Week 15 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 15.

Final Assignment

Deadline: Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7pm.

Using WebView in Fetch

Earlier in the semester, we set up WebView to find the actual URL of the files on your server.

Now we’re working in a different folder on the server, so we need to do it again. Log in to Fetch and make sure you’re in the home directory. Click WebView and enter this web address:

offthefreeway.com/2016/

That’s it! Now when you want to view a file you can click the WebView button again or right-click and Copy Web Address.

Teaser and Teaser Images

Your story MUST include teasers for 3 of your classmate’s stories in the footer, which is what we started doing in class. If you don’t have three yet, email your classmates to get the image, teaser headline, and 20-30 word teaser text to include.

Good luck!

Week 13 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 13.

Headlines
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And the actual headline from KCRW, “A tale of two Chinatown buildings

Assignments

Assignment #1: Create a Portfolio

Use one of the portfolio sites we went over in class. Add the following: (1) At least four clips, (2) A bio — the story you tell about yourself, and (3) A work history or resume.

Assignment #2: Get Ready to Build the Final

Bring all the content you have so you can start building your page. Required: (1) One photo (that can be cropped square), (2) three headline versions, and (3) a short teaser summary, max 30 words.

 

Deadline for all assignments: Thursday, Dec. 1 in class

Week 12 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 12.

Assignments

Assignment #1: Digital Footprint

Use Google, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and more to find the digital footprint of your classmate. (Assignments will be distributed via email on Friday.) Write a 400-word post on your findings. Post your piece onto our class site as a post.

Assignment #2: Keep Reporting

Each of you is at a different point in your reporting. If you haven’t completed your two interviews yet, do that. If you have, keep gathering string and developing sources. Email me an update.

Extra Credit: Fun With Code

Add a button to the midterm template that toggles (hides and shows) at least one element on the page. Email me the HTML file.

Deadline for all assignments: Thursday, Nov. 17 at 12 noon

Week 11 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 11.

Assignments

Assignment #1: Wireframe Your Final

Take the elements of your final, and lay them out in a wireframe. Label all the elements (text, headline, images, audio slideshow, web element, etc).

Post a link to your wireframe in the comments of this post.

Assignment #2: Keep Reporting

Complete AT LEAST two interviews 
for your final project.

Email me the name and contact info 
of your interview subjects.

Deadline for both assignments: Thursday, Nov. 10 at 12 noon

Week 9 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 9.

Assignments

Assignment #1: Write a Social Story

Find a story on your beat, ideally in our neighborhood. CHOOSE ONE:

  1. Write a Storify or Medium post with embeds using other people posts and resulting interviews.
  2. Write a Storify or Medium post using tweets/social media that *you* post while covering something live or tweeting as you go.

Paste the published story URL into a comment on this post

Assignment #2: Pitch Your Final Project

Write 150-200 words on your final project idea, including who you will talk to, what elements you’ll include and why this story is important. Give me TWO backup ideas.

Your final project will include: 800+ words worth of story (whether in one piece or many), a 2-minute audio slideshow (no narration, with humans and captions), and at least one web element (offering 2-minute experience).

Email me your pitch.

Deadline for both assignments: Thursday, Nov. 3 at 12 noon

Week 8 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 8.

Assignments

Assignment #1: Peer Review

Do an in-depth, 300-word review of one of your classmate’s work. These will be randomly assigned to you by email on Friday. Talk about what you liked and what could have been better.

Email the 300-word review to me.

Deadline: Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon

 

Assignment #2: Mid-Semester Survey

Required by USC. Will be in your email inbox on Friday.

Deadline: Monday, October 17 at 7pm

 

 

Extra Credit Assignment: Make a Distribution Plan

Develop a social media distribution plan for your midterm. Beyond posting your link to Twitter and Facebook, what can you do to promote your work on social media? And beyond that, how can your work be translated to social storytelling. Email me your plan AND at least two examples.

Deadline: Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon

Midterm Assignment

Slides

Here are the class slides from week 7.

Midterm Assignment

Report and produce a multimedia story package on your beat.

Minimum requirements: One 600-800 word main bar and one “in-their-own-words” audio slideshow (two minutes long, no narration and must have captions).

Use our HTML template.

You will be graded on: Overall story quality, quality of the digital elements and how everything works together. Accuracy, spelling, grammar, AP Style and code.

To submit your midterm assignment:

  1. Make a folder called “midterm” on offthefreeway.com and upload/FTP ALL MIDTERM FILES there.
  2. Paste your URL into a comment on this post.

Deadline: Thursday, October 13 at 7 p.m. (start of class)

Week 6 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 6.

Assignment

Assignment #1: Make a Tipsheet

Choose a digital tool that helps us do online storytelling and make a tipsheet to share with the class.
 There are lots of options at links below, but feel free to find one on your own, too.

No one can pick the same tools, so post on this spreadsheet which one you’re going to do. Tell your classmates how to do use the tool, with screenshots, and add a few FAQs. As always, no spelling, style, grammar or factual errors.

Submit your tipsheet as a post here on the blog.

Deadline: Thursday, October 6 at 12 Noon

Midterm Project:

Report and produce a multimedia story package on your beat.

Minimum requirements: One 600-800 word main bar and one “in-their-own-words” audio slideshow (two minutes long, no narration and must have captions).

Use our HTML template.

You will be graded on: Overall story quality, quality of the digital elements and how everything works together. Accuracy, spelling, grammar, AP Style and code.

To submit your midterm, FTP/upload all files to ftp.offthefreeway.com and post the link to the blog. Don’t wait to get started!

Deadline: Thursday, October 13 in Class

Week 5 Assignments

Slides

Here are the class slides from Week 5.

Assignment

Assignment #1: Audio Slideshow

Head to our neighborhood to find, record and photograph a piece relating to your beat. Your audio slideshow must include a human — their self-introduction like we talked about in class and at least one quote — and ambient sound.No narration from you.  Write a headline for the slideshow. All photos must have publication-quality captions. No spelling, style, grammar or factual errors.

Export your slideshow and upload/FTP it to your folder on the ftp.offthefreeway.com server.

The required length is 1:30.

Include the web link/URL to your slideshow in a new post here on the blog.

Deadline: Thursday, September 29 at 12 Noon