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HOW TO PREP FOR BATSELL’S NEXT CLASS

The Final Stretch: Wrapping up Digital Journalism Fall 2017

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Canvas and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Tuesday, Nov. 21: No class. Happy Thanksgiving Break!

Tuesday, Nov. 28: Audio slideshow work session during class. Gradesheet criteria (“MultimediaProjectGradesheet”) and uploading/posting instructions (“SlideshowPosting-Fall17”) on Canvas under Files.

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. Gradesheet criteria (“MultimediaProjectGradesheet”) and uploading/posting instructions (“SlideshowPosting-Fall17”) on Canvas under Files.

Thursday, Nov. 30: Our final class, which includes 1) a review session for the final; and 2) my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this course. The final class will be held at my house near White Rock Lake (details to follow).

Friday, Dec. 1, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn memos (see original personal branding assignment for full details).

Monday, Dec. 4, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for all niche blog posts and Speed Team shifts. [Make sure you have filed all speed team shift reports by this deadline.]

Saturday, Dec. 9, 11:30 a.m.: FINAL EXAM for 11 a.m. T/TH section.

Wednesday, Dec. 13, 11:30 a.m.: FINAL EXAM for 2 p.m. T/TH section.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 16:

As storyboard meetings continue, we WILL have class Thursday, Nov. 16 for a graded exercise involving a research project I will further explain in class. Remaining storyboard appointments are listed on Canvas.

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 14:

No class Tuesday. Your main graded assignment (25 points) for the week is to:

  1. Show up for our scheduled Storyboard Meeting in my office (282C); and
  2. Within 48 hours of our meeting, send me a follow-up memo with the game plan for your final multimedia project.
  • This also would be ANOTHER good week to update and polish your ePortfolio and/or complete your LinkedIn personal branding assignment (it’s on Canvas under Files). Just sayin’.
  • We WILL have class Thursday, Nov. 16 for another graded exercise involving a research project I will further explain in class.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 9:

  • Focus on completing your photo slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Review the photo slideshow gradesheet and instrux (both distributed in class and on Canvas) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Thursday’s class period is a mandatory working lab to edit your photo slideshows. It also is permissible to use the class period to conduct onsite reporting — but if you will not be in class, you must clear it with me ahead of time.
  • Now that you’ve completed the SoundSlides exercise, review the multimedia project gradesheet (distributed in class and on Canvas) and think about whether you want your final project to be an audio slideshow or social video with captions. We’ve seen plenty of audio slideshow examples in class; here are two social video examples: Celebration of Lights | McKinney Avenue Transit Authority

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 7:

  • Focus on completing your photo slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 9. Review the photo slideshow gradesheet and instrux (both in Canvas under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations for that assignment.
  • This also would be a good weekend to update and polish your ePortfolio. Just sayin’.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll have an in-class exercise to familiarize you with Soundslides, the “ridiculously simple storytelling” software we’ll be using for audio slideshows. Please install Soundslides for Mac on your laptop prior to class.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on photo slideshows.
  • Consider your options for your second 50-point niche blog post. You can write a post about the subject of your 3-part multimedia story (example); pitch another blog post to a campus media source; or volunteer for TWO speed team shifts for The Daily Campus (schedule; shift ideas) or SMU-TV (Snapchat takeover instructions: http://j.mp/speedteamsmutv). There’s also a special Meadows event involving social media in the SMU-TV studio on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 9 — let me know if you’d like to participate for speed team credit.
  • After the job summit on Thursday, Marissa O’Connor sent me a GOLD MINE of job advice in a more recent blog post she wrote for her personal site: 10 Tips For Landing Your First Sports or Entertainment Job. Check it out!

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 2:

  • Thursday is our Digital Journalism Job Summit, with three guest speakers. Read the course blog post for some background on our speakers (all recent SMU Journalism alums), follow them on Twitter, and come to class prepared with at least two questions. Out of respect for our speakers, ARRIVE TO CLASS PROMPTLY.
  • Continue working on your radio stories, which are due at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations. Posting instructions are on Canvas (under Files) and are being distributed in class this week.

 

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 31:

  • Gather audio for your radio stories, which are due at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations.
  • Tuesday’s class period is a mandatory working lab to edit your radio stories. It also is permissible to use the class period to conduct onsite reporting — but if you will not be in class, you must clear it with me ahead of time.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 26:

11 a.m. class

  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 5, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 153-171; the essay by Josh Trujillo on pp. 182-83; and p. 184.
  • Listen to StartUp podcast #16: The Secret Formula about the intensive editing process for narrative audio storytelling.
  • By 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag (5 points) describing something new you learned about either:
    • 1) shooting better photos, or
    • 2) what it takes to bring stories to life through audio.

2 p.m. class

  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • On Thursday, we’ll be joined by two multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez and Eric Aasen.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, check out Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella and Eric had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet one (or both) of them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25.

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 24:

11 a.m. class

  • Send me the SoundCloud link to your finished, edited audio practice exercise if you haven’t already.
  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll be joined by two multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez and Eric Aasen.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, check out Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella and Eric had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet one (or both) of them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23.

2 p.m. class

  • Send me the SoundCloud link to your finished, edited audio practice exercise if you haven’t already.
  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 5, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 153-171; the essay by Josh Trujillo on pp. 182-83; and p. 184.
  • Listen to StartUp podcast #16: The Secret Formula about the intensive editing process for narrative audio storytelling.
  • By 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag (5 points) describing something new you learned about either:
    • 1) shooting better photos, or
    • 2) what it takes to bring stories to life through audio.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 19:

  • Take-home audio gathering assignment! Email me links to your three files by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18.
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) also is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, although I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! The 18th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at SMU, “Trusting Media in the Age of Trump,” will be delivered by Washington, D.C. media lawyer Bruce Sanford, one of the most accomplished media lawyers in the nation. See more details here. The event will be held at 8 p.m. tonight, Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Caruth Auditorium, inside the Owen Arts Center. If you attend the lecture and tweet at least three times with the #sammons hashtag, you can earn five bonus Power Tweet points.
  • To be clear, Power Tweets resume this week. Fall Break week was your week off.
  • Consider your options for your second 50-point niche blog post. You can write a post about the subject of your 3-part multimedia story (example); pitch another blog post to a campus media source; or volunteer for TWO speed team shifts for The Daily Campus (schedule; shift ideas) or SMU-TV (Snapchat takeover instructions: http://j.mp/speedteamsmutv). There’s also a special Meadows event involving social media in the SMU-TV studio on the morning of Thursday, Nov. 9 — let me know if you’d like to participate for speed team credit.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 17:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 6, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 185-197 and the newsroom innovator profile of NPR’s Robert Smith on pp. 212-213. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, tweet something new you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, although I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • No Power Tweets this week! Power Tweeting will resume next week.
  • Consider your options for your second 50-point niche blog post. You can write a post about the subject of your 3-part multimedia story (example); pitch another blog post to a campus media source; or volunteer for TWO speed team shifts for The Daily Campus (schedule; shift ideas) or SMU-TV (Snapchat takeover instructions: http://j.mp/speedteamsmutv).
  • EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! The 18th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at SMU, “Trusting Media in the Age of Trump,” will be delivered by Washington, D.C. media lawyer Bruce Sanford, one of the most accomplished media lawyers in the nation. See more details here. The event will be held at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17 in Caruth Auditorium, inside the Owen Arts Center. If you attend the lecture and tweet at least three times with the #sammons hashtag, you can earn five bonus Power Tweet points.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017:

  • No class Thursday, Oct. 5 — I’ll be at #ONA17 (and, fair warning, I’ll be tweeting heavily).
  • Your first blog post and Power Tweet links must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7.
  • No Power Tweets during the week of Fall Break — we’ll resume power tweeting during the week of Oct. 16.
  • Five-point pre-class assignment re: the power of multimedia storytelling. Reax due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Full details here.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017:

  • Tuesday is our midterm exam. BRING HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS. Prior to the exam, I also encourage you to review your notes from readings, class discussions, guest speakers etc., so you have that information fresh in your mind to include in your analysis.
  • Meanwhile, if you haven’t completed them yet, make sure you’re on target to make deadline for your Dash HTML exercise (11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1) and your first blog post (must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7).

