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April 28

Before I outline tonight’s agenda, a reminder that Ben Kalina will be in Comm Center 101 this Friday (May 1) from noon to 3 p.m. If need be, he said he could stay later.  Your group will get participation credit (see Syllabus) if at least one person is there with content to work on.

Now:

Quick summary of SD, HD

Quick summary of SD, HD

  • return previous work
  • watch the B-roll video from Transom
  • questions on customized Google map and embedding for final?
  • go over the requirements for the final story package (handout, see Assignments)
  • guidelines for compressing video from YouTube and Vimeo; handout on video formats (above)
  • our Community Health Data Base link, (go to Data Analysis Tool at bottom; log in information on board) comparison data from NIH and a source for ZIP codes and other city data (what ZIP codes cover the ENP area?)
  • build a quick Excel chart, export it as a PDF, open in Acrobat Pro and Export as JPEG or just slect chart, copy and paster into Photoshop, save as JPEG (asctually better quality)
  • maybe go over how to do an animated GIF in Photoshop; for use in Final Cut, you can convert it to .MOV file here or in Photoshop-> Export->Render movie and choose .MOV
  • Twitter official tips on journalism and Twitter media page and Facebook for journalists
  • note Storify (below) and
  • how to generate blog traffic (below)
  • I have my writing tips here, although they are more feature (not hard news) style

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Storify

Here’s a quick Storify on the earthquake in Nepal. It’s all drag-and-drop, but you have to go through each possible source to get the content (icons in top right). For some quick tips here’s what journalism profs have been doing, and a Storify on how to Storify. Note mention of verifying—you might end up going to the Twitter account and finding out who posted that Tweet, and so on.

 

 

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Getting traffic

Before our final agenda, here are two places to get good summary tips on blogging. If you work in the online content environment, you would need to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and writing good content. These slides cover both. Another resource is Copyblogger, with this set of 11 tips that are shown in the infographic that follows.

 

 

 
11 Essential Ingredients Every Blog Post Needs [Infographic]

Like this infographic? Get content marketing advice that works from Copyblogger.

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April 21

The agenda:

  • Return and review old Golbacher, Henstenburg, and slideshow assignments; watch some slideshows; go over rubric (handout)
  • Discussion Group #6 (Zach, Jordan, Mike S.)
  • Reminder that we have an editing session with Ben Kalina, now noon – 3 p.m., Friday, May 1 in COMM center 101
  • A nice piece on shooting B-roll from Transom.org
  • Handout group evaluation form
  • How it’s tough to be the Food Babe
  • Another take on Periscope, Meerkat, etc.
  • What if you unpublish the news?
  • Do a custom Google map using these places and following the new Maps Engine
  • Time to reopen your Soundslides project do another export and FTP it to remove the Demo watermark, if you want
  • Collect revised reporting plans
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Exploring Nutrition list

Here is the full list of the 11 places that Exploring Nutrition is currently working with. You should be welcome to contact and get an interview with any of the six that we were not assigned to. They all got food during the Easter Drive, so you can use that angle.

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April 14

Quick agenda this time

  • Give back Goldbacher posts with some lessons and last call (five people; if you didn’t get one back you didn’t get one done)
  • Update on slide shows; here we have more than half of them not done at this point. I’ll leave some time at the end to help post/FTP themlogo
  • Ben Kalina is our main guest tonight. He’ll go over footage that your group has brought in and discuss moving your reporting plans forward. Those preliminary plans are due tonight, but I’m going to allow you to revise and resubmit them next class
  • Posts of Henstenburg are due tonight or by tomorrow morning
  • Look at the page from Next City on food markets
  • Go over some of the interviewing links and my handout in more detail
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Henstenburg videos

Here are the videos from this week, in three parts. Still waiting on other links, PowerPoints.

Part 1 (10 minutes)

Part 2 (13 minutes)

Part 3 (15 minutes)

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April 7

Tonight …

  • Posts are due tonight on Dr. Goldbacher. You got a message about the videos, her PowerPoints,  and some other data earlier this week
  • If you want to download any of what I shot get a download add-on such as Download YouTube as MP4 which is for Firefox; note the Download button added to YouTube video playback. I shot these at 1080p (HD) but the download seems limited to 720p (still HD). For that reason, you should consider scheduling an interview with Dr. Goldbacher for your group
  • Visit from Professor Jule Ann Henstenburg, director of La Salle’s nutrition program in the SONHS; I’ll shoot and post HD video which you can use, but again, try to schedule a follow-up for your final project; as before, you are required to write a 300-plus word post on our guest’s visit tonight; the angle is up to you, but remember that your blog talks about how La Salle (and Exploring Nutrition) is working to help solve issues of health, nutrition and obesity in our area. As always, give your story a news-feature-style lead, a clear conclusion, write a good (SEO) headline, get some sort of art and include at least two links to other articles or resources. Due next Thursday, April 14

