"Reporters from digital outlets and niche publications now hold more seats in the U.S. Senate Press Gallery than reporters from daily newspapers do, according to a new report from Pew." Source
"If searching for news was the most important development of the last decade, sharing news may be among the most important of the next." : State of Media, Pew Research.
"Now in the era of 24-hour social media, with both professional and citizen journalists, more people than ever are turning to alternatives to traditional news media for their information. Some studies show that many people trust social media more than the traditional media sources."
A new study finds millenials are strong news consumers, they just take an indirect path. Instead of newspapers or digital home pages, they use social media and search as the two top avenues for finding news. Facebook is the top way of encountering news.
According to Business Insider, there are six social media jobs that exploded in 2014: SEO Specialist, Social Media Strategist, Online Community Manager, Social Media Marketing Manager, Social Media Marketing Coordinator, and Blogger or Social Media Copywriter.
On the dangers of consuming news online (social media, too) only: "That’s because there’s pretty good evidence that we generally don’t truly want good information — but rather information that confirms our prejudices. We may believe intellectually in the clash of opinions, but in practice we like to embed ourselves in the reassuring womb of an echo chamber." Source
Do you have any advice for other social media editors out there who might want to make a similar transition some day?
I think not limiting yourself to just being the social media person. It sometimes might mean you have to work even longer hours, but it’s really good to still know all those old journalism skills — good copy editing, having good news judgment, being able to write a news update that’s longer than 140 characters. And also just being more involved with news than just pushing things out and doing engagement.
"Paul Taylor, Pew Research Center executive vice president of special projects, said researchers in 2012 asked consumers how many minutes they devoted to taking in the news the day before. While the Silent Generation spent 84 minutes with the news, Boomers devoted 77 minutes and Gen Xers reported 66 minutes, Millennials said they spent just 46 minutes consuming news — a figure that hasn’t changed appreciably since 2004.
The Millennial generation is interested in the world, but doesn’t feel a strong need to tap traditional news sources. Instead, younger consumers are more likely to “bump” into the news as they go about their way on social media."
A majority of Americans seek out a full news story after hearing about an event or issue from friends and family, a new Pew Research survey released finds.Social networking is now a part of this process as well:
Spotlight on Research
"Facebook is by far the largest social networking site among U.S. adults, and with half of its users getting news there, is also the largest among U.S. adults when it comes to getting news. As discussed in an earlier report, roughly two-thirds (64%) of U.S. adults use the site, and half of those users get news there—amounting to 30% of the general population. YouTube has the next greatest reach in terms of general usage, at 51% of U.S. adults. Thus, even though only a fifth of its users get news there, that amounts to 10% of the adult population, which puts it on par with Twitter. Twitter reaches just 16% of U.S. adults, but half (8% of U.S. adults) use it for news. Reddit is a news destination for nearly two-thirds of its users (62%). But since just 3% of the U.S. population uses Reddit, that translates to 2% of the population that gets news there."
Using Kovach and Rosenstiel's "Next Journalism" framework, which calls for a shift away from journalism as a product toward more of a service for citizens, study analyzed 2,700 tweets from reporters at 51 U.S. newspapers.
Findings showed reporters engaging in a journalism of service via:
"Instead of blogging, people are posting to Tumblr, tweeting, pinning things to their board, posting to Reddit, Snapchatting, updating Facebook statuses, Instagramming, and publishing on Medium. "
Is blog post a dirty word?
"Just as journalists think readers have a deep awareness of distinctions like 'hard news piece' vs. 'feature' vs. 'news analysis,' we think they understand or care about the line between 'article' and 'blog post.' But they're just reading what we're writing for them and responding. It's our hang-up, not theirs." Source
"Bob Cohn, the editorial director of Atlantic Digital, says that he calls everything on his site a "post." But Evan Hansen, executive editor of Wired.com, says that he doesn't use "blog post" to refer to most of the pieces on Danger Room, Epicenter, and Threat Level—sections of Wired.com that are labeled as "blogs" on the home page. Because these stories are reported and edited, he thinks they're articles—even though to all of us, they look like blog posts."
Alexis Madrigal (Atlantic editor) says that the reverse-chronological stream (a.k.a. The Stream, a.k.a. The River of News) is on its way out. Snapchat, with its ephemeral media, is an obvious non-stream app; Facebook’s News Feed is increasingly organized by importance, not chronology. Pinterest, Digg, and an increasing number of other sites use grid layouts to present information. Twitter is coming to resemble radio news as media outlets repost the same stories throughout the day, ICYMI (in case you missed it). Reddit orders stories by score. The design of BuzzFeed’s front page barely matters because most of their traffic comes in from elsewhere.
The average blog post lifespan is 2-3 years, and sometimes longer
The average Facebook post lifespan is 3 hours
The average tweet lifespan is 2 hours (although I believe that’s closer to several minutes, depending on how many people your followers are following)
When asked about his reaction to The Boston Globe calling Deadspin “a website that has broken some high-profile stories but not an outlet regarded for journalistic standards,” Craggs says: “Whatever. Why should I care what a craven, slipshod outfit like the Boston Globe thinks of my ‘journalistic standards’?” Source
You will be assigned a blog beat from a list provided or from a suggestion you make. This blog is to be maintained from Week 4 through the end of the semester. See blog grading criteria and blog schedule.
Blog posts cannot occur with 12 hours of each other. And no more than 72 hours can elapse between blog posts (this is from week to week, not just within a week).
You must follow the blog schedule of posts. You must tag each post with what assigned post (i.e. sharing news, or funny list) it satisfies from the schedule.
It's all or nothing. If you don't make your posts that week following the above rules, you recieve NO credit for that week.
Make your opinion known (a rule you can break when blogging)
Use second person, or first person, in addition to third person. You can address the reader as “you”; you can talk about yourself and use “I.”
Be more informal. You can quote people using Twitter handle, etc.
Write with passion. Actually write. Be creative. It shouldn't read like an encyclopedia entry.
While always staying on topic, your definition of news is no longer what would be in a standard newspaper. Have variety. Topics are key. Finding new, interesting stuff you blog about, or a new take on an old topic.
Links. Almost every post should have one. You can link to background rather than repeat it, link to a news release or report rather than rewrite it, link to other sites, competitors)
Write good link text. Click here is bad link text (where will you go? You don't know!). This is good link text: Lyndon gave us 10 tips that help him write his blog. Why is it good? Because the text of the link gives you a reasonable expectation of what you will see if you click.
Length. There is debate. Most professionals are 500 to 1,000. Many say shorter, like 250-300, however. Depends on blog, depends on post.
No block of text more than 5 lines
Make headlines SEO friendly. Every word counts. The title also needs to be short — five or six words is an ideal length. Downstyle.
Make your post easy to scan (e.g. use bullet points if applicable)
Edit your post
Litter the post with keywords
Post at last 3 days each week. This keeps your blog fresh and interesting.
Let's look at a couple of sample, professional posts. This is from a blog geared to college students and is definitely longer (but written user a reader friendly list). Another longer post from Washington Post's Wonkblog uses lots of media and is reader friendly list. Remember in blog posts you want to bring out a different element than straight newser sometimes. Compare to this politics blog and its shorter posts. Compare to a fashion blogger's more light-hearted fare that invites participation. Some blog dos and don'ts for your assignment.
Find at least five blogs related to the "beat" you would like to do your blog on. (You can check to see if organizations you know have blogs by going to their home pages). These can be valuable sources of information, possible posts, writing examples, etc. Follow these blogs on Wordpress or Tumblr. In addition, scan these blogs' recent posts. Come up with a list of 5 ideas for posts you could match/share on your own blog. (See previous example) Post these on your in-class (Tumblr) blog.
Daily Assignment 2 (Day 1):
Make your first post to your beat blog, a kind of introductory post. Let them know what you hope the blog will be. We will do this IN CLASS. In addition, if you have not done your "About" page on Wordpress, do it as well (if your theme has one).
Reporters are being asked to do more like at this Georgia chain that eliminated its photographers. (So have have the Chicago Tribune and Sports Illustrated, to name a few). So you need to know how to avoid the cliche photo. The right photo (taken on an iPhone, edited using Instagram) can take off. And Instagram (and iPhones) are replacing fancy cameras.
