Some links left on data, maps to go over from Wednesday. ONA member Ken Blake says no journalism student should graduate without knowing the basics of spreadsheets (Excel) and I’d add databases (Access). So you should be sure you can make your own Excel chart and post it in your final blog post.
Here are two more interesting posts (Washington Post, Boston Globe) that show reporteres using social media to generate breaking news content:
Washington Post on the ricin letters (you know what this refers to, yes?); note the use of Storify; and what happened to the story since this?
One more mapping resource: Google has a Public Data Explorer that generates maps from datasets it has connected to. So if they’ve done the work, you could use one of their visualizations. For an exercise, try searching Google on Pennsylvania unemployment rates, then click on the map near the top of the results. Add New Jersey for a comparison. Also, see what you get for obesity (should be OECD world data charts).
Storify is also something you need to know. here’s a quick one I did this morning and here are two pieces on on how to use it for journalism (and this one which describes how to check sources):
OK—the final assignment is up on the Assignments page, and it also links to a rubric that will be used in grading the video component. We’ll take a look at those two documents.
Then it’s last call for slideshows (three people), with some time at the end to resolve those, as well as to allow for groups to continue working. Also, if anyone needs to get a quick interview with Tom Wingert (across the hall), he will be in his office till 2:30.
Then it’s a quick overview of some mapping tolls and options that you can explore later. These include:
customizing a Google map (go through the process to create your own similar to the one I did earlier with at least La Salle and your organization, maybe Fresh Grocer; add descriptions try drawing a boundary or shape to show the Exploring Nutrition boundaries
create your won Excel chart from the data at the Community Health database and compare that (ZIPs = 19138, 19141) to the NIH statistics
For the Google map:
Broad Street as the eastern boundary
Chelten Avenue as the western boundary
Stenton Avenue as the northern boundary
Belfield and Lindley Avenues as the southern boundary.
And here are links to Jon’s videos of Prof. Henstenburg and Dana Palermo’s visit: part 1, part 2 (note how not planning the background affects the video quality; these might be most useful for narration). Note she is Professor Jule Anne Henstenburg.
you should have access to Holroyd 165 with ID swipe; they have FCP 6 (CS2) so you can’t edit on 7 and continue there, but you can start there and finish it on 7; also Jon can be available if you come to that room at 2 this Friday and next
Vinny Vela will be in professor Collins’ class Wednesday at 10 in Comm Center 102; let me know if you think you will be there; he will be discussing his time at the Denver Post and the Pulitzer they won
if you are having problems with chopped slideshows, try zooming out (View menu or ctrl +)
please see me at the end of class if you have not posted your slideshow (5 people); you can use YouTube as a backup, but be sure it’s a public video
also see me if you still have a Demo version of Soundslides or it’s still on autoplay
Now for the real stuff:
Back to the 4 links on last day’s post (April 17)
Group planning—we will be putting in a call to Carly Spross of Fresh Grocer at about 2:30
Video postings from last Wednesday’s conference—mine are up in 4 sections and you can use a Firefox add-on to download them up to 1080 (see below); be sure someone in your group has their handout
A handout and discussion of video formats (see earlier post today)
OK—here is a chart of some basic video formats. Our goal is to capture good enough HD that we could produce a DVD or broadcast-quality video, but also to post it on YouTube or Vimeo in a format to optimize file size and quality.
For posting on Vimeo, see these guidelines (videos on the right for FCP, etc.). Vimeo’s free service accepts HD only up to 720 (see chart) and most experts including Mark Johnson from U. of Georgia suggest 720 for video that will be watched online in a typical window (not full screen). For YouTube see these settings (note Google URL)..
So here is the chart, saved as a PNG. I’ll hand out copies printed fro the original .AI file.
I’ll post these here in four parts. Jon Matos also will have video (he was closer) so stay tuned for that (check his blog). These are going to be on YouTube, so get the downloader add-on (see my YouTube video post below.
This one is 8:50 long. Note levels are still a bit low for the subjects. (Also my log notes were not as good here as later).