    St. Vincent's (Lauren Stair)

    St. Vincent’s
    (Lauren Stair)

  • For general use, here are two more issues raised by TakePart: food deserts and SNAP benefits
  • Check in on the NextCity.org piece on urban food markets for the use of audio, customized Google map, optimized photos, depth of research—maybe a model for your final project
  • Assign your group reporting plan for next week (see Assignments)
  • Finish and post slideshows; FTP to alpha.lasalle.edu and link to that from an optimized still image
  • As part of the reporting plan, bring some footage next week for Ben Kalina’s second visit; each group needs some sort of video footage for Ben to discuss, and an idea of what you plan for your story so we can talk about possible gaps
  • Interviewing resources from last week, PBS on investigative interviews; this from KDMC on source types and my condensed interviewing tip sheet (also a handout)
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Dr. Goldbacher II

Please note on her request, that I edited a piece out of Part 3 of Dr. Goldbacher’s presentation (below) in which she discussed Weight Watchers. You need to respect the source’s right for exclusion of content, especially when you id not explicitly ask for it. If your blog [post for this week mentioned Weight Watchers, please delete that reference from your story.

Dr. Goldbacher also provided us with her PowerPoints, added some data in response to the question at the end about efficacy of  their programs:

 

Behavioral weight loss:

Efficacy of behavioral weight loss treatments:

Target is to lose 8-10% of body weight; this is associated with measurable improvements in health

About 70% of individuals who participate in BWL achieve this goal

 

Treatment for Binge Eating Disorder (one of the main treatments that we use is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).  We also use this for weight loss)

CBT for binge eating disorder: about 80% of individuals who engage in CBT improve (as measured by things like elimination of binge eating episodes)

 

The fees range from $10-$25 per session; this is adjusted based on income.  And all of theirservices are provided by psychology doctoral students who are supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist.

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Videos, Soundslides

A reminder that you can get the full trial copy of Soundslides and then bring your files (be sure you have everything in one project folder folder; there’ll be several folders starting with 200_200 400_300 and so on, as well as the publish_to_web folder if you’ve already done an Export; also be sure you have the original audio and images in case you need to rebuild it).  If you re-open the project from the lab copies and export your final copy will be free of the watermark/logo.

Rememeber that after you FTP it, your URL will be of the form http://www.lasalle.edu/~yourusername/publish_to_web.

Also, here are the videos from Dr. Goldbacher’s presentation. These are all recorded in HD, so you could use a clip from these for your project. I’ll cover YouTube download plug-ins next week. Also note the value of the external mike. She will be sending her PowerPoints later, if you want to check on what you are posting.

Part 1, about 10 minutes

Part 2 about 13 minutes–a bit is missing after this

New, edited Part 3, about 20 minutes

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March 31

Agenda

  1. Update and provisional plans for slideshow assignment (1) cover the food at the churches and pantries (2) shoot exteriors of the 11 places involved with the food drive; recall YouCaring site
  2. Dr. Edie Goldbacher, department of psychology; as before, you will write a 300+-word post on her presentation, including a head with a verb, at least one piece of art and at least two contextual links. As always, make this a news-feature piece with a grabber lead, the nut graf later on (who what when, etc.) and a conclusion that ties back to the lede. Check spelling and use AP style.
  3. Discussion with Khalice and group #5 (Tyler, Nick, Marissa); that means that group #6 on April 21 is Jordan, Zach and Mike S. Some items in the news that group 6 could use and we will discuss briefly: Meerkat and Periscope; Facebook may host news content and an analysis; photos on the Web (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat; anyone looked at Discover yet?)
  4. Make credit and text slides for the slideshow in Photoshop (500px by 375px is best at 72 ppi—pixels per inch. saved with .jpg extension)
  5. Look back at a few good examples (NPR, LATimes, Next City, below) and maybe review some good audio from our group
  6. Intro to interviewing set-up tips [handout], questions (more TK)
  7. Last call on Nutrition issues 2; reminder that slideshow is due online next week.
    • Your final slideshow post will include the following:
      • Write a brief intro—make it grabbing, enticing. Make people want to watch the show
      • Set appropriate tags and categories
      • Try for reasonable file sizes on your photos, although Soundslides makes smaller versions for the Web
      • Look again at this rubric for grading visual content
      • Include at least one title/credit/info slide done in Photoshop
      • FTP the publish_to_web folder to alpha.lasalle.edu (password is 12345_abc version) post one of the photos and link to that folder e.g. http://www.lasalle.edu/~beattyj1/publish_to_web/ There is a gigya shortcode to embed the Soundslides (it’s built in Flash), but current WordPress makes those hard to view (due to the https: secure server), so we’ll just go with this method.
  8. Plan for visit next week from Professor Henstenburg, director of La Salle’s nutrition program
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March 24

