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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.

Source profile assignment

Complete a profile of one source connected to your final projects. Due Friday, 8/14, 6 p.m.

Can be a text story or a digital element, including an infographic, an audio slideshow or a scripted video piece.

Keep it relatively short (for text, about 500 words; for audio/video, 1-2 minutes).

To submit, create a WordPress post and then link it in the comments of this post.

Shooting Assignment-Week 2

DUE: 9 a.m. Monday 8/10



Now that your camera workshop is done, find an event, location or situation you would like to cover. Go to that event or place and shoot at least 30 minutes of video. The shots listed on the checklist below should be done first. After you have completed the checklist, practice more of the shots until you have shot at least 30 minutes. Then you will go home, log your video and sound, and write a short news package based on what you have collected.


Use a tripod.

Hold each shot for at least ten seconds.

Check your audio; make sure you can hear the NAT SOUND and INTERVIEWS.

Make sure your auto-focus is OFF.

Don’t shoot into the sun.


Shooting Checklist

3 Wide shots that give viewers an overall sense of a scene.

3 Medium shots that focus in on a part of the scene from the wide shot.

3 Close-up shots (also called tight shots) that give a detailed view, such as a close-up of a face, a sign, a person’s hands,.

2 NAT SOUND FULL, such as horns honking, music playing, an exchange between two people, chanting at a rally.

3 Different angles of the scene you are shooting. Pick up the tripod and move to a different location.

2 Zoom in or out (wide shot zoom to close-up; or close-up zoom to wide shot). Make sure to keep the shot steady for 10 seconds at the start of the zoom and 10 seconds at the end.

2 Pans (from right to left; or left to right). Make sure to keep the shot steady for 10 seconds at the start of the pan and 10 seconds at the end.

3 Interviews of at least 5-10 minutes in length. Use a tripod and headphones (to monitor the audio). Do NOT just set up the camera and pull people in front of it. Shot the interviews with different backgrounds and angles (standing versus sitting) even if you stay at the same event or location.

3 sets of broll (cover video) – one for each interview subject. This is video of that person doing something that pertains to the story, walking, whatever. You will use this video to introduce the person or for covering audio edits. DON’T JUST INTERVIEW PEOPLE. ALWAYS TRY TO GET COVER VIDEO OF THEM.

Shoot a sequence that pertains to the event or location where you are covering.   Begin with an establishing wide shot, then get closer for shots that show the action. For instance, if you were shooting a farmer’s market, find a character to follow. Start with a wide shot of the farm’s booth, shoot medium shots of the customer or seller (or both), then close-up and/or medium shots of the customer picking out vegetables or fruit, the seller weighing them, close-ups of the merchandise, shots of the customer paying, etc.


Try some experimental shots. Put your camera in unusual places – or the ground, way high up, child’s eye view, etc.



Once you are done shooting, log the video and sound and write a news package using the material you have collected. The total length should be 1:30 to 2 minutes. You calculate the length of the piece by using your logs to time the length of soundbites and natural sound AND reading your reporter narration tracks out loud and timing them. Add the time for the soundbites, natural sound, and narration together to get the total running time (or TRT).

You should also write the anchor lead-in to your short package.

Email your script to your instructors in a Word doc using the split-screen broadcast format you were shown in class. Make sure your name is in the doc file title (example: TomSmithPkg) and that you put your name, the date, and the slug for your piece at the top of the script. A slug is one or two word label for your story (Examples: Circus or Bad Accident or Budget Talks or Dogcatcher).

IMPORTANT: Save all your video and sound to your external hard drive. Your instructors may request to see what you shot or may ask to use that material in class when they discuss the scripts.

This assignment is due by 9 a.m. Monday morning (8/10/15).

Weather in-class exercise

  1. Weather (Freeport on Tuesday)

The weather bureau said temperatures over the past 24 hours ranged from 75 at 5 a.m. to 108, the high, at 2 p.m. This was the third straight day of hot weather. This morning’s temperature of 75 was the highest low for August in 25 years. The all-time high for the date was in 1910, 105 degrees. The all-time low for the date was 59 in 1991. The forecast for today is for lows in the high 60s, highs in the 80s and an end to the brutal heat wave.


  • headline
  • text lead
  • broadcast lead


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.