• 4804/7804 Schedule – SP18

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    **Classes are in Geological Sciences 108 unless otherwise noted**

    Week 1

    Syllabus quiz due in Canvas, 6 p.m., 1/19

    Weds. Jan. 17
    Topic/Subject: Introductions.
    Lecturers: Judd Slivka/Mark Hinojosa

    Meet your faculty and find out what you’ll be doing in the Convergence Reporting course.

    Thurs. Jan. 18

    Convergence Media Credentials: Come by the Futures Lab between 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. to have your photo taken for a media credential.

    Fri. Jan. 19
    What’s a story?
    Judd Slivka

    We talk about story a lot. But what is a story? That’s what we’re going to find out.

    CAMP CONVERGENCE ASSIGNMENT: Audio and still photography

    Camp Convergence TAs in the Future Lab

    (all TAs will be at the TA desk in the corner of the lab or at the Kitchen Table)

    Tuesday: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.
    Wednesday: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
    Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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    Week 2

    Style Quiz 1 due in Canvas,  6 p.m., 1/26

    Mon. Jan. 22
    Topic/Subject: Writing for the ear
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    How we hear a story is different from how we read a story. We’ll go through clear, concise writing that works over the air and on the screen.

    4804 Two-Column Script

    Futures Lab Dress Code

    Weds. Jan. 24
    Topic/Subject: Scripting
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka
    The script is the backbone of what we do here. We’re going to go over our various scripts, what they do and how they work.

    Thurs. Jan. 25: Camp Convergence Assignment 1  due on the Classes Server by 6 p.m.

    Fri. Jan. 26

    Topic/Subject: How to find a story
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Stories are everywhere. You just need to know where to look for them.

    Camp Convergence Assignment: Video Assignment

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    Week 3

    Newsroom orientation quiz due in Canvas by 6 p.m., 1/

    Mon. Jan. 29

    Topic/Subject: Tech review
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Weds. Jan. 31

    Topic/Subject: Storyboxing/story structure
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    A story needs to have shape and structure before it be compelling. We’re going to show you how.

    Thurs. Feb. 1: Camp Convergence Assignment 2  due on the Classes Server by 6 p.m.

    Fri. Feb. 2

    Topic/Subject: How to pitch
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa
    Your pitch is where a great story begins. We’ll walk through wha a successful pitch looks like and how to sell editors on your great idea.

    Convergence Story Pitch Form
    You’ll submit pitches as a team here

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    Week 4

    Style quiz 2 due in Canvas by 6 p.m., 2/9

    Mon. Feb. 5

    Topic/Subject: Who are your sources?
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Your story is only as good as your sources. We want you to dive deep to find sources. This lecture will help you find the right ones.

    Weds. Feb. 7

    Topic/Subject: Calvin Pitch 1

    Social Media Element Requirements

    Minimum Story Requirements

    Fri. Feb. 9

    Topic/Subject: Fact checking
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Facts are the currency we trade in; our credibility evaporates when we get them wrong. We’re going to teach you some fact-checking techniques to learn by heart.

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    Week 5

    Style Quiz No. 3 due in Canvas by 6 p.m., 2/16

    Mon. Feb. 12

    Topic/Subject: Interviewing
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Good interviews make your story — and make the job of a building story — much easier. We’re going to work on that.

    Wed. Feb. 14

    Hobbes Pitch Day 1

    Thurs. Feb. 15
    Calvin DD1

    Fri. Feb. 16

    Topic/Subject: Infographics
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    There’s more than one way to tell a story. And a good visual can be worth thousands of words.

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    Week 6

    Mid-Missouri geography quiz due in Canvas by 6 p.m., 2/23

    Mon. Feb. 19

    Topic/Subject: Social element
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    We can use social media to promote our stories, but we can also it to build an entirely different kind of story that engages our audience in a totally different way.

