Syllabus — Fall 2016

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MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING

JRN 3601 Section 003 
Tuesday/Thursday 12:30–1:50, AH 310

INSTRUCTOR

Logan Molyneux 
logan@temple.edu
Office Hours: Tuesday/Thursday 2–4 or by appointment

COURSE OVERVIEW

This is an advanced multimedia news course examining the underlying concepts, principles, workflow and technical processes involved in telling stories online. Students will learn to tell true stories through photography, audio, video, data, social media and text. More specifically, students will learn to: 
* Independently produce photo and audio slideshows, videos, and data visualizations 
* Combine these storytelling forms to tell multimedia stories 
* Work collaboratively to report in multiple media 
* Develop and maintain a social media presence 
* Provide live online coverage of an ongoing event

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

TEXTS
There are no required texts for this course. The following resources are recommended should students have an interest in pursuing a particular topic we discuss in class.

Journalism Next, Mark Briggs. ISBN 978–1483356853.

Sound Reporting: The NPR Guide to Audio Journalism and Production, Jonathan Kern. ISBN 978–0226431789.

Videojournalism: Multimedia Storytelling, Kenneth Kobre. ISBN 978–0240814650.

The Data Journalism Handbook. Jonathan Gray, Liliana Boungeru, Lacy Chambers. ISBN 978–1449330064. http://datajournalismhandbook.org/1.0/en/

Lynda.com — Temple also has a university-wide subscription to a library of video tutorials from Lynda.com. Students can log in to http://tuportal.temple.edu with their Temple credentials and click on Lynda.com to access the videos.

SOFTWARE
You’ll be using Adobe Creative Cloud apps for photo, audio and video editing. These are available in our classroom and in the TECH center (open 24 hours from 10 a.m. Sunday through midnight Friday; Saturday from 10 a.m. to midnight). If you wish to purchase access to Adobe Creative cloud for your personal computer, it’s $20/month.

Students will use a personal Medium account for publishing multimedia stories.

EQUIPMENT 
You can’t save your work to public computers in the labs, so you’ll need an external hard drive (or cloud storage if you prefer, though upload/download times can be long depending on your connection). Media files can be very large, especially for video, so I recommend at least 500GB of storage. You can get a 1TB external drive for about $50; 1TB of cloud storage through Dropbox or Google Drive is $10/month.

EQUIPMENT CHECKOUT
Students are not expected to provide their own equipment, but may use personal cameras, etc. provided they meet the requirements of the assignment. The SMC equipment office has an array of equipment available for students to check out. You must familiarize yourself with the equipment office policies and hours before making a reservation there.

CLASS POLICIES

ATTENDANCE– You are expected to attend every class with assignments completed. You get one absence, no questions asked. Further unexcused absences will negatively impact your final grade. If you have an illness, family emergency, religious holiday, personal crisis, etc., please contact me ahead of time to request an excused absence.

DEADLINES– Deadlines are firm on all assignments. Late work will carry a penalty of 10 points for each class the work is late.

PLAGIARISM– All work submitted in this class must be produced by each student specifically for this class. Should the student need additional media to supplement a story, such as a home video clip, historical image, etc., they must first get permission from the original source, and then attribute that media to its original source in their story. Students looking for supplemental media may also make use of Creative Commons, given they properly attribute the material. Students who plagiarize or fabricate will earn a zero on the assignment and may and be reported to the department for further review.

RESPECT– Students are expected to respect the diversity of opinions, perspectives, and experiences within the classroom and the broader community.

SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS – Any student who has a need for accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact me privately during the first two weeks of the semester with their paperwork from the disability office.

ASSIGNMENTS

All assignments must be ready to present in class on the day that they are due.

PHOTO SLIDESHOW
Produce a package of 8 to 10 photos with captions. Students must first decide on an event to cover and arrange access to that event. The finished project must include:

  • A headline
  • A few lines introducing the story
  • Between 8 and 10 photographs featuring people
  • Captions with each photograph that include each subject’s first name, last name, age, home town/neighborhood/title and a quote or other information about the photograph.