"What I’ve observed from managing Twitter and Facebook accounts is that compelling images seem to lead to more knee-jerk retweets, favorites, likes and shares. That doesn’t always translate into more clicks if you include a link to a story — and, of course, we know that people often share content without actually consuming it anyway. But viewing a photo on Twitter and passing it along to your followers takes a lot less time than reading a story and then retweeting it."
Daily Assignment 1 (Day 2): If you don't have it already, download Instagram onto your smartphone (it's free). Same with Photo Express or Snapseed or Vintique or another editing app. Send me your account information so I can follow you.
Daily Assignment 2 (Day 2): Let's judge some of these photos people uploaded for the weeklong Instagram assignment.
Major assignment I: Using your smartphone, take photos to accompany a post to your beat blog (or to just serve as a post). Due Week 6. (This counts as one of your beat blog posts for the week). See assignment details here.
1. You must have a minimum of four photos.
Edit them using Instagram, or Photoshop Express app. (Use the best application for the job).
Then create a Wordpress slideshow. Sample 1 and Sample 2 from students (these were Flickr but you get the idea). Grade this attempt from last year with me. What about this one?
4. Don't forgot to check the grading checklist for this assignment.
Major assignment II: Using your smartphone (or camera), you must maintain a professional beat presence on Instagram for one week. See assignment details here. Due Week 7.
1. You must have a minimum of one post per day.
Edit them using Instagram.
3. Photos must be beat-related, professional and of good quality.
4. Don't forgot to check the grading checklist for this assignment.
Day 3: Taking good photos
Photo tips. (Illustrated in this awesome video). Two great articles a former student found: Disney advice on taking pictures with your cellphone and on framing. Remember to use hashtags on Instagram! The 5 types of photos that make great photos slideshows.
Daily Assignment 1 (Day 3): Keeping in mind the photo tips we discussed in class, take two photos with your smart phone that in your view "illustrate" Purdue. These must be photos you take now, not photos you have previously taken. Sample from last semester. Edit using Instagram or Photo Express (or other app). Upload to Instagram before class. We will be discussing these in class next class period.
Day 4: Images
Let's have a look at those amazing photos you took!!
Week 6 – Facebook/Pinterest
Readings:Reporter's Guide to Multimedia Proficiency, Section 1, Reads Blogs and Use RSS, pgs. 2-3; Mashable's Facebook guide;
"About 30 percent of adults in the United States get their news on Facebook, according to a study from the Pew Research Center. The fortunes of a news site, in short, can rise or fall depending on how it performs in Facebook’s News Feed." Source
When to post:
Spotlight on Research
How often should a news organization post?
Facebook had some advice to media firms: Post more. Facebook worked with 29 media sites over a seven-day period recently and found a greater number of posts "frequently" increases referral traffic by more than 80%. At some point, you can overload fans with too many posts. Media properties will have to figure that out on their own. Shoot for 5-10 if a news organization.
Business/organizations not more than two, usually.
The Pew Research Center in 2015 released a 14-page report examining how people use Facebook and Twitter to consume and share news. It found more people are turning to Facebook and Twitter for news — but the report also draws an interesting distinction between the two social networks.
The report says that slightly more Twitter users reported seeing a diverse mix of news topics than Facebook users did. Of the Twitter users surveyed, 67 percent said they regularly saw at least six of 11 common categories of news, compared to 57 percent of Facebook users. Although users of both platforms saw roughly the same amount of news about science, the environment and local government, Twitter users reported seeing more news about sports, business, national news and national politics.
A study of engagement with journalists' pages reveals that incorporating personal analysis (opinion) increased sharing of posts by 20 percent. In addition to commentary or analysis, posts need to be more informal and conversational, and invite people to participate (ask questions, provide suggestions)
Daily Assignment 1: In class today, find an upcoming event related to your beat or an article to share (you can use last week's events/articles). Come up with a Facebook post you might make about the event if you had a professional Facebook page (i.e., you were a beat reporter for the J&C and had a Facebook page in that capacity) or you wanted to share this new information. This is NOT a link to your blog post about the event. The post must include a URL. Next, make a post touting one of your beat blog posts and link to the blog post. Take screenshots of both these posts and post them to your in-class (Tumblr) blog.
