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RTV 3260 (B54): Multimedia Production I Subtitle: Community Storytelling
Photograph of gang-related funeral, Barbara Davidson, LA Times, 2011 Instructor Information Assistant Professor Robert Gutsche Jr. (pronounced Gucci) Office, Cell, 608-345-0717 Email, email@example.com Web, robertgutschejr.com Workshop hours, MW 1 to 3 Course Description Multimedia Production I is designed to introduce you to the basic elements of multimedia production: audio recording and editing, basic photography, video production and editing, interactive infographics, and the basic functions of a web platform. The end product of this course, I hope, is not to just create separate websites – though this is important for your future careers in media – but to publish an e-book that you can share with the community in an exciting and
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012 advanced medium. A portion of the last week of classes and the final exam period will be spent publishing (pending the OK from the legal department). During the first two weeks of the semester, we will discuss the many facets and opportunities presented by multimedia storytelling. At the end of these two weeks, each of you will be responsible for turning in a one-page proposal for their website, which will focus on a particular community (we will define this term together) that you will follow throughout the semester. This course will focus on how to tell stories about communities in a multimedia fashion.
And, because you will be telling other peoples’ stories, we are going to learn the critical elements of media as we are creating it, which is the purpose for the one required textbook. During these discussions about the readings and how they relate to your own experiences in media, we will need everyone to be on the same page. Each time a set of readings is due, you must bring in quotes or comments from or about the readings that you can use to discuss with the group your representations of your community in your project, or about media generally. And, just to let you know, in all facets of this course, you are responsible for your own education and knowledge-base. I am here to help lead you in the “right direction(s).” That means, stopping by during workshop hours (or making appointments outside of those hours). You may also schedule phone or Skype conversations (search tedgutsche). And, so that we can work together on great ideas, I do expect you to read newspapers and magazines beyond those produced at the university or in the state and come to visit websites, read ebooks, and anything else you can get your hands on each day. (Ask me for book titles if you want). Cell phones If there are issues with cell phones, this will be the result: At the beginning of class, all cell phones will be placed in one spot within the classroom that’s agreed-upon by the class. This is a procedure sometimes used within the professional world. Not only does it take our minds off of the cell phones, but it also takes away the temptation to text. If you choose to use your phone, you may be asked to leave the room and not return. Attitude It’s everything. We all have bad days, but we don’t need to make our own issues known to the world. If you are having troubles that you think would make their way into the classroom, please let me know. In this class, let’s support each other – and that means showing respect. In fact, if you have something going on that may put you out of commission for the class period, just tell me that (I don’t need to know details). Students who fail to do this will be asked to leave during that class period. Give respect. Get it.
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012
Warning/Disclaimer At times, conversation in the course, and in journalism as a whole, may have offensive (or uncomfortable) tones. Covering such topics is a necessary part of the journalist’s role in society. Discussing these topics also is important to being a critical media user and member of society. However, this freedom to discuss issues of a sensitive nature does not allow for sexual harassment, racism and other forms of discrimination. If you have concerns about conversations in the classroom or the content shared, please discuss them with me. Required Material - Media & Society: A Critical Perspective, Berger (Second Edition, 2007) - An external hard-drive of at least 250 GB (in class by second week). This drive will be essential component of your participation in this class, as you will NOT be allowed to save any of your work on the computers in the classroom. Make sure that the drive you buy (the cost should be between $69-$99; try BestBuy, Target, or COSTCO) is compatible for MAC/PC. - Other equipment that you will use in this class but do not need to buy (although doing so will make your life a lot easier): Digital audio recorder “Point and click” digital camera that shoots both stills and video (preferably HD video) Clip-on and/or handheld microphone with a mini jack
All of this equipment can be checked out through the equipment room, once you have signed a “Release and Assumption of Risk” form (we will do this in class) Helpful Hints SJMC Equipment Room and Software Wiki: http://fiuinfo.pbworks.com/w/page/5768851/FrontPage - Essential resource for all equipment room related questions, as well as questions about and access to software, manuals, equipment, etc. Atomic Learning: https://auth.fiu.edu/cas/login?service=https://secure2.atomiclearning.com/ss o/FIU - Step by step video tutorials for all of the software we will be using throughout the semester
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012 Mindy McAdams’ “Journalist’s Toolkit”: http://www.jtoolkit.com/wp/ - Excellent resource for multimedia production from a professor at UF
Good sites http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/nyregion/1-in-8-million/index.html http://mediastorm.com/ Grading Reading responses & participation Photo essay/gallery Audio Interviews with photo Soundslides/FCP stills and audio Video Project Google map/Interactive Graphic Final Site/ebook 15% 10% 10% 10% 20% 10% 25%
This course is a core requirement for all SJMC students; therefore, you must pass with a C or better. Failure to do so will mean that you must retake the course. This is a challenging course and we will be covering a lot of material, but the deadlines for your work are REAL. If they are missed, the tardiness will be reflected in your grade for that project, usually dropped at least half a grade (for example, an A- becomes a B+). Each assignment will be given a letter grade. Two (2) unexcused absences will be allowed during the semester. Your grade will be lowered by half a letter grade for every unexcused absence beyond two. Excused absences will only be granted for sickness, injury, family emergency (all of which require notification with 24 hours and documentation) and religious holidays. I expect ALL content created for this course, with the exception of archive material or stock footage used with my approval, to be original and created expressly for the purpose of this class, by you. Thus, a family video from last year will NOT be accepted as a final project, nor will Facebook photos from an event last semester, etc. Academic Honesty Florida International University is a community dedicated to generating and imparting knowledge through excellent teaching and research, the rigorous and respectful exchange of ideas and community service. All students should respect the right of others to have an equitable opportunity to learn and honestly to demonstrate the quality of their learning. Therefore, all students are expected to adhere to a standard of academic conduct, which demonstrates respect for themselves, their fellow students, and the educational mission of the University. All students are deemed by the University
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012 to understand that if they are found responsible for academic misconduct, they will be subject to the Academic Misconduct procedures and sanctions, as outlined in the Student Handbook.
