Finals Due May 10

Dear class,

First off, don’t forget our reading event at 10:30 a.m., Monday, May 8. I look forward to celebrating the cool work you’ve done this semester. Thank you! Below, please find the criteria for the final paper again. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have additional questions following our last class.

Please also remember I will also be reviewing your final portfolios again during finals week so make sure any revisions to work are completed by May 10, and make sure you have included your “about” portfolio statement.

Your final paper is due no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 10, 2017. Papers may be emailed to me or you can drop off hard copy at my office, BEN 219. All emailed papers will receive a return email of receipt. If I don’t reply, I did not receive your paper. Electronic mishaps will not be granted deadline exceptions. All papers will have a one grade deduction for each day late, and no late papers will be excepted after Friday, May 12.

Final paper parameters:

Topic: Both “Serial” and In Cold Blood are considered works that took innovative approaches to narrative in order to tell a story in new ways that had a profound impact on readers/listeners. At the same time, both make use of the fundamental elements of creative nonfiction: point of view, plot, characterization, sensory details, to name a few. For this paper, identify one element of storytelling and discuss how it was approached in both works—similarities and differences—and consider the ways in which the technique and platform influenced the content. You may wish to consider our other work and readings regarding the use of multimedia platforms for storytelling.

Length: 800-1,000 words

Style: MLA

Resources: In addition to the source materials (In Cold Blood and “Serial”) you may find the following of use:

50 Years On: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Truman Capote’s Greatest Lie, Salon

The Story Behind a Nonfiction Novel

Is it Wrong to Be Hooked on Serial?

Hotpod, The Secret Histories of Podcasting

Serial, Podcasting First Breakout Hit

Fresh Air Interview with Sarah Koenig

Pop Culture Happy Hour on Serial

Updates from Syed’s hearing

Syed granted new trial

Appeals Court to consider new hearing decision

If you become addicted, I highly recommend Slate Magazine’s Serial Spoiler podcast.

May 3

This will be our last time meeting as a class. Thank you for all your hard work and creative projects. I’ve enjoyed all of it immensely!

For our last class: Finish reading In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. Listen to all of “Serial” up to the final episode.

We will listen to the final chapter of “Serial” together and I will present information on both the book and the podcast in advance of your final papers. We will have a discussion of the ways in which both works were innovations in storytelling, so please come with observations about nonfiction technique in each. We also will discuss some of the ethical and literary outcomes of these works and have (I hope) an engaged discussion of the works.

May 10: We will not be meeting during finals week, but all final papers are due to me, either hard copy or by email, no later than 5 p.m on May 10. Review criteria here.

I will also be reviewing your final portfolios again during finals week so make sure any revisions to work are completed by May 10, and make sure you have included your “about” portfolio statement.

April 26

Portfolio review and presentations: Melinda, Ivy, Brianna, Christiana, Kelsey

Work in lab on graphics to accompany the research exercise you did several weeks ago

April 19 Assignments

Portfolio presentation Group 1: Jack, Melinda, Lauryn, Chelsea

Please review portfolio presentation criteria here. Please note, you will still have time to revise your final portfolio based on feedback in class. Your portfolio should be completely finished no later than May 10 (finals). Your “about” statement is not due until May 10 on your site, at which time I will be reading and reviewing them.

Portfolio presentations must include your Atavist piece and your audio visual project.

Portfolio elements must be on your site for the class to review no later than April 17.

Other class members: You are required to review each member of the first group’s portfolio and bring feedback and observations to class. These do not need to be turned in, but you should be prepared to discuss.

In-class: Following presentations, we will have lab time for you to work on visualizations from your reporting assignments for April 12. Please bring the reported information and be prepared to share with everyone what you researched.


April 26: Portfolio presentations Group 2: Kelsey, Brianna, Ivy, Christiana (final work due on sites no later than April 24).

May 3: In class we will listen to the final chapter of “Serial” and have a discussion of In Cold Blood. You should be finished with the book and all installments of “Serial” by this time.

May 10: We will not be meeting during finals week, but all final papers are due to me, either hard copy or by email, no later than 5 p.m. Review criteria here.

Assignments for April 12

Final presentation: Brianna

Read for class: Telling True Stories: Part V: “Building Quality into the Work”

Final lab class to work on: audio-visual project; Atavist project; web portfolio.

