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Digital Newsgathering

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Dec 9 '13
The promise of the Internet has always been that it was gonna be this unprecedentedly potent instrument of liberation and democratization. That it would empower people to band together to work against oppression. That it would let you explore things and meet people who you wouldn’t otherwise get to know in completely free and unconstrained ways. And what has happened instead is that we face the threat that it’s the exact opposite—that instead the Internet could become the most potent and odious tool of human control and oppression in human history.

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Dec 5 '13

Homework assignment #14 (Thursday class)

Due by the start of the Dec. 12 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Come up with at least 1 question about any of the readings and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

3. Review this video on shooting sequences and read the grading rubric. Then, plan, shoot and edit a 1-2 minute video sequence that compresses the time it takes to show someone doing something. You can use the footage you gathered in class or you can shoot more. Here’s an example. Here’s another example.

  • Don’t stage anything. Instead, be there when something interesting is happening.
  • For a 1-2 minute video sequence you’ll need about 2 dozen different shots, each about 3 seconds long (after they’re edited).
  • You can add music to your sequence as long as the song is Creative Commons licensed or if you have the necessary permissions to use it. Remember to credit the artist.
  • Publish the video on your Tumblr. Or, if you prefer, bring it to class on your USB drive.

(Photo by Jeff Howard)

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Dec 4 '13

Oh shit:

The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals — and map their relationships — in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.

The records feed a vast database that stores information about the locations of at least hundreds of millions of devices, according to the officials and the documents, which were provided by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. New projects created to analyze that data have provided the intelligence community with what amounts to a mass surveillance tool.

Read the rest of the story by Barton Gellman and Ashkan Soltani

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Dec 3 '13
British police are examining whether Guardian newspaper staff should be investigated for terrorism offences over their handling of data leaked by Edward Snowden, Britain’s senior counter-terrorism officer said on Tuesday. The disclosure came after Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger, summoned to give evidence at a parliamentary inquiry, was accused by lawmakers of helping terrorists by making top secret information public and sharing it with other news organisations.

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Dec 3 '13

Homework assignment #14 (Tuesday class)

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Due by the start of the Dec. 10 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Come up with at least 1 question about either of the readings and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

3. Review this video on shooting sequences and read the grading rubric. Then, plan, shoot and edit a 1-2 minute video sequence that compresses the time it takes to show someone doing something. You can use the footage you gathered in class or you can shoot more. Here’s an example. Here’s another example.

  • Don’t stage anything. Instead, be there when something interesting is happening.
  • For a 1-2 minute video sequence you’ll need about 2 dozen different shots, each about 3 seconds long (after they’re edited).
  • You can add music to your sequence as long as the song is Creative Commons licensed or if you have the necessary permissions to use it. Remember to credit the artist.
  • Publish the video on your Tumblr. Or, if you prefer, bring it to class on your USB drive.

(Photo by Ada Hutchings)

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Dec 2 '13
Experience is great and can open doors, but unpaid and low-paid internships can also slam doors shut. Failing to pay young journalists a decent wage is effectively a way of saying that those too poor to work for nothing need not apply. That socio-economic filter leads to a pool of journalists—even at good, upstanding progressive publications—that is wealthier and whiter than the public as a whole. And that hurts the final product.

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Nov 21 '13

Homework assignment #13 (Thursday class)

Due by the start of the Dec. 5 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Edit your 1-2 minute person-on-the-street video using Adobe PremiereFinal Cut, iMovieWindows Movie Maker, or another program of your choice. Publish your edited video in a Tumblr post; or, if you prefer, bring it to class on your USB drive. Here’s an example.

3. Ustream assignment. Before you do this, see my email from Sept. 21 for detailed instructions.

(Photo by Massimo Regonati)

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Nov 19 '13

Homework assignment #13 (Tuesday class)

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Due by the start of the Dec. 3 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Edit your 1-2 minute person-on-the-street video using Adobe PremiereFinal Cut, iMovieWindows Movie Maker, or another program of your choice. Publish your edited video in a Tumblr post; or, if you prefer, bring it to class on your USB drive. Here’s an example.

3. Ustream assignment. Before you do this, see my email from Sept. 18 for detailed instructions.

(Photo by Rakka)

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Nov 15 '13
I almost couldn’t believe it when I heard that JP Morgan Chase was going to do a live Twitter Q&A with the public – you know, all those people around the world they’ve been bending over and robbing for, oh, the last decade or so. On the all-time list of public relations screw-ups, it’s hard to say where this decision by America’s most hated commercial bank (with apologies to Bank of America, which probably finishes a 49ers-like very close second this year) to engage the enraged public on Twitter ranks. For sure, anyway, it’s right up there with Abercrombie and Fitch’s rollout of thong underwear for 10 year-olds and the $440,000 afterparty AIG executives threw for themselves at the St. Regis Resort in Monarch Beach, California after securing a federal bailout. Chase execs probably thought they were going to be inundated with questions, like, ‘What steps can I take to try to become as totally awesome as all of you?’

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Nov 14 '13

Homework assignment #12 (Thursday class)

Due by the start of the Nov. 21 class meeting

1. If you made any changes to your webpage, copy and paste all of your new code into an email to me.

2. Bring the series of video interviews that you conducted in class with you. (If you weren’t there, check the slides.)

3. Read:

4. Come up with at least 1 question about either of the readings and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

5. Keep reading the tweets in your feed daily, and tweet at least once a day, on average. Click on links and hashtags that interest you. Seek out and follow new people as you go (aka the usual Twitter assignment).

(Photo by tonx)

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Nov 12 '13

Homework assignment #12 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the Nov. 19 class meeting

1. If you made any changes to your webpage, copy and paste all of your new code into an email to me.

2. Bring the series of video interviews that you conducted in class with you. (If you weren’t there, check the slides.)

3. Read:

4. Come up with at least 1 question about either of the readings and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

5. Keep reading the tweets in your feed daily, and tweet at least once a day, on average. Click on links and hashtags that interest you. Seek out and follow new people as you go (aka the usual Twitter assignment).

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Nov 11 '13

emreports:

Street Photography in downtown San Francisco.

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