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Feb. 6

Agenda for this week:

  • finish the HTML/CSS/PHP and FTP them to a page (e.g. Other or Tech Stuff); be sure these are up by next week, Feb. 13
  • hand back and go over Tom Wingert posts; note lessons for later
  • get a handout on AP style for subsequent blog posts;
  • assign another post on issues connected to nutrition looking at takepart.org and in particular SNAP, using a Morning Call handout and one other piece of your reporting (minimum 200 words, add some art, good headline, AP style, check your facts and spelling)
  • begin audio on the street; a key start for us is a handout from Brian Storm’s Media Storm site and blog

Media Storm

Media Storm

More tips:

  • when your subject is talking SHUT UP!!!! No sounds, “umms” grunts. Nothing.
  • test your equipment from CNM (Olympus) or Communication Center (H2)
  • take some notes (e.g. good quote at 2:35)
  • we’ll do the editing in Audacity next week. Go ahead and get a copy on your computer and make sure it has the LAME encoder so you can export to MP3. Maybe take a look through the install and record with Audacity PDF we saw today.

For exemplars, try the Coney Island piece from NYU’s graduate Pavement Pieces site, and this from Prof.  Culver (from Poynter/Wisconsin) that intersperses narration with interview (but right now her interview audio is breaking up):

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Maybe sample some of the On the Street posts from last spring.

Also take a look around this free course from the Poynter Institute’s NewsU site. You might want to practice a bit with it before you go into the field.

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