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Summer Immersion 2015 Group Project Requirements

We anticipate that your group project will bring together some combination of video, audio, stills, webtext, interactive graphics and other digital elements to create a unique story form. Toward that end, a successful project must fulfill these three requirements:

  1. Your group must decide on an anchor element around which the whole multimedia project is structured. Possible focal points for your project may include (but are not limited to):
    • A. A long-form Webtext anchor piece (or series of smaller text pieces) totaling at least 1000 words. You must use the best practices of web by including links, photos, infographics and other digital or visual elements.
    • B. A video anchor piece that may have narration or may be a first-person/natural sound piece. This piece should be at least two minutes.
    • C. An audio anchor piece such as a tracked, stand-alone radio report, a first-person/ambient sound piece, or an audio slide show. This piece should be at least two minutes
    • D. A digital anchor piece such as an infographic, google map, or interactive (like a timeline).
  2. Regardless of what your group chooses as an anchor element for your project, you must also make use of other content, including multimedia, digital, and audio/visual elements. Your project must use three of the four elements listed below:
    • A. Some form of video. If your anchor element is not a video piece then this might include two or three short video interview clips or MOS/voxpop videos
    • B. Some form of audio. If your anchor element is not an audio piece then this might include short audio clips of interviews, an audio Q&A, a voxpop sound piece, or one or more short audio slide shows.
    • C. Some webtext (totaling 600 words). If your anchor element is not a longer text piece then this might be two sidebars related to your larger project, a Q&A with an interview subject, or a short profile of someone connected with your story. These elements must also follow the best practices of webtext and include links and photos (and perhaps small digital elements).
    • D. Some digital elements. If your anchor element is not a digital element then your project must have at least two digital elements – an infographic, an interactive (like a timeline), a data visualization, etc.
  3. Your group member bios (with still photos) must appear as part of your project. These will go on a separate page and do not count toward the text requirements.

Design, placement, and organization of your project elements is totally up to you and the constraints of the template you have been given.

Hand-coded profiles

Add the URL to your hand-coded profile piece in the comments section.

Please include a GOOD portrait photograph of your subject, which has been worked (cropped and resized) in Photoshop. The portrait CANNOT be more than 750px wide (landscape) or 600px tall (portrait).

The inforgraphic should also be resized in Photoshop… no taller or wider than 600px.

Your photo at the bottom of the page should be cropped to be 200px x 200px. Here’s a video that walks through cropping to a specific size (PROTIP: Add “px” after you enter the size so you crop in pixels… if you don’t, it make crop/resize into inches)

DEADLINE: Wednesday, 9AM.

Assignment #3: Profile v3 + Infographic

This week you have THREE assignments to be completed by Monday, 9AM:

  1. Complete the online HTML and CSS courses: and // PROTIP: Complete the quizzes at the end of each course… and get on time to class Monday morning for a thing that will take 15 minutes.
  2. Create an infographic based on your profile subject, using one of these tools:

    Make sure you watch your spelling, grammar AND AP style. In addition to the information, we’ll be looking at the FIVE points Les discussed in the presentation: 1. Be a Creative thinker 2. Organize everything 3. Pick a Lead visual 4. Presume people are Smart 5. Edit mercilessly

    We’ll also reward creativity and good design!

  3. Re-write the profile, creating V3: Post going through “The Treatment,” re-write your piece… we will be looking at creativity/clarity of leads, nut graphs, quotes, showing vs telling, structure, good ender. Also write an appropriate headline for the piece.

Complete #2 and #3 by creating ONE WordPress post that has the re-written profile and new infographic. Post the public URL in the comments of this post by 9AM Monday.

Do not miss deadline.

Assignment #1: Digital Footprint

You will pick a classmate’s “name out of a hat” and do a thorough investigation into their digital footprint.

Do more than just Google them and see the front page. Go deep. Look at YouTube, images, Bing, etc.

Write a 200-word post explaining how you searched and what you found. Strong lead!

Here is a tutorial on how to create a post on WordPress:

[Post the published URL in the comments section.]