Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Assignments – 2010

Catalyst Dropbox for final course reflection

Google Docs gradesheet

There are no exams in this course; instead, there are several assignments. Each of these assignments is required to successfully pass the course.

Your grade for this class will be based on a possible total of 1000 points; and your score will be directly translated into the 4.0 scale. Participation in the class and lab discussions will count towards your final grade. Regular attendance, contributions to the discussion of themes, and engagement and leadership in class exercises will result in a high participation grade.

Assignments will be turned in via Catalyst or on your blog. We will create blogs at WordPress.com. Students with work or family conflicts should make arrangements with the instructor before missing class or an assignment. Late assignments policy varies per assignment, but in general late = reduced or no credit (newsroom deadlines).

Grades are determined as follows:

Weekly assignments in chronological order and may change:

  • Week 1: create blog, begin posting; media consumption survey; create Twitter account; NewsU tutorial: Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 2: Twitter begin following/posting; NewsU ethics tutorial : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 3: examples of good/bad multimedia news sites : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 3: NewsU audio tutorial; edit clip s: Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 4: audio story : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 5: audio story : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 6: photo project : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 7: create photo/sound slideshow : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 8: examples of good/bad “TV-like news” online; edit video [bring about 5 min of video to class on Wednesday – can be shot with camera phone, digital camera, Flip, etc. Goal is editing!] : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 9: identify your personal URL : Monday | Wednesday
  • Week 10: individual project final draft [no class Monday – holiday] :  Wednesday
  • Week 11: finals week
    * Group and individual projects due on Wednesday 9 June at 11.30 am;
    * Twitter essay due Monday 7 June at 11.30 am on your blog;
    * Final course reflection due Monday 7 June at 11.30 am via Catalyst CollectIt

Twitter (100 points)
Students will use Twitter as news gathering, monitoring tool throughout the quarter. Includes final essay on experience. Schedule/Details.

Final Audio Assignment
For Wednesday 28 April
2-3 minute audio story – New story or continue refining story number 1

Proof of Concept SoundSlides Project
For Wed 5 May Lab, Due Fri 7 May by 6 pm

Final Video Assignment
For Wednesday 19 May – first cut in lab
For Wednesday 26 May – final cut (due Friday 28 May at 5 pm)
2 minute video story

Group Project (200 points)
Examination of Seattle chapter of Habitat for Humanity; stand-alone WordPress website collaboratively developed. “Package” reflects enterprise reporting techniques; should include audio, stills, text, video. Will include peer review survey/assessment.

  • Group project due on Wednesday 9 June at 11.30 am; this includes Catalyst peer assessment

Individual Slideshow or Video Story (125 points)
Two minute video story (post to YouTube) or two minute audio story (Soundslides) with minimum of 20 photos

  • Group project due on Wednesday 9 June at 11.30 am

Final Essay (100 points)
This, the final assignment, substitutes for a final exam. In this essay, you should reflect upon what you have learned in the course; give examples (evidence, such as references to readings or speakers); illustrate how your thinking changed or detail other “ah-ha” moments. How will you apply these learnings outside the classroom? 750-900 words. Final course reflection due Monday 7 June at 11.30 am via Catalyst CollectIt

Participation (75 points)
Students are expected to attend all classes and are responsible for completing all course material on deadline. Deadlines replicate a newsroom environment; class sessions include labs and discussions that require your presence. You must e-mail me if you miss class because of illness or emergency; this communication is part of your class participation. Moreover, rather than ask me what happened while you were away, you should check the course blog as well as talk to your classmates to “see what you missed.” In-class assignments cannot be made up except by prior arrangement.

There are many ways to participate in the class. This is a safe environment, where students can try new ways of engaging in discussion and learning with others. Discussion about readings and other class material will be conducted seminar-style, that is, with an exchange of questions, explanations and viewpoints about readings and key ideas.

  • Contribute to in-class activities and discussions
  • Complete in-class assignments
  • Serve as peer trainer/mentor
  • Post course webQ due Monday 7 June at 11.30
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