Seems this is networking night, as several of us have to be at events all or part of the evening. Often at this time when I am asking you to go out into the field, we would give credit for that and reduce class time (in some years we have been able to shoot during class, because it was in the day). We still have lots to do, but in recognition of that, and the fact that I heard back that a lot of you feel comfortable shooting and editing video (and audio), here’s the plan for tonight:

  • Discussion #4 and arrange volunteers for Discussion #5 next week (only two more to go). For #5, look at the piece on Twitter language if we didn’t go over it tonight, or this American Press Institute study on how millennials get their news (or the NYTimes report, etc.)
  • Give back the infogr.am assignment, audio assignment (some of you got that last week) and Nutrition Issues II (on food waste; the latter I will still accept for most of the credit) and go over some good work on these and some lessons
  • For reviewing an audio package this piece from NextCity (also has a Philly branch, and accepts interns) on food markets is instructive; note how the story is close to but not exactly a transcript, the custom Google map, optimized photos, etc.
  • Look at slide shows below from LA Times and NPR to help with slideshow assignment (due April 7, but you should be getting photos this weekend)
  • Review shooting tips posted last week, and for reference here’s the video on DCKitchen Ben showed and his lighting tips; I’ll also give you a 10 commandments handout from Poynter, and we could go through a few pieces form Kobre’s Guide and Vimeo video school basics and framing and composition; we might come back to these, or you can use them as references; see also Videolicious (although no one is using a phone for video, correct?)
  • Plan for this weekend, into Monday; you’ll need to get shots for your individual  slideshows, as well as video for your group; here is a collection of all the info I have gathered from LGU for the food drive; I expect that we will have lots of time to do that
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March 17

It’s video session No. 1 with Ben Kalina of Mangrove Media, so I will try to take a back seat.

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I will give back and comment on the Instagr.am and audio assignments that were due last week, so if you did not get one posted, you can still submit and get some of the credit. Some people have missed a few pieces already. Don’t forget the Nutrition Issues II due tonight.

We will hold Discussion #4 at the end of class, so Ben can head out. That’s Brendan, Tyler H. and Khalice.

I have some place to senf you for video and multimedia that we might look at tonight—in any case we’ll come back to these next week:

Also, I have updated information on the Easter Food Drive. The main days are now Friday, March 27 and Saturday March 28, so get your group organized for those days (approx. 9 till 1 or so). Here is a YouCaring site that’s part of the LGU class’s fundraising efforts.

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Slideshow

We will use Soundslides (our software, and like Audacity, sort of the standard, powering for example New York Times shows). For now, take a look at their site, support, etc., and these examples:

  1. Indiana student who was new to multimedia
  2. Indiana student who had a good deal of experience at photography.
  3. One from our Great Migration class of 2011 (also unregistered, note “headline here” and note the URL)
  4. One from a previous class when they covered the Easter Food Drive (in Firefox click the shiled to stop blocking the content)
  5. One from the LA Times on a dying man
 
Here are the photos to practice with:
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You’ve got a Soundslides handout, and there’s a tutorial at UC Berkeley.  I’ll also link to another rubric for the images (Sue Robinson, Wisconsin) and a PDF on video and audio storytelling by Mark Hiland (also Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar). Here is a powerful example from NPR,  and this which could help with your final project, as well as a student project from Prof. Culver that has one instructive flaw.Don’t forget Mark Johnson’s Audio Slideshows video (sidebar).
I created a demo of a trip along the King’s Way in Prague (Soundslides version).
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The King’s Way, Prague (click image to launch).
You need to be able to:

  • download the images above
  • play them as a slideshow on the desktop to get a feel
  • sketch out a script to go with them; about 3 to 5 seconds per slide, aiming for about 45 seconds to a minute total
  • use this audio file to build on (Right click, Save Link/Target as—don’t try to open it
  • follow the handout to import the photos and audio
  • add a headline, some titles, a caption, a lower third, adjust the timing of some slides, change the order of some slides, delete at least one slide
  • export to the Web and view (click on the index.html file)

We’ll keep going with this and related video tips next class. We’ll also be discussing plans for interviews in the field.

 

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March 10

Here’s the plan:

  • return items
  • intern possibility for summer at BillyPenn
  • sign up for discussion #4 next week; in addition to earlier suggestions (e.g. NYTimes innovation report, or Andrew Sullivan links), here’s a piece with a long video on best writing practices for Twitter (and we’ll try the retweet test)
  • reminder that audio and an inforgr.am are due tonight (time will be left at end)
  • assign Nutrition Issues 2: 300 words on research that you have located (try some of the sidebar links) that could start with this proposed bill to reduce food waste; as before, you should get some art, and include at least two contextual links
  • plan for guest videographer Ben Kalina next week
  • assign the slideshow assignment, which will focus on but need not be limited to the Easter food drive (main days are March 30 and 31)
  • introduce Soundslides, look at some examples and practice with the files above

 

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February 24

You got my note over the weekend, so you know this will be the night of many returns. I’ll give back and go over some lessons from the photo assignment, the coding and the ENP post.  Then we will

  • have discussion #3 with Erin, Amanda and Cody
  • open the two demo files and experiment with Audacity; I also have some headphones if you want to test the narration; look at SoundCloud as well and get an account and look at how to use the WordPress player with the [audio ] shortcode
  • look at some data food calories from food carts in Philly from (the former) Axis Philly, and an article on food calories at McDonald’s to experiment with creating an Infogram
  • the basic procedure is to: create an account at infogr.am, (Q: What country is it hosted in?) verify it via email, try New Chart; select Treemap; double-click the generic info to add a title and edit the content; click on the gear icon to edit the theme, size and so on; create some data for now in Excel on Food item (col. 1) and calories (col. 2); copy and paste that into infogr.am or enter it directly in infogr.am; (NOTE you can do this with two sheets so you could compare McD’s calories to the food cart ones with radio buttons it will create; test with the eye at top left; publish button, top left; View on the Web; get the link and make a post (could be on your Notes or Other page, but this one does make sense as a blog post)
  • or maybe use some data on poverty rates in Philadelphia vs. Pennsylvania that a couple of you found for the ENP post
  • finish the infographic post by next class, March 10 (along with the audio; we will have time to finish that during the March 10 class

Here’s an Infogram (with embed code on my WordPress.org site)

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Audio update

A reminder that the audio assignment is now due March 10, the first class after break. Here is a useful link from our educational technology folks on options for recording and posting audio. It covers SoundCloud (you can record directly), Audacity (and this is the PDF I handed out) and getting an app that’s better than your phone’s defualt. Just as I recommend Camera+ for photos (mainly to get separate focus and exposure points), I use Voice Record Pro to get better VU meters, quick editing and sharing capabilities. Jessica Morris also recommends Voice Record Pro, although some people on iPhone 6 have had issues.

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February 17

Tonight …

  • final call on photo assignment—exteriors  if you have nothing else, but report on your organization and what LGU is doing
  • upload and link to your HTML/CSS page; all FTP access has been confirmed by IT
  • do the PHP page and FTP that to alpha.lasalle.edu and link to it (on Other page or whatever you called it)
  • signups for Discussion #3 next week; see suggestions below
  • audio; test files and instructions are in last week’s Feb. 10 post; assignment now due after break (March 10) posted with WordPress player or on SoundCloud
  • post on ENP, nutrition, Dr. Allen due tonight

 

Here is the Soundcloud player with an image and adjusted color of the button (view in Firefox or Chrome for now)

 

That was with an <iframe> on my .org site, though. You need to use the shortcode on its own line like this:

[soundcloud url="https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/91923946" params="color=00cc11&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_artwork=true" width="100%" height="166" iframe="true" /]
See wordpress.com instructions.

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News, views, discussion

Some links on matter pertaining that might be useful for Discussion #3 next week.

  • Don’t forget about the NY Times leaked report from last year
  • Facebook’s new fake news flag (see earlier post)
  • Time magazine last year on what you thought you knew about the Web—it’s wrong
  • Blogger Andrew Sullivan stopped blogging and why that matters (and some good tips on how to blog)
  • NYTimes critic David Carr died

 

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February 10

How about a short agenda for a relaxing evening …

  • What’s up with the LGU groups? Feedback, lessons and planning—end of the week maybe for photo essay?
  • Discussion #2 featuring Mike, Mark and Henryk
  • Grading and return of Pheed posts, with lessons for later; includes look at state of blogs, titles, etc.
  • Finish our HTML page, adding and embedded style sheet (CSS), FTPing it to the alpha server and posting a link to it(which some have already done)
  • Do the same with PHP page
  • On to audio—handouts on Audacity, Brian Storm’s tips, links e.g. Mark Johson’s video
  • Practice with demo files and check out the tips and practice files below:
Audacity

Audacity free audio editor

If you use the Olympus, it  saves files as WMA (Windows Media Audio) which Audacity can’t import. You’ll need to come to the front (or Center for New Media) to convert your files to .WAV or MP3 to bring into Audacity. I’ve got an app called Switch to do that, which you can download for a brief free trial (lasts longer on a Mac).  Today or next week we will experiment with these files: a prerecorded mic clip; a music clip; try to produce this result.