Hope everyone is ready for the interview/video with our guest. Before we get to that a few pieces of housekeeping:
remaining reporting plans returned with comments
status of slideshows (last time I checked we still have only 10 of 18); there will be time at the end of class to work on getting those posted, removing “Demo” mark
last-minute ideas for interview questions
Then afterwards, I’ll pass around the USB to collect your photos if your slideshow is all set, and work on finishing those that aren’t done. Also there are some miscellaneous links that we might get to today or Monday:
The embed tool I pointed you to is not for .com sites (that you all have), just for .org sites (that I have). This, in addition to the them you chose, is always a potential explanation of why things are odd, but I didn’t think of it till we had trouble getting the slide shows to embed. YouTube embeds via a different tag <iframe> that does Flash <object> and <embed> , and those are the ones that WordPress removes.
Jon has a work-around that involves a WordPress short code. I’d rather not post it on the course blog, so check your email (it does appear to be WordPress code, but i don’t want to publicize it here).
A bit of a soap box first. Several people for various reasons, some of their making, some not, did not cover an Easter Food Drive event. In the former case, you need(ed) to come forward and admit and explain that to me; in any case, we needed to talk to make alternative plans. This is not a business for reluctant people, so if you want to be a journalist, you should use this class experience to start developing a proactive attitude toward your work. Triple check everything, confirm people, places and times no matter what someone else told you. Don’t take anything for granted. Remember, if the event was not covered, no one is going to care why.
OK—I feel better now. Today’s guest was rescheduled to next Wednesday (you read the e-mail, right?), so we will use today mainly to finish and post the slideshows, discuss some planning for the groups, video editing arrangements, and possible interview questions for Professor Henstenburg. Monday will continue those latter topics as, well as some tech stuff about video formats.
The details for Soundslides are back in the March 19 post below. For now here’s a summary of what you need to do:
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
include at least one title/credit/info slide done in Photoshop
FTP to alpha.lasalle.edu (password is 12345_abc version) and use the embed tool (March 18) to get it in your blog; while you’re there, try to set a reasonable size, background to match your blog etc.
In connection with Bernadette’s question, You might want to get a downloader for YouTube videos.
Tools menu->Add-ons and then search for youtube download. I use one called
Download YouTube videos as MP4 1.5.9
After you install it you’ll get a little button next to the Like/Don’t like icons. This one allows downloads as MP4 or FLV, but notice that the widths are 360 and 480, so they are probably SD, not HD and therefore not the same shape as SD (HD = 16X9, SD = 4X3); more to come on this Monday
With Firefox Add-on
After you have any Firefox Add-ons They are listed under
Tools->Add-ons->Extensions where you can remove, disable them, etc.
Big day (aren’t they all?). Three main areas to address:
Slideshows—status of content, work on Soundslides on laying out slideshow and Export to Web (see March 18 post)
Issues related to press conference Wednesday with Jule Ann Henstenburg, director of La Salle’s Nutrition Program (plan on one person in your group doing a video; check in Olney 200 for the Panasonic cameras and small tripods; I’ll have one kit there already)
Posting group video mission statements/reporting plans
On 2. above, We can brainstorm a bit about what the issues are in nutrition and health in general, and specifically in our Explore Nutrition project area. To get thinking some more
here is a site built by The New York Times that gives Census data by census tract (we are in #27902); this is useful for racial, housing data
here is a study (you have a handout) about barriers to healthy eating in Southeastern Pennsylvania that uses data from this database. I’ll give out the User name and Password today, but can’t post these as this is a proprietary database that La Salle pays for; note here the most granular data is by ZIP code, and you can see here that Explore Nutrition covers parts of 19138 and 19141
an important research article from the Journal of Nutrition and Behavior that says that perhaps the cost of fruits & vegetables is less of an issue than most make it out to be
any other good reporting questions based on other readings, websites A Place at the Table and so on
as a reporter, you would have learned more about her before Wednesday, including the fact that she is doing her Ph.D. on nutrition and food choices in our Explore Nutrition area, so that should form the basis of some questions
From USDA interactive tool
On the Reporting Plans, let’s try to get these up by the end of the day today—I’m not seeing many yet, although the plan was to leave time for that today.
The monitor is back up, so we’ll take a quick look at some of the movie reviews. That includes a reminder about embedding YouTube video (see example on Tech Notes page—we’ll do that as well).
