Be sure to have finished In Cold Blood by Truman Capote and to have listened to all of “Serial” except for the last episode.
• We will listen to the final episode of “Serial” together.
• I will present background information on true crime reporting/ethics as it relates to “Serial” and In Cold Blood, and we will have a seminar discussion in advance of your final papers.
• You will each present your final portfolios, which will include your overall thoughts about the use of various multimedia platforms as they have applied to your creative work.
• final portfolios, including portfolio statements, due for a first draft review on April 30. All revisions/edits finished no later than May 9. You must send me an email when your portfolio is finalized so that I can review it for final grades. Portfolio requirements are here.
• final paper due to me by email no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, May 9. Final requirements are here.
Due in class:
- Written critique of one another’s Atavist pieces to turn in and for discussion. Please discuss the successful use of multimedia elements along with suggestions for revisions.
2. Written critique of one another’s Instagram essays, analyzing the use of writing and photography together, with any suggestions for enhancement of different writing techniques.
3. We will also hear both final presentation
4. We will discuss thoroughly the requirements for the Final Portfolio, and for the Final Paper.
Until then, please review the following:
As we approach the end of the semester, you have two major final projects for this class.
- The Final Portfolio: the presentation of all the cumulative work from this semester, accompanied by:
• a class presentation of the work
• a portfolio statement that discusses any thoughts/observations you have about applying multimedia platforms to narrative and other types of creative work.
Please review portfolio presentation criteria here.
You will both deliver your portfolio presentations on May 2. Your portfolio should be finalized by April 30, and each of you are responsible for reviewing one another’s portfolios in advance of class in order to offer any feedback or corrections.
All final edits must be finished no later than Wednesday, May 9 and you are responsible for sending me an email when your final portfolio is finished and ready for review by me for your final grade.
2. Final Paper
Also in class on May 2, we will listen to the final episode of “Serial” together and discuss the podcast along with In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. This means you need to have finished both by class. The parameters for the final paper are here.
Class Assignments for April 18:
Assignment #1: This will be your second and final presentation. Please bring (or send to me in advance) an example of effective use of storytelling using alternative platforms, aka, technology or otherwise, and be prepared to discuss the example you have brought. Discussing the example means:
• the who/what/where/why of the piece (who made it, for what outlet, for what reason, using what methods and technology
• what you think is achieved through the use of alternative storytelling techniques
• any observations, questions or thoughts you have about the piece.
Assignment #2: Please complete the photography and notes for one final Instagram essay—any topic. You will put finish the Instagram essay in class for discussion.
Assignment #3: Please bring required materials for your Atavist project for work in class. Please do not do this ahead of time as you will have lab time in class to work on Atavist and I will be there to also walk you through Atavist.
In-class: I will review with you the parameters for your final portfolio, our Serial/In Cold Blood discussion, as well as your final paper.
Please read chapter “The Paper Chase” from my book, which you both have. 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, 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)
Atavist Preparation 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 and come to class with an idea. You will have time in class to start gathering materials.
Assignment #1: Please visit one more museum on your own and take notes/photos for our map project.
Assignment #2: Your audio visual piece should be completed and posted on your class blog by March 26. We will watch and review in class.
Assignment #3: Read and write a one-page response paper to this article: “For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.”
Assignment #4: You should bring all of your field trip notes to class. We will spend a portion of class writing the essay and posting it online.
Mid-terms: Be sure all of your assignments are revised and up to date by Friday, March 9 in advance of mid-term grade.
Then: Have a wonderful spring break!
March 21: Please meet in Marion Center promptly at 2 p.m. We will be leaving campus for our museum field trip to SITE, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum and one other spot we have yet to determine.
For the field trip: Bring pen, paper, phone and anything you need to take notes during our meeting with the museum’s curators and tour. You will be writing up short essays on the museums for our Google Essay Map in the following class.
Please plan on visiting at least one more museum on your own in advance of class on March 28.
In-class March 28:
Assignment #1: Your audio visual piece should be completed and posted on your class blog by March 26. We will watch and review in class.
Assignment #2: Read and write a one-page response paper to this article: “For Two Months, I Got My News From Print Newspapers. Here’s What I Learned.”
Assignment #3: You should bring all of your field trip notes to class. We will spend class writing the essay and posting it online.
We will meet first in Marion Center. Please read “News in a Disintegrating Reality” and come with a one-page response paper to the story. Be prepared to discuss and turn in the paper in class.
Most of the rest of our class time will be devoted to working on your Video Essays or Slide Essays; so the bulk of your video, audio 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.
Again, here is a helpful tutorial on Soundslides (also Soundslides’ website has extensive resources if needed)
Audacity also is a free audio editor
Your midterm grade will be based on being current with all assignments for class and an updated web portfolio with corrections/revisions to the pieces you’ve written/made so far.
Coming Up: Spring Break, followed by Google Essay Maps Field Trip to Museums
Please review and pick one more museum for us to visit after Spring Break: