26 Mar

Music for your audio stories and social promotion packages

Phil Levin, who came to talk to us about video, followed up with some links to places to get free music for your audio pieces or story promotion packages.

YouTube’s free music library — Phil says, “Great sorting features, gets new content occasionally, would recommend!”

Audio Jungle has affordable, royalty-free tracks — Phil says this is a good place to start “if you get some entrepreneurial student audio/video editors looking for even better music for a project for school or something on the side.”

23 Mar

Week 9 materials and directions

Thanks to all for your flexibility — like I said in one of my earlier emails, the timing for this happening now is better than later in the semester. Much of the work you were going to do was going to shift to more independent learning (still with assists from your TA, Gill and me), and I know you’re ready for that. So, let’s get this going!

Here’s what you need to do this week — remember, everything is due by Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m.

  • Watch these two video lectures: Intro to ASFs (15 minutes long) and Types of ASFs (12 minutes long. You can find these videos by scrolling to the bottom of this post and watching the embedded versions here or by going to the “My Media” tab on the left side in Canvas.
  • Do the ASF training exercise and follow the directions (this is a must — follow them very carefully!) to make a timeline and story map, then fill out this form verifying you’ve done the training. If you don’t do the training, you’ll lose two points from your portfolio blog assignment (see next item).
  • Read the portfolio blog assignment for “The Story of You” and watch this video with advice from your TAs about how to approach the assignment. This assignment is due Friday, March 27, at 11:59 p.m. by adding your information to this spreadsheet.
  • Read your TA’s instructions for signing up for an appointment this week to consult on your IS and the ASF assignment. (Note: This meeting will replace the group analytics assignment from week 9 — you will receive a zero if you don’t meet with your TA this week.)
  • Keep working away on your IS, but please let us know if our changed circumstances will affect your ability to complete any of the remaining assignments. Your audio stories and ASFs are due on Monday, March 30, at 9:30 a.m. Check out this list of ASF tools for help deciding how to create your two IS pieces.
  • Seek me out for help. I will have office hours Monday from 10-11 a.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday from 7-8 p.m. and Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. You can reach me through GoogleMeet. You don’t need an appointment, but if you want to reach out and let me know when you’ll be connecting, that would be great. I will also be watching the discussion boards on the J202 Canvas page, so you can ask questions there, too.
  • If you need technical help with Adobe Audition, Premiere or WordPress, you can still seek out assistance from STS. Sign up for a virtual appointment here.

Week 10 is still evolving, but expect that it will look much like this week — we’ll get you the materials you need for the week on Monday. We’re also still in the process of retooling the final project, but we’ll have more info for you about that net week, too.

ALSO this is really important so I’m telling you now: Please plan on being available for a live, online meeting with your lab on Monday, April 6, from 10-11 a.m. That’s when your lab will be meeting virtually to decide on the direction you’ll take for your final project, and we need to try to have everyone participate in those discussions.

23 Mar

Extra credit opportunities

You might remember that we were willing to offer extra credit for attending professional practice events beyond those required for your portfolio blog entry. We’ve canceled the portfolio blog post, so any events you already attended will now count for extra credit. Note: The most you can do to earn extra credit is five. So if you already went to two events, you can do three online trainings to get the maximum. (Check back to the extra credit sheet for more info about how this works.)

For those of you who might still want to earn some extra credit, you can still do it by spending time doing some additional training. Shout out to Ian and Xinyi, who put together this list of trainings across different skills, from design to social media marketing. These options are about an hour each, which is about the time you’d spend at an event. Also, you can take advantage of your free access to the Adobe Creative Suite and spend time learning some new software. Some of the courses are offered through the Poynter Institute — you will need to create an account to access them, but those I’ve listed are all free.

To receive extra credit, you MUST fill out the Google form verifying you did it along with a 150- to 200-word summary of what you learned. Do all chapters of the training unless otherwise noted.

Writing/Grammar
Passive/active voice — do Chapter 3: Common Problems
Clear strong writing for broadcast journalism
Powerful writing: Leverage your video and sound
The lead lab
How to cover the arts on any beat
Conducting interviews that matter
News sense: The building blocks of news
The interview
Cleaning your copy: Grammar, style and more
Telling stories with sound
The storyteller as an investigator: How to turn a tip into an investigation
Beyond the inverted pyramid: Building alternative story forms

Design
Basics of design — do Chapters 2: Layout and composition; 3: Typography; and 4: Color
Learning graphic design — do Chapter 1: Design essentials
33 laws of typography — do Chapter 1: How to format a document; Chapter 2: How to format large bodies of text; Chapter 5: How to choose typefaces
Introduction to color theory
Planning and design for the big story
Making connections with local audiences through design

Photography/video
Elements of effective photographs
Photoshop for photographers — do Chapter 1: Using camera raw to improve lighting and Chapter 2: Changing the overall mood with adjustments
Video journalism: storytelling techniques

Social media/public relations
Social media marketing: Managing online communities
Public relations foundation
Public relations foundation: Media training
Writing a press release
Launching a product to the press
Social media marketing: ROI
Branding foundations
Digital marketing trends
SEO on social media
Marketing ethics

Journalism ethics
Race reporting guide
Guidelines on LGBTQ+ issues OR LGBTQ+ reporting in Georgia AND Guidelines for Gender Sensitive Reporting
Guide to less extractive reporting
Journalism and trauma
Hands-on fact checking
Fact-check it: Digital tools to verify everything online
Freedom of information and your right to know
Avoiding plagiarism and fabrication
Getting beyond stereotypes: Better disability journalism
Understanding and interpreting polls
Handling race and ethnicity

21 Mar

Adobe access

Adobe is offering students free access to its software for the rest of the semester, and you’ll want to use it for your IS projects, as well as the final project. Here are the directions for how to access the software: https://kb.wisc.edu/page.php?id=69772

If you’re having trouble using Adobe because of limitations on your computer, please let your TA and me know and we can offer some software alternatives. If you need help navigating the programs, you can reach out to STS for a consultation at this site: https://at.doit.wisc.edu/training/software-training-for-students/