Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Individual Project

Individual Slideshow or Video Story (150 points)
Two minute video story (post to YouTube) or two minute audio story (Soundslides) with minimum of 20 photos

  • Individual projects due on Wednesday 9 June at 11.30 am – post to course blog
  • The blog post should contain (a) one to two paragraphs with a succinct summary of the story and explanation your goals; note any reporting 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

Assessment:

  • Content (audio) – Does the audio tell a story? Are sound bites logical (progression, relevance)? Are you giving the listener the information she needs to understand the story? Is each person clearly identified?
  • Content (photos): Do the photos tell a story? Is the story logical (progression, relevance)? Are you giving the reader the information she needs to understand the story? Is text used appropriately (captions)?
  • Content (video) – Does the clip tell a story? Are sound bites logical (progression, relevance)? Are you giving the listener the information she needs to understand the story? Is each person clearly identified? Can this story stand alone or does it need text for context?
  • Sound (both) – Is the audio listenable? Is there some natural sound and is effective or gimmicky? [Remember: Do not use music unless it was recorded in the background of your interview, and it’s critical to your story. All natural (ambient) sound must be “true” to the story (if you’re interviewing the chef of a restaurant and want clanging dishes, record it at that restaurant – not another).
  • Video – Is the video watchable? Is the light appropriate (or over/under exposed)? Are the clips long enough for context or so short as to appear “jumpy”?
  • Bonus points for news value (your framing is critical here); creativity

3 Responses

  1. Liz Lantz says:

    Final project on YouTube, and my blog

  2. kstaud21 says:

    My final project is also on YouTube, my blog and the course blog section entitled “Student Projects”.

  3. brian.farn says:

    Final project on YouTube.

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