Misconduct includes: Cheating – The unauthorized use of books, notes, aids, electronic sources; or assistance from another person with respect to examinations, course assignments, field service reports, class recitations; or the unauthorized possession of examination papers or course materials, whether originally authorized or not. Plagiarism – The use and appropriation of another’s work without any indication of the source and the representation of such work as the student’s own. Any student who fails to give credit for ideas, expressions or materials taken from another source, including internet sources, is responsible for plagiarism. Any student who fails to meet these expectations will not only fail the course, but will also be reported to the Chair of the Department of Journalism & Broadcasting and to the Dean of SJMC. Course Schedule This is a basic outline of the way this course SHOULD proceed; please note that dates, lectures and assignments are subject to change Week 1 (Media, Story, and Life) 8/20 M: Introduction to multimedia storytelling (10 laws of multimedia); think about community 8/22 W: Mass communication in an era of convergence; getting started with Wordpress Due: Introduction and Chapter 1 Week 2 (Living with Media) 8/27 M: Selecting and understanding community; interviewing techniques; recording and editing audio Due: Chapter 4 8/29 W: Workshop Due: Initial Wordpress site must be up and running, about page and general navigation set Due: Proposals for first two interviews Due: Signed, one-page proposal for your website, ebook contribution Due: BRING EXTERNAL HARD-DRIVES TO CLASS FOR FORMATTING Due: Sign and turn in “Release and assumption of risk” form Week 3 (Making Media) 9/3 M: NO CLASS
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012 9/5 W: Working with Audacity/Final Cut Pro and audio tracks Week 4 (Publishing and Community Meaning) 9/10 M: Workshop Due: first two audio interviews, edited and embedded on your site, with text and photo 9/12 W: Assessing community and its needs Due: Chapters 2 and 3 Week 5 (Making Your Media Matter) 9/17 M: Photography and meaning of images (“Life Between Fingers”) 9/19 W: Workshop Week 6 TBA 9/24 M: TBA 9/26 W: TBA Week 7 Meanings of Image (Part II) 10/1 M: Workshop Due: By the end of class, photo essay posted to website 10/3 W: Stories and Sound; Soundslides Due: Chapters 7 and 9 Weeks 8 Voice 10/8 M: Workshop 10/10 W: Workshop Due: Soundslide posted to site by end of class Week 9 Voice (Part II) 10/15 M: Discuss readings and catch-up (in practice) Due: Chapter 5 10/17 W: Review projects (one-on-ones) Week 10 Making Images that Move 10/22 M: Basics of shooting video and electronic field production 10/24 W: Work with video from point and click cameras Week 11 Moving Images (Part II) 10/29 M: Lighting and shooting interviews Due: Practice footage due for in-class viewing 10/31 W: Working with Final Cut Express
Gutsche Multimedia Production I, Fall 2012
Week 12 Prepping 11/5 M: Workshop 11/7 W: Compressing and exporting video for the web Due: Practice Video posted to site by end of class Week 13 Prepping 11/12 M: NO CLASS 11/14 W: Building interactive graphics for website (Google map, timeline, Storify, Many Eyes, etc.) Week 14 Fin 11/19 M: Editing final video for site; clean up and finalize site Due: Final video for project due in draft form at beginning of class 11/21 W: Workshop Due: Interactive graphic loaded by end of class Week 15 Fin (Part II) 11/26 M: Share/Discussion 11/28 W: Share/Discussion Due: 1 page reflection paper FINAL EXAM (Date and Time TBA): Class will meet to present final projects; Wordpress site must be in final form by start of session