Digital Journalism

COM466 – University of Washington

Video Assignment

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

  • On 19 May, BRING the video file(s) TO CLASS on a USB drive. Kathy and Kristina will demonstrate editing software. We will demo how to upload to YouTube and link in your blog posts. You will need to create a YouTube account; do so before class if you think you’ll be ready to upload at the end of class. First cut and upload due Thursday by 11.30 am (in order for us to give you feedback).
    * Bring about 5 minutes of video (on a USB drive, not the camera!, or already on your PC/Mac laptop if you are going to edit on your machine). Be sure to have all “five” types of shots.
    * Create a log before class! Here is one form from the BBC. The important thing is to know what shots are “where” (an annotated timeline). The log can be on paper.
    * Create a rough “script” — which segments from the log do you want to put together to tell a story? The script can be on paper. 
  • By 8 am 26 May: blog post with (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.
  • On 26 May, final cut for two minute story (class has some lab time). You must incorporate feedback from the review. Upload the final cut to YouTube and link in your blog post NLT Friday 28 May at 8am; also create a post on this blog and include both the rough and final cuts; categorize “student projects”]

Assessment:

  • Content – 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 – 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. […] Video: Pitch two stories to me by 8am Friday (other than what you brought to class today); I’ll pick one by 10 am Friday. Blog post by 8 am Monday outlining story plan. Bring video to class Wed, including voice overs, with log/transcript. We’ll compile, add titles, credits, transitions for a 2-minute story. If we need to do more voice overs, we’ll do them in the hall. This should not be a story that you plan to use as your final project. Details. […]

  2. […] Video Assignment * By 11.30 am 20 May (Thursday): first cut and upload to YouTube; send me an email with the YouTube link. * By 8 am 26 May (Wednesday): blog post with (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. * By 8 am 28 May (Friday). You must incorporate feedback from the review in the final version of your story. Upload the final cut to YouTube and link in your blog post; also create a post on this blog and include both the rough and final cuts; categorize “student projects”. There are two YouTube uploads with this assignment. […]

  3. […] Video Assignment * By 11.30 am 20 May (Thursday): first cut and upload to YouTube; send me an email with the YouTube link. * By 8 am 26 May (Wednesday): blog post with (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. * By 8 am 28 May (Friday). You must incorporate feedback from the review in the final version of your story. Upload the final cut to YouTube and link in your blog post; also create a post on this blog and include both the rough and final cuts; categorize “student projects”. There are two YouTube uploads with this assignment. […]

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