Some tips

  • Try the timeshift tool (double arrows) if you want to move some of your narration in between quotes
  • select, go to Effects->Amplify as another way to adjust sound besides the Envelope tool—can also decrease volume here
  • Effects -> Fade In and Fade Out are the only others you should need although you might try Noise removal (see handouts)
  • you can do the export to MP3 without using Quick Mix (in the handouts)
  • split any stereo track, then just delete (use X) rather than convert to mono
  • the spacebar plays and stops in most AV editing software
  • you have already found Record (red button); use Skip to Start/END (Purple arrows) to move around
  • be sure the Project Rate (bottom left corner) is 44100 Hz; you’ll need that setting for Soundslides later
  • don’t forget to locate the Audacity project file (.AUP) the data folder, your original file from the recorder, and your exported MP3
  • we will upload from a URL (see Tech Notes page); you will have to write a short piece of code in the visual editor that looks like this in square brackets []:
    audio:http://www.lasalle.edu/~beatty/402/culver_package_sample.mp3|bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xcc0033

See these links for how to post audio and use SoundCloud. For posting to WordPress, you need to FTP the MP3 file to alpha.lasalle.edu (remember PSWD = 12345_abc). For SoundCloud you’d need an account and then upload to their site.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

You can also try adding some HTML color codes to the end of your shortcode (test this on your WordPress.com). The code after the 0X is RRGGBB (2 red, 2 green, 2 blue), so I used  |bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xcc0033 ] which makes the background 0000ff=blue (small line shows through) and the right arrow cc0033=red . Compare the first one to the standard player:

 

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Paste your WordPress shortcode into the Visual editor (not Text). It will look like this (my code has audio:)

[audio http://yourfileswebaddress ] No space after the first [ but one space (no more) before the final ]. Note if there is no space it assumes that the ] is part of your URL, so the player can’t find the file.

Be sure to put your exact URL in (Q: what will that be?) after you FTP the file to the alpha server. Don’t use the example from WordPress (it’s mattmullenweg-interview.m4a Q: Who is Matt Mullenweg?). See if you got a Playlist editor.

Back this up with a standard link: Play audio.

Another WordPress player demo, this time with some tips about the Audio assignment itself. And a caution that you should exit the Dashboard if you have inserted code in the Text (HTML) editor; don’t switch back to Visual to take a look as that can mean the code then IS text and won’t function.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

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February 3

Tonight’s agenda:

  • Links from last week on photos, RSS, Twitter, etc.
  • The Pheed Philadelphia post is due tonight. When I grade that I will also be checking that your blog is set up properly, so that means:
    1. Under General be sure your blog Title and Tagline make sense.
    2. Start your Categories and Tags under the Posts menu and add those to the photo assignment that’s due next week.
    3. Under Posts, be sure your photo post has a reasonable title and Body Title if your theme (Appearance->Themes) has that.
    4. Be sure that you have at least the Admin/Meta/Log-in widget (Appearance->Widgets) in a sidebar. From then on, Log in via Admin, etc., not through WordPress.com
    5. Add widgets for Pages and Posts if need be (true on some newer themes)
    6. Add pages for About and Other, write real copy for About, and post the optimized state fair picture on the Other page (or as a separate post);
    7. Explore the options for your Theme—does it allow sidebars, customization, etc.? Explore, add a new Theme, Preview it
    8. Check your Profile and follow the instructions from last week to add a gravatar through WordPress.com (Might be Users->Your profile; or go to WordPress.com, log in there and then Settings->Public profile->Change your Gravatar

     

  • Tonight’s guest is Dr. Marjie Allen, chair of Integrative Studies. She will be giving us background on the Exploring Nutrition Project—this is a prime opportunity for you to ask questions about the project. You will also be writing what I am calling Nutrition Issues I for Feb. 17, which will include background on the ENP—what concerns inspired it, what are some current issues that are being addressed? To assist in that assignment, there are links in the sidebar on several other national and regional websites and organizations dealing with these issues. The format is up to you, but you should probably frame it as La Salle started ENP to address health and nutrition, which is a serious issue, and here are some other example (somewhat as Pheed did last week). For example two recent issues are food pantries for college students and people being dropped from food stamps. You need at least one other piece of your own research and at least three links to other websites (link on sentence text as show here). Aim for 300-400 words. Due Feb. 17.
  • get three people to sign up for Discussion #2 next week. The format is the same as the first time (see the Schedule page). The topics can include anything not covered last time

    or you can present some nutrition issues as linked above or from the sidebar groups, or anything else that you see going on in online news.

