Summer Immersion 2015 Group Project Requirements

We anticipate that your group project will bring together some combination of video, audio, stills, webtext, interactive graphics and other digital elements to create a unique story form.  Toward that end, a successful project must fulfill these three requirements:

  1. Your group must decide on an anchor element around which the whole multimedia project is structured. Possible focal points for your project may include (but are not limited to):

A. A longform webtext anchor piece (or series of smaller text pieces) totaling at least 1,000 words. You must use the best practices of web by including links, photos, infographics and other digital or visual elements.

B. A video anchor piece that may have narration or may be a first-person/natural sound piece. This piece should be at least two minutes.

C. An audio anchor piece such as a tracked, stand-alone radio report, a first-person/ambient sound piece, or an audio slide show. This piece should be at least two minutes

D. A digital anchor piece such as an infographic, google map, or interactive (like a timeline).

  1. Regardless of what your group chooses as an anchor element for your project, you must also make use of other content, including multimedia, digital, and audio/visual elements. Your project must use three of the four elements listed below:

A. Some form of video. If your anchor element is not a video piece then this might include two or three short video interview clips or MOS/voxpop videos

B. Some form of audio. If your anchor element is not an audio piece then this might include short audio clips of interviews, an audio Q&A, a voxpop sound piece, or one or more short audio slide shows.

C. Some webtext (totaling 600 words). If your anchor element is not a longer text piece then this might be two sidebars related to your larger project, a Q&A with an interview subject, or a short profile of someone connected with your story. These elements must also follow the best practices of webtext and include links and photos (and perhaps small digital elements).

D. Some digital elements. If your anchor element is not a digital element then your project must have at least two digital elements – an infographic, an interactive (like a timeline), a data visualization, etc.

  1.  Your group member bios (with still photos) must appear as part of your project. These will go on a separate page and do not count toward the text requirements.

Design, placement, and organization of your project elements is totally up to you and the constraints of the template you have been given.

Homework: Profile of a Source From Your Group Project

Students write a profile of one source used in their group project. May be completed as text, a digital element, or an audio/video script.

If text, the profile should be 300 to 500 words.

If writing a script for audio or video, the length should be no more than one minute and 30 seconds.

There are no length restrictions for the digital element, as this will depend on the tool you choose. Email Keith in advance if you have questions.

Email text profiles to Miki at mpturner@usc.edu

Email audio or video scripts to Vince at vince.gonzales@usc.edu

Load digital elements onto the server and email the link to Keith at plocek@usc.edu

Note: You are not required to do all three. Just pick one format please.

Due: 5pm on Friday

In-Class Assignment: Shooting and Editing Video on Mobile

You only need to choose one option and follow the instructions in each option. Assignments are due at the end of class today at 3 p.m. Turn in as instructed by your professors in each section.

OPTION A

Video assignment

(This assignment must be completed individually)

Assignment: Use MoviePro or any video recording app of your choice to interview a local shopkeeper in the community or someone on campus (in the bookstore, food vendors, baristas, etc.). Choose a strong character and visual location. In addition to a short interview with your subject, shoot some b-roll. After shooting the interview and broll with your mobile device, edit the story to 45 seconds using titles, b-roll, and your one interview that you edit to tell a short story. You must edit the story solely on your mobile device using the editing app of your choice (if possible use apps recommended during class demos). Tell the story of the shop/shopkeeper in around 45 seconds. This should be a narrative story (no standups; only the sources voice/image and b-roll). Only one source is required for this mobile assignment. Pay attention to composition, light and sound quality! Turn the assignment in as directed by your instructor.

Example: https://youtu.be/L8GsXrH0dtY

Recommended editing app: iMovie for iOS

Resources: iMovie iOS Tutorials (http://help.apple.com/imovie/iphone/2.1.1/)

Upload the video file via Fetch to your folder on the server and post a link in the comments to this post.

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OPTION B

SnapChat Stories

(This assignment must be completed individually)

Assignment: Interview one of your classmates or a person on campus that you have never met. Take pictures, video and write text. Produce a SnapChat Story on your source. Don’t be afraid to experiment, but use your journalism skills as a foundation for this assignment. Turn the assignment in as directed by your instructor.

Recommended app: SnapChat

Resources: SnapChat tutorial (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ax7wBE-fEo)

Required: When you’re done with this task: Come back and write 400 words that answer the following questions. What did you do, and how did it go? What kinds of reporting assignments could you see yourself using something like SnapChat for? Is it about breaking news? Regular stories? Is it better suited for dramatic events or can it work for mundane things? What did you learn from this assignment?

Download the Snapchat file. Upload that file via Fetch to your folder on the server and post a link in the comments to this post, along with your essay. 

Homework: Audio Slideshow

Create an audio slideshow in Soundslides.

Export the results to your computer.

Use Fetch or Filezilla to load the “publish_to_web” folder onto the server in your personal folder.

Now go to your folder on the live website, and click on the “publish_to_web” folder. Your audio slideshow should appear.

Leave the link here in the comments.

(If you need help with Soundslides, here is a video tutorial that goes through it step by step.)

Due: Friday, 11:59pm