer: Mark Horvit) Investigative reporting
Why investigative reporting matters and how to improve your stories using investigative tips/tools
Investigative Reporters & Editors
Thurs. October 24 Deadline Watson teams at 5 p.m.
Fri. October 25 Story pitches for Sherlock teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. October 28 (Amy) In-class critique
We’ll sample the team stories turned in last week. Be prepared to offer feedback — positive and constructive — on your classmates’ work.
|John Watson||Teams story5|
|Team 1||Samuel Richmond||Andrew Koch||Miranda Craig|
|Team 2||Tyler Castner||Aubrey Leiter|
|Team 3||Caleb Hoke||Abigail Keel|
|Team 4||Ashley Reese||Taylor Kasper|
|Team 5||Sean Nelson||Jordan Gardner||Elizabeth Tontz|
Story pitches are due via email at 7 p.m. Tuesday
Wed. October 30 Breaking the Bad Habits (Judd)
With two team stories left to go, Judd will lead a discussion on some patterns the faculty has noticed that are serving as a barrier to success on team stories. Get some advice on how to turn things around as we head into the homestretch.
Thu. October 31 Deadline for Sherlock teams at 5 p.m.
Fri. November 1 Story pitches for Watson teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. November 4 (Amy) Performance and Voicing
We tell you to check out all of your tools before starting to work on a story. But there is one often overlooked tool in a multimedia journalist’s repertoire: their voice.
|Sherlock Holmes||Team story 6|
|Team 1||Rexly Penaflorida||Adam Harris||Caitlyn Gallip|
|Team 2||Daniel Jones||Christa Corrigan||Sangyoon Jeong|
|Team 3||George Dumontier||Stephanie Kawula||Hannah Shaw|
|Team 4||Laura Herrera||Victoria Ross||Marissanne Lewis-Thompson|
|Team 5||Feifei Lei||William (Erik) Hall|
|Team 6||Ian Arnold||Tyler Adkisson||Ben Turner|
Team story ideas due via email at 7 p.m. Tuesday
Wed. November 6 (Karen) Photos That Lie
Manipulation and trickery in photography — does the end justify the means?
News.com, “Pictures that lie,” Sept. 11, 2006
Does the camera lie? Iconic photos that may skew reality
Thu. November 7 Watson team stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. November 8 Story pitches for Sherlock teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Graduate students: Installment 3 of your graduate project is due today at 5 p.m.
Mon. November 11 (Judd) Where’s the line?
Is a source giving you the cold shoulder? Is a spokesperson preventing you from accessing the “real person?” Has someone told you that you can’t shoot photos of their children while you’re standing on a public street? When should get aggressive and when should you back off? We’ll talk about where the line is — and when you should (and shouldn’t) cross it.
STYLE QUIZ 5/FINAL: Available on Blackboard from 9am Monday until 5pm Wednesday
|John Watson||Team story 6|
|Team 1||Ashley Reese||Tyler Castner||Jordan Gardner|
|Team 2||Taylor Kasper||Miranda Craig||Samuel Richmond|
|Team 3||Elizabeth Tontz||Abigail Keel|
|Team 4||Andrew Koch||Sean Nelson|
|Team 5||Aubrey Leiter||Caleb Hoke|
Story ideas due via email at 7 p.m. Tuesday
Wed. November 13: (Guest Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger) Amy Webb’s Tech Trends
Amy Webb is a well-known technology prognosticator who presents a list of her top ten tech trends each year at the Online News Association conference. Prior to class today, be sure to watch the video from her session from this year’s conference held in Atlanta in October.
Thu. November 14: No team stories due today. Faculty will be in the Futures Lab to answer questions.
Fri. November 15: Story pitches for Watson teams in the RJI Futures Lab
Mon. November 18: (Guest Lecturer: Mike McKean) Measuring Audiences
A primer on analytics, radio, print and television research tools.
Jim Edwards, Business Insider, “Microsoft’s ‘Do Not Track’ Plan Is In Tatters As Advertisers Vow to Ignore It,” October 10, 2012
Who’s linking to your site? Type the following in Google or Yahoo! or Bing: (link: newsy.com)
Results of Fall 2004 KOMU.com Viewer Survey
Eye tracking research: Dem0 1, Demo 2
Audit Bureau of Circulation
Arbitron — Radio Ratings
Nielsen Media Reseach: TV ratings, web and mobile tracking
Web Analytics Definitions — Measuring Web Audience (pdf)
Google Analytics provides detailed web site statistics. View their video tutorial here.
Adobe Digital Marketing Suite (including SiteCatalyst and Adobe Social)
Chartbeat — real-time web traffic monitoring
Do Not Track — Universal Web Tracking Opt Out
Wed. November 20: (Guest Lecturer: Lynda Kraxberger) Amy Webb’s Tech Trends, Part II
*We will meet for today’s class period in Tucker Forum, 85 Gannett
Thu. November 21: Sherlock stories due at 5 p.m.
Fri. November 22: No pitch meetings today. Newsroom shifts run through Saturday at 5:30 p.m. If you have a shift scheduled on Saturday, check with your newsroom supervisor to see if you are expected to attend.
No classes, no newsroom shifts.
*If you are blogging for extra credit you must have a post up by either Saturday, November 23 or Saturday, November 30 in order to remain on track for the required number of posts.
Mon. December 2 Wild Card!!!
Wed. December 4 Course wrap-up and evaluations
Thu. December 5 Final deadline day for Watson teams.
Graduate students: Installment 4 of your graduate project is due today at 11:59 p.m.
Fri. December 6 Reading Day. No classes. Grading begins at 9am
WEEK 17 – Finals week; no classes, no shifts.admin in 4804