Homework assignment #15

Due by Dec. 17 19 at noon

1. Read “Why you should never trust a data visualization” by John Burn-Murdoch

2. Review the slides from class, then find some data that’s relevant to your blog. Using infogr.am (you can sign in with your Twitter account) or another data visualization tool of your choice, create a bar chart, column chart, pie chart, doughnut chart or line chart that accurately represents your data. Give your chart a descriptive title. And remember to cite the source of your data at the bottom of your chart.

3. Publish your chart by clicking the “share” button near the top of the screen in infogr.am. Next, click the “view on the web” button, then copy the link to your new chart from the address bar of your browser. Embed the link in a blog post along with 100-150 words explaining anything that readers need to know about the chart. Include a link to the source of your data. If you want, you can also embed a screenshot of your chart in your post. (Unfortunately, wordpress.com won’t let us actually embed an infogr.am chart.)

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Homework assignment #14


Due by the start of the Dec. 12 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Come up with at least 1 question about any of the topics covered in the reading, and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

3. Livetweet session.

4. Review the grading rubric for video stories, then edit and publish your 2-4 minute piece on Vimeo and embed it in a blog post. Include 2-3 grafs introducing the video. Here are some resources you might find helpful:

5. Tweet a headline and link to your post.

Homework assignment #13

Photo of a cute little dog sitting in front of a computer

Due by the start of the Dec. 5 class meeting

Review the slides from class. Then, write a script for your 2-4 minute video story and email it to me. Your script should include:

  • An opening shot
  • A few sequences using the 5-shot method
  • Clips from at least 2 interviews
  • Title cards wherever necessary
  • A closing shot

(Photo by Mike Hendren)

Homework assignment #12

Due by the start of the Nov. 21 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Come up with at least 1 question about any of the topics covered in the reading, and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

3. Read the grading rubric for video stories, then gather the raw footage for your video story (this will take about 3 hours, including scheduling, setup, travel, etc.):

  • At least 2 interviews, each about 15 minutes long
  • Several minutes worth of sequences (action) and b-roll
  • Bring your footage to class (on your device or a USB drive)

4. Optional: Post at least one entry on your blog ~ 250 words or more, or at least 150 words and a video sequence using Vine (or a similar tool). Research one or more relevant hashtags that people are actively using on Twitter, then tweet a headline and link to your blog post with the hashtag(s).

Homework assignment #11

Due by the start of the Nov. 14 class meeting

1. Post at least one entry on your blog ~ 250 words or more, or at least 150 words and a video sequence using Vine (or a similar tool). Research one or more relevant hashtags that people are actively using on Twitter, then tweet a headline and link to your blog post with the hashtag(s).

2. Read (or re-read) this blog post by Mindy McAdams about how to shoot a video story.

3. Keep refining your idea for a video story, then send it to me by the deadline if you haven’t already.

(Photo by pelican)

Homework assignment #10

Due by the start of the Nov. 7 class meeting

1. Review the slides from the Oct. 31 class, if you want. Then, post your audio story to your blog (via SoundCloud) along with a 2-3 graf written intro and any other relevant media (photos, etc.). Research at least one relevant hashtag that people are actively using on Twitter, then tweet a headline and link to your blog post.

2. Read:

3. Come up with at least 1 question about any of the topics covered in the reading, and be prepared to discuss the question(s) in class.

4. Research an idea for a 3-5 2-4 minute video story. Your idea should be specific – a story, not a topic. Email me a brief pitch (100 words or fewer) describing what the story is about, what’s interesting about it, 2-3 possibilities for sequences and any other b-roll, and 2-3 possible interview sources.

Homework assignment #9

Due by the start of the Oct. 31 class meeting

1.  Continue working on your audio story. Send me your script, if you haven’t already. Bring the latest version of your script to class, along with your raw interviews. If you’ve recorded your narration, bring that, too. (The new deadline for your published audio story is Nov. 5.)

2. Post at least one written entry on your blog (250 words or more). Research at least one relevant hashtag that people are actively using on Twitter, then tweet a headline and link to your blog post with the hashtag(s).