  • Do the coding (HTML, CSS, PHP) as outlined in last week’s post. This is an assignment that also goes on your Other page and is due at then end of teh day next week, Feb. 10. We might need some time to finish it next week.
  • Handout my AP style tips for use in future blog posts
  • Assign the audio project (Assignments page) due Feb. 24. For inspiration and comparison, here is a good guide from Media Storm, some other tips
    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)
    • listen to the Coney Island piece from NYU’s graduate Pavement Pieces site; also pieces from last year e.g. Mike O’Dell (what’s good or bad about this?).
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Pheed video, links

OK–here are videos from last night’s visit by Becca Long and Molly Mahon.

Part 2:

 

Also, this is the Facebook fake news story I mentioned (the National Public Radio (NPR) story about it) and an earlier PEW Research Center study on how people get news from social media including Facebook. And Twitter is introducing video. Thoughts?

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January 27

 

Agenda for today. Be sure you are good with the following:

  1. You sent me the (correct) URL.
  2. Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
  3. Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
  4. In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of them to see them in the main blog window. Look at Permalinks and set those to Date and Name.  Under General be sure your blog Title and Tagline make sense.
  5. Start your Categories and Tags under the Posts menu and add those to the photo assignment that’s due next week.
  6. Under Posts, be sure your photo post has a reasonable title and Body Title if your theme (Appearance->Themes) has that.
  7. Be sure that you have at least the Admin/Meta/Log-in widget (Appearance->Widgets) in a sidebar. From then on, Log in via Admin, etc., not through WordPress.com
  8. Add widgets for Pages and Posts if need be (true on some newer themes)
  9. Explore the options for your Theme—does it allow sidebars, customization, etc.? Explore, add a new Theme, Preview it
  10. Check your Profile and follow the instructions from last week to add a gravatar through WordPress.com (Might be Users->Your profile; or go to WordPress.com, log in there and then Settings->Public profile->Change your Gravatar

Then our visit from Becca and Molly of Pheed Philadelphia. By next week, Feb. 3, you will write a 200-300 word post on the organization with at least one piece of optimized “art” (photo, logo, graphic), a title, tags and categories and chunks (50 or so words per paragraph). Later this week, I’ll post the video I shot tonight, mainly for use to check for good quotes.

Then Discussion #1 with Anthony, Christian and David.

Also …

Then we’ll discuss the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web (they are not the same thing; take a look at this WIRED article and Briggs Chapter 1). We might be able to begin the hands-on with HTML and CSS (Briggs Chapter 1) . I’ll introduce RSS (and XML, which it’s made of) and PHP, which is what most blogs (such as WordPress) are written in. To give us a common source on these, we’ll use W3Schools.com.

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Some examples: Here’s an RSS feed I made for a DART class (try it in Firefox). Here is what a PHP test page will show if you post it on alpha.lasalle.edu.

By Feb. 10, be able to write a basic HTML page with a CSS rule embedded, and a basic page to test for PHP (sum of two numbers). We will post those to  alpha.lasalle.edu with FTP. The standard FTP client is Filezilla (note the URL). You can also experiment with RSS readers and install one either here or at home. I used CITA but it got buggy, so I switched to feedreader.com.

(We’ll come back to all this as needed later on.)

Here is the Homework Assignment for HTML, CSS and PHP:

  1. Create an HTML page in Notepad with the basic skeleton (see Briggs p. 23) that includes: <h1> <p> <ul> <a href=”blahblah” target=”_blank”>
  2. Add CSS rules (Briggs p. 29) for body {} h1 {} in a <style>   </style> element in the <head> element
  3. Save page as test.html in Notepad.
  4. FTP that using Filezilla to Host = alpha.lasalle.edu User name = (standard) Password = 12345_abc (first 5 of SSN, underscore, first 3 of last name); put file IN your public_html folder
  5. View in the browser: URL is of the form http://www.lasalle.edu/~smithj1/test.html
  6. Make a PHP page with the basic HTML skeleton, call it  sum.php with a section of PHP <?php … ?> that declares $a =5; $b = 7; $sum = $a + $b; echo “The total is $sum”;
  7. Also FTP that page to your public_html folder
  8. View in the browser: URL is of the form http://www.lasalle.edu/~smithj1/sum.php
  9. Make links to these twofiles, explaining what you did, on the Other page of your blog

Due Feb. 10 at the end of the day. If you cannot get in to the alpha server, let me know today and I will have IT send you a new password this week

