MCOM 407/502 Multimedia Reporting Capstone

Multimedia Reporting Capstone | Spring 2014
Dr. Stacy Spaulding | office hours | email | @drspaulding | Course syllabus

MCOM 407/507.001 | Mondays, 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. | VB 207
MCOM 407/507.002 | Tuesdays, 11 a.m.-1:40 p.m. | VB 207
MCOM 407/507.003 | Mondays, 3:30-6:10 p.m. | MC 110

Jan. 27/28

Introductions | Syllabus | Librarian visit

Unit 1

Feb. 3/4

Discussion | Story structure | Metal Men & Story Craft ch. 12

Unit 1 Assignment lab | “Speed dating” | Come to class with a viable story pitch and at least one interview | Time at the end to work with partner, nail down focus of the digressions

Feb. 10/11

Discussion | Multimedia | Ch. 10 & 11 of the Reporter’s Guide for Multimedia Proficiency  | Aim for the Heart Ch. 1 & 11 | What’s behind the sudden allure of explanatory journalism

Unit 1 Draft lab | Come with story/multimedia drafts to review with partner and professor | Our focus: outlining your narratives/digressions

Feb. 17/18

Unit 1 Deadline | Complete stories due on site by end of class. (Minor revisions/additions can still be made before next class period.)

Wrap-up | What can be revised or added to your story in the next week to make it better?

Unit 2

Feb. 24/25

Unit 1 Evaluate | Professional guest evaluator / Written peer evaluations

Guests | 001 Nick DiMarco | 002 Linh Bui | 003 Andrew Zaleski

Discussion | Interviewing | Story Craft ch. 10 | Out of the BlocksSheilah Kast’s interview of Fire Chief James Clack | Bonus reading: How to Listen by Lee Gutkind

Wrap-up | What looked good about the stories submitted for this unit? What should be improved for the next unit’s stories?

March 3/4

Discussion | Story structure & online presentation | The Refuge, The Washington Post

Unit 2 Assignment lab | “The Mocktail Party” | Come to class with a viable story pitch and at least one interview | Time at the end to work with partner, nail down focus of the digressions

March 10/11

Unit 2 Draft Lab | Come with story/multimedia drafts to review with partner and professor

Discussion | Immersive reporting and online presentation | Invisible Child: Dasani’s homeless life, The New York Times | Harper High School part one and part two

March 17/18

Spring Break

March 24/25

Unit 2 Deadline | Complete stories due on site by end of class. (Minor revisions/additions can still be made before next class period.)

Wrap-up | What can be revised or added to your story in the next week to make it better?

March 31/April 1

Unit 2 Evaluate | Professional guest evaluator / Written peer evaluations

Guests | 001 Julie Scharper , The Baltimore Sun | 002 Edward Ericson, City Paper | 003 Jordan Bartel, B

Discussion | Story structure and online presentation | NSA Files Decoded, The Guardian

Wrap-up | What looked good about the stories submitted for this unit? What should be improved for the next unit’s stories?

Unit 3

April 7/8

Discussion | Story structure, video and online presentation | The Lobotomy Files, The Wall Street Journal

Unit 3 Assignment Lab | Come to class with a viable story pitch and at least one interview | Time at the end to work with partner, nail down focus of the digressions

April 14/15 April 16 5-6:15 p.m. VB 204

#TUjday combined master class

“Designing for the web: Tips for interactive multimedia news projects from The Baltimore Sun” with:

Dana Amihere, interactive designer
Stokely Baksh, community coordinator
Greg Kohn, interactive designer
Adam Marton, senior editor of interactive design

They’ll be discussing the interactive design of these Baltimore Sun projects:

After the master class, complete your reading reflection by noon, Friday. Your reflection questions:

  • These four stories have a number design elements in common with other stories we’ve read. Discuss these elements, being sure to explain how these stories appear, how the site functions, and how photos and multimedia are integrated.
  • The master class panelists have promised to give you lots of practical design tips, tricks and resources. List at least five takeways that you found most useful. This could be tips, resources or general design principles. What five points did you find most useful, and why?

April 21/22

Discussion | Story design

Unit 3 Draft Lab 1| Digressions | Sign up for conference with professor at Signup Genius. Additional conference times available outside of class times.

April 28/29

Unit 3 Draft Lab 2 | Multimedia | Open lab, come-and-go at will for partner and instructor conferences. No class discussion or journal. | Sign up for conference with professor at Signup Genius. | You do not need to stay in the lab the entire class period.

May 5/6

Unit 3 Deadline | Complete stories due on site by end of class. (Minor revisions/additions can still be made before next class period.)

May 12/13

Discussion | This American Life: Retraction (Transcript)

Unit 3 Final Evaluation | Professional guest evaluator / Written peer evaluations

Wrap-up | What looked really good about the stories submitted for this unit? How did reporting/multimedia improve over the semester? What should be kept/changed about this course in future semesters?

Best in Class Nominations

Final Exam

Best in Class Awards | Time: TBA