COM 210 Media Storytelling I, Spring 2017: Syllabus

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  • SUNDAY 10:00 am- NOON (12:00)
  • MONDAY 12:00-2:00 pm
  • TUESDAY 11:00–1:00

WEEK 16:

Instructions for ZUMEFF article:

You are to use all the information that you gathered at ZUMEFF and create a multimedia article.

Write a 600–800 word article and include all of the material, and provide an introduction to ZUMEFF in general, your experience, and then review 3 of the films that you watched.

Include the 3 quotes in appropriate places.

Insert the video that you shot

Include the three images in appropriate places

and make a GIF and include it in the article.

You are to attend one full section of films at ZUMEFF, either on Sunday or Monday.

In class on Tuesday, you will write an article.

To be prepared, bring the following to class:

Three quotes from different sources

A video- at least 30 seconds

3 images

enough other footage to make a GIF

Take a lot of notes and talk to people who are there. The filmmakers and people in the audience.

You will include your thoughts and observations of 3 films in your article

Ask before taking any recordings or pictures during a film.

Don’t pull you phone out during the film, take notes by hand.

Readings (2) for Quiz 10

WEEK 15:

Storytelling with GIFs

Reading for Quiz 9

WEEK 14: Radio Newscast

Create a 60 second radio newscast.

Pick 3 stories and write a lead/script for each. You can use other news sources but PARAPHRASE, use your own words.

You will record in the two-four-54 room on the audio equipment.

You can do the editing in Garage Band on your lap tops. Use intro music.

Download Audacity to edit final audio

QUIZ 8 READING

WEEK 13: Broadcast video

This week you will make a 60 second (section 001) or 90 second (section 002) broadcast news video.

You will work in groups and decide who will be:

on-camera reporter

camera person

teleprompter operator

  • you will all write the script and be involved in post-production edits
  • You will record the video in the TV studio and add additional video during the editing process.
  • EXAMPLE OF BROADCAST

WEEK 10:

QUIZ 7- READINGS- HOW TO WRITE NEWS SCRIPTS

READ THIS ONE BELOW. WATCH THE VIDEOS IN SECOND ONE

https://www.thebalance.com/how-to-write-a-news-script-for-tv-news-2315281

THERE ARE TWO VIDEOS IN THE BELOW ARTICLE. WATCH THEM BOTH. YOU DON’T NEED TO READ THIS ONE

WEEK 9:

IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT

Write your restaurant and food review. Use the sources provided here to make it a professional food review. Be descriptive and creative. Describe the restaurant, the staff, the food, and the service. Basically, tell the reader about the entire experience.

Use at least 2 outside media: images, video, social media, or other review/rankings

Headline/byline

A couple of helpful resources for restaurant and food review

READINGS FOR QUIZ 6

WEEK 8- IN-CLASS LAB ASSIGNMENT

Take the information that you gathered to make the video assignment and write a news story. Remember, cover the 5 Ws and H: Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How. Prioritize the information from most important to least, the Inverted Pyramid style of writing. Use AP Style.

Headline and byline

Use at least two images. You can screen shot images from the video. You can find social media posts about the event. Or use images from Google. Provide captions and source the images.

One quote from the interview in the video. Punctuate it correctly.

200–300 words.

Publish as Unlisted in Medium. Put link in Blackboard.

WEEK 7-Readings, video for Quiz 5

WEEK 6- Readings for Quiz 4

  • read and watch the videos

ASSIGNMENT: MAKING A VIDEO

Work in groups of 3 to make a 3–5 minute video.

You can pick your topic.

It can be a traditional news TV broadcast, an onsite news report, a descriptive/informative video about an interesting topic, or you can cover an event.

Make the video an informative video that teaches the audience about something. Do not make it like an advertisement or a promotion. It should be objective, like a news story.

You can divide the work so that someone is the camera person, someone is the on air/voice person, and someone is the video editor/producer.

Edit the video using Youtube, iMovie, or another editing tool you are used to.

You will be graded on the length of the video, the topic (was it an objective news topic), the quality of the writing, the quality of the English used in the video, how well the finished product looks and sounds.

WEEK 5: In-class assignment

For this lab, you will use the information that you gathered from conducting your outside interview, in which you interviewed someone and asked at least 10 questions.

Present the information in a basic Question and Answer format like the example below from the readings. Write a brief introduction, present the Q&A, and add at least 2 images that compliment the story.

READINGS FOR QUIZ 3: INTERVIEWS

AP STYLE GUIDES:

WEEK 4: Readings for Quiz 2 (2 links)

In-Class assignment

Use the textbook’s guide on AP Style to work through the exercise. Ch. 3 starting pg. 38

Exercise 3.1 #1–10

Exercise 3.2: 1–10

Exercise 3.3: all

Exercise 3.4: all

WEEK 3: In-class assignment: Writing news

Use the below information to write a news story. Organize and prioritize the information into the inverted pyramid, answering the 5Ws, H: Who, What, Where, Why, When, and How.

Write in full sentences. Click on the link below to read the details.

Scenario: http://zigzageducation.co.uk/synopses/1000-s.pdf

Readings for Quiz 1

WEEK 2: In-class exercises: Describe your neighbour.

How to put on lipstick

WEEK 1:

Media Habits: 300 Words

Welcome to COM 210. In this course we will read, write, create and learn, individually and together. As you can tell from the course title, this is a media storytelling class. You will create many types of stories during the semester. Also, a good portion of this class will be spent learning what storytelling means, and what qualifies as media in today’s technological landscape. This is the living, breathing course syllabus. I will update and add to it as the semester unfolds.


The platform where you will create and post all of you content for this course is right here on Medium. As you will learn, Medium is a great place for producing high quality and engaging stories. To help get you started, below is a link to the Medium Help page that will help you understand how to use the tools on Medium.

Click on the Medium Help page here

If you can’t find what you are looking for on the help page, Google your problem and search the web. There is stuff out there.

Course Outline

Grades

Exams & Quizzes (25%)
 There will be a quiz on the readings for that day nearly every Sunday AT THE BEGINNING of class . Come prepared by reading and understanding what the main points of the readings are. The quizzes cannot be made up. If you miss class, or are late, then you miss the quiz. If you don’t miss more than a couple, then you should be ok and your grade won’t suffer much. If you miss several class/quizzes, your grade will suffer.
Media Assignments (75%)
The variety of media assignments make up a large portion of your grade. Most of the assignments are expected to be completed during the labs. Come prepared to work each week.
My grading philosophy. 
I expect you to work hard at improving. Improving your writing. And improving your storytelling abilities across all types of media. Earning an A in this class is difficult. Focus your energy on doing good work and improving your skills. Do not focus your energy on negotiating a good grade with me. I will take into consideration your skill level of where you started the semester and how much you improved throughout the semester.
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