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017:

  • Tuesday is our midterm exam. BRING HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS. Prior to the exam, I also encourage you to review your notes from readings, class discussions, guest speakers etc., so you have that information fresh in your mind to include in your analysis.
  • Meanwhile, if you haven’t completed them yet, make sure you’re on target to make deadline for your Dash HTML exercise (11:59 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 1) and your first blog post (must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7).

Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017:

  • On Thursday, we’ll have an in-class Five Pillars review exercise in preparation for Tuesday’s midterm exam. BRING HEADPHONES OR EARBUDS.
  • Meanwhile, if you haven’t completed them yet, make sure you’re on target to make deadline for your Dash HTML exercise (11:59 p.m. Sunday) and your first blog post (Oct. 7).

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 4, “Going Mobile,” pp. 135-152. Pay special attention to the brief section on live blogging, pp. 144-145, and Newsroom Innovator Etan Horowitz, 148-9.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll do a practice live blog while watching a replay of a recent news event. Check out these Google search tricks and try them out — you’ll be using them on Tuesday to bring context to the live blog.
  • Over the weekend, look for my CoverItLive email invitation to Tuesday’s live blog — please accept the invite and create your account before class.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 21, 2017:

  • Create (or improve/update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Thursday’s class, try to achieve at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20.
  • Knock out a few HTML tasks on Dash if you’d like to get ahead. The next-week version of you will thank the this-week version of you for your motivation and foresight. Instructions are on Canvas under Files.
  • On Thursday, we’ll go over class business and have a work session for personal branding and coding.

Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017:

  • Read Briggs on the basics of Web design, HTML and CSS (second half of Chapter One, pp. 20-33).
  • Pay special attention to the Burt Herman “Newsroom Innovator” profile (pp. 40-41) and come to class prepared to discuss why it is important for journalists to learn basic functionality in HTML. On Thursday in class, you will begin your self-paced HTML tutorial.
  • Continue your progress with the SMU Digital Course Pack: Analytics 101. Your assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.
  • Email me a finalized blog pitch no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13 answering the following questions:
  1. What’s your idea? (100 words or less)
  2. What’s your target publication and audience?
  3. What’s already been written about this — and how will your post will be different?

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017:

  • Don’t forget to post each week’s Power Tweet permalinks on your course blog page no later than 11:59 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Read my chapter from Engaged Journalism, “News as Conversation” (it’s on Canvas, under Files) and post a reaction (10 points) as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.
  • Continue your progress with the SMU Digital Course Pack: Analytics 101. If, after a couple of hours, you feel comfortable enough with the course material, go ahead and take the assessment — you get up to three tries. If you encounter a technical glitch, please let me know before you create another account. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.
  • Email me a finalized blog post pitch no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, answering the following questions:
  1. What’s your idea? (100 words or less)
  2. What’s your target publication and audience?
  3. What’s already been written about this — and how will your post will be different?

Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017:

  • Peruse the DMN’s GuideLive blog and check out the examples of previous niche blog posts listed on the Class Links page. Think about your interest level in these topics, as well as other options for your first blog post.
  • Finish your practice aggregation assignment (http://j.mp/j4398agg) and email it to me and your class partner by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.
  • If you haven’t already, read the previously assigned sections in the Briggs book — Ch. 2 (48-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88), Ch. 9 (283-306).
  • Sign up for our SMU Digital Course Pack: Analytics 101 and start browsing the course. Do not take the online assessment yet, and if you encounter a glitch, please let me know before you create another account. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017:

***Don’t forget to post your first two Power Tweets to your page on the course blog. This first week of Power Tweeting, I’ll extend the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Sunday instead of the usual Friday deadline.***

  • Read the Blogging parts of Briggs Ch. 2 (45-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88).

  • GUEST SPEAKER ALERT!  On Tuesday we’ll visit with Christine (Tiney) Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News. Tiney is a proud SMU Journalism alum, Class of 2010. In 2014, The Dallas Morning News put her in charge of developing three new niche blogs as part of a new initiative called the DMN Insider Network — (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ). She has since been promoted and now works as a staff writer and editor for GuideLive, the entertainment arm of The Dallas Morning News. Follow her on Twitter at @tineywristwatch and check out her latest work. Come to class with questions in mind for Tiney; the Briggs reading will touch on a lot of the same themes she will be discussing.
  • 5-point homework assignment: After completing the Briggs reading, tweet Tiney a question that’s on your mind about blogging in general, niche blogging, using social media effectively as a journalist, aggregation, or any other relevant topic. Tweet your question no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 4, and include the #j4398 hashtag.
  • Think about your strategy for the practice aggregation assignment (http://j.mp/j4398agg), although that’s not due until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017:

  • Go forth and tweet with purpose! Power Tweets start this week. If you could use some guidance about what good Power Tweeting looks like, check out the examples from previous semesters on the course blog.
  • Read what Briggs has to say about search engine optimization (SEO) on pp. 295-300 as well as the 17-page PDF on Canvas (under Files) about social media and analytics. For 5 points, by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, email me a short reaction about either 1) something you found useful or surprising from either reading; or 2) of the authors we’ve read so far, whose approach do you prefer?
  • Sign up for our SMU DIGITAL COURSE PACK: Analytics and start browsing the course. Do not take the online assessment yet, and if you encounter a glitch, please do not create multiple accounts. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017:

  • Read the following sections of Briggs Ch. 2, “Blogging and Microblogging: Publish, distribute and connect”: pp. 45-47; 54-62; 64-68; 79-85; and the “Drilling Down” boxes on p. 66 and p. 68 (basically, all the parts about Twitter).
  • Post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 28.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Aug. 24, 2017:

  • Read the foreword by Jennifer Preston and preface to the Briggs book (xv-xxii), as well as the Introduction (1-6), and be prepared to discuss in class. Also, peruse Briggs’ digital journalism links on pages 307-308 and bookmark your favorites (or start following them on Twitter). Finally, read this contest-winning essay by Greg Linch — answering the question “What Makes You the Future of Journalism?” — and this list of 10 basics today’s journalists need. Be prepared to analyze/discuss all of these readings during Thursday’s class.

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*** EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD AND OUTDATED. PLEASE IGNORE IT. ***

The Final Stretch: Wrapping up Digital Journalism Fall 2016

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Canvas and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Tuesday, Nov. 29: Audio slideshow work session during class. Gradesheet criteria (“MultimediaProjectGradesheet”) and uploading/posting instructions (“SlideshowPosting-Fall16”) on Canvas under Files.

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. Gradesheet criteria (“MultimediaProjectGradesheet”) and uploading/posting instructions (“SlideshowPosting-Fall16”) on Canvas under Files.

Thursday, Dec. 1: Our final class, which includes 1) a review session for the final; and 2) my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this class.

Friday, Dec. 2 EXTENDED: Sunday, Dec. 4, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn memos (see original personal branding assignment for full details).

Monday, Dec. 5, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for all niche blog posts and Speed Team shifts. [Make sure you have filed all speed team shift reports by this deadline.]