Daily Assignment 2:
In class today, find 5 new Facebook accounts you want to follow (I suggest Social Media Today and Mashable be 2 if you aren't following them already). If you want, you can create a Facebook list. Share these 5 on a post on your in-classa (Tumblr) blog. Then, on one of these accounts, find what you think is a great Facebook status. Share it via screenshot on your in-class blog. Answer these questions about it: What was its main use? Was it creative? Did it generate any comments or shares?
A study from Gigya, a social login provider for many media companies, including ABC, NBC, and FOX, found that 20% of all "media/publishing"-related content shared to social networks in Q3 was shared on Pinterest. Facebook (40%) and Twitter (30%) maintained leads in the category, but Pinterest gained some ground after accounting for 18% of media and publishing shares in Q2.
Uses of Pinterest
Pinterest's article pins were big news for news organizations (so you can Pin a blog post if there is a photo in it ....)
Daily Assignment 1:Let's create your Pinterest account (if you don't have one). If you need help as you get going, the Pinterest help page is just that, helpful. Download the Pinterest app to your smartphone if you want. Create a board for your beat. Put some thought into the topic. You might need a narrower topic than your overall beat. a) Pin at least 15 photos and add your own description for them. b) Find at least 5 people/accounts to follow and repin at least 1 photo. c) Add the Pin it button to your blog sharing d) Embed a pin or the board to your blog to let your followers know it's there.
Journalists make up the largest category of Twitter’s verified users, according to a report from Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps published on Medium.
The report, which is based on a sample of 15,000 verified Twitter accounts, shows that journalists make up nearly a quarter (24.6 percent) of the service’s authenticated users. The next-largest category is sports teams and athletes (17.9 percent) followed by actors and entertainers (13.6 percent).
Although journalists make up a significant proportion of the Twitter’s verified userbase, they have relatively few followers (140,000 on average) compared to their higher-profile counterparts in music (more than 1.2 million on average) and acting (more than 400,000 on average).
The report also says journalists and news organizations are the most active group on Twitter.
Researchers found that followers rated only 36 percent of 43,000 tweets worth reading. The authors conclude with a list of “best practices” for Twitter content: “[Posters should] embed more context in tweets (and be less cryptic); add extra commentary, especially if retweeting a common news source; don’t overuse hashtags and use direct messages (DMs) rather than @mentions if more appropriate; happy sentiments are valued and ‘whining’ is disliked, and questions should use a unique hashtag so followers can keep track of the conversation.”
Study: Here are the factors that impart the least credibility to a tweet:
Non-standard grammar or punctuation (2.71)
Author has the default Twitter user image (2.87)
Author has a cartoon or avatar as user image (3.22)
Author is following too many users (3.30)
Another study found an author’s influence, topical expertise, and reputation all enhance a tweet’s credibility; other perceived markers of credibility include the public profiles of tweeters and how often their posts are retweeted.
Daily Assignment 1 (Day 1): Sign up for a twitter account and customize it. (If you don't want course materials on your Twitter feed, sign up for a separate account) Email me your Twitter handle. Obviously, I think you should have the Twitter app (free) on your phone.
Daily Assignment 2 (Day 1): Let's see how you are at recognizing the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. You and partner are to do this assignment together. You will turn in your assignment, so please write this down. But we also will hopefully have time at the end of class to go over these together, so work judiciously.
The Joplin, MO, tornado coverage by New York Times’ Brian Stelter: "It was, after all, the place where my latest reporting was being posted. … Looking back, I think my best reporting was on Twitter. … People later told me that they thought I was processing what I was seeing in real-time on Twitter. I was." He archived his tweets on his Tumblr.
Live tweeting poses particular problems for students (and anyone, really); their regular followers can feel spammed when they’re suddenly exposed to a stream of live tweets.
Leslie Thornton (@ljthornton) suggests that students let their followers know that they’ll be live tweeting. “It should be clear why you’re flooding Twitter with tweets,” she said. “If you can, give people who want to follow all those tweets a hashtag to follow.”
Andy Bechtel (@andybechtel) agrees: “If you are going to tweet frequently from a live event, give your followers a heads-up with an introductory tweet. That way, they’ll be ready for a lot of tweets from you in a short period. (Example: “I’m at a social media workshop. I’ll pass along the best tips as I hear them.”)