Then we need to do some checking in on the group planning—who has a camera (our Panasonics?), what type, who has tripods (also available in O-200), who will edit, where, on which version of Final Cut (or just on a back up of iMovie or MovieMaker), who can make it to the workshop Friday April 5 (2-4 in H-167), are contact people set?
Then it’s back to video. We have
handouts (10 commandments, video storytelling)
some links below to explore below (3/25, 3/20)
a bit more of a look around Vimeo’s video school including their compression guidelines (note tutorials at the right)
Right now, there is no monitor to project in class. So some plans listed here will move to Wednesday, although this was intended as a day to conference on coverage of the Easter food drive.
I would like to:
return the A Place at the Table reviews with some resulting suggestions on effective writing and blogging
ask that you bring in your audio projects (the final MP3 file) so that we can collect copies starting next class
check in on the food drive reporting, with Q &A
take a look at the revised schedule, noting in particular that we will have a guest expert (Jule Anne Henstenburg, Director, Nutrition Program, La Salle School of Nursing and Health Sciences on Wednesday, April 10 in a “press conference” format
First of all, things are moving along with the project—it’s going to be called Explore Nutrition, so you can use that in your slideshows, reporting, etc.
Today we will look at
two more background resources: an Economics of Obesity academic paper as a handout, and a link to the Shorenstein Center on nutrition issues
look at some instructive Soundslides presentations (below)
watch the Common Market video (below)
some other video resources for you to consult as you go to the field next week: NewsU self-directed course on video storytelling; compare Fourth of July videos, note tips on lighting, sound; Framing & composition and Video 101 from Vimeo school especially Lesson 2: Shooting Basics;
demo of the Panasonic HC-V700 cameras with tripods, including shooting, download via the SD card and file conversion with Pavtube converter
I’ll have group assignments posted later today, so look for those on the assignments page. If you are going to Fresh Grocer, Face to Face, Hosley Temple or Piney Grove, that will also be your assignment for the group (video) project.
Next Monday come to class, but we will just check in and you don’t have to stay the whole time as it is “in the field” week. I do want people to shoot at least a little video while you are there for the Food Drive, so we can discuss that Monday if your Food Drive event is still coming up.
Also think about bringing an audio recorder for the slideshow/Food Drive assignment.
Recall that I pasted the embed code supplied by the Soundslides embed tool (link in March 18 post) into the Text window of the dashboard, not the Visual. Also you can do more before you embed (resize it, etc.) and you should pick a template in Soundslides that fits your color scheme.
Agenda for today, mainly continuing Soundslides and introducing video:
a handout from the Wall Street Journal on menu calories at McD’s and note the food elasticities study I posted March 5 (below)
reminder to get in movie reviews (should be back to you Wednesday)
look at a few more instructive slideshows
finish exploration of Soundslides; note that some of the slides I downloaded last class aren’t the originals. Remember that you have to click through to the final/gallery version of each photo (and don’t forget to check the Audio Slideshows lesson from U. Georgia
explanation of how to make sure controls are always showing (make sure your browser’s View->Zoom is at 100% or Reset)
try adding some lower thirds (Audio tab), a Headline (Project info) and changing the Template including transitions; try a bit of Ken Burns (zoom effect) which is Slide Info-Movement
Make one text and a final credit slide in Photoshop and add those to your slideshow (Slides->Add image); recall from assignment 500 X 375 pixels at 72 ppi
Save as and name the folder before you hit Save so it’s not just called project; note that you will get a whole bunch of files and folders, with
project.ssproj as the file to relaunch, if you want to continue editing (recommended over opening Soundslides first); if you want to view it, launch the index.html file
Export, which will produce a publish_to_web folder inside your project folder; again you might want to rename it later; this one also has an index.html file you can launch; when you FTP to alpha.lasalle.edu you should send the whole folder up; say you renamed it food_drive, then your URL will be of the form:
That will automatically launch the index.html file
Try the Soundslides embed tool if you want the show to display directly in your blog
Jon will then talk about plans for workshops in Final Cut Pro (please indicate experience level on sign-in sheet), some FCP basics, some tips for shooting, and the cameras that we have. More on that later, but if we have time, let’s take a look at one target product (small-team professional) done by Mangrove Media for Common Market Philadelphia.