Friday, Dec. 9, 8 a.m.: FINAL EXAM for 9:30 a.m. T/TH section.

Saturday, Dec. 10, 11:30 a.m.: FINAL EXAM for 11 a.m. T/TH section.

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Homework for Tuesday, Nov. 29:

  • For extra credit (5 points), email me your reaction/takeaways from our Digital Journalism Job Summit by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23.
  • Focus on completing your audio slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 30. Review the multimedia project gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Tuesday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on your audio slideshow or social video. I encourage you to bring a rough draft to class that we can discuss.

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Homework for Tuesday, Nov. 22:

  • Tuesday is our Digital Journalism Job Summit, with three guest speakers. Read the course blog post for some background on our speakers (all recent SMU Journalism alums), follow them on Twitter, and come to class prepared with at least two questions. Out of respect for our speakers, ARRIVE TO CLASS PROMPTLY.
  • For 5 bonus Power Tweet points, send me a reaction by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23 with your biggest takeaway from each speaker. To be eligible for these bonus points, you must be present for class and you must arrive on time.

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Outlook for the week of Nov. 14-18:

Your only class responsibilities this week:

  1. Show up for our scheduled Storyboard Meeting in my office (282C); and
  2. Within 48 hours of our meeting, send me a follow-up memo with the game plan for your audio slideshow.
  • This also would be ANOTHER good week to update and polish your ePortfolio and/or complete your LinkedIn personal branding assignment (it’s on Canvas under Files). Just sayin’.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 8 (ELECTION DAY!!!):

  • Focus on completing your photo slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. Review the photo slideshow gradesheet and instrux (both in Canvas under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations for that assignment.
  • This also would be a good weekend to update and polish your ePortfolio. Just sayin’.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll have an in-class exercise to familiarize you with Soundslides, the “ridiculously simple storytelling” software we’ll be using for your audio slideshows.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on photo slideshows.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 3:

  • Familiarize (or re-familiarize) yourself with last spring’s bombshell Panama Papers investigation, perhaps the most ambitious digital journalistic collaboration in history, by reading and watching this CNN explainer. Be prepared to discuss in class.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 1:

  • 5-point speaker summary: Email me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Monday summarizing the key points you took away from Stella and Eric’s visit, especially any tips and strategies you might apply to your own 3-part project.
  • Work on your radio stories, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. Tuesday’s class will be a mandatory lab session to edit your radio stories, although you also can use the time for last-minute audio gathering if need be (just let me know in advance).

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Homework for Thursday, Oct. 27

  • Send me a pitch for your second blog post (or intention to do two extra speed team shifts) by the end of the week. Commit to a deadline date sometime in November.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio story, due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday. Check the gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to ensure you understand expectations.
  • Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations for that assignment.
  • On Thursday, we’ll be joined by two multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez and Eric Aasen.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, check out Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella and Eric had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet one (or both) of them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 25:

  • Send me the SoundCloud link to your finished, edited audio practice exercise.
  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Canvas (under Files) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • Sign up for your second speed team shifthttp://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • Read Briggs Ch. 5, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 153-171; the essay by Josh Trujillo on pp. 182-83; and p. 184.
  • Listen to StartUp podcast #16: The Secret Formula about the intensive editing process for narrative audio storytelling.
  • By 11:59 p.m. Monday, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag (5 points) describing something new you learned about either:
    • 1) shooting better photos, or
    • 2) what it takes to bring stories to life through audio.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 20:

  • Take-home audio gathering assignment! Email me links to your three files by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19.
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) also is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, although I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! The 17th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at SMU will present “Making Sense of a Tragedy in Real Time: Media Coverage of the Dallas Ambush,” focusing on the events of July 7, 2016, when a gunman killed four Dallas police officers and a DART officer during a protest march downtown. The lecture will be a panel discussion featuring Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson and Emmy-winning CBS 11 journalist Steve Pickett.  The event will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Caruth Auditorium, inside the Owen Arts Center. If you attend the lecture and tweet at least twice with the #sammons hashtag, you can earn five bonus Power Tweet points. To receive credit, you must have your ID swiped by a Meadows staff member immediately after the lecture ends.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 18:

  • If you didn’t have time during the midterm exam, please let me know how the class is working for you so far by filling out a Google Form at http://j.mp/batsellfeedback.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 6, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 185-197 and the newsroom innovator profile of NPR’s Robert Smith on pp. 212-213. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 17, tweet something you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, although I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • No Power Tweets this week! Power Tweeting will resume next week.
  • EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! The 17th annual Rosine Smith Sammons Lecture in Media Ethics at SMU will present “Making Sense of a Tragedy in Real Time: Media Coverage of the Dallas Ambush,” focusing on the events of July 7, 2016, when a gunman killed four Dallas police officers and a DART officer during a protest march downtown. The lecture will be a panel discussion featuring Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Morning News Editor Mike Wilson and Emmy-winning CBS 11 journalist Steve Pickett.  The event will be held at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in Caruth Auditorium, inside the Owen Arts Center. If you attend the lecture and tweet at least twice with the #sammons hashtag, you can earn five bonus Power Tweet points.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 13:

  • Five-point pre-class assignment re: the power of multimedia storytelling. Full details here.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 6:

  • Midterm exam. You will assess and critique an assigned news organization according to the fundamental pillars of online journalism, evaluating its comprehensive digital presence across all platforms. You’ll want to support your analysis with specific examples to illustrate your points, drawing from our class readings, activities and discussions, as well as your own analysis and observations. This will be an open-book, open-notes, open-Internet, open-phone exam, but you may not communicate with your classmates. Best way to study: Review your notes on the Five Pillars and apply them by analyzing the website of your hometown newspaper or TV station. How does it measure up? You’ll also want to brush up on SEO.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 4:

  • Finish your Codecademy tutorial. Your profile link, badges and screen grab are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday night. If you’re fuzzy on the details, consult the original assignment.
  • Want to contribute to #smuelex student media coverage of the General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8? It counts for Speed Team credit. Sign up here.
  • Tuesday is national #NewsEngagementDay! To mark the occasion, we’ll talk data journalism and sports analytics with Fox 4 weekend sports anchor Edward Egros. Follow Edward on Twitter, check out his Inside Sports Analytics blog, and tweet him a question about data journalism with the #j4398 hashtag by 11:59 p.m. Monday. (5 points)

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 29:

  • Knock out a few lessons on Codecademy. The Sunday version of you will thank the midweek version of you for your motivation and foresight. (Remember, your badges and screen grab are due by 11:59 p.m. Sunday night.)
  • Create (or improve/update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Thursday’s class, try to achieve at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 28.
  • On Thursday, we’ll go over class business and have a personal branding work session.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 27:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 4, “Going Mobile,” pp. 135-152. Pay special attention to the brief section on live blogging, pp. 144-145, and Newsroom Innovator Etan Horowitz, 148-9.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll do a practice live blog while watching a replay of Monday night’s presidential debate. Check out these Google search tricks and try them out — you’ll be using them on Tuesday to bring context to the debate.
  • Look for at least two emails from me this weekend:
    • 1) My CoverItLive invitation to Tuesday’s live blog (please accept and create your account before class); and
    • 2) Links to news organizations’ live blogs of Monday night’s debate (check them out for a taste of the second-screen experience)
  • Since the Iron Skillet is Friday, I’ll extend the deadline to post your Power Tweet links until 11:59 p.m. Saturday.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 22:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2016:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016:

  • Read Briggs on the basics of Web design, HTML and CSS (second half of Chapter One, pp. 20-33).
  • Pay special attention to the Burt Herman “Newsroom Innovator” profile (pp. 40-41) and come to class prepared to discuss why it is important for journalists to learn basic functionality in HTML. On Thursday in class, you will begin your self-paced HTML tutorial.
  • If you haven’t already, sign up for your first Speed Team shift, which must be completed before Fall Break.
  • Continue your progress with Analytics 101: Understanding Digital Metrics. Your assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
  • Email me a finalized blog pitch no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 answering the following questions:
  1. What’s your idea? (100 words or less)
  2. What’s your target publication and audience?
  3. What’s already been written about this — and how will your post will be different?

