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Breaking News & Real-time Reporting on Twitter: #wjchat Highlights

Filed under: Future of Journalism, Storytelling | Tags: , , | No Comments » January 13th, 2011
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#wjchat is a weekly Twitter chat on topics related to web journalism every Wednesday at 5 p.m. PST. This week’s chat was on breaking news and real-time reporting in the wake of the Tucson shooting. This is a selection of the most interesting points of conversation.

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#spjchat Recap: Online Storytelling with @marksluckie @mjenkins @markbriggs

Filed under: Multimedia, Storytelling | Tags: , | 1 Comment » January 7th, 2011
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Multimedia Journalism Class Reflection

Filed under: Storytelling, Teaching | Tags: , | 1 Comment » December 29th, 2010
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This post was written as part of the course final for Multimedia Journalism WRI 430 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Students were asked to reflect on what they learned during the semester and assess how it might affect their future reporting.


As a senior broadcast journalism major, I thought I knew all I needed to know as I approach entering the field of multimedia journalism. However, PLNU’s multimedia journalism class changed that pretension and showed me I still have a lot to learn. Over the past three years, I became well versed in print, video, audio and photography in journalism, but I had never fully combined them online. This class showed me strategies to use and ways to plan a story that incorporate more than just these four elements.

In respects to the media I already knew, I found ways to improve my skills. In audio, I practiced storytelling without the use of a narrator; I let the characters tell the story themselves. I worked on creative camera work for my video project as well as capturing a compelling story, fully embracing the awkwardness of filming the homeless at Ocean Beach. By examining photos in class, I learned better composition and elements that tell a story (rule of thirds, three in a series, etc). The only area I feel I have made no improvement is in writing, but in this class, our focus was on learning new media, not really improving that aspect.

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Last Words on Multimedia Journalism

Filed under: Storytelling, Teaching | Tags: | No Comments » December 29th, 2010
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This post was written as part of the course final for Multimedia Journalism WRI 430 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Students were asked to reflect on what they learned during the semester and assess how it might affect their future reporting.


Before taking this class, I would have had no problem admitting my intimidation of the term multimedia. Mainly because the idea is unknown and avoided in my school’s journalism program. Yet as a senior who is desperately trying to figure out how she is going to get a job, I knew I had to come to grips with this term.

I think what surprised me the most about this class were the situations I was challenged with and the areas I could thrive in. We completed eight projects in class and I am proud of all of them except one. My final product of my video project was less than ideal and I am pretty sure that is putting it mildly. I struggled with the video project because not only was it my first time behind a camera but I also had a hard time “seeing” the shots that can make a great clip. But while it was difficult, I am not completely discouraged. Throughout the somewhat awkward process I could already see the moments where I could improve and the shots I could have gotten. It’s humbling but it’s also encouraging to know I now have the know-how to improve.

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Multimedia Journalism Final Thoughts

Filed under: Storytelling, Teaching | Tags: | No Comments » December 29th, 2010
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This post was written as part of the course final for Multimedia Journalism WRI 430 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Students were asked to reflect on what they learned during the semester and assess how it might affect their future reporting.


“Multimedia journalism.” I confess when I first heard that phrase, I really had no idea what it really meant or encompassed. It sounded like another vague, inside baseball sort of term that perhaps one of my professors had forgotten to put on a quiz.

Yet as I’ve navigated the puzzling and at times delightful maze of this course, I’ve discovered my own definition of the term. Multimedia journalism is essentially journalism in its fullest form, and is perhaps the culmination of the last 30 or so years of technology that have so changed the face of our planet.

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How Multimedia & I Came To Be Friends

Filed under: Storytelling, Teaching | 1 Comment » December 29th, 2010
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This post was written as part of the course final for Multimedia Journalism WRI 430 at Point Loma Nazarene University. Students were asked to reflect on what they learned during the semester and assess how it might affect their future reporting.


On the first day of class this semester, I had to ask three different library employees before I found someone that knew room 303 was the MAC Lab. As clueless as they were that the tech savvy world exists up the stairs, and around a dark corridor, I was also clueless and fumbling around when it came to multimedia.

After I determined that I was indeed, uneducated in multimedia, I decided that I needed to do something about it. I enrolled in a multimedia course, even if I would only count as an elective. But it seemed to be a perfect way to wet my feet as a writer needing tech SOS.

But my feet were not the only thing that got wet as I sank to the bottom of the ocean. I was petrified. But as the familiar terms of storytelling, people, and emotion started to fill class discussions, I realized that this was a more powerful way to connect and share stories.

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