Programs like TweetChat can help. Search for them on Twitter.
Major assignment, due Week 8 or 9:
You must cover an event, meeting, forum, speech, etc. relating to your beat. (If you absolutely can't think of anything relate to your beat to cover, this is a default assignment: March 2, New York Times reporters Ian Urbina forum sponsored by the Purdue Institute for Civic Communication, Krannert Auditorium).
Minimum of 10 tweets from the event.
You must notify me in advance what event you plan to cover, when it is.
Do backgrounding for your event you will cover (agendas, bios, previous newspaper articles, articles from other towns, etc.) Make sure you ask for any information they may have available, i.e. Web pages, brochures, fliers, news releases (what kind of information did you find on social media?). You need to be able to effectively convey who is sponsoring the event, what is planned, why it is being held, the impact of the event, who is particpating, etc. You need to have background information (names, etc.) ahead of time. You won't have time when you are live-tweeting to find information.
You must promote on your beat blog that you will be tweeting the event and encourage readers to follow you. You must also promote the live tweet on your Twitter account.
Post a blog about your experience on your class Web log. What were the difficulties covering the story this way? What were the benefits? Would you personally rather read a news story in the newspaper or online, or via Twitter? Why? Blog posts due midnight day after event.
A growing argument in new media is that quality journalism in all its new forms can distinguish itself by being transparent. First, it can aid credibility and distinguish itself from rumor and unchecked information by being transparent, revealing how information was obtained so audiences can see its origin, help correct errors, etc.
It can also give more insight into the reporters themselves (and thus aid their credibility, relatability) with more sharing of behind-the-scenes information. A recent study found female journalists were significantly more transparent than males. "They revealed more about their jobs, personal lives and everyday activities, and linked to more external websites, all indicators of greater transparency."
Source: Transparency and Other Journalistic Norms on Twitter, Volume 13, Issue 3, Journalism Studies
Using Twitter in news coverage
Twitter will be useful to reporters and other journalists in a variety of ways:
Obviously to share what you have written/others at your paper have written
Reporters should follow the feeds of any officials on their beats using Twitter. They may break news on Twitter, using it as a format for press releases or quotes. Lists is a great way to do this. Newspapers/organizations often use lists so you can follow all their tweeters.
As you build a following of people in your community, they are a quick resource when you’re seeking sources, examples for a story, questions to ask in your reporting or even story ideas.
Twitter is valuable for story ideas, either to ask people about a good angle to take on one of those routine or annual stories or simply to follow the community chatter on Twitter and be alert for tips and ideas as they pop up/
Curate tweets (yours and/or the community’s) on a topic you’re covering, using Storify. (more on this later in the semester)
Followers want to know that there’s a person behind a Twitter account, and they want to hear that person’s voice: Instead of always tweeting headlines, try starting a conversation about your stories. Tweet about your favorite part of a story, share a detail about the reporting process, or pose a question. When someone answers the question, respond to them. “If I am watching an accident on our chopper feed and it’s hard to look at, I’ll tweet that." Remember transparency.
Credibility. "You can phrase your tweets by saying something along the lines of, “X is reporting Y, but we haven’t been able to confirm this information yet.” Or send a couple of tweets saying: “We are working on this story and will tweet updates as soon as we have them.” … “Here’s what we do know …”
Daily Assignment 1 (Day 3): Set up Twitter lists. Find at least five people you want to follow on Twitter related to your beat and create a Twitter list. Post this list to your in-class blog. Tell me why you chose to follow this account. (Besides following people and retweeting is a great way to get more followers). In addition, make sure sharing on Twitter is an option on your beat blog posts. Twitter has dozens of tools/apps (including Click to Tweet) that you might check out on your own and see if they are useful to you.
Daily Assignment 2 (Day 3): It's time to Tweet. Come up with a couple of Tweets from your "beat" that encompass two uses. Let's use a common hashtag so we all can see #com407. Do you need another hashtag? Send them flying from your account. Don't forget to use URL shorteners like bit ly and tinyurl.com and Google's shortener and WordPress.com has its own (when a reader hits the tweet button on the post it provides a shortened URL) Previous class efforts: Nick found something unique to share; as did Sarah (very creative wording) In addition, retweet from at least 1 of the Twitter accounts you chose to follow.