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016:

  • Don’t forget to post each week’s Power Tweet permalinks on your course blog page no later than 11:59 p.m. on Fridays.
  • Read my chapter from Engaged Journalism, “News as Conversation” (it’s on Canvas, under Files) and post a reaction (10 points) as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 12 (note earlier deadline than usual).
  • Sign up for your first Speed Team shift — you must complete your first shift before Fall Break. 
  • Continue your progress with Analytics 101: Understanding Digital Metrics. If, after a couple of hours, you feel comfortable enough with the course material, go ahead and take the assessment — you get up to three tries. If you encounter a technical glitch, please let me know before you create another account. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.
  • Email me a finalized blog pitch no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 14 answering the following questions:
  1. What’s your idea? (100 words or less)
  2. What’s your target publication and audience?
  3. What’s already been written about this — and how will your post will be different?

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016:

  • Peruse the DMN’s GuideLive and Craft Beer and Cocktails blogs to get a feel for the focus of each blog, and check out the examples of previous niche blog posts listed on the Class Links page. Think about your interest level in these topics, as well as other options for your first blog post.
  • 5-point speaker summary: Email me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday summarizing the key points you took away from Tiney’s visit. Include the beginnings of an idea for your first blog post.
  • If you haven’t already, read the previously assigned sections in the Briggs book — Ch. 2 (48-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88), Ch. 9 (283-306).
  • Sign up for Analytics 101: Understanding Digital Metrics and start browsing the course. Do not take the online assessment yet, and if you encounter a glitch, please let me know before you create another account. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016:

***Don’t forget to post your first two Power Tweets to your page on the course blog. This first week of Power Tweeting, I’ll extend the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Sunday instead of the usual Friday deadline.***

  • Read the Blogging parts of Briggs Ch. 2 (45-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88).

  • GUEST SPEAKER ALERT!  On Tuesday we’ll visit with Christine (Tiney) Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News. Tiney is a proud SMU Journalism alum, Class of 2010. In 2014, The Dallas Morning News put her in charge of developing three new niche blogs as part of a new initiative called the DMN Insider Network — (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ). She has since been promoted and now works as a staff writer and editor for GuideLive, the entertainment arm of The Dallas Morning News. Follow her on Twitter at @tineywristwatch and check out her latest work. Come to class with questions in mind for Tiney; the Briggs reading will touch on a lot of the same themes she will be discussing.
  • 5-point homework assignment: After completing the Briggs reading, tweet Tiney a question that’s on your mind about blogging in general, niche blogging, using social media effectively as a journalist, or any other relevant topic. Tweet your question no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, and include the #j4398 hashtag.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016:

  • Go forth and tweet with purpose! Power Tweets start this week. If you could use some guidance about what good Power Tweeting looks like, check out the examples from the Spring ’16 class.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 9 (283-306), “Building a Digital Audience For News.”
  • Pay close attention to the parts about search engine optimization (SEO) on pp. 295-300 and the essay from Marissa Nelson on pp. 304-305.
  • Sign up for Analytics 101: Understanding Digital Metrics and start browsing the course. Do not take the online assessment yet, and if you encounter a glitch, please do not create multiple accounts. The assessment must be successfully completed by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016:

  • Read the following sections of Briggs Ch. 2, “Blogging and Microblogging: Publish, distribute and connect”: pp. 45-47; 54-62; 64-68; 79-85; and the “Drilling Down” boxes on p. 66 and p. 68 (basically, all the parts about Twitter).
  • Post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016:

  • Read the foreword by Jennifer Preston and preface to the Briggs book (xv-xxii), as well as the Introduction (1-6), and be prepared to discuss in class. Also, peruse Briggs’ digital journalism links on pages 307-308 and bookmark your favorites (or start following them on Twitter). Finally, read this contest-winning essay by Greg Linch — answering the question “What Makes You the Future of Journalism?” — and this list of 10 basics today’s journalists need. Be prepared to analyze/discuss these readings during Thursday’s class.

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*** EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD AND OUTDATED. PLEASE IGNORE IT. ***

The Final Stretch: Wrapping up Digital Journalism Spring 2016

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Blackboard and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Tuesday, April 26, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. (Gradesheet criteria and uploading/posting instructions on Blackboard.)

Thursday, April 28, 9:30 a.m.: Our final class — in the form of a brunch at my house near White Rock Lake. #j4398 Breakfast Taco Brunch will include a review session for the final and my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this class. Special guest: Filip Struhárik, news editor and social media editor for the Denník newspaper in Slovakia (!!).

Friday, April 29, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn memos (see original personal branding assignment for full details).

Monday, May 2, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for all niche blog posts and Speed Team shifts. [If you are completing two extra speed team shifts in place of your second blog post, please email me both of your extra published links by this deadline.]

Thursday, May 5, 8 a.m.: Final exam.

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Homework for Tuesday, April 26:

  • Focus on completing your audio slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, April 26. Review the audio slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Tuesday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on photo slideshows.
  • For extra credit (5 points), email me your reaction/takeaways from our Digital Journalism Job Summit by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 25.

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Homework for Thursday, April 21:

  • Thursday is our Digital Journalism Job Summit, with three guest speakers. Read the course blog post for some background on our speakers (all recent SMU Journalism alums), follow them on Twitter, and come to class prepared with at least two questions. For 5 bonus Power Tweet points, send me a reaction by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 25 with your biggest takeaway from each speaker.

Homework for Tuesday, April 19:

  • If you haven’t already, send me a follow-up memo (5 points) with the game plan for your audio slideshow.
  • Other than that, no homework. So yes, this would be ANOTHER good window to update and polish your ePortfolio and/or complete your LinkedIn personal branding assignment (it’s on Blackboard under Assignments).
  • On Tuesday in class, we’ll dig into more #PanamaPapers coverage. See you then!

Outlook for the week of April 11-15:

Your only class responsibilities this week:

  1. Show up for our scheduled Storyboard Meeting in my office (282C); and
  2. Within 48 hours of our meeting, send me a follow-up memo (5 points) with the game plan for your audio slideshow.
  • This also would be ANOTHER good week to update and polish your ePortfolio and/or complete your LinkedIn personal branding assignment (it’s on Blackboard under Assignments). Just sayin’.
  • If you haven’t already, send me a pitch for your second blog post. Commit to a deadline date sometime in April.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked

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Homework for Tuesday, April 5:

  • Focus on completing your photo slideshow, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 7. Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for that assignment.
  • This also would be a good weekend to update and polish your ePortfolio. Just sayin’.
  • If you haven’t already, send me a pitch for your second blog post. Commit to a deadline date sometime in April.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • On Tuesday, we’ll have an in-class exercise to familiarize you with Soundslides, the “ridiculously simple storytelling” software we’ll be using for your audio slideshows.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on photo slideshows.

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Homework for Thursday, March 31:

  • If you haven’t already, send me a pitch for your second blog post by the end of the week. Commit to a deadline date sometime in April.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio story, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for that assignment.

Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 29:

  • 5-point speaker summary: Send me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Monday summarizing the key points you took away from Stella and Eric’s visit, especially any tips and strategies you might apply to your own 3-part project.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 5, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 153-171; the essay by Josh Trujillo on pp. 182-83; and p. 184. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag describing something new you learned about shooting better photos (5 points).
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • Send me a memo pitching the topic for your second blog post no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 31. Commit to a due date sometime in April.
  • FYI, class on Thursday, March 31, will be a working lab for your radio stories, which are due by 11:59 p.m. that night.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, March 24:

  • NO CLASS TUESDAY, MARCH 22 — Prof. Batsell will be returning from Berlin, where he’ll be speaking at the Digital Innovators’ Summit. If you’re curious, follow the hashtag #DISummit on Monday (my presentation is at 8:45 a.m. Dallas time).
  • Send me the SoundCloud link to your finished, edited audio practice exercise.
  • Work on setting up your onsite visits for your radio stories. Review the radio story gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.
  • Sign up for your second speed team shifthttp://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • On Thursday, we’ll be joined by two multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez and Eric Aasen.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, read and listen to Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella and Eric had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet one (or both) of them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by noon Wednesday, March 23.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, March 17:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 15:

  • If you didn’t have time during the midterm exam, please let me know how the class is working for you so far by filling out a Google Form at http://j.mp/batsellfeedback.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 6, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 185-197 and the newsroom innovator profile of NPR’s Robert Smith on pp. 212-213. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 14, tweet something new you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, although I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • Your completed CodeAvengers profile is due no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 18.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • No Power Tweets during Spring Break! Power Tweeting will resume the week of March 14.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 1:

  • Multimedia storytelling assignment reaction due by 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29.
  • EXTRA CREDIT opportunity! The O’Neil Lecture in Business Journalism will be delivered on Tuesday, March 1, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. in ULee 241 by Kevin Delaney, the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Quartz, Atlantic Media’s business-news operation. This should be a fascinating talk; Quartz is taking an innovative and disruptive digital-first, and mobile-first, approach to news, with interesting implications for everything from beats to newsroom structure to writing style. Check out Quartz at qz.com and, for background, visit here and here. If you attend Delaney’s lecture and tweet three times with the #oneilsmu hashtag, you can earn five bonus Power Tweet points.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 25:

  • Create (or improve/update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Thursday’s class, make sure you have achieved at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.
  • On Thursday, we’ll go over class business and have a personal branding work session.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 23:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 18:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 16:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 4, “Going Mobile,” pp. 135-152. Pay special attention to the brief section on live blogging, pp. 144-145, and Newsroom Innovator Etan Horowitz, 148-9.
  • After reading these three short pieces, send a tweet by 11:59 p.m. Monday with the #j4398 hashtag describing something you learned about mobile and real-time reporting. This is worth five class participation points.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016:

  • Read Briggs on the basics of Web design, HTML and CSS (second half of Chapter One, pp. 20-33).
  • Pay special attention to the Burt Herman “Newsroom Innovator” profile (pp. 40-41) and come to class prepared to discuss why it is important for journalists to learn basic functionality in HTML. On Thursday in class, you will begin your self-paced HTML tutorial.
  • Send me a sample blog pitch (with specifics) no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016:

  • Don’t forget to post the links to your first two weeks of Power Tweets on your course blog page no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • Read my book chapter, “News as Conversation” (it’s on Blackboard, under Assignments) and post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than noon on Mon, Feb. 8.
  • Sign up for your first Speed Team shift.
  • Email me a blog pitch (with specifics) no later than 11:59 p.m. Wed, Feb. 10. You may want to browse some of Tiney’s story ideas from last semester.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016:

  • Peruse the DMN’s GuideLive and Craft Beer and Cocktails blogs to get a feel for the focus of each blog, and check out the examples of previous niche blog posts listed on the Class Links page. Think about your interest level in these topics.
  • 5-point speaker summary: Send me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday summarizing the key points you took away from Tiney’s visit. Include the beginnings of an idea for your first blog post.
  • If you haven’t already, read the previously assigned sections in the Briggs book — Ch. 2 (48-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88), Ch. 9 (283-306) — and “Chartbeat wants to help online publishers use data for quality rather than quantity of clicks.”

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016:

***Don’t forget to post your first two Power Tweets to your page on the course blog. This first week of Power Tweeting, I’ll extend the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Sunday instead of the usual Friday deadline.***

  • Read the Blogging parts of Briggs Ch. 2 (45-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88).

  • GUEST SPEAKER ALERT!  On Tuesday we’ll visit with Christine (Tiney) Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News. Tiney is a proud SMU Journalism alum, Class of 2010. In 2014, The Dallas Morning News put her in charge of developing three new niche blogs as part of a new initiative called the DMN Insider Network — (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ). She has since been promoted and now works as a staff writer and editor for GuideLive, the entertainment arm of The Dallas Morning News. Follow her on Twitter at @tineywristwatch and check out her latest work. Come to class with questions in mind for Tiney; the Briggs reading will touch on a lot of the same themes she will be discussing.
  • 5-point homework assignment: After completing the Briggs reading, tweet Tiney a question that’s on your mind about blogging in general, niche blogging, using social media effectively as a journalist, or any other relevant topic. Tweet your question no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, and include the #j4398 hashtag.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016:

  • Read the following sections of Briggs Ch. 2, “Blogging and Microblogging: Publish, distribute and connect”: pp. 45-47; 54-62; 64-68; 79-85; and the “Drilling Down” boxes on p. 66 and p. 68 (basically, all the parts about Twitter).
  • Post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016:

  • Read the foreword by Jennifer Preston and preface to the Briggs book (xv-xxii), as well as the Introduction (1-6), and be prepared to discuss in class. Also, peruse Briggs’ digital journalism links on pages 307-308 and bookmark your favorites (or start following them on Twitter). Finally, read this contest-winning essay by Greg Linch — answering the question “What Makes You the Future of Journalism?” — and this list of 10 basics today’s journalists need. Be prepared to analyze/discuss these readings during Thursday’s class.

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*** EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD AND OUTDATED. PLEASE IGNORE IT. ***

The Final Stretch: Wrapping up Digital Journalism Fall 2015

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Blackboard and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Deadline to sign up for Sports Career Day at AT&T Stadium to be held on Wednesday, Dec. 9. This is the event Kelsey Charles mentioned during our Digital Job Summit. See email from Lisa Goodson for details.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 9:30 a.m.: Our final class — in the form of a brunch at my house near White Rock Lake. #j4398 Brunch will include a review session for the final and my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this class. Special guest: Tiney Ricciardi, who will share Web traffic results from your niche blog posts.

Thursday, Dec. 3, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. (Gradesheet criteria and uploading/posting instructions on Blackboard.)

Monday, Dec. 7, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn memos (see original personal branding assignment for full details).

Monday, Dec. 7, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for all niche blog posts and Speed Team shifts.

Friday, Dec. 11, 8 a.m.: Final exam.

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Update as of Thursday, November 19:

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Blackboard and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

  • The Soundslides practice exercise is posted on Blackboard under Assignments. Send me your published link by the end of class Thursday for full credit.
  • Send me your follow-up storyboard memo (5 points) no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • Where do you stand with your second niche blog post? Here are some unclaimed story ideas. (Last call for blog posts is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.)
  • Where do you stand with your second Speed Team shift? Sign up at http://j.mp/speedteamsked. (Last call is 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.)
  • During class on Tuesday, Nov. 24, you can earn 10 points of extra credit for participating in a social media focus group conducted by SMU’s Office of Public Affairs. You must arrive promptly to participate in the full session, and make sure to sign in.
  • The Tuesday after Thanksgiving, Dec. 1, will be a mandatory open lab to work on your audio slideshows, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3. You also may choose to spend time refining your personal websites and/or LinkedIn pages, which must be finalized no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.

