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  • New ways to tell stories and reach audiences
    New ways to build relationships with audience members
    New chances to collaborate with audiences and to allow them to participate in the news making process
  • New ways to tell stories and reach audiences
    New ways to build relationships with audience members
    New chances to collaborate with audiences and to allow them to participate in the news making process
  • Teaching jmu

    1. 1. By Jennifer Brannock Cox University of Florida
    2. 2. Today’s Objectives: Explore the opportunities & challenges associated with backpack journalism Discuss new storytelling processes that incorporate a range of skills In-class exercise in backpack journalism with peer review Class discussion on ways to use new technologies
    3. 3. What is backpack journalism? A tool kit
    4. 4. What is backpack journalism? OR
    5. 5. What is backpack journalism? A process: 1. Social networking
    6. 6. What is backpack journalism? A process: 2. Web hit
    7. 7. What is backpack journalism? A process: 3. Second-day story
    8. 8. What is backpack journalism? A process: 4. Recording/editing audio
    9. 9. What is backpack journalism? A process: 5. Capturing/editing photos
    10. 10. What is backpack journalism? A process: 6. Capturing/editing video
    11. 11. What is backpack journalism? A challenge
    12. 12. What is backpack journalism? A challenge BURNOUT
    13. 13. What is backpack journalism? An opportunity
    14. 14. What is backpack journalism? An opportunity
    15. 15. Your Turn! A Tweet A web hit Plan a second-day story Plan the audio Plan the photos Plan the video
    16. 16. Tweeting Allows you to: Get the story out quickly Appeal to a mass audience Focus on a central theme Drive viewers to the online product
    17. 17. Search Engine Optimization
    18. 18. Tweeting Using the prompt: Write a 140-character Tweet Try to use searchable words and phrases Use proper nouns Find the most important piece of news to share 5 minutes, then volunteers to share
    19. 19. Writing a web hit What is a web hit? How long do reporters have to write them? When is a web hit appropriate? How are web hits communicated?
    20. 20. Writing news for online Need confirmation before posting/publication Having it first versus having it right Brief -- just the basic facts. Must know now. Summary/hard news lede Inverted pyramid – most important first, what is still to happen last
    21. 21. Writing news for online Typically 3-5 grafs Typically one or no quotes Present tense and past tense together Today OK; still no tomorrow or yesterday
    22. 22. Web hit prompt What information should go in the lede? What information should be excluded? What information might be redundant? What information should we end with?
    23. 23. Web hit Take 10-15 minutes Write 3-5 grafs I will look over your shoulder Proofread with a partner
    24. 24. Second-day story What information is still needed? What information that we already have should be included? What sources do we need? What kind of color should we get?
    25. 25. Technological helpers Use social media to gather sources Use online tools to solicit contributions Use social media to promote the story Use new technology, like Storify, to organize a new kind of story
    26. 26. Collecting/editing audio Short – 2-3 minutes Good background noise Good sound bites Deep explanation Isolate sources
    27. 27. Collecting/editing audio What kind of background noise can we get? What sources should we interview? What kinds of quotes should we listen for? Challenges?
    28. 28. Taking photos Look for pictures that tell a story Faces convey emotion; inanimate objects do not Try different angles Never pose pictures Gather caption information
    29. 29. Taking video Always take at least 10 seconds of each shot Refrain from panning and zooming too much Minimize your voice, comments Rule of thirds Use a variety of angles
    30. 30. Taking photos & video What shots should we look for? What angles could we use? What details do we need? Challenges?
    31. 31. Key Points Journalists entering newsrooms should be familiar with backpack journalism technology & process Technology is not a substitute for good writing Just because you can doesn’t always mean that you should

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