Take a look at the second installment on the slideshow assignment. Then go back to the examples of slideshows on the Feb. 27 post.
You’ve got a Soundslides handout by Michelle Johnson from Gaylord Institute/AEJMC seminar. 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 are some other powerful examples from NPR (1 and 2), 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 the Journalist’s Toolkit intro to Soundslides and Mark Johnson’s Audio Slideshows video (sidebar)
I created a demo of a trip along the King’s Way in Prague (Soundslides version).
The King’s Way, Prague (click image to launch).
To practice with the program, we’ll a set of photos I took around campus. These are in a Facebook album, but it’s not allowing downloads easily. So here they are the old-fashioned way (click the image, then Right click-Save Image/Target As) from an earlier post.
You need to be able to:
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 Johnson tutorial 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 setting up teams and discussing plans for interviews in the field—the first food drive event is March 21 at Fresh Grocer.
Because we will want to capture video during the food drive, I have one of our new camera kits to show, and Jon will be discussing plans for video training next class, including Friday labs on Final Cut Pro in Holroyd 167 (stay tuned to the Schedule page).
I’ll return your backgrounder pieces and go over some issues they raise
We’ll do the same for the audio on the street (great job overall), which we’ll listen to today; be sure that you save all the files so that we can collect them later, starting Wednesday if you can bring them in; also look over the rubric I provided to assess the audio
Check in on the movie review of A Place at the Table—I see that some people already have that posted, so since they are early, I’d like to go over what’s required to be sure everyone has the bases covered
Be ready for more discussion of photos (slideshows) Wednesday; we might also start going over video, so that you can be shooting during the food drive (and i will bring in one of our new Panasonic camera kits)
Just got pushed a ink to a brief piece from the Journalist’s Resource Center at Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on the press. Another good place to know—take a look for now and we will come back to this as needed. Note that you probably need to go through ProQuest to read the full study.
We now have our list of other participating churches, food pantries, etc. The best place to see them all is on the Google map that I have updated (I suggest you link to this somewhere or try embedding it as I have done here. A caution for iframe embeds is to paste the code in to the text editor but Publish right away (don’t check in visual as it might disappear).
Assignments for your slideshows are on the Assignments page. These will be updated, but for now, each of you has a specific location. We will have contact people at each location as well. For now, find your place on the map, maybe go by and snap some shots from the street—get familiar with the location.
After break, we will jump into slideshows and 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:
Grad student at UC Berkeley (note Soundslides was not registered)
One from our Great Migration class of 2011 (also unregistered, note “headline here” and note the URL)
Then we will look at your assignment over break to watch and post a review of A Place at the Table, and finally leave time for last-minute questions on getting the audio posted on your blog. Extensions will be considered if necessary.
As noted via e-mail, the mics now work with Audacity (although one headset was not working). The key is to set up the mic before you open Audacity. So we will try recording in again, as you will also need this for the Soundslides project (posted Wednesday), and everyone should be able to report that they are comfortable working with Audacity, as it has become the standard. So as a demo, save (right-click) and listen to this clip. Note that there are still issues with levels, and I used Effects->Fade Out at the end of the first segment. Also when you get a headset, see p. 189 in Briggs (slowly count to 10, then move “3″ to be after “6″).
For review and wrap-up on editing audio, we will watch part of this video from the U. Georgia series ( Note these are in the sidebar teaching links. ) Note in this video where he:
saves as a project (.aup)
opens the master/field recording and then Project-New Audio Track to copy desired clips;he’ll delete the master later but it’s a good idea to copy rather than cut in case you make a mistake
use the Mute buttons to test one segment; highlight a piece and play just that part
to zoom back out hold Shift and click magnifying glass (note the – sign)
set levels with mic slider on the track info (left side), [or Effects -Amplify or use Envelope tool]
if stereo, split track, then delete one but also set remaining one to Mono
export to MP3—but first Edit-Preferences->Libraries and then point to the lame_enc_dll file (dynamic link library) file which is at C:\Program Files (x86) \Lame for Audacity (see handout Recording Audio with Audacity; you only have to do this once)
Then we will go to the Tech Notes page to FTP the finished file (or a test), and get an audio player (this can be buggy—might take a few tries). Audio with player (or at least back up link) due by Wednesday night.