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Homework for Tuesday, Nov. 17:

  • Sign up for our storyboard meeting at http://j.mp/fall15storyboard. There will be no class on Tuesday, Nov. 17  — your only class responsibility is our one-on-one meeting.
  • This also would be a good weekend to work on updating and polishing your ePortfolio. Just sayin’.

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Homework for Thursday, Nov. 12:

  • Your Job Summit reaction (5 points) is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11 at http://j.mp/jobsummitfeedback
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on your photo slideshows, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations, criteria, and posting instructions for the assignment.
  • Sign up for our storyboard meeting at http://j.mp/fall15storyboard. There will be no class on Tuesday, Nov. 17  — your only class responsibility is our one-on-one meeting.

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Homework for Tuesday, Nov. 10:

  • Tuesday is our Digital Journalism Job Summit, with three guest speakers. Read the course blog post for some background on our speakers (all recent SMU Journalism alums), follow them on Twitter, and come to class prepared with at least two questions. There will be a Job Summit reaction assignment worth 5 points.
  • Don’t forget that your photo slideshows are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 12. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations and criteria for the assignment
  • This also would be a good weekend to work on updating and polishing your ePortfolio. Just sayin’.

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Homework for Thursday, Nov. 5:

  • If you haven’t already, send me a pitch for your second blog post by the end of the week. Your second post is due no later than Monday, Dec. 7.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked
  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio story, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start snapping shots for your three-part projects.

Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 3:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 5, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 153-171; the essay by Josh Trujillo on pp. 182-83; and p. 184. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag describing something new you learned about shooting better photos (5 points).
  • Send me a pitch for your second blog post (or sign up for two extra speed team shifts) no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. Commit to a deadline. Your second post is due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7.
  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio story, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 27:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 22:

  • 5-point speaker summary: Send me a short reaction (100 words or so) by noon Wednesday summarizing the key points you took away from Stella and Eric’s visit, especially any tips and strategies you might apply to your own 3-part project.
  • Read Briggs Ch. 6, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 185-197 and the newsroom innovator profile of NPR’s Robert Smith on pp. 212-213. By 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, tweet something new you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment (10 points) is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, but I encourage you to submit it earlier.
  • Your completed CodeAvengers profile is due no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday.
  • Sign up for your second Speed Team shift at http://j.mp/speedteamsked

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 20:

  • On Tuesday, we’ll be joined by two multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez and Eric Aasen.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, read and listen to Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella and Eric had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet one (or both) of them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by noon Monday.
  • Your 3-part story memos are due no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22 (but why not send them earlier?).

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 15:

  • Five-point pre-class assignment re: the power of multimedia storytelling. Full details here.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 6:

  • National News Engagement Day! Full details on course blog post. Bring headphones and download Spotify on your laptop if you don’t have it already installed.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 1:

  • Create (or improve/update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Thursday’s class, make sure you have achieved at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 29:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 24:

  • CLASS IS SUSPENDED Thursday so you can live-tweet SMU’s Centennial Commemoration festivities.
  • To be counted as present for Thursday’s class activities, you must live-tweet three acts of journalism with two hashtags: #smu100 and #j4398
  • Acceptable events to live-tweet include the 8:30 a.m. worship service, the 10 a.m. Convocation Concert, the 10:30 a.m. Commemoration Ceremony and the noon-1 p.m. Centennial Picnic on the main quad. If you plan to attend any of these events, you must register here.
  • To capture the spectacle, you also can tweet acts of journalism from around campus during this time window, as long as the tweets are relevant to the #smu100 theme. Interview alumni! Take pictures of Peruna! You get the idea.
  • Photos must include text that explains what’s going on in the pic.
  • Direct or indirect quotes from the event also are OK, but don’t merely be a stenographer. Add your own analysis and context.
  • Be meticulous! Tweets with typos or factual errors won’t count. Be fast, but be accurate.
  • By noon Friday, email me the permalinks to your three #smu100 acts of journalism (one of them can count as your act of journalism Power Tweet for the week, but you’ll still need to do the usual act of engagement separately).
  • Check back here Friday for your reading assignment for class on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 22:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 4, “Going Mobile,” pp. 135-152. Pay special attention to the brief section on live blogging, pp. 144-145, and Newsroom Innovator Etan Horowitz, 148-9.
  • After reading these three short pieces, send a tweet by 11:59 p.m. Monday with the #j4398 hashtag describing something you learned about mobile and real-time reporting. This is worth five class participation points.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015:

  • Read Briggs on the basics of Web design, HTML and CSS (pp. 20-33).
  • Pay special attention to the Burt Herman “Newsroom Innovator” profile (pp. 40-41) and come to class prepared to discuss why it is important for journalists to learn basic functionality in HTML. On Thursday in class, you will begin your self-paced HTML tutorial.
  • If you haven’t already, sign up for your first Speed Team shift.
  • Send me a sample blog pitch (with specifics!) no later than 11:59 p.m. Wed, Sept. 16. Tiney has listed a number of ideas here, and you also are free to pitch an idea for The Daily Campus, your internship or a self-published post on Medium.com. Examples from last year are listed on the Class Links page. If you missed the example blog pitch from Chloe that I sent on Saturday, check your inbox — I sent it on Saturday, 9/12 at 1:13 p.m.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015:

  • Read my forthcoming book chapter, “News as Conversation,” and post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Mon, Sept. 14.
  • Don’t forget to post this week’s Power Tweets on your page on the course blog.
  • Sign up for your first Speed Team shift.
  • Send me a sample blog pitch (with specifics) no later than 11:59 p.m. Wed, Sept. 16.

Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015:

  • Peruse the DMN’s Craft Beer and Cocktails and GuideLive blogs to get a feel for the focus of each blog, and check out the examples of previous niche blog posts listed on the Class Links page. Think about your interest level in these topics.
  • 5-point speaker summary: Send me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday summarizing the key points you took away from Tiney’s visit. Include the beginnings of an idea for your first blog post.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015:

***Don’t forget to post your first two Power Tweets to your page on the course blog. This first week of Power Tweeting, I’ll extend the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Sunday instead of the usual Friday deadline.***

    • Read the Blogging parts of Briggs Ch. 2 (48-54, 62-64, 72-79, 86-88).

  • GUEST SPEAKER ALERT! On Tuesday we’ll visit with Christine (Tiney) Ricciardi of the Dallas Morning News. Tiney is a proud SMU Journalism alum, Class of 2010. Last year, The Dallas Morning News put her in charge of developing three new niche blogs as part of a new initiative called the DMN Insider Network — (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ). She has since been promoted and now works as a staff writer and editor for GuideLive, the entertainment arm of The Dallas Morning News. Follow her on Twitter at @tineywristwatch and check out her latest work. Come to class with questions in mind for Tiney; the Briggs reading will touch on a lot of the same themes she will be discussing.
  • 5-point homework assignment: After completing the Briggs reading, tweet Tiney a question that’s on your mind about blogging in general, niche blogging, using social media effectively as a journalist, or any other relevant topic. Tweet your question no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7, and include the #j4398 hashtag.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015:

  • Read the following sections of Briggs Ch. 2, “Blogging and Microblogging: Publish, distribute and connect”: pp. 45-47; 54-62; 64-68; 79-85; and the “Drilling Down” boxes on p. 66 and p. 68 (basically, all the parts about Twitter).
  • Post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015:

  • Read the foreword by Jennifer Preston and preface to the Briggs book (xv-xxii), as well as the Introduction (1-6), and be prepared to discuss in class. Also, peruse Briggs’ digital journalism links on pages 307-308 and bookmark your favorites (or start following them on Twitter). Finally, read this contest-winning essay by Greg Linch — answering the question “What Makes You the Future of Journalism?” — and this list of 10 basics today’s journalists need. Be prepared to analyze/discuss these readings during Thursday’s class.

