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May 9 '12

Homework assignment #15 (Tuesday class)

Due by 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 15

1. Complete the library workshop exercise, then leave it in my mailbox in the journalism dept. office.

2. Review the grading rubric for video sequences.

3. Shoot, edit and publish a video sequence on your Tumblr.

  • Length should be at least 30 seconds (or roughly 6-10 separate shots)
  • Include a title card with any information that will help viewers understand the video
  • Include music, if you want. You can find music that you can use legally at the Free Music Archive.

4. If you haven’t done the Ustream assignment yet, do one of the following:

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May 4 '12

Homework assignment #14 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the May 8 class meeting

1. Review this article, especially the part about the 5-shot method.

2. Watch this video by Ken Kobre explaining how to shoot video sequences. 

3. Between now and our next meeting, practice shooting a few sequences. You can use your family, friends, etc. for these practice videos, if you want, since publishing them will be totally optional. (There will be a later assignment where you’ll be expected to publish something.) Don’t stage anything, just ask someone if you can film them doing something, along the lines of what McAdams says about the cantaloupe and Kobre about the flowers. Bring some raw footage to the next class. We’ll look at and critique some of it.

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Apr 25 '12

Homework assignment #13 (Tuesday class)

Due by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 2 (note: not Tues., May 1)

1. Finish editing your person-on-the-street video. Your video should be between 1 and 2 minutes long, include about 6 to 10 soundbites, and begin with a title card showing the question you asked. Be as creative as you like. Transitions such as cross dissolves are optional. 

2. Upload your video to YouTube, then embed it in a Tumblr post. Or, if you prefer, you can upload it directly to Tumblr.

3. Tweet a headline and link to your video. Include at least one relevant hashtag in your tweet.

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Apr 18 '12

Homework assignment #12 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the April 24 class meeting

1. Read the following articles, then come up with a discussion question and be prepared to talk about it in class. Expect to spend about an hour on this part of the homework assignment.

2. Over the course of one week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information, shortlinks to online content and retweets, and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the assignment (not including time spent reading/listening to/watching any content that you share links to).

3. Bring the video footage you took Apr. 17 to the next class meeting.

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Apr 11 '12

Homework assignment #11 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the April 17 class meeting

1. Edit and publish at least 1 of your street photographs on your Tumblr, if you haven’t already done so. Include a caption, if you want. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the homework assignment.

2. Read the following articles, then come up with a discussion question and be prepared to talk about it in class. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the homework assignment.

3. Over the course of one week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information, shortlinks to online content and retweets, and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the assignment (not including time spent reading/listening to/watching any content that you share links to).

4. Bring something that records video to the next class meeting.

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Apr 4 '12

Homework assignment #10 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the April 10 meeting

1. Look through the street photos you took in the financial district, and select your favorite 5 to 10 pictures. Upload them to Google Picasa and share them with me. (You’ll edit them in the next class.) Expect to spend 10-20 minutes on this part of this assignment.

2. Read "A little local difficulty".

  • Generate 1 discussion question about the reading(s) and be prepared to talk about it in class.
  • Expect to spend 10-20 minutes on this part of the homework assignment.

3. Over the course of one week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information, shortlinks to online content and retweets, and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the assignment (not including time spent reading/listening to/watching any content that you share links to).

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Mar 28 '12

Homework assignment #9 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the April 3 class meeting

1. Edit at least one of the raw audio interviews you recorded last week.

  • The edited interview(s) should be under 10 minutes.
  • Upload your edited interview(s) to your Tumblr, and publish it in a post along with a 2-3 graf introduction (including the name of the interviewee(s) and briefly what you talked about.
  • Tweet a descriptive headline and link to your audio interview.
  • Expect to spend 2-3 hours on this part of the homework assignment.

2. Create a webpage from scratch, using only HTML and CSS. Follow the video we watched in class, if you want. Minimum requirements:

  • 300-500 words (written by you, about anything)
  • At least 5 hyperlinks
  • At least 3 original photos (can be ones you’ve already taken)
  • Expect to spend 2-3 hours on this part of the homework assignment.

3. Share your html file, along with any other relevant assets e.g. photos with me on Google DOCS (not Plus). Note: You must share the actual photo files with me in addition to the html file. Make sure to view and proofread your webpage in a browser before sharing it with me. Check to make sure that all hyperlinks work.

4. Read Bulletins from the Future.

  • Generate 1 discussion question about the reading(s) and be prepared to talk about it in class.
  • Expect to spend 10-20 minutes on this part of the homework assignment.

5. Over the course of one week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information, shortlinks to online content and retweets, and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately. Expect to spend 20-30 minutes on this part of the assignment (not including time spent reading/listening to/watching any content that you share links to).