The Filezilla window

 

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January 20—week 2

 

The agenda for tonight:

  • be sure I have the URL for your blog so I can post them in the sidebar
  • go over the basics of your blog to be sure it’s up: Title, tagline, first post, About page, your profile/photo, did you use categories and tags for your post; refer back to Mindy McAdams’ site for this (and later topics);
  • set up first discussion group for next week (see Schedule) and take a brief look at the suggested links from last week
  • photo assignment on LGU service class and group members
  • go over optimizing photos in Photoshop

To help complete your LGU service photo assignment, we’ll use this photo, part of my continuing Florida State Fair series. You need to

  • get a copy (Right-click Save Picture As in IE, Save Image as in Firefox; if photo is a thumbnail itself, use Save Link As in IE or Save Target As in Firefox))
  • open that in Photoshop
  • find out how big the file is in file size and pixel dimensions, and check the resolution (pixels per inch)
  • take a quick look at Auto adjustments for tone, color, contrast
  • optimize the photo in the Save For Web dialog box as a JPEG and make a note of the final file size and pixel dimensions
  • upload the photo to your blog (hopefully, today); I suggest that you go ahead and make a page called Other or Miscellaneous or Technical stuff and put it there
  • see if it will center properly—if not we will look at doing that in the HTML next week (<div align=”center”> …picture is here… </div>)
  • add a caption to the photo if your theme allows that (you will get a caption under the photo)

When taking your pictures try to keep these tips in mind:

Remember the rule of thirds (see third video on this page); keep the main lighting behind you (over one shoulder); vary your shot depth (wide, medium, close, extra close/macro);  move subjects among foreground, middle ground, background; move camera above, below, left, right of the subject; if you have to, crop foreheads, not chins; don’t cut off leading lines; cloudy days are best for outdoor shots. Go to this photo composition site. Also Mindy McAdams’ Journalist’s Toolbox.

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January 13 plan

 

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

  • talk a bit about blogs and online journalism with the post below this one
  • Assign Briggs Foreword, Preface, Intro, Chapter 2, Chapter 3
  • point you to the ONA Philadelphia page (meetups)
  • set up your individual blog at WordPress.com
  • give you background on your “beat” for the semester

My blog is hosted at lasalle.edu (note the URL), which was done with a “manual installation”  at WordPress.org. You might want to do that after this course if you have a Web host such as GoDaddy.com that will give you your own URL.

Here are the steps for today and next week (we will go back over these and more next week):

  1. Go to WordPress.com and open an account. See this Introduction about what blogging is, and this Getting Started page. We’ll try and pull some some relevant videos from WordPressTv as well such as this one on signing up. When you do this, think about your user name, password and URL as this can’t easily be changed. For example a blog on regional table tennis might be phillypong.wordpress.com. You might want to make it about you as this blog should be used to show your work in journalism, even beyond this course. So maybe beattytales.wordpress.com
  2. Log in and you will see the Dashboard. You will see this a lot. Go to Settings and change the title of your blog, and add a Tagline. Obviously, this is something you can do again later.
  3. Experiment with new themes. If you can get a thumbnail to add later, do that (right-click Save Picture As). Start reading my blog from the earliest posts (third page in) to see how I did along the way. Take a look at this video on Themes, and use the link that should come with your initial blog under Blogroll. There are lots of other sites that supply free WordPress themes such as Dynamic Guru , BogOHBlog and BytesForAll, where I got mine (Atahualpa, which is fairly common).
  4. Create a first post. Explain the blog first—you are creating content about nutrition and La Salle’s Exploring Nutrition project, but also may be commenting about the process, adding other content later, etc. Spellcheck your posts. See Briggs Chapter 2. Go to Posts>Add New on the left side of your Dashboard.  Also take a look at the text (actually the HTML) view.

When it’s up (today, we hope), send me the URL of your blog.

Journalist's Toolkit

For general reference, the Journalist’s Toolkit is a great site where Mindy McAdams of U. of Florida has compiled her teaching resources. Here’s her intro to Blogging. Also always check Mark Johnson’s U. of Georgia video tutorials—this is the Content Management Systems (CMS) one, which is mainly a WordPress introduction (but note that he misspells WordPress with a lowercase “P”).

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January 13 - Welcome

This year’s iteration of COM 356 will be the same, only different—as in past years, you will be working all semester on food, nutrition and health with an emphasis on La Salle’s efforts in those areas. That means as noted that there are a lot of resources contained within this blog and website that you can build on. What’s different, primarily, is that your final group video projects will be “omnibus” videos that allow your group to develop your own approach to the subject, rather than stories about specific components or institutional partners. The goal is to have the best of the best available for La Salle to use beyond this course to publicize what we do in these areas.