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*** EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD AND OUTDATED. PLEASE IGNORE IT. ***

THE FINAL STRETCH:

Here’s what’s left with Digital Journalism Spring 2015

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Blackboard and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Monday, April 27, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. (Gradesheet criteria posted on Blackboard.)

Tuesday, April 28: Digital Journalism Job Summit! Tweet our speakers a question ahead of time.

Thursday, April 30: Our final class — in the form of a brunch at my house near White Rock Lake. #j4398 Brunch will include a review session for the final and my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this class. Special guest: Tiney Ricciardi, who will share Web traffic results from your niche blog posts.

Friday, May 1, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn pages (send me a screen shot of your All-Star status).

Monday, May 4, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for all niche blog posts.

Thursday, May 7, 8 a.m.: Final exam.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, April 23:

  • The Soundslides practice exercise is posted on Blackboard under Assignments. Send me your published link by the end of class Tuesday for full credit.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab to work on your audio slideshows, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Monday, April 27. Or if you would prefer, you can spend class time on Thursday refining your personal websites and/or LinkedIn pages, which must be finalized no later than 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 1.
  • Where do you stand with your second niche blog post? Here are some unclaimed story ideas. (Last call for blog posts is 11:59 p.m. Monday, May 4.)

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, April 21:

  • Don’t forget to send me a follow-up storyboard email by 11:59 p.m. Friday to explain your game plan for the audio slideshow.
  • On Tuesday, we’ll have a practice Soundslides exercise. No homework, but please bring headphones to class.
  • This is a good point in the class to spend some more time refining your personal websites and/or LinkedIn pages. If you’ve reached All-Star status, send me a screen shot (and if you’ve already done so and don’t see the 25 points on Blackboard, please email me a reminder).
  • Keep plugging away on your second blog post.
  • Look out for the #isoj hashtag on Friday and Saturday. It’s my favorite journalism conference of the year: the International Symposium on Online Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. I’ll be there promoting my book.

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For the week of April 13:

  • Storyboard meetings on Monday and Tuesday (no class).
  • Thursday’s class (4/16) will feature a guest speaker. To prepare, browse through the NPR multimedia story Planet Money Makes a T-Shirt. There will be a reaction assignment.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, April 9:

  • Photo slideshows are due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 9. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on your radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, April 7:

  • On Tuesday, we’ll be joined by three multimedia journalists from KERA, Dallas’ NPR/PBS station: Stella M. Chávez, Eric Aasen, and Ryan Tainter.
  • In preparation for their visit, check out this awesome multimedia series they recently worked on together: American Graduate: Generation One. Specifically, read and listen to Chapter 1: In a Land of Strangers, Paving His Own Path (and watch the accompanying video) and explore the interactive map that shows where people are moving from to Texas.
  • As you read, listen, watch, and explore, think about the reporting and storytelling techniques that Stella, Eric and Ryan had to use to bring this story to life. Tweet them a question (5 points) about the series with the #j4398 hashtag by noon Monday.

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No class Tuesday, March 30 because Prof. Batsell will be at the “Dissecting Engagement” conference at the University of Missouri. If you are so inclined, follow the hashtag #RJIEngaged or tune in to the livestream at 11 a.m. Monday.

Readings/homework for Thursday, April 2:

  • Send me a pitch for your second blog post no later than 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, March 31. Commit to a deadline. Your second post is due by the end of the month.
  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio story, which is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, April 2. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start snapping shots for your three-part projects.
  • Thursday’s class will be an open lab during which you can work on your radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, March 26:

  • Read Briggs Ch.6, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 144-155. By 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag describing something new you learned about shooting better photos (5 points).
  • Review the radio story gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 24:

  • Take-home audio gathering exercise. Clips (via e-mailed SoundCloud links) due by noon Monday. Also, bring your raw clips to class Tuesday for an editing exercise using GarageBand.
  • Your 3-part multimedia story memo is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Assignment sheet on Blackboard under Assignments.
  • CodeAvengers due by 11:59 p.m. Friday.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, March 19:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 7, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 171-181 and 194-196. By 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, tweet something new you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. Thursday, but I encourage you to submit it earlier.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 17:

  • Five-point pre-class assignment re: the power of multimedia storytelling. Full details here.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, March 5:

  • VIRTUAL Midterm on Thursday. NO MATTER WHAT. The midterm is on, regardless of what SMU decides regarding campus closure. Check your email. Brush up on the Four Pillars and SEO, and re-familiarize yourself with the major themes and readings from the class so far.
  • Unless we have made other arrangements, I’m expecting you to submit your first niche blog post to Tiney and me by close of business on Friday. Tiney’s email address is listed on the gradesheet, which is on Blackboard under assignments.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, March 3:

  • Create (or update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Tuesday’s class, make sure you have achieved at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 2. For full credit (25 points), by the last day of class, show me that your profile strength has reached “All-Star” status (industry and location, an up-to-date current position with description, two past positions, education, at least three skills, professional-looking profile photo, at least 50 connections). One of LinkedIn’s most powerful features is groups — to take full advantage of the network’s potential, search for groups relevant to your desired field and join them.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 26Tuesday, Feb. 24:

  • PERSONAL BRANDING! 5-point homework assignment explained on course blog post. UPDATED: Class canceled Tuesday, per SMU weather policy. Homework deadline extended until 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 19:

If you haven’t already, read these two pieces:

Come to class ready to discuss the distinction(s) between live tweeting and live blogging.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 17:

  • Read Briggs’ brief section on live blogging, pp. 126-127.
  • Read “How live blogging has transformed journalism” (The Guardian)
  • Read “5 reasons to liveblog instead of live tweeting” (Poynter)
  • After reading these three short pieces, send a tweet by 11:59 p.m. Monday with the #j4398 hashtag describing something you learned about the art of real-time reporting. This is worth five class participation points.
  • If you owe me an e-mail regarding your first niche blog post, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 12:

  • Read Briggs on the basics of Web design, HTML and CSS (pp. 21-36).
  • Pay special attention to the Burt Herman “Newsroom Innovator” profile (pp. 34-35) and come to class prepared to discuss why it is important for journalists to learn basic functionality in HTML. On Thursday in class, you will begin your self-paced HTML tutorial.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 10:

  • Read my book chapter, “News as Conversation” (the PDF is on Blackboard under “assignments”), and post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than noon on Monday, Feb. 9.
  • Don’t forget to post this week’s Power Tweets on your page on the course blog by 11:59 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Feb. 5:

  • If you haven’t already, read the previously assigned sections in the Briggs book about Beat Blogging & Link Journalism (75-80) and search engine optimization (303-309).
  • Peruse the DMN Insider Network blogs (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ) to get a feel for the focus of each blog, and check out the examples of previous niche blog posts listed on the Class Links page. Think about your interest level in all three topics.
  • 5-point speaker summary: Send me a short reaction (100 words or so) by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday summarizing the key points you took away from Tiney’s visit. Include an idea for your first post.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015:

***Don’t forget to post your first two Power Tweets to your page on the course blog. This first week of Power Tweeting, I’ll extend the deadline to 11:59 p.m. Sunday instead of the usual Friday deadline.***

  • Read about Beat Blogging and Pro-Am Journalism in Briggs Ch. 3 (75-88).

