Homework assignment #8

Photo of a horse's ears

Due by the start of the Oct. 24 class meeting

1. Read Better writing through radio, Part I and Part II by Nancy Updike.

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. Review the slides from the Oct. 17 class. Then, write the script for your 3-6 minute audio story and send it to me. Here’s an example. Here’s another example.

4. 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).

(Photo by sara.lauderdale)

Homework assignment #7

Photo of a cop who Tased me

The cop who Tased me

Due by the start of the Oct. 17 class meeting

1. Read the second part of Alex Blumberg’s manifesto

2. Review the grading rubric for audio stories. Then, conduct 15-20 min. audio interviews with at least 2 sources. If you hear an opportunity, record a few minutes of ambient sound.

3. Log each of your interviews. Be sure to include time codes every couple of minutes or so in your logs. Here’s an example of a log (yours doesn’t need to be verbatim like this one).

4. Optional: 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).

Homework assignment #6

Due by the start of the Oct. 10 class meeting

1. Read:

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

3. Research an idea for a 3-6 minute audio story. Your idea should be specific (a story, not a topic). Email me a brief pitch (100 words or less) describing what the story is about, what’s interesting about it, and 2-3 possible interview sources. Be prepared to discuss your ideas during the next class meeting.

4. 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 with a link to your blog post, and include the hashtag(s) in your tweet.

Homework assignment #5

Due by the start of the Oct. 3 class meeting

1. Read the grading rubric for micro video sequences. In a blog post, embed at least 2 Vines by you (or Instagram videos, or Tout videos or something similar) that show some action. Here’s how to embed a Vine. Here’s how to embed a video that you’ve edited and uploaded to Vimeo (recommended if you aren’t using a smartphone to record your footage). For Instagram or Tout videos it might be easier to link to, rather than embed, the videos. One of your videos should be a sequence that compresses the time it takes to show something happening. The other can be a creative video that breaks the rules of shooting sequences, if you want. Include at least 150 words that help to describe the facts of the story, give background and context, and tell people anything else they need to know to understand the story.

2. Research at least one relevant hashtag that people are actively using on Twitter, then tweet a meaningful headline and a link to your blog post, and include the hashtag(s) in your tweet.

3. Read:

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

Homework assignment #4

Graphic by Ross Mayfield:

Due by the start of the Sept. 26 class meeting

1. Read (or review):

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

3. Read this blog post by Nitasha Tiku about the former CTO of Business Insider. It’s a good example of how to use hyperlinks effectively. Study how the author uses hyperlinks and try to adopt this style of linking. Pay attention to the words included in the links, and click through on some of them. Links are especially useful for sourcing facts and giving your readers some background information.

4. Review the grading rubric for written blog posts. Then, 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 meaningful headline and a link to your blog post, and include the hashtag(s) in your tweet. Here’s an example of a meaningful headline in a tweet.

(Art by Ross Mayfield)

Homework assignment #3

Photo of rusty links in a chain with a quote from Jeff Jarvis that says,

Due by the start of the Sept. 19 class meeting

1. Read:

2. Come up with at least 1 discussion 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 written blog posts. Then, 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 with a link to your blog post, and include the hashtag(s) in your tweet.

(Photo by Will Lion)

Homework assignment #2

“Top Secret pic of @ggreenwald and some of his co-conspirators at their secret lair,” via Jeremy Scahill


Due by the start of the Sept. 12 class meeting

1. Read:

2. After you get the go-ahead from me, launch your WordPress.com blog. Choose a visual theme (not the default one).

3. If the theme you chose automatically comes with an “About” page, fill out that page with 2-3 paragraphs explaining what your blog is about (example). Use present tense, e.g. “This blog is…” rather than future tense, e.g. “This blog will…” If your theme doesn’t include an “About” page, make one (instructions). Include on your “About” page a way to contact you.

4. Make a blogroll with 5 to 10 blogs related to your subject area (instructions).

5. Direct message me on Twitter with a link to your blog so I can subscribe to your RSS feed and follow your work throughout the semester.