Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 6 – Monday

A Picture Really Can Tell A Thousand Words


  • Housekeeping
  • Analyze photos from The Kentucky Derby (differences between print and screen)
  • Introduce infographics
  • Twitter discussion
  • Lab
  • Group Project Time


Kentucky Derby Photos

  • Print – NYT, color
  • Print – ST, black&white
  • Online – NYT
  • Other examples from Getty Images

Introducing InfoGraphics (some of this will be covered Wednesday)

Twitter Discussion

  • Who has continued to read/tweet the past 10 days w/out having specific assignments?
  • Three observations from using Twitter for five weeks (think-pair-share)
  • Assignment for remainder of the quarter (weeks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10):
    * Follow an additional five people each week; blog post by 8 am Monday telling us who, why. Should be *people* not news organizations but can be new media sites like ReadWriteWeb (although you are supposed to already be following RWW). Posts due Weeks 7, 8, 9, 10.
    * Post at least five tweets/week that are related to course topics or the future of journalism (tweets due weeks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 – a week is Sunday-Saturday, for example, Week 6 is 3 May-9May)

Lab for Monday 4 May

  • Basic photo editing in Photoshop – optimizing, cropping and resizing photos
  • Photoshop workshop – Lesson 4, manipulating images
  • Download (right-click-save):boy_dog.psd, moo.psd, boys_fishing.psd
  • Photoshop Tips (pdf)
  • Crop and resize – make a blog post with resulting cropped images

Group Project Time

Assignment for Wednesday 6 May

  • Read: (1) Wikipedia overview, (2) Animated Infographics and Online Storytelling , (3) Understanding the Financial Crisis, (4) Data Visualization and InfoGraphics.
  • Resources: SND Tips from Infographics Quick Course At Poynter (pdf)
  • Find three examples of infographics that you think are exemplary. Write a blog post that links to each example and explains your reasoning (articles 3 and 4 provide examples of analysis). Do not use Flowing Data to find your graphics!
  • Bring 75 photos of RedSquare to class on a USB thumb drive or similar device; exception – bring your laptop and files if you own Photoshop or have downloaded the 30-day trial. If your camera shoots RAW, please convert or bring your laptop with software that can read RAW files.
  • By 8 am Wed: blog post with (a) one to two paragraphs with a succinct summary of the visual story [your Red Square interpretation] and explanation your goals; note any reporting/photography challenges and (b) one to two paragraphs explaining how well you met your goals, what you learned doing this project, and what you would do differently if you had a chance to redo this assignment.
  • RedSquare SoundSlides project due Fri 8 May by 6 pm. Extra-Credit if you use your own 2 minute audio story.

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4 Responses

  1. pandrewh says:

    Tools for finding Twitter(ers?) to follow:

    -Use Twitter search tools. See Mashables post:
    -Join a third-party Twitter group. See Mashables post:
    -Read Sarah Elgin’s post on “Building a Twitter Community.”
    -If you haven’t noticed the theme yet, read

  2. kegill says:

    Class observations about Twitter:

    * Twitter is being utilized by a wide variety of people (demographics) – democratic form of communication
    * More of news source than social networking tool
    * Read more than tweet
    * News source or personal space – different from Facebook
    * Many more older people are using Twitter – younger people using FB (anecdote)
    * Facebook status as competitor to Twitter
    * Twitter simplicity is a plus
    * Facebook invites to applications – noise! (‘ignore’ button)
    * Twitter noise – noise filtering becomes very important
    * TweetDeck rules
    * Political space – enables grassroots activity
    * Hyperactive
    * Can change the face of breaking news
    * Risk of bad info transmitting – can also be corrected

  3. snordq says:

    As we talked about in class, WeFollow is a great way to follow people on Twitter based on subject. On the right side are a number of tags to catagorize different people.

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