  • Guest speaker alert! On Tuesday we’ll visit with Christine (Tiney) Ricciardi, a digital communities editor for the Dallas Morning News and proud SMU Journalism alum, Class of 2010. The Dallas Morning News has put Tiney in charge of developing three new niche blogs as part of a new initiative called the DMN Insider Network. Follow her on Twitter at @tineywristwatch and check out the three blogs she supervises (Craft Beer and Cocktails; Special Needs; LGBTQ) — you will soon be contributing to one of them! Come to class with questions in mind for Tiney; the Briggs reading will touch on a lot of the same themes she will be discussing.
  • 5-point homework assignment: After completing the Briggs reading, tweet Tiney a question that’s on your mind about niche/beat blogging, pro-am journalism or any other relevant topic. Tweet your question no later than 11:59 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, and include the #j4398 hashtag if possible.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015:

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 4, “Microblogging and social media: Publish, distribute and connect” and post a reaction as a comment to this post on the course blog no later than 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 26.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015:

  • Read the foreword and preface to the Briggs book (xv-xxii), as well as the Introduction (1-6), and be prepared to discuss in class. Also, peruse Briggs’ digital journalism links on pages 317-318 and bookmark your favorites (or start following them on Twitter). Finally, read this contest-winning essay by Greg Linch — answering the question “What Makes You the Future of Journalism?” — and be prepared to analyze/discuss in class.

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*** EVERYTHING BELOW THIS LINE IS OLD AND OUTDATED. PLEASE IGNORE IT. ***

THE FINAL STRETCH:

Here’s what’s left with Digital Journalism Fall 2014

[Prof’s note: Check your grades on Blackboard and, if you see any discrepancies, please let me know ASAP.]

Tuesday, Dec. 2: Mandatory audio slideshow lab during class. And, a bonus: special guest Tiney Ricciardi will make an appearance to celebrate our partnership with the DMN Insider Blogs.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 11:59 p.m.: Audio slideshows due. (Gradesheet criteria posted on Blackboard.)

Thursday, Dec. 4: Our final class, which will include a review session for the final and my Top 10 list for things I hope you take away from this class.

Friday, Dec. 5, 1-6 p.m.: Optional lab for Web portfolios and LinkedIn pages, room 288

Sunday, Dec. 7, 11:59 p.m.: Amnesty deadline for ONE missed Power Tweet (email me the link)

Monday, Dec. 8, 11:59 p.m.: Personal branding assignment due: Finalized Web portfolios (email me the link) and LinkedIn pages (send me a screen shot of your All-Star status).

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 11:59 p.m.: Last call for niche blog posts.

Friday, Dec. 12, 11:30 a.m.: Final exam for 3:30 p.m. class.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 8 a.m.: Final exam for 2 p.m. class.

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Readings/homework for Thanksgiving week:

  • The Soundslides practice exercise is posted on Blackboard under Assignments. Send me your published link by the end of class Tuesday for full credit.
  • Where do you stand with your second niche blog post? Here are some unclaimed story ideas. (Last call for blog posts is 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9.)
  • And again, a reminder to spend some more time refining your personal websites and/or LinkedIn pages.
  • After Thanksgiving, our next class on Tuesday, Dec. 2, will be an open lab to work on your audio slideshows, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. We will also have a special guest appearance by Tiney Ricciardi to celebrate the success of our DMN Insider Blogs partnership!

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Readings/homework for the week of Nov. 17:

  • Your only responsibility for class during the week of Nov. 17 is our individual storyboard meeting. See Batsell for the sign-up sheet if you haven’t yet claimed a slot. (These meetings are worth 15 points — 5 points for showing up, and 10 points for a follow-up memo during which you describe your plan of action for your audio slideshow.)
  • Don’t forget to fill out a Digital Journalism Job Summit speaker feedback form by noon Friday, Nov. 14. (10 points)
  • Where do you stand with your second niche blog post? Here are some unclaimed story ideas.

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HOW TO PREP FOR BATSELL’S NEXT CLASS

Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 13:

  • Thursday is our Digital Journalism Job Summit, with three guest speakers. Read the course blog post for some background on our speakers (all recent SMU Journalism alums) and come prepared with at least two questions.
  • Sign up for a storyboard meeting with me on either Tuesday, Nov. 18 or Thursday, Nov. 20.
  • Don’t forget that your photo slideshows are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations and criteria for the assignment.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 11:

  • Focus on completing your photo slideshows, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations and criteria for the assignment.
  • We’ll have an open lab on Tuesday to review and edit your shots and put them into a Flickr slideshow.
  • Posting instructions (with some basic Flickr tips) also are on Blackboard. It’s OK to submit the slideshow via PhotoBucket if you’re already set up there.
  • Bored on Saturday morning? Looking for some excitement before college football games kick off? Pour yourself a cup of coffee and follow the #onacamp hashtag on Twitter. From 10:30a-11:30a Central time, I’ll be giving the keynote talk at ONACamp Phoenix at my alma mater, ASU.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Nov. 6:

  • No homework other than finishing your radio stories, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • We will regroup on Thursday with an in-class exercise.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Nov. 4:

  • Focus on gathering audio for your radio stories, which are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Check the gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations for the assignment.
  • Tuesday’s class will be an open lab during which you can edit your radio stories on GarageBand.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 30:

  • Review the photo slideshow gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start snapping shots for your three-part projects.
  • Personal branding lab! Review the ePortfolio rubric and personal branding assignment on Blackboard (under Assignments) and begin making adjustments to ensure your ePortfolio reflects your versatile skills, as well as UC capstone requirements.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 28:

  • Read Briggs Ch.6, “Visual Storytelling With Photographs,” pp. 144-155. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, post a tweet with the #j4398 hashtag describing something new you learned about shooting better photos (5 points).
  • Review the radio story gradesheet on Blackboard (under Assignments) to make sure you understand the expectations before you start recording audio for your radio stories.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 21:

  • Read Briggs Ch. 7, “Making Audio Journalism Visible,” pp. 171-181 and 194-196. By 11:59 p.m. Monday, tweet something new you learned about telling stories through sound. Use the #j4398 hashtag. (5 points)
  • Your story pitch memo for the 3-part multimedia assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, but I encourage you to submit it earlier.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Oct. 7:

  • National News Engagement Day! Full details on course blog post. Bring headphones and download Spotify on your laptop if you don’t have it already installed.

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Oct. 2:

  • Create (or update) your LinkedIn profile. If you’re just getting started, here’s an overview of some of LinkedIn’s basic features. If you already have a LinkedIn profile, here’s some advice on how to make it better and some pitfalls to avoid. Have your Microsoft Word résumé handy — it’ll be a lot easier. For Thursday’s class, make sure you have achieved at least “Advanced” status according to LinkedIn’s Profile Strength meter and add me as a connection no later than 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1. For full credit (25 points), by the last day of class, show me that your profile strength has reached “All-Star” status (industry and location, an up-to-date current position with description, two past positions, education, at least three skills, professional-looking profile photo, at least 50 connections). One of LinkedIn’s most powerful features is groups — to take full advantage of the network’s potential, search for groups relevant to your desired field and join them.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 30:

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Readings/homework for Thursday, Sept. 25:

  • Read Briggs’ brief section on live blogging, pp. 126-127.
  • Read “How live blogging has transformed journalism” (The Guardian)
  • Read “5 reasons to liveblog instead of live tweeting” (Poynter)
  • After reading these three short pieces, send a tweet by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday with the #j4398 hashtag describing something you learned about the art of live blogging. This is worth five class participation points.
  • Before you come to class Thursday, respond to my invitation to our in-class liveblog exercise (CoverItLive). Establish a free account & avatar.
  • If you owe me an e-mail regarding your first niche blog post, the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Wednesday. Details are in the email I sent last Thursday at 1:15 p.m.

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Readings/homework for Tuesday, Sept. 23:

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