J2 – Week 2 – What is Journalism?

Monday

Discussion time: 50 minutes.
Creation time: 30 minutes.

The following presentation has most of today’s agenda and discussion outline inside.

The information about adding stories and pictures to hoofprint.net is here.

Tuesday

Discussion time: 30 minutes
Creation time: 50 minutes

The presentation below has many links in it that can help you as you look for sources to support your opinion or ideas you want to refute. They are meant to help discussion and help you as you blog.

Tomorrow, we’ll have nearly the entire block to work on blogs and Hoofprint.net

How to do all kinds of stuff on Hoofprint.net

Today in class, we looked at how to prepare a story, get images ready for publishing, and insert images into stories on hoofprint.net.

Here are three videos that can help you do these things.

Getting a story started on hoofprint.net

Preparing images to be used with your story

Inserting images into your story

J2: Day 5

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It seems to me that blogging is…

You’ll be publishing to Hoofprint.net next week. Here’s a couple of things to consider:

1. The best stories that get the most clicks always have pictures, graphics, or videos for it. You’ll get extra points for including them if you produce them on your own.
2. You can get someone else to get photos and video for you, because they’ll be looking for work to do.
3. You’ll have about 40 minutes to publish, so do some prep work with the other days of the week.
4. Videos and guides will be available to help you post pictures.

Take time today to work on research, interviewing, or writing your hoofprint.net story, fixing up your blog so it’s awesome, or looking for ideas you may want to write about going forward.

J2 – Day 3


What is Truth?

At the start of class, we took a look at some of the highlights from your blog entries from last night. The people who haven’t done their blog got a reminder about it.

Tomorrow during class, you’ll be returning to this blog post in order to make it amazing.

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Next, we turned our attention to finding interesting story ideas for Hoofprint.net We used Anna Mason’s presentation about what made for the most successful stories last year.

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Then, spend some time in class looking what makes a good Hoofprint.net story.

We’ll also look at some examples of good and bad stories on Hoofprint.net and talk about good sources for stories and ideas. We’ll decide about how we’ll do the first stories (groups, photos, videos, etc) in class.

Know what you’re doing for Hoofprint.net next week. Decide on if you’re writing as story, doing a photo essay, making a podcast, or producing a video. Once you’ve decided, we’ll take a little time to get ready to publish on your specific day.

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Finally, to continue our examination of Truth in Journalism, we took a look at 13 Seconds in August from The StarTribune. We’ll all take a look at it and then talk about the ways this is better or worse than traditional reporting.

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J2 – Day 2

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We continued the class by resuming our discussion on the Meaning of Truth from yesterday. The discussion started by reviewing the important themes in the short story we read for today.

Opening Questions :

Answer any three on a sheet of paper, and be thorough with your answers
How do you think Tim O’Brien defines Truth?
What do you think O’Brien means when he says, “If the answer matters, you have your answer?”
What is the point of O’Brien sharing a graphic story like this?
How can the story of the Baby Buffalo be about love?
How can this story and O’Brien’s message about truth relate to Journalism?
How would you, personally, define truth after yesterday’s discussion and the reading by Tim O’Brien?

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After that, we had time to log in to our blogs and Hoofprint.net for the first time. Please do the following things in both places:

1. Log in.
2. Change your password to your school password.
3. Edit your Profile in any way you like. Pay special attention to your new Hoofprint.net profile. It will appear on every story you create.

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Next, on your blog, attempt making your first post.

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To continue our examination of Truth in Journalism, we took a look at 13 Seconds in August from The StarTribune. We’ll all take a look at it and then talk about the ways this is better or worse than traditional reporting.

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At the end of the hour, if we had time, we watched this video from Time.com about Fringe Presidential Candidates. It’s very different from traditional journalism, but is it still the truth? Is it appropriate and good, or does it take too many liberties with the truth?

Tomorrow:

We’ll spend some time in class looking what makes a good Hoofprint.net story.

We’ll also look at some examples of good and bad stories on Hoofprint.net and talk about good sources for stories and ideas. We’ll decide about how we’ll do the first stories (groups, photos, videos, etc) in class.

Know what you’re doing for Hoofprint.net next week. Decide on if you’re writing as story, doing a photo essay, making a podcast, or producing a video. Once you’ve decided, we’ll take a little time to get ready to publish on your specific day.

Once you know what you’re writing about, claim it here.

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Welcome to Journalism 2

Welcome to Journalism 2!

As you found your seats at the beginning of the block, you found out two of the groups you are in for the rest of the semester. The groups are indicated by the stickers on your note cards.

The circle group is your computer group. This was indicated by either a Pink or an Orange circle on the note card.

The next group is a little more significant, and it was decided by the colored star on the top of your note card. Make sure you write down your two groups, you’ll be using them all semester.

Publishing Groups:
Gold = Mondays
Silver = Tuesdays
Red = Wednesdays
Green = Thursdays
Blue = Fridays

We will begin publishing our first stries on Monday.

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You’ll be using quite a few technology tools throughout the semester, so it’ s essential you keep them straight. If possible, try to use the same password for each of the tools we use in the class.

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Once those things were taken care of we began a discussion that will guide us throughout the rest of this quarter. In publishing groups, we started discussing the concept of Truth and what it means to journalists.

the-journey-to-truth.pdf

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Homework for tonight:

Read Tim O’Brien’s “How to tell a true war story.”

Login to your blogs at J2blogs.com and update your password. Write your first blog post as best as you can.

Updating Hoofprint.net

Hey! You’re ready to update Hoofprint.net! Alright!

OLLRAIGHT

Here’s a good guide on how to write your story well.

 

How to get photos ready for putting online

Putting your photos online

 

Six-Word Memoirs

J2: Term 2, Week 1

Monday

Tuesday and Wednesday

Thursday and Friday

Over two days, in addition to time to work, you’ll have a chance to make your Six-Word Memoir into a graphic or photograph. Your memoir could be an image or photograph, text only, or text on an image. It’s up to you.

Here are the rules for the assignment:
1. The memoir has to be your own writing.
2. Any work that is not yours (photos, illustrations, etc) must be used with permission and attributed to the original author, photographer, or artist. Use Flickr to search for Creative Commons images that are free to build upon.
3. The approximate size of your memoir should be 8 inches by 6 inches. It can be horizontal or vertical.
4. It needs to be saved as a .jpg or .png image and emailed to mccallum@bhs.cc by the end of class on Friday.

Here are templates you can use.
InDesign Template
PhotoShop Template

I made a couple of examples of what they could look like, but these represent only one option for the assignment.

Week 7