Digital Journalism (Jan-May 2016)

Class on Thursdays at 9.00 in the Mediacom Studio
Module Outline

21st January
Overview of Digital Journalism
Introduction

28th January
I will give a chapter for reading and working out in class.

Copies of past exam paper were distributed in class. Please work out the questionnaire and bring your answers for discussion.

Please also bring potential topics for discussion for our first multimedia reporting project.

Reminder
You are expected to work in teams of 6. Each team should comprise 3 pairs of students. Each pair will work on one of the following technical aspects of the project:

  • Text (with hyperlinks) and photos
  • Interactive charts/maps/graphics/animations and design/layout
  • Video/audio

However all members of a team are expected to collaborate for all the journalistic aspects of the multimedia report (e.g. sourcing of news, interviewing, analysis, etc.).

All reporting projects should be in-depth, long-form, factual as well as analytical investigative pieces. These will have to be published online on this collective blog (comstudies.wordpress.com) for which I will provide a login and password. Teams will have to ensure that their multimedia reports are shared and adequately promoted through short posts, etc.

Each project will last 5 weeks maximum. There will be 3 projects in all. For each of the projects, students will be expected to change teams and to work on a different aspect so that by the end of the semester, all students will have covered all 3 technical aspects listed above.

All teams are expected to show work in progress each week.

Expected due dates:
Report #1: 18th February
Report #2: 24th March
Report #3: 28th April

In class today (28th January), we discussed a chapter which I distributed in class from a manual which I designed in Writing for New Media. Please complete the activity in this chapter for next week.

Please also complete the exam paper from 2014 with answers in the form of bullet points for discussion.

Regarding the assignment, it was decided that all three teams would work on the theme of Road Safety for report #1.

We have extensively brainstormed on the possible sub-themes to be covered, namely statistics about road accidents over the years (disaggregated wrt location, age of people involved, types of vehicles, experience, time, alcohol and drug consumption, gravity, etc.), legislation, policies, infrastructure, police deployment, radars and DLC (permis `a points), trauma, insurance, etc.

Each team has brainstormed further and all members are to participate in sourcing and data collection. There should be division of labour which is as equal as possible amongst all members for this first phase and thus, each member should be assigned part of the work to be done (e.g. get reports from CSO, RDA, NTA, Police, Hansard, etc., get official reports from other countries, get academic and non-academic studies conducted AND extract interesting information, analyse and synthesize in a spreadsheet, etc.) right from the start.

The first two weeks should be primarily devoted to this stage of sourcing and data collection.

All teams are advised to ensure they have constant communication and share all documents collected and analysis done (using for e.g. Google Drive or Dropbox).

For next week (4th February), I expect to see some of your data in hand for discussion.

Please also remember that you are all expected to attend the conference by Laurent Joffrin on 4th February at 17h in LT2. He will discuss the mutations of the press wrt new media.

4th February
Please refer to instructions above.

11th February
All students are expected to show their work in progress (reports, articles, data sets, spreadsheets, etc.). Each team of two should explain what they are planning to do (draft texts and potential photos / draft charts, maps and animations / recording and editing of audio and video).

Please also work out the activities from the chapter from Writing for New Media.

Kindly note that Ms Linda Fleeson, a trainer in investigative journalism who is invited by the US embassy for a workshop at the Media Trust, has kindly agreed to give a guest lecture on Monday 15th February at 13.00 in Room 3.1 PhII FoA. Please make it a must to attend as this will be part of your assessment.

I was very unhappy to see only one group of 5 students + 1 student from another group today in class. Another student was apparently there earlier and disappeared before my arrival.

I cannot stress how important it was for you to be there as I gave a lot of detailed instructions and demonstrations on how to proceed for the assignment.

I will request all those who were absent without notifying me to provide the reasons and to brief me on work done so far.

I will expect all of you to be present on Monday 15th for the guest talk at 13h. I will see all teams who were absent today after that session for a quick briefing. Bring all your documents on a pen drive. Failure to do so will entail penalties in marking.

18th February
All students are expected to show their work in progress (reports, articles, data sets, spreadsheets, etc.). Each team of two should explain what they are planning to do (draft texts and potential photos / draft charts, maps and animations / recording and editing of audio and video).

Please also work out the activities from the chapter from Writing for New Media.

25th February

All teams should bring all their finalised work for posting online. I will walk you through this process.

3rd March

We will review all submissions made for the assignment and post them online together. Some texts need to be rewritten. As for videos, the subtitles should be fixed (not moving) as asked last week.

We will discuss the next assignment as well as activities which you are supposed to have completed from the handouts given to you previously.

10th March

We review all submissions for the first assignment and brainstorm the next assignment. Please bring along all material collected for this new assignment (you chose the topic of LGBT).

Below are the final pages which have been published after correction of language issues though there are still a few improvements needed (such as formatting, headlining, structuring, etc. )

17th March

All teams should be present in order to show their work in progress.

24th March

All teams should be present in order to show their work in progress. Check the links below for additional tools for creating infographics.

30th March

All teams should be present in order to show their work in progress. Check the links below for additional articles on digital journalism and tools for creating maps.

7th April

The second assignment is supposed to be due. If reports are ready, we will proceed with uploading online. All teams should be ready to show their work (even if incomplete). All students are encouraged to read about the Panama papers and how the media involved in the investigation have used collaborative and data journalism.

Some  interesting reading about the Panama Papers:

14th April

Session will start at 10.30 exceptionally. We will review the last report on LGBT, then proceed with brainstorming on the theme for the last report of the semester.

21st April

All teams should be present in order to show their work in progress. Reminder: you have chosen to work on selfies.

9th May

We will meet on Monday 9th May at 11.00 for the test in the Mediacom Studio and to finalise publication of the reports on selfies.

Here are the reports which have been edited and published on LGBT (please check names of team members):

 

Final report

 

Marks for the test

Index number Name Test (20)
1310653 14.5
1310586 Carpayen Shelly 7.5
1316699 14.25
1316664? Bapamah Hemy 10.25
1311815 11
1313170 Gungabissoon Girija 13
1313672 15
1315007 Pompeia Joella 10
Uppiah Joanna 13.5
1317794 14.5
1317851 14.5
1315376 15
1312995 Runnoo Shalini 13
1312948 Soucient Julie 12.5

Interesting online reading

About digital journalism

About digital tools for journalism

About video production

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