AUDIO SLIDESHOW
Produce a 2- to 3-minute audio slideshow profiling a newsworthy individual. Students must first choose a person to feature and then develop a list of questions and photographs they plan to use to tell the story. They will then combine the audio and images in either Final Cut Pro or Premiere, and upload that project to YouTube or Vimeo. The finished project must include:

  • A headline
  • A lead introducing the story
  • A title card 15+ photos edited in Adobe Lightroom
  • 2–3 minutes of edited audio including ambient and natual sounds
  • Audio from 1+ other person who knows the profile subject
  • Final .mov combining the audio and photographs with transitions between each image

LIVE COVERAGE 
Students will be assigned to teams to provide live coverage of the Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill. You must plan to be available Saturday, Oct. 22 to attend the festival and complete this assignment. Teams of students will:

  • Shoot photos and videos at the event, edit them and submit on deadline.
  • Provide live streaming and social media updates throughout the day’s events
  • Edit and manage a web publication covering the festival

Each student will be graded on the quality and quantity of the content they contribute to their team’s coverage, though they are expected to work with their team members to provide comprehensive coverage.

VIDEO STORY
Produce a 2- to 5-minute video news story. Stories may use a variety of techniques, including stand-up, voiceover, or sound portrait. Students must first decide on what to cover, and then develop a storyboard they plan to use to build their story. Students can edit the video in either Final Cut Pro or Premiere, and then upload the video to YouTube or Vimeo. The finished project must include:

  • A headline
  • A lead introducing the story
  • A title card
  • 3+ people interviewed
  • Lower thirds text identifying each individual interviewed
  • 3+ pieces of b-roll

DATA VISUALIZATION
Produce a data-driven story in the form of an interactive visualization. Students must first decide on a topic, and then use their choice of application(s) (such as infogr.am, Piktochart, Google Charts, Google Maps, Timeline, Storymap, etc.) to produce the story. The final project must include:

  • A headline
  • A lead introducing the story
  • 3+ sections of information
  • A footer with source information and links to all original data

FINAL PROJECT
Students will be assigned to a team to develop a collaborative multimedia news story that includes at least one of the following components per each student on the team:

  • Photos (7+ photos)
  • Audio (2+ minutes)
  • Video (2+ minutes)
  • Data visualization (3+ sections)
  • Text (500+ words)

Because it is due on the last day of class, this project cannot be resubmitted.

RESUBMITTING ASSIGNMENTS
Students will receive detailed feedback and a grade on each of their assignments. Students may revise their work and resubmit it for a grade improvement, so long as the assignment was submitted on time and fulfilled all minimum requirements. Revisions will be accepted up until the last day of class.

GRADING

Each assignment is worth 100 points. Attendance and participation is worth 100 points. This is a total of 700 points. Final grades will be assigned on the following scale: A 93–100; A- 90–92; B+87–89; B 83–86; B- 80–82; C+77–79; C 73–76; C- 70–72; D+67–69; D 63–66; D- 60–62; F >60

CLASS SCHEDULE

Due Dates

Photo Slideshow: Tuesday, Sept. 20

Audio Slideshow: Tuesday, Oct. 11

Live Coverage: Saturday, Oct. 22

Video Story: Tuesday, Nov. 8

Data Visualization: Thursday, Nov. 17

Final Project: Thursday, Dec. 8

Schedule

WEEK 1–INTRODUCTION AND TECHNOLOGY

WEEK 2–SEARCHING FOR STORIES

WEEK 3–PHOTOGRAPHY

WEEK 4–SOURCING AND SOCIAL MEDIA

WEEK 5–INTERVIEWING

WEEK 6–AUDIO REPORTING

WEEK 7–MOBILE REPORTING

WEEK 8–LIVE COVERAGE ONLINE

WEEK 9–SHOOTING VIDEO

WEEK 10–EDITING VIDEO

WEEK 11–DATA JOURNALISM

WEEK 12–INTERACTIVE TOOLS

WEEK 13–THANKSGIVING BREAK

WEEK 14–PREPARING FOR FINAL PROJECT

WEEK 15–BRINGING IT ALL TOGETHER