Take-home audio gathering exercise

*** SEE FULL ASSIGNMENT ON CANVAS (under Files) – YOUR SOUNDCLOUD LINKS ARE DUE BY 11:59 P.M. MONDAY, MARCH 19 ***

The ultimate goal of our two-part audio gathering/editing lab exercise is to produce a short audio clip of 30 to 45 seconds that tells a coherent story. Here’s an example from Digital Journalism alum Laura Rowe, who visited an SMU isotope lab:

And just to show y’all that even old fogies can do this, here are two more example audio labs completed by two of your favorite professors:

Batsell — The Fountain on a Late Winter Day


Suhler — E-mailing: The Scourge of the 21st Century

From these examples, you can see that you will need 1) NAT SOUND; 2) VO and 3) a short INTERVIEW describing the sound (preferably with someone you don’t know).

Upload your three (SHORT) raw audio files from your phone to your computer or an external drive and post them individually to SoundCloud. Email the SoundCloud links (NOT the raw files!) to me by 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 19. On Tuesday, March 20, bring your original files to class, along with your laptop and some earbuds or headphones. You’ll use GarageBand to edit your three clips into an NPR-worthy masterpiece!

P.S. Looking for some tips on voiceovers? Here’s a great tutorial from the Knight Digital Media Center.

Personal Branding and the Job Hunt

On Tuesday, we’ll start talking about jobs, personal branding and how to land that first gig. Skim/read this “Superpowers” report about the expectations of modern media employers. Peruse the Journo Salary Sharer to see how much reporters make around the country. Check out this Dallas Morning News graphic about the social résumé and Poynter’s 10 Ways to Make Your Journalism Job Application Better Than Anyone Else’s. And if this class has intrigued you about job opportunities related to audience engagement, read this recent MediaShift piece about What ‘Engagement Reporting’ is and Why It Matters and/or this Columbia Journalism Review piece — you may recognize one of the sources. 🙂

Your homework (5 points) is to email me, answering/reacting to one of the following questions by 11:59 p.m. Monday:

  • What was the most memorable advice you took away from any of these readings?
  • Browse through some of Batsell’s favorite journalism job listings below. What trends/patterns do you see in what employers are looking for?

JOB/INTERNSHIP LISTINGS:
JournalismJobs.com
Poynter.org’s searchable job database
Mashable jobs
MediaBistro jobs
DFW Communicators Job Bank
Negotiating tips

News as Conversation

My book, Engaged Journalism: Connecting With Digitally Empowered News Audiences (Columbia University Press, 2015) examines the changing relationship between journalists and the audiences they serve. I’m eager to hear your reactions. For Tuesday’s class, please read Chapter 2: News As Conversation (the PDF is on Canvas under “Files”). By 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, post a reaction of 100 to 200 words to the #j4398 Google Form (http://j.mp/batsellreax) addressing the following question: How (if at all) did the chapter change the way you think about the role the audience plays in the journalistic process? For full credit, cite specific examples from your own reading of the chapter, as well as your own observations and experience. This assignment is worth 5 class participation points.

Meet Your Professor

Welcome back to SMU, and welcome to Digital Journalism! I look forward to navigating the digital jungle with you this semester.

Here’s a short self-profile I produced for the Video Journalism Movement soon after I started teaching at SMU. Since then, I’ve spent a lot of time visiting newsrooms to conduct research on how audience engagement is changing journalism as well as best practices in the business of digital news.

I also invite you to follow me on Twitter and Instagram, as well as our still-developing class Twitter list.