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Week 6: Intro to GIFs and Web videos

// Topics:
Review audio slideshows; Why GIFs; Intro to making GIFs; Exploring Web videos

// Slides
Week 6 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

  • Prepare for a Lighting Talk: Next week you will present to the class a 5 to 7 minute talk about a tool that helps us do multimedia storytelling. Describe it, demo it, review it and give an example of how it can be used in journalism.

    You aren’t limited to this page, but you can get a tool to discuss here: http://bit.ly/techandtools

    No duplications, so first come first serve. Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 29 by Noon

  • Lighting Talk: Next week you will present to the class a 5 to 7 minute talk about a tool that helps us do multimedia storytelling. Describe it, demo it, review it and give an example of how it can be used in journalism.

    You aren’t limited to this page, but you can get a tool to discuss here: http://bit.ly/techandtools

    No duplications, so first come first serve. Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 29 by Noon

  • Start working on Midterm / Story Package 1: 600 to 800 words and one “in their-own-words” audio slideshow (two minutes long, absolutely no narration and must have captions). Both must relate to your beat and located within our section of the map.

    Template and more details: http://offthefreeway.com/2015/sp1/

    No duplications, so first come first serve. Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 13 Noon

  • EXTRA CREDIT Make a beat-related GIF Whether it is a photo gallery GIF, timelapse or video clip, create a GIF with some text. Post link to GIF in blog post’s comments. Deadline: Tuesday, Oct. 6 Noon

// Resources(s):

Week 5: Intro to Soundslides and Audioslideshows

// Topics:
Review audio pieces; What makes good audio slideshows; Intro to Soundslides

// Slides
Week 5 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

  • Audio slideshow relating to your beat: Head to our section of the map to find, record and photograph a piece. Must include a human (intro and at least one quote), ambient sound, captions and no narration from you. Length 1:30. Post link to the comments section of this post. Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 29 by Noon

// Resources(s):

GREAT SOUNDSLIDES TUTORIAL FROM AN ASCJ PROF: https://youtu.be/953GobTJNZk

Beat assignments

Noah Camarena – Sports (Recreation/Leisure)
Jason Cheng – Technology
Sarah Collins – The Arts
Alex Duplessis – History/Heritage
Kate Guarino – Education
Matt Lemas – Homelessness and Housing
Ikram Navia – Crime
Caitlin Plummer – Fashion
Jared Servantez – Small Business
David Tepper – Food
Brianne Tracy – Immigration
Paolo Uggetti – Culture
Taylor Villanueva – Religion
Natalie Zhang – Transportation

Missing: Health

Week 4: Intro to Audio and Audacity

// Topics:
Review galleries; What makes good audio; Intro to Audacity

// Slides
Week 4 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

  • Audio profile from community: Head to our section of the map to find, record and edit an in-their-own-words profile piece. Must include a human (intro and at least one quote) and ambient sound. Length :60 minimum / Upload/FTP the MP3 onto your ascjweb.org server. Post the link/URL to blog post’s commentsDeadline: Tuesday, Sep. 22 by Noon
  • Community beat pitches: Write up a pitch for your top three topic/beat choices. Must include at least once REAL source per beat, plus how you plan to use multimedia to tell the story. Email me your pitch Deadline: Sunday, Sep. 20 by 5PM

// Resources(s):

Week 3: Intro to Photography and Photoshop

// Topics:
What makes a good photo (Required: Check out/bring digital camera and cables/card readers); Intro to Photoshop and optimizing for the Web; Community in context;

// Slides
Week 3 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

  • Photo Scavenger Hunt: Go to our neighborhood (Little Tokyo + Toy District) and collect at least
 7 photos from the bingo list. Plus create a 5-shot photo essay with captions. Create a WordPress post and upload your photos (with captions) and post a link in comments of this post. Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 15 by Noon
  • Complete CSS course: This w3 interactive course is at:
 http://bit.ly/w3css Make sure you take the quiz, and get on time to class for that *cough* something *cough* Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 15 by Noon
  • Start thinking about beat pitches: As you explore the neighborhood, look for a topic/theme/beat you want to cover the rest of this semester. It should be accessible, rich journalistically and with multimedia opportunities. Deadline: Friday, Sep. 18 by Noon

// Resources(s):

Week 2: Tiers of Multimedia

// Topics:
FTP/upload first HTML page; New news industry; Selecting the right medium; Multimedia tiers

// Slides
Week 2 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

// Resources(s):

Week 1: Welcome to J309 and HTML

// Topics:
Intros; Syllabus and survey review; Class infrastructure; How Web works; Build first Web page

// Slides
Week 1 slides – PDF

// Assignment(s):

  • Skills survey: A) Download Word doc:
 http://bit.ly/ascj-skills-survey, rename the file with your name, complete it then email it to me (r.hernandez@usc.edu) with the subject: J309 Surveys. Deadline: Saturday, Aug. 29 by 6PM
  • Write Bio web page: A) Write a 500 to 800-word bio, that also includes why you want to be a journalist. B) Convert that bio into an HTML page by by adding HTML tags, etc. BRING that HTML file to class next week. Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 1 by Noon
  • Complete HTML course: This w3 interactive course is at:
 http://bit.ly/w3html Make sure you take the quiz, and get on time to class for that *cough* something *cough* Deadline: Tuesday, Sep. 1 by Noon
  • Also, add your track to the class playlist here: http://21111.ascjclass.org/2015/08/25/class-playlist/#comments

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