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Multimedia Journalism Innovations in the Classroom

For a panel about "Innovation in Journalism Education": How teaching multimedia journalism has changed since 1999, and how I have adapted my classes and pushed my department to innovate. Journalism students don't have to be programmers, but they should have an opportunity to learn how to create new story forms for web and mobile platforms.

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Multimedia Journalism Innovations in the Classroom

  1. 1. Multimedia Innovations in the Classroom Mindy McAdams University of Florida, USA WJEC 2016, Auckland, New Zealand
  2. 2. What is “multimedia” journalism?  Web-based storytelling  Combining video, audio, text and graphics • In one story • In the same package, online  Can include maps, timeline of events, data charts, animation, etc.—as needed
  3. 3. Back in … 1999–2002  Dreamweaver software  HTML and CSS  Microsoft .asp technologies  Video editing software
  4. 4. 2002–2011: “Interactives”  Flash software  ActionScript code  Single-screen experience (instead of linked pages) Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages, 2005 (Focal Press/Elsevier)
  5. 5. Death of Flash, rise of mobile Web
  6. 6. In December 2012, The New York Times published an online story package that changed the way journalists thought about “multimedia.”
  7. 7. Read this:
  8. 8. Frustration … Success Curriculum … department chairs ... someone else’s idea of how to teach Web design and development ... Then finally, a new department chair and two new “apps” courses for me to teach!
  9. 9. No course pre-requisites Open to journalism, advertising, public relations and telecom students HTML and CSS and JavaScript and jQuery Maps, audio, responsive design, mobile and more! 23 students (capacity) > Flipped classroom < > YouTube videos for instruction < Graded assignments EVERY WEEK Syllabus and links:
  10. 10. The intro course is the only pre-requisite Also open to journalism, advertising, public relations and telecom students More advanced technologies — Web “back end” databases (MySQL) Python programming language, Web scraping 6 students (first class: January–May 2016) They all gave the course high praise in written evaluations! Not a flipped classroom — more collaborative Syllabus and links:
  11. 11.  Who will be the innovators?  Who will create the next “Snow Fall”?  How will journalism engage and captivate a mobile audience?  Code is a language of creative possibilities!
  12. 12. Mindy McAdams University of Florida, USA Twitter: @macloo Facebook: mindy.mcadams
  13. 13. Links  (Re)defining multimedia journalism  Intro to Web Apps syllabus  Advanced Web Apps syllabus  Videos for basic course W6LLeecJuSQh20QUU_gCmS30sLTB