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 eas.ly

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

Review https://storyful.com/case-studies/

Review https://www.muckrock.com/

Review https://www.propublica.org/

Read https://www.propublica.org/series/the-etan-patz-case

Read= read thoroughly

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

Review: Infogram, Easel.ly 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: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zGWGlSAkSjQE.kZQYq6DcCgxQ&usp=sharing

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.

March 22 class

We are going on a field trip for our Google Maps project to game-plan and review the following week’s assignments before we set off.

Our Google Map class project will be on Santa Fe parks. Details below:

Meet in our Benildus classroom promptly at 2 p.m. We will not wait for latecomers and, no, you can’t meet us in the field.

Bring: comfortable clothes, shoes, sun hat, sun screen, notebook, pen, cameras, any type of recording device you will need.

We will be visiting:

• Bicentennial/Alto Park

• Frenchy’s Field

• Fort Marcy Recreational Complex

• Cathedral Park

• Santa Fe Railyard Park

• DeVargas Park

• Harvey Cornell Rose Park

• Monica Lucero Park

• Franklin Miles Park

You will each be required to write at least one entry for the essay, beginning with the list above. If you write more than one (by visiting additional parks on your own), you will receive extra credit. During our field trip, we’ll do some walking, sit and write observations etc. Also, we will need to drive a bit as I tried to choose parks from a variety of sections of town. Please check the assignments posting for March 29 for instructions for the next class, including how to add to the map.

Assignments for March 8

  1. Individual presentation by Lauryn (send link prior to class)

2. Google Map prep work and training: After spring break (on March 22) we will go on a field trip to gather materials for our group Google Map Essay.

For March 8: 

Review the following Google Maps essays for discussion in class:

• “Mr. Plimpton’s Revenge” by Dinty Moore

• Davidson College Google Maps Project

• Great Lakes Review Narrative Map

Bring to class: At least two proposals for our Google Maps Essays. You don’t need to turn these proposals in to me, but you will need to present them to class. These should be an idea for either a section of town (such as the midtown innovation district) or a thematically linked map (such as the ghost tour), with some ideas of where and how we’d approach it. We will hear all of these, discuss and then vote (or possibly just agree) on what we will be doing for March 22.

The rest of class time will be devoted to working on your Video Essays or Slide Essays; all video and photography for this project must be ready to work with. Ideally, you’ll have enough time in class to make good headway to a completed first draft. You have light homework/reading for this day because you will be primarily gathering your materials for this project.

Here is a helpful tutorial on Soundslides (also Soundslides’ website has extensive resources if needed)

GarageBand tutorial

Audacity also is a free audio editor 

Your midterm will be based on being current with all assignments for class and an updated web portfolio. I also am available during our midterm class to meet with you one-on-one while we are in Alexis if you’d like to discuss your work so far, or have me look at your portfolio so far with you (and help you if you’re having any technical issues with Word Press)

March 1 Assignments

Individual Presentation by Ivy.

Instagram Profile Critiques Due:

• Please finalize your Instagram profiles on your blogs by Friday, Feb. 24 so that everyone has time to review prior to our next class.

• We will workshop each of these in class.

• Please use the Personal Profile Instagram Critique sheet to prepare written critique; bring one copy for each writer and one for me to class; these are part of your graded critique heading into midterms. You can either fill out the critique sheet or write a more free-form response. If you choose the latter option, just remember to acknowledge the criteria from the critique sheet.

• Preliminary work on your audio-visual projects for the semester. Please do the following:

Brainstorm a few ideas to share with class on what you might like to do for this project.  You can review some previous class projects below, although you should not feel constrained by these. Some options for this project include:

• documentary

• audio visual poetry

• video essay

• audio visual flash fiction

• another idea of your own! In general, I’m open to anything; if you’re unsure if your idea works, don’t worry. We’ll be talking about them first.

Here are some more places to check out a variety of multimedia work in different genres:

TriQuarterly Video Essays

Background on Cinepoetry

UK Guardian reported video

Previous audio visual projects from this class

In general, please plan to make your work approximately three minutes long (definitely no less than two and no longer than five without talking to me). You can work in either Soundslides or make a video. The Mac labs are set up with: iMovie, Garageband and Soundslides.

For this class, bring some audio to work with to get comfortable in advance of the project. An easy way to do this would be to record your Instagram Essay for the week using your phone and transfer it to a flash drive. We want to have some audio you can play around with, and have some time to experiment with Soundslides. You should also bring or email to yourself some photos to work with. I will also bring spare audio and photos you can use, but you will likely enjoy using your own audio and photography more.

You will need to have actual reporting for your audio visual projects done to work with in class March 8.