Week 6: Web Video and GIFs

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Here’s where you can download a handout on GIFs:

http://bit.ly/j309-gif

And here are this week’s slides:

Web Video and GIFs

Your homework:

Make a GIF related to your beat. Whether it is a photo gallery GIF, time-lapse or video clip, create a GIF with text — that’s clearly related to your beat. Load it into your folder onto the server and post the link in the comments to this blog post by Wednesday, October 7 at 4 p.m.

 

Week 5: Audio Slideshows

Here are this week’s slides:

Intro to Audio Slideshows

Here are your beats:

J309 Beats

There was a lot of overlap with your pitches, so I limited the scope of some. In other cases, the pitches were very specific, so I went with a broader term in order to give you room to generate both a midterm and a final within that topic.

Here’s your homework:

1.) Head to our section of the map to find, record and photograph an audio slideshow related to your beat. It must include a human (intro and at least one quote), ambient sound, captions and no narration from you. The length is about 1 minute and 30 seconds. Load the publish_to_web folder into your personal folder on our server and put the link in the comments of this post. This is due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 30.

 

Week 4: Intro to Audio

Here are this week’s slides:

Introduction to Audio

Your homework:

1.) Head to our section of the map to find, record and edit an in-their-own-words profile piece. Must include a human (intro and at least one quote) and ambient sound. Use the NPR Sounds L.A. series as a model. Load the audio into Soundcloud and put the link in the comments. This assignment is due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23.

2.) Write up pitches for your top three topic/beat choices. Must include at least one REAL source per beat, plus how you plan to use multimedia to tell the story. Email me your pitches by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 23.

Week 3: Introduction to Photography

Here are this week’s slides:

Photography for Non-Photographers

Your homework:

1. Go to our section of downtown and collect all nine photos from the bingo card. Upload your photos to Flickr, create an album, and post the link in the comments below. Create a second album and upload a three- to five-shot photo essay. Post that link in the comments as well. This assignment is due by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16.

2. While you are in Chinatown, start thinking about beat pitches.  Look for topics and themes you want to cover for the rest of the semester. These topics should be accessible, rich journalistically and full of multimedia opportunities. Your beat pitches will be due on Wednesday, September 23.

Week 2: FTP and Multimedia

Here are today’s slides:

Week 2: FTP and Multimedia (You have to be logged in with your USC email to view.)

Your homework:

1. Find a Tier 3 story that incorporates multimedia. Use Jing to record an audio review of that site. Load the file onto Screencast and share the link in the comments before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9.

2. Finish the the W3 Schools HTML tutorial before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 9. (You don’t need to worry about the sections on Computercode, Responsive, JavaScript, Charsets, URL Encode or XHTML for the quiz.)

3. Sign up for a class discussion time.

Be sure to bring a camera or smartphone to class next week.