Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Week 06 : The Click-Through Dream Machine

Subtitle: Photo Galleries: The Good and The Ugly

How does photojournalism differ online when compared with print (magazines, newspapers, tabloids)? What about background music?

Agenda

Today’s Assignment

Everyone brings at least 40 photos of an agreed upon “subject” to class (on a USB thumb drive). We will “cull” your photos and share. Subject: “Red Square”

  • Put your photos in a folder: yourfirstname_redsquare; give me their 40 photos on a thumb drive
  • Pair and discuss — agree on the best 8-10 (with reasons). Put these in a folder with a name like this: kathy_liz_best_redsquare – give me the photos on a thumb drive
  • I’ll pull these together and show them in a non-narrated soundslides show on Wednesday

Mini-Lab (Demonstration)

Twitter Mid-Quarter Discussion

  • Three observations from using Twitter for five weeks (think-pair-share)
  • Post as comment to this blog post (sign names!)

Final Audio Assignment

For Wednesday – due 8 am

  • Update on H4H story – blog post on your site — link to project page
  • Brainstorm how you would illustrate your audio story with images/photos and develop two headlines: one clever (see Tom’s) and one “SEO-Friendly” (see Keala’s). Append this info to your blog post as a comment
  • Proof of Concept SoundSlides Project –
    * 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. [OK to take additional photos!]
    * Select the best 20 photos and bring to class. If your photos are in RAW format, make sure your software can “read” them – there is no guarantee that Photoshop on the lab machines will be able to do so.
    * Either  create a 2 minute audio story or use a 2-minute clip that I’ll provide in lab

Resources

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8 Responses

  1. mcvicker says:

    -It’s useful to keep up on breaking news – don’t have to search different sites
    -Good for social networking – people have tweeted me jobs when they saw I was a student
    -Can be more opinionated take on news events
    -Can alert journalists to events currently happening they may want to cover

    Katie, Janelle

  2. batchelert says:

    Although it is an easy way to share simple snippets of information, Twitter’s largest demographic is people over 30. This is an unusual feature for a social network.

    Twitter provides an easy way to follow a single journalist or organization and therefore create a custom news feed. Topic’s can easily be followed using hash tags.

    Breaking news spreads easily and allows the global public to connect with primary sources.

    Tom & Emma

  3. brian.farn says:

    Some Observations While Using Twitter:
    1. Following individuals can be difficult due to ‘spam’ tweets.
    2. Instantaneous information.
    3. Journalist can formulate opinions.
    4. Followers have opportunity to follow the writers.

    Nate, Brian, Aaron.

  4. brisue says:

    -Twitter gives the opportunity to monitor breaking news through numerous news organizations.
    – Other journalists are able to follow one another by area of interest.
    – Twitter provides an opportunity for branding.

    Brianna, Wilhelmena, Fereshta

  5. Gwen Davis says:

    -Interesting way to find different information on one site geared towards your interests.

    -It doesn’t seem very intuitive. With FB, for example, know why most apps exist (though, maybe just my lack of familiarity with Twitter).

    -News source, choose to follow what you do.

    Questions:

    a) Why do people swarm to twitter? What is its major appeal?

    b) How do people find which hashmarks to follow?

    c) How do people find which people to flollow?

    d) Do you have “friends” ie connections with people like you do on FB?

    e) What’s so great about it??

  6. Liz Lantz says:

    Twitter takeaways:
    – Twitter is a different venue for getting updates on topics of interest…as long as you have chosen the right tweeps to follow (also, story ideas)
    – It is a powerful and easy networking tool; in this time, you have to participate
    – Mind manners…know how to retweet appropriately. It makes your shares more powerful, and a more rewarding (and fun) conversation.

  7. Liz Lantz says:

    Twitter takeaways:
    – Twitter is a different venue for getting updates on topics of interest…as long as you have chosen the right tweeps to follow (also, story ideas)
    – It is a powerful and easy networking tool; in this time, you have to participate
    – Mind manners…know how to retweet appropriately. It makes your shares more powerful, and a more rewarding (and fun) conversation.

    – Liz & Keala

  8. Gwen Davis says:

    This was Gwen and Krista.

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