On Twitter, the best window is 1 to 3 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Facebook was hot at 1 to 4 p.m. And Tumblr is a night owl, with posts doing best after 7 p.m.
Spotlight on Research
Through a content analysis of more than 22,000 tweets on Twitter, a study found that journalists more freely express opinions. To a lesser extent, they provided accountability and transparency. Local media more likely than national "elite" to provide information about their jobs, engage in discussions, write about personal lives or link to external websites.
Daily Assignment 1 (Day 4): If you don't already have one, let's sign up for a Hootsuite account. Add your Wordpress blog and your Twitter. It's a good idea to have the Hootsuite app (free) on your smartphone.
Daily Assignment 2 (Day 4): It's time to tweet again. Go ahead and come up with two tweets "related to your beat." Remember what makes a Good, Bad and Ugly tweet. But instead let's use Hootsuite instead. Fire off one right now and schedule one for later.
Major assignment, due Week 11:
For one week, you must maintain a "professional" presence on Twitter as it relates to your beat.
You must tweet at least twice a day. No lump tweeting.
“Aggregation and curation are techniques of using content from other sources to provide content for your audience. They occupy overlapping spaces on a spectrum with original reporting at one end and mechanical aggregation at the other." (Buttry)
"Journalists will not longer focus exclusively on gathering information and producing a story. Now they're managing and amplifying the conversations the community is having; conversations that will happen with or without them.
Journalists will also have social content creation more integrated into their workflow, whether that means creating content for specific platforms or using the content from that platform for the purposes of curation."
What is Storify? It's the compiling of social media (Twitter, YouTube, etc.) to tell a story (without or without comments). (Think Buzzfeed) Storify sifts through all that's out there. There's even a bookmarklet under tools (bottom of page, just like the Pin It button).
Daily Assignment 1: Your storify assignment. Some nice efforts from students with interesting ideas: Rain Delay and Oscar Wedding Influence. Unfortunately, Wordpress.com does not support the embed code from storify. You will need to export, HTML, and just pass along the URL to readers.
Daily Assignment 1:If you don't have one already, create a LinkedIn profile. If you do, 1. look for new contacts and send out requests or find a new company/group to follow. 2. Share a post from your class blog as either a LinkedIn post and/or upload (or link to) a sample of your work 3. Find two ideas for future blog posts. Once you do all this, just let me know on your Tumblr what you did/who you followed/what you found.
You get information: Listen to these answers. Why did he use these clips?
You are going for the "Oh."
What makes a good soundbite?
Think about the medium and purpose. I love the interviews in this story about McDowell County, W.Va. Soundcloud
"Another great trick for audio interviews is to have your subject re-enact the story. It makes for good sound and helps you avoid having too much of your own narration later on."
Terry Gross and Fresh Air on NPR. Look at her interesting questions and follow-ups.
Humans of New York's Brandon Stanton at SXSW
Daily Assignment 1: Take 10 minutes. Review your previous posts. Determine one that could benefit from an interview. Who would it be? How would you find them? What would you ask them? We'll come back together and discuss this.
Daily Assignment 2: Think of a post topic. Then, think how a "real person" interview would aid that topic. Then find a classmate to interview. You should not pick the person next to you. You should not pick a friend. Try to find the best person. So for example you have a book blog. This week is Dr. Seuss' birthday. Your post idea is to list his most popular books by sales. That is the main point of the post. You could ask classmates what their favorite Dr. Seuss book is and why, and weave those responses into the post. (You can interview one or more than one if you'd like to go for a "list" post or a post that needs more reaction). Record on your smartphone to make sure you get the actual quote. You decide and you decide the questions. Then, evaluate the answers you receive and chose one. You don't have to do the post in class, but it must be included in a post this week. This counts as one of your assigned blog posts.
Viewers preferred high-quality videos over low-quality videos. While prior research indicates that people can tolerate lower-quality videos if they like the content, this study suggests viewers “would not tolerate content they found uninformative, bad, not enjoyable or not worth recommending to others.”
