Monday, September 29, 2014



For these weeks, we will:
  • Review and discuss our first writing assignments.
  • Continue to work on your second writing assignment.
  • Review legal guidelines, responsibilities and risks for web-based publishing
  • Discuss royalty-free image resources for your blog and storytelling 
  • Begin training on digital audio production software (Audacity)
  •  Begin work on your second reporting assignment (draft will be due on Tues., Oct. 7 and final copy due on Thurs., Oct. 9)

    Second Writing Assignment - Due Oct. 7 (draft)

    Your new website needs MORE content! 

    The second round of content for your site should be another traditional written reporting piece in either a "traditional news" or "feature" style.

    For your story, please remember the following:
    * Pay close attention to the opening of your piece. What type of feature lead will draw the reader further into the story? If it is a more traditional "news"-style piece, make sure to communicate the key  newsworthy details in the first sentence or two to establish relevancy.
    * Add context and perspective to your story by interviewing at least two original human sources. How will you weave the best quotes into your story?
    * Length should be about 7-10 paragraphs (e.g. 600 words)

    * DUE: Tuesday, Oct. 7 (peer review draft due)
    * FINAL VERSION DUE: Thursday, Oct. 9

    Digital Audio Editing - Sample Sounds Files for Editing

    For practice, you can download some sample .mp3 files (right-click and save):

    Audio Recording Equipment & Smartphone App Options


    If you are interested in recording audio only, you have several options.

    Direct-to-Computer Microphone

    Many computers have a mic jack that allows you to directly connect a microphone into the computer for recording via Adobe Audition, Audacity and other programs.  Simply plug in your microphone and start recording direct within the editing program.

    However, you might also choose to record audio externally and then "import" it into the audio editing programs.

    Smartphone Recording Apps

    Some students may choose to do this via use of a smartphone or camcorder. You simply transfer the recorded audio from your smartphone into the audio editing program.

    Here are some options for iOS (iPhone) and Android devices. Some of these apps are free while others charge a small fee. Before you buy any app (if you choose to do so), please make sure that the app supports exporting your recorded audio files from the app into your preferred audio editing program!

    Handheld Recorder

    Another external audio recording option is the Zoom H2 Voice Recorder, which is available for checkout. Recorded audio is stored digitally and can be transferred to a computer via a Flash memory card or via a transfer cable. If you need instructions on how to use this device, the manual is available online (.pdf file) at this link:

    Zoom H2 Voice Recorder Manual

    Audio Editing Programs

    You may already have experience with Audacity and Adobe Audition, but there are several alternative audio editing programs that you can also use to complete this production.

    For example, many Mac users already have GarageBand installed on their computers.

    Other programs of note include: