The End — or Beginning — of Journalism

Today we will:

Watch some fun and relevant recent media

Discuss final projects

Watch two short films about the West Side

Discuss final readings

Fun and relative media

Muppet conspiracy

Live tweeting Muppet hearings

Zuckerberg Facebook photos

H & M

The F word in print

People and the fish they look like

LA Times — political scandals wrap-up

NY Times Hollywood villains

Elon underage drinking scandal

Xmas ideas

NYT: family business slideshow

NYT: Neediest cases

Mediastorm: Training a Thousand More

Growing Green

Voices from the West Side

The Onion

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Social Media: tips to use it and to be a good virtual neighbor

Today we will:

1. Discuss projects. Where are you? What needs to be done? Need help/advice before next week, when it’s all due?

2. Social media — facts and tips for journalists

3. How can news sites ensure they remain credible in the 24-hour news cycle? Do you need to fact check Twitter posts?

4. Clay Shirky — old vs new journalism

5. Jeff Jarvis

How do mojo packs work? How good is the quality?

Tripods are important and often custom-made

Owle Bu






Reel Director vs IMovie



Buzz Machine

Ted Talks: Clay Shirky


Read:  Bret Schulte’s The Distribution Revolution

–Read:  Jay Rosen’s advice for journalists:



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The Future of Journalism

Today we will:

  • Discuss your ideas for your third piece
  • Discuss journalism’s past, present and possible future
  • Review the reading assignments

Due today: Soundslides slideshow and final written draft (from those who have not yet turned it in.) 

Penn State Horrors

Journalism history

Clay Shirky

Blogically thinking

Homework: Critique this Seattle Times multimedia project

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Soundslides and Audacity

Today, class meets in Capen 212, the TLC.

We will review the basic Soundslides and Audacity software. Both are free!

The Buffalo News

If you are having trouble with Soundslides after class, read: Soundslides Tutorial

If you are having trouble with Audacity, read: Audacity Tutorial

DUE:  drafts are due for your written pieces.

Work: Slideshow with captions due Nov. 10. Bring your finished Soundslides project to me on a thumb drive.

Your slideshow should have:

  • at least 10 photos taken by you (you can have other supplementary photos if your narrative needs it, ie childhood photos, photos of neighborhood 20 years ago etc.
  • at least one scene setter and one close up
  • captions (two sentences — the first describes the scene, the second advances the narrative)
  • title and credits

Read: blogically-thinking

BLOG REVIEW – 10 Weeks – All assignments must be posted by Nov. 10. Below is a list of what I will be looking for:

  1.   “Photojournalism: The Professional’s Approach” Chapter 1
  2.  “Online Journalism” Chapter 10 (Gathering & Editing Media)
  4. Find one entry that interests you and write about it. Why did you find it interesting? What did you learn? How does it apply to the class?
  5.  Charlie Beckett “SuperMedia Saving Journalism so it can Save the World” Chapter 2 (“Is it a Bird? Is it a Plane? No! It’s SuperMedia!” (Posted on UB Learns)
  7.  Sound Stories (posted on UB Learns)
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Photojournalism and Ethics

Discuss photos posted on blogs. How well to they tell the story you are trying to tell?

Multimedia roundup

Lens Blog — portraits in Dubai

Pollution in China 

Pollution with captions

NYT – One in 8 million

Photo Ethics

Basic guidelines

Photo ethics examples


AP Pulitzer photos


James Foust’s “Online Journalism” Chapter 10 (Gathering & Editing Media)

Chapter 10 Gathering and Editing Images, Audio and Video

  1. Journalists can no longer specialize –‘Backpack/Mojo Journalist’ Must be able to write, take photos, record video
  2. Equipment – flipcams, camcorders, dslr cameras, microphones
  3. Recording & transferring
  4. Microphone basics
  5. Basic shot types – long, medium, and close-up
  6. Composition is critical
  7. Eye space, lead space, and head room
  8. Proper framing of a sound bite
  9. Basic image editing

Digital Journalist 911

  1. What role did photojournalism play in coverage of 911?
  2. Do you think it helped revive photojournalism as the editorial claims?
  3. Do you find it valuable to listen to the stories photojournalists have to tell? Is their story part of the story? Find one entry that interests you and write about it. Why did you find it interesting? What did you learn? How does it apply to the class?


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Cropping Photos


One of the easiest ways to improve your photography is with careful attention to framing. Look into the corners of the viewfinder to see what is there. Do you need all that background? Can you get closer to your subject or zoom in? Would the picture look better as an upright or landscape?

One common mistake beginning photographers make is not filling the frame with the subject. Before you click the shot, pay attention to the background. If you have a photo of your subject waving in the door, beware that you don’t get the neighborhood and just a tiny waving blob in the middle. Get close and get the subject and a little of the door and forget the whole neighborhood. Watch out for clutter in the background and that pole growing out of your subject’s head. Also watch the lines of the composition. Which way will make them work best? Can you use windows or doors to frame the subject?

Still, even with all that attention, you may need to crop.


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What makes a good slideshow?

Today we will:

  1. Discuss your written pieces. What information is missing? What do you do next?
  2. Discuss the value of slideshows. How do they tell stories? How can you tell better stories using them.
  3. Captions – what are they? How do they advance the story? We will discuss how to write good ones.
  4. Kobre reading review


Multimedia Wrap Up

Las Vegas Sun — Gambling Addiction


NY Times — Fixing a Church

LA Times — Israeli-Palestinian standoff



NYT Week in Photos

NY Times —CSI Experience

Photos that can be used like videos:

LA Times — USC band man

Examples of great storytelling:

Seattle Times — Guitar Lessons


Syracuse University — Orange mascot

Closer look at cutlines/captions:

Captions should:

  • describe scene, then add information
  •  reinforce significance of event/story
  •  explain the evolution of the story

NY Times —  Sudanese basketball

NY Times — Butcher Block (bad captions example)


Kobre Reading:

Photojournalism Kobre Chapter 1

  1. News is always going on around you
  2. Your ‘radios & police scanners’ are Facebook, twitter, blogs, etc.
  3. Follow the news
  4. Keep in touch with a variety of contacts
  5. Find new ways of exploring ideas that have already been looked at
  6. Work with reporters (or in this case support other students)
  7. Plan to be working when there is action taking place – no office portraits!
  8. For this class you are creating your own ‘assignment’
  9. Have shots you want in mind prior to the shoot
  10. Think in threes: overall shots, medium shots, close-up shots
  11. Vary the angle from which you are photographing the subject
  12. Plan, but don’t hesitate waiting for the perfect moment
  13. Series of photographs can tell a more complete story
  14. Look for candid moments
  15. Think about when to film / photography beforehand
  16. Save room on your memory / carry a spare flash card

WordPress — adding an image to your blog





Post 5-10 photos you hope to use for your slideshow on your blog. Write captions for three of them. Be sure one of the photos is a scene setter/establishing shot, one is a middle range photo and one is a close-up or detail photo. We will discuss the photos, your captions and the arc of your slideshow story in class next week.






























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