People liked longer videos better than shorter ones. Long videos averaged 2.08 minutes in duration. Short videos averaged 24 seconds.
When both quality and length were considered, people preferred long, high-quality videos to other types of video, including short, high-quality ones.
A video’s quality influences what audience members think of a news organization, and having longer videos heighten that perception.
Irony: A reporter from a competing newspaper must get video for a story on how photographers at rival paper laid off so reporters could do their job, including getting video.
What is a video illustration? It's the simplest type that complements or illustrates a text story. It enhances the print story by showing something that is not as effectively described in print as by video.
Let's look at some examples. The Chapel Hill shooting. Examples from Worldstream (WSJ) (This is a lot like your major video assignment, both interviews and illustrations).
Videos make great blog posts as well. Just keep your eye out. Or they make great pins:
The Apps to do it:
Options for editing: Videolicious (free, let's you record yourself, narration over videos, add music, can't really edit), and iMovie for iPhone ($4.99) or WeVideo for Android allows more editing. Splice is another recommendation. Voddio is a multi-track editor (more advanced).
Contiguity is the process of adding multimedia elements and combining them with text at just the right place in a story. The most effective multimedia story quickly provides key connections between text, video, polls, etc. Research shows that readers will spend more time on a site when it includes text explaining how all the story's elements relate to one another. And users learned significantly more from the contiguous stories.
Source: Mastering Multimedia, AJR
Daily assignment 1:Sign up for a YouTube.com account. You should have an Instagram account already.
Daily assignment 2: Upload iMovie (or this later version) or whatever app you plan to use. View a how-to video. Become familiar with it. Shoot some test videos. Edit them using the app. When video is done, upload to YouTube from your phone.
Record two videos at an "event" (one will be interview/testimony and one will be natural sound. Do not combine the two into one video). Event is used loosely. A dinner with friends is an "event." Shopping is an "event." It depends on your blog.
These must be videos you shot and you shot specifically for this assignment (and since it was assigned).
Edit the videos (less than 2 minutes each) using iMovie or some other editing app on your phone.
Post the videos to YouTube.
Post a link to the videos on your blog post (embed). A reminder, the video adds to the blog post. It is not simply the post.
This counts as an assigned blog post for the week.
Daily assignment 3: For next class, Take an "action" video that "relates" to your blog. Embed it in on your class blog. This counts as a blog post. We will be viewing these posts in class, so make sure you have uploaded the post to Wordpress by class time
Podcasts are audio programs that are broadcast over the Internet. They can be downloaded onto your phone, etc., or played on your computer. You can download one or many, for free (generally), or you can subscribe to an RSS service for downloads so you can be alerted when new postings are made available. The name podcast comes from compounding the words iPod and broadcast.
Because your patrons are looking for varied content
For those of you who want to record and post audio to SoundCloud from your phones, Retronym’s new AudioCopy app (Here's a how-to video) or VC Audio Pro – VeriCorder Technology’s $6.99 VC Audio Pro app was designed for broadcasters, but is a powerful and functional tool for anyone that needs to record and edit audio with their iPhone. Itools or IExplorer for getting your Voice Memos off iPhone to computer (I actually email it).
Daily Assignment 1: Let's practice. Sign up for a Soundcloud account. Then, interview a classmate, trim their answer using Audacity, and upload it to Wordpress. (Here's how to upload to Wordpress. You have to save it first onto your Soundcloud).
Daily Assignment 2 (you will need to bring the audio to class with you):
Interview an organizer/participant of an upcoming, blog-related "event."
Write a post (for Week 14) previewing/about the event. Include at least one, strong soundbite from the interviewee.
That soundbite should not be longer than 30 seconds. It should ADD to the post.
If you have no upcoming events, you still need to find a way to get sound from an interview into a blog post this week.
Cover an event on your beat (default assignment is a Grand Alternative event the week leading up to Grand Prix, April 16-23 or a Springfest event April 16-17). From this event you must construct a 2-3 minute Soundslides show. See details on assignments page.
You may not use previous sound/photos you have taken, or photos/sound taken prior to this being assigned.
Upload project to your career account
Post URL on beat blog. Due end of class period on April 27.