    Weds. Feb. 21

    Calvin Pitch Day 2

    Thurs. Feb. 22

    Hobbes Deadline Day 1

    Fri. Feb. 23

    Topic/Subject: In-class critique/ photo storytelling
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    One team has one story under the belt. We’ll go through some of the stories to see what we can do better moving forward.

    A photo may be a snapshot in time, but a series of photos tells a story. We’ll go into detail onto how to illustrate a story with compelling photography.

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    Week 7

    Mon. Feb. 26

    Topic/Subject: Nut graf and intros
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Stories need frames. If it’s a print story, we do that in a nut graf. In a broadcast piece, we do it as an anchor intro. We’ll learn about both, as well as Judd’s exuberance about nut grafs.

    Weds. Feb. 28

    Hobbes Pitch Day 2

    Thurs. March 1

    Calvin Deadline Day 1

    Fri. March 2

    Topic/Subject: Blogging
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Here’s a chance to put some branding out there. Blogging is where people can see your interests and your raw writing. It’s a chance to shape who you are.

    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 9 posts to earn the full credit. Posts must be live on your sites by 6 p.m. on Saturdays to earn the credit for that week. The blog must have a theme — and you must stick to that theme throughout the semester.  At least 50 percent of your blog entries should have some kind of multimedia component. First blog must be up by 6 p.m. March 10.

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    Week 8

    Mon. March 5

    Topic/Subject: Data Stories/Excel
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    We shall find stories in data, using Microsoft Excel.


    Wed. March 7

    Calvin Pitch Day 3

    Thurs. March 8

    Hobbes Deadline Day 2

    Fri. March 9

    Topic/Subject: Interviewing Data
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka



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    Week 9

    Mon. March 12

    Topic/Subject: Making non-visual stories visual
    Lecturer: Jamie Greber
    Not every story lends itself to great visuals. We’ll discuss some techniques to make those stories compelling on screen


    Wed. March 14

    Course Correction

    Thurs. March 15


    Fri. March 16


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    Week 10



    Mon. March 19

    Topic/Subject: Course correction
    Lecturer: Mark Hinojosa

    Wed. March 21

    Hobbes Pitch Day 3

    Thurs. March 22

    Calvin Deadline Day 3

    Fri. March 23

    Topic/Subject: Color correction
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Shoot it balanced the first time and you won’t have to correct it in post. But if you don’t, here’s how you do….

    March 26-March 30: Spring Break

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    Week 11

    Mon. April 2

    Topic/Subject: OJ, Media Circuses and how we all get played
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

    Wed. April 4

    Calvin Pitch Day 4

    Thurs. April 5

    Hobbes Deadline Day 3

    Fri. April 6

    Topic/Subject: Planet Money
    Lecturer: TBD

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    Week 12

    Mon. April 9

    Topic/Subject: Where’s the line?
    Judd Slivka


    Wed. April 11

    Hobbes Pitch Day 4

    Thurs. April 12

    Calvin Deadline Day 4

    Fri. April 13


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    Week 13

    Mon. April 16

    Topic/Subject: View from the other side
    Lecturer: Judd Slivka
    Sometimes it helps to know what the person on the other end of the phone is thinking…

    Weds. April 18

    Calvin Pitch Day 5

    Thurs. April 19

    Hobbes Deadline Day 4

    Fri. April 20

    Topic/Subject: Resumes

    Lecturer: Judd Slivka

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    Week 14

    Mon. April 23

    Topic/Subject: Portfolio beginnings

    Lecturer: Judd Slivka
    We’ll start looking at online portfolios so you can start yours over break

    Weds. April 25

    Hobbes Pitch Day 5

    Thurs. April 26

    Calvin Deadline Day 5

    Fri. April 27

    Topic/Subject: OPEN

    Lecturer: TBD

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    Week 15

    Mon. April 30

    Topic/Subject: Evaluations

    Weds. May 2

    Topic/Subject: Wildcard

    Thurs. May 3

    Hobbes Deadline Day 5


    QUIZ: Syllabus quiz will be open on Canvas from 9 a.m. today until 6 p.m, Friday, August 25.



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