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Mar 14 '12

Homework assignment #8 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the March 27 class meeting

1. Review the grading rubric for audio interviews, if necessary.

2. Using GarageBand (or other audio software of your choice), edit at least one of the raw interviews you recorded last week. The edited interview(s) should be under 10 minutes.

3. Upload the edited interview(s) to your Tumblr, and publish in a post along with a 2-3 graf introduction (including the name of the interviewee(s) and briefly what you talked about).

4. Tweet a descriptive headline and link to your post. Avoid vague tweets such as “Check out my audio interview!” Example of a good promotional tweet

5. Find two more sources and conduct audio interviews with them. Be sure to include a brief intro where you mention your name, your interviewee’s name, and briefly what you’re talking about. At the end of your interview, thank the interviewee and remind listeners who they’ve been hearing from (both of your names).

6. Upload your new, raw interviews to Google Docs and share with me, or email them to me as mp3 attachments.

7. Read:

8. Over the course of one week (you can skip spring break if you want), compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information, shortlinks to online content and retweets, and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately.

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Mar 7 '12

Homework assignment #7 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the March 13 class

1. Read the grading rubric for audio interviews.

2. If you were dissatisfied with your original interview from last week or were unable to do it because of technical problems, conduct a new one.

3. Using GarageBand (or other audio software of your choice), edit the raw interview you recorded last week down to 5-7 minutes.

4. Upload the edited interview to your Tumblr. Publish it in a post along with a 2-3 graf introduction (including the name of the interviewee and briefly what you talked about).

5. Tweet a headline and link to your post.

6. Find two more sources and conduct audio interviews with them. Be sure to record a brief intro and outro during each.

  • If your original interview from last week didn’t work (see #2), you only need to interview two people in total this week. Edit and publish one of the interviews; share the other, raw interview with me.

7. Upload your new, raw interviews to Google Docs and share with me, or email them to me as mp3 attachments.

8. Over the course of the week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information (including shortlinks to online content and retweets) and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately.

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Feb 29 '12

Homework assignment #6 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the March 6 class meeting

1. Read "On Interviewing" by Alex Blumberg.

2. After completing the reading assignment, generate at least 1 discussion question based on the article. Bring your question to the next class meeting. (No need to print it out.)

3. Conduct an audio interview with a source of your choice (not another journalism student, friend, family member, coworker or roommate).

  • Choose a quiet location, if possible. If it’s not possible, then be sure to record 1-2 minutes of ambient sound wherever you are. 
  • Remember to do an intro and outro for your interview.
  • Your interview subject should tell a story (anecdotes and reflections), not just deliver dry facts and humdrum opinions.
  • The length of your raw interview should be at least 10 minutes but no more than about 20.

4. Save your audio interview as an mp3 file, upload it to Google Docs (not Google+) and share it with me.

5. Over the course of the week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information (including shortlinks to online content and retweets) and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately.

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Feb 22 '12

Homework assignment #5 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the Feb. 28 class meeting

1. Get to know the Ustream application on your smartphone. Go into the settings and turn on Twitter. That way, you’ll be able to tweet directly from Ustream. Then, click “Advanced,” choose normal quality and turn on the network quality and system status bar.

2. Research and choose an event that would be suitable for a live video broadcast. I recommend events that happen in public during the day. You’ll also need access to a reliable 3G, 4G or wi-fi network.

3. Go live at the event on Ustream. After you start broadcasting, tweet a link from Ustream to let your followers know. Broadcast for at least 20 minutes. Remember to save your broadcast. If you’ve run out or you’re close to running out of your monthly data usage, let me know. (You’ll burn through approximately 0.1 GB per hour of broadcasting.)

4. Read “Radio: An Illustrated Guide.” It should be available in the bookstore. If it sells out again, let me know.

5. After completing the reading assignment, generate at least 1 discussion question based on the book. Bring your question to the next class meeting. (No need to print it out.)

6. Over the course of the week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information (including shortlinks to online content and retweets) and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately.

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Feb 15 '12

Homework assignment #4 (Tuesday class)

Due by the start of the Feb. 21 class meeting

1. Read:

2. After completing the reading assignment, generate at least 1 discussion question based on the article. Bring your question to the next class meeting.

3. Over the course of the week, compose an average of at least 1 tweet per day (excluding weekends if you want). Your tweets should be a mix of newsworthy, credible information (including shortlinks to online content and retweets) and intelligent commentary. Use hashtags appropriately.

4. Add an “About” page to your Tumblr, if you haven’t already. This should include at least one graf about yourself and at least one graf explaining the purpose of your Tumblr.

5. In your first Tumblr post, introduce yourself and the purpose of your Tumblr. If you’ve had your Tumblr for a while and this is your first post for the class, write about what you’ve been up to recently and the things you’ve been interested in lately. Write 5-7 short grafs. Optional: Include relevant photos or other media. Tweet a link to your post after you publish it.

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