Thursday, April 24, 2014

TAKE HOME EXAM - Due by Mon., May 5

For each of the following questions, write a detailed response that integrates the discussion points from various class lectures and exercises. The highest scoring responses will demonstrate critical thinking and application of these materials, as well as accurate use of AP style and grammar. EACH QUESTION IS WORTH 15 POINTS.

You will be able to complete this test at home but your responses must be submitted to me via e-mail by midnight at the end of Mon., May 5. Please e-mail your electronic responses to BAtwood@wsu.edu.

Good luck!

1. Throughout the semester, we've looked at several different examples of tools, technologies and techniques for storytelling on the Web. Use this knowledge to construct a brief analysis of how The Daily Evergreen, which is the website for WSU's daily newspaper, is staying competitive through use of "Web 2.0" technologies and social media. The site underwent a design overhaul in mid-2013 and released a mobile app shortly thereafter.

Specifically:
  • a. What specific Web 2.0  and social media technologies are already in place and how are they being used? Are they effective?
  • b. How does embracing Web 2.0 tactics help the site/paper stay competitive?
  • c. What other things can/should the site/paper be doing? Why?

2. Thinking about your team blog, please share your thoughts on specific strategies that you and/or your team used (or should have used) to improve its organic search rankings in Google and other search engines.
  • How is your team's blog doing in organic search on Google?
  • What, if any, specific techniques and tactics did your team use?
  • What other things might you do to help with your search engine optimization and presence?
  • Please provide specific examples that are applicable to your team's project.


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Final Storytelling Project - Due April 28

The final storytelling project of the semester is a "wild card" assignment. This means that you get to choose what format/medium you want to use for the final project! You can choose to do another written-only, audio, video or photojournalism story -- or perhaps there is a yet-to-be-explored experimental storytelling format that you want to try (e.g. A series of Vines, Instagram videos and/or even use of Snapchat Stories).

The same criteria apply for written, audio, photo and video assignments. For one of the experimental formats, please consult with me directly before beginning your work for approval.

The final assignment is due on your blog by midnight at the end of Monday, April 28.

Related Link:

The Best Online Journalism of 2013

As our semester wraps up, I thought it would be inspirational to review some of the best examples of multimedia reporting from the past year.

The following examples represent the best of 2013, as determined by the Online News Association:

KNIGHT AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE:
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, SMALL 
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, MEDIUM 
GENERAL EXCELLENCE IN ONLINE JOURNALISM, LARGE 
GANNETT FOUNDATION AWARD FOR TECHNICAL INNOVATION IN THE SERVICE OF DIGITAL JOURNALISM 
BREAKING NEWS, SMALL
BREAKING NEWS, MEDIUM
BREAKING NEWS, LARGE 
 PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, SMALL 
PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, MEDIUM 
PLANNED NEWS/EVENTS, LARGE 
EXPLANATORY REPORTING, SMALL
EXPLANATORY REPORTING, MEDIUM 
EXPLANATORY REPORTING, LARGE 
TOPICAL REPORTING, SMALL 
 TOPICAL REPORTING, MEDIUM 
TOPICAL REPORTING, LARGE 
ONLINE COMMENTARY, SMALL 
ONLINE COMMENTARY, MEDIUM 
ONLINE COMMENTARY, LARGE 
FEATURE, SMALL 
FEATURE, MEDIUM 
FEATURE, LARGE 
STUDENT PROJECTS, SMALL 
STUDENT PROJECTS, LARGE 

State of the News Media report

Pew recently published a new State of the News Media report for 2014. You can see highlights here.

Tag Clouds

Many news and blog sites are starting to include tag clouds.

A tag cloud is a visual depiction of content tags used on a Web site. It features a string of words in varying font sizes. The larger font sizes correlate to popularity or frequency of a tag used on that site.

A great article on best practices in tag cloud usage (and with several examples) is here.


WORDLE


Make your own word cloud with Wordle. Here are some examples:

Wordle: VirtualJournalism.net

Wordle: Virtual Journalism

Wordle: Virtual Journalism

TAGCROWD

Another site to make embeddable tag clouds is tagcrowd.com. Here is mine:


created at TagCrowd.com