Find a breaking news story (Twitter may be a good place to start). Something in the last 24 hours or a new development on a preexisting story.
Write about 250 words on it using AP style. Hyperlink to the stories and attribute. Example: The Week Magazine
Post to your site by the end of the class. Tweet your post and email it to me too.
Stories (posts) must include:
One embedded tweet.
An original slide show.
Create a multimedia piece you can have published and post it to your site. Promote the piece using social media (specifically, Twitter).
– Write a 500-word journalistic, profile, or promotional piece. Include hyperlinks and at least one original photo.
– Must be written in third person and using AP style.
– Must include at least two digital media components. Examples: infographic, video package (this will count as two), audio package, slide show.
Cannot not have obvious errors (spelling, basic AP, mistakes pointed out from previous assignments). Assignments will be graded stricter; it must be better than before.
Posts must be emailed to me before the start of class on Monday, May 19 (Finals). NO LATE WORK.
– Take a few clips from each sport and create a new package.
– Replace the original audio with your own song. One place for royalty free music is: http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/
– Use transitions.
– Add text throughout the package.
– Be creative and have fun with it. Maybe add a voice over or some sound effects: http://www.freesound.org/
EMBED AUDIO FILES ON WP:
Assignment #9: Produce a video news story or PSA (due Wednesday, May 7).
Create a 1:30 news package or a 30 to 60 second PSA. Must have primarily original footage.
Clarity of the story told, as well as the techniques used, will be considered while grading.
- Test your camera for compatibility with a Mac and Premiere by Wednesday, April 16.
- Footage shot by Wednesday, April 23.
- First draft done by Wednesday, April 30.
Post to YouTube (you may have to create an account), embed on your website, and send me the link to the post before the start of class on May 7.
- Vantage points
- Close, medium, wide shots (variety)
- Framing, rule of thirds, natural sound
- Short, active, declarative sentences. Avoid asking questions.
Example: And who will be going to the ceremony? None other than Joe Smith, who founded the organization over 30 years ago.
— Joe Smith founded the organization over 30 years ago and will be attending this year’s ceremony. —
- In the present tense and conversational. No third person.
- Catchy lead.
Example: West Hartford may not have the Hollywood sign, but it does have lights, cameras, and action going on inside what was once a Friendly’s restaurant in the town’s center.
- Stand-up (if used) should be the bridge of the story.
- Pointed, but usually based in fact.
- Very visual. Often uses analogies.
- Short period of time to explain a complex issue.
- Plays to the senses (or feelings).
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