Complete exercise from page 216-217 (Inside Story) and bring to class. You’ll be using that info to make a graphic from either infogram, piktochart or

You will have the remainder of class, following the presentation and discussion of final portfolio requirements to work on your projects in the lab. This also will be an opportunity to have me look at any of your work in which you’d like additional feedback.

Assignments for April 5

Individual Presentation: Christiana

As discussed, on April 5, we will be talking a bit about finding and using public information, and the issues that can arise around public information.

We will have a guest in class: Julie Ann Grimm, editor of The Santa Fe Reporter. From March 29-31, the Reporter is scheduled to go to court over its lawsuit against the governor of New Mexico for various public information issues. I am giving you some articles to read about this case. Please prepare at least ONE question for Julie Ann to ask during her visit. Your question will be part of your class participation grade. Please also bring the question in writing to turn into me. Please note Julie Ann will be coming at the beginning of class, so please be timely (as you should always be!) for her.

Required Reading for Class:

In advance of Julie Ann’s visit, required class reading: “You’ve Been Served” and “Into the Fire”

Please read excerpted chapter “The Paper Chase” (handout). Note, you will be picking one of the exercises from the end of the chapter for an in-class assignment. No need to do anything in advance, but you might want to review and ponder.

For public information unit and dat.vis unit:

Review NM Fog





Read= read thoroughly

Review: look around, note questions and observations, be prepared to discuss

Review: Infogram, or Piktochart (you will be picking one of these free visualization tools to sign up for in class for an in-class assignment)

Coming up:

We will have a lab class on April 12, with a light reading assignment toward the issues of proofreading and copyediting final portfolios. In class, you will be expected to work on: your Atavist piece, your audio visual piece, and any other work you need to finish up.

April 19 and April 26 classes will be devoted to portfolio presentations and review. Please read here for details (this also will be discussed thoroughly in our April 12 class, but review in advance to see what questions you have)

May 3: We will listen to the final chapter of “Serial,” and you should have finished In Cold Blood. We will have an in-class seminar on both with some additional advance reading. We also will have a review of your final paper requirements.

March 29 class

We have several different assignments for March 29; please read thoroughly:

Individual Presentation: Melinda

Google Maps Work:

Park assignments:

Cathedral Park: Chelsea

Alto Street/Bicentennial Park: Christiana

Frenchy’s Field: Jack

Railyard Park: Lauryn

Amelia White Park: Ivy

Monica Lucero Park: Brianna

Harvey Cornell Rose Park: Kelsey

De Vargas Park: Melinda

Prior to our March 29 class, please do any additional research you need for your short essay—possible questions to answer include: age of park, purpose, history of who it was named after (if it was), and anything else you think might be of interest to supplement your own observations and experiences of the places. Although these should be informative to a degree, I am more interested in having them be creative, sensory and written in your own voices. That said, here is a link to some good info on city parks:

We will have writing time in class to write these and edit them together. You should just bring your notes. We will add them to the map in class, but please review the instructions below prior to class:

GOOGLE MAPS ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS (you can email me if you get confused; it looks more complicated than it is).

  1. To access the map, use this link:

2. All our parks have already been added. If you want to add additional places, use the search bar to find the location of the place you wish to add. When it appears, click “add to map.”

3. Hover over the “place” icon and it will show you the location in a box that looks like this:javajoesjpeg

4. Click the pencil icon to add your essay as the description. I believe the max text allowed is approximately 500 words or so.

5. The camera icon allows you to add your photograph. However, you need to actually provide a link to the photo, which means first you have to upload your photo to your individual blog:

6. In your WordPress blog, click “Media” and “Add New.” Upload the photo to accompany your entry.

7. Once it’s uploaded, click “edit,” and you will see, on the right, the “file URL.” Enter that URL into the Google Maps photo entry where it says “Paste an image URL here.”


Reading and Preparation for Next Assignment:

• Please read “Love and Ruin,” the 2015 National Magazine award winner from Atavist Magazine.

Sign up for an account with Atavist

• Please review the staff picks from Atavist. You don’t need to read every story, but poke around to get a sense of the site.

• Start thinking about what you would like to do for your Atavist project; we’ll discuss more in class.