And to help with that, I received a grant from the Dean’s office to invite Ben Kalina of Mangrove Media to help us plan, produce, shoot and edit our videos. I chose Ben because I knew that he worked with non-profit groups, in particular Common Market, a local group that works to bring locally grown logofood to local institutions. He also has been involved with Project Scribe, helping community members produce their own videos. Ben will conduct two training sessions during class, and a final editing workshop the last Friday of classes.

One other change is that you will work in groups at other time during the semester, including giving a presentation on some aspect of online journalism, nutrition research, blogging or the like.

For example, here are some representative discussion starters:

 

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Group evals, wrap-up

Here is the form you need to evaluate your group members. If you can’t get a printed copy to my mailbox (Olney 141), you can e-mail me a digital copy. I need to finish all the grading by Sunday evening, so please get these to me well before that. It’s part of your participation grade.

On other items (the final package and the videos), everything is due posted on your blogs Thursday (late evening is fine). Full instructions are on the Assignments page, or linked here (final package). I will be grading those Friday. I will also be in my office (Olney 157) or in lab if anyone needs to find me for whatever reason (how to embed a video, e.g.) Thursday at the start of class, about 6:15.

Thanks.

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May 1

Last class. We’ll try to make it quick, so you can have time to coordinate final video plans if need be. Remember that there will be a Final Cut session in Holroyd 165 at 2 p.m. tomorrow if anyone needs help. I can also arrange to have that lab open next week.

Beyond that the main agenda items are:

  • return of  (older material plus) Henstenburg posts and slideshows, with a look at a few of the latter; slideshow grading includes a rubric useful for videos as well
  • be sure everyone is set for the final project; you each need a final package with several components, one of which is your group video; reminder that HD versions of Henstenburg and Goldbacher are up; be sure you’ve looked at encoding tips for YouTube and Vimeo
  • handout group eval sheet and my writing tips for final package
  • a few quick tutorials on B-roll more Kobre tips, Videolicious, Vimeo (see April 24 post)
  • do a custom Google map (required for final; also April 24)
  • look at some useful data sources for your final (below) including a Community Health database La Salle paid for
  • links to Storify (e.g. Rob Ford story); and Storify tips and how-to; Twitter journalists’ guide and twitter tips; tips and official page Facebook journalists’ page (moderator is Vadim Lavrusik)

For exploring data, there’s always a Google product, in this case, Public Data Explorer and Fusion Tables. For us, we need to open up the Community Health Database and look for some figures (copy them and make a quick chart in Excel). Our main ZIP codes are 19138 and 19141. You could compare our data in 2000 and 2010, or compare our data to that from the NIH.  It might look  like this:demo_ch15_pshop

Some other places just to look for research include the Rudd Center, the CDC, Philadelphia’s Public Health department, and articles at Take Part.

 

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April 24

After we get things rolling, and I return a few items including reporting plans, we will have “lab” time to finish Soundslides, including narration, final export, FTP,  and the gigya shortcode to embed it in your blogs. Most of these details are back in the April 3 post and you have a handout on the shortcode.

Then:

  • final package assignment is up (also a handout)
  • take a look at videos of Henstenburg and Goldbacher which you need  (and don’t forget Wingert)
  • discussion of compression guidelines (and handout): here are suggestions from Vimeo (max is 720) and YouTube
  • a few more tips on video including a look at Videolicious and  my instructive demo
  • a nice piece on shooting B-roll from transom.org
  • shooting tips for iPhone
  • more from the Kobre Guide on how (not to) zoom
  • Vimeo video school on framing if we seem to have time

The goal is to get you started doing a custom Google map, of the 13 Easter Food Drive locations, which will be part of your final package. It’s now (super) easy with the new Maps Engine. I’ll show you the one I came up with as well. You have the list on paper.

Next week we will look at some data sources for your final story package, including a paid database, make some charts in Excel, maybe some other mashups, and point you to Storify (and Storyful), and some social media places to know.

Quick summary of SD, HD

Quick summary of SD, HD

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Goldbacher new version Part I & II

OK—here is a re-exported version of Dr. Goldbacher’s presentation from April 4. This is to get it in HD in case you want to use a clip (some people indicated that in their reportring plans), and also to break it into two parts. That is required to get it in YouTube, where the limit is 2 megabytes. HD videos of a bit under 20 minutes at 1080 (not sure if export is 1080i or 1080p) are running at 1.5 to 1.7 M, so that’s about the limit.

Warning that processing occurs behind the scenes in YouTube—eventually these all were available at 1080.

Most likely I’ll add the other half tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Here:

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