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    BEA Ignite: Deb Wenger BEA Ignite: Deb Wenger Presentation Transcript

    • Real-Time Reporting DEB WENGER UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
    • Creating Deadline Pressure More than half of all the TV jobs posted by the Top 10 television news groups in the country referenced the need for applicants to work under pressure and tight deadlines
    • Real-Time ReportingTHE SPECS: Use mobile phones and apps (could use small cameras and/or audio recorders)  Audioboo  Qik
    • Real-Time ReportingTHE SPECS: Create place to publish (could be a blog)  Blogger
    • Real-Time ReportingTHE SPECS: Takes slightly more than one class period  Describe pre-reporting assignment (Day 1: 5-10 min.)  Real-Time Reporting Day (Day 2: Entire class period.)  Post-assignment discussion (Day 3: 15-20 min.)
    • Pre-Reporting PrepInstructor Students Select event occurring  Each student during class time researches an (Election Day, midterm individual story week, health fair, etc.) element (where will Break down story newsmakers be during elements into chunks class time, data for of content for individual research map, visual assignments opportunities, etc.)
    • Research Assignment Sample No more than two students received the same assignment
    • Pre-Reporting Prep Get promotion for your coverage – partner with a media outlet, if possible
    • Real-Time Reporting Day Collect student research Assign teams
    • Why teams? More than 40% of all the TV jobs posted by the Top 10 television news groups in the country referenced the need for applicants to work in teams Speed required Alleviates gear/vehicle issues
    • Add Twitter Component Require students to tweet FIVE significant updates on the story
    • Real-Time Reporting Day Get them out the door! Works best in class of at least 75 minutes For those who miss deadline, determine penalty (My students lost 10 points if late – 0 points if not posted by the end of the day)
    • Real-time Reporting Day Production work back in classroom (or upload from field)
    • Real-Time Reporting Day
    • Real-Time Reporting Day Can include multiple sections throughout a day-long event
    • Reporting Day Follow Up Discuss the experience Review the stats
    • Reporting Day Follow UpDiscussion starters: What post or posts drove the most traffic? What do the incoming links tell us about where the traffic came from? (The newspaper, Twitter, search engines?) How could you use the data to determine follow up stories for your news organization?
    • Student Comments“For the first time, I felt like a real reporter.” Blair Jackson, Sophomore“It was easier to get a good interview for this storybecause people were so passionate about theiropinions.” Sara Giles, Sophomore“Can we do this for every assignment?” David Caldwell, Senior
    • My Observations Sense of energy, urgency and fun among the students Produced better work than usual -- every student did something well Helped them understand the possibilities and the benefits inherent in mobile news reporting Created that deadline pressure they will face in the proverbial “real world”
    • Next Time? Use Blogger, not Wordpress (plays better with Audioboo & Qik) Choose another story that develops over time