using smartphones to teach digital media in writing courses: handouts
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DESCRIPTIONHandouts to accompany my presentation on mobile reporting, editing, publishing instructional ideas and tools at AEJMC14 in Montreal Aug. 6, 2014.
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec 26 Things: A Photography Scavenger Hunt Using the iPod/iPhone and Flickr The point of this exercise is to familiarize yourselves with taking pictures with the iPod Touch or iPhone (or your own smartphone) using the ProCamera app, editing those photos using Photoshop Express, and posting them to Flickr. Working in pairs, find and photograph several items on the list. You are free to interpret these words however you want. Engage the quirky, offbeat part of your brain. This is not a race. The goal is to make photos, not take photos. Lets push these cameras to their fullest capability, and push ourselves to make photos that are of high quality, both compositionally and technically. Composition: carefully frame your shot; get close; avoid distracting backgrounds; watch your lighting; get eye level; lock the focus on the subject (not the center of the frame); choose a main point of interest for every photo; place your subject off-center; try different angles. Also focus on good technical quality: turn off flash, minimize camera shake, shoot at the highest resolution, frame the shot while the shutter button is depressed, etc. Experiment with your cameras scene settings (landscape, night, portrait, etc.) and with tapping the screen to set exposure and focus. The point is to get off your cameras auto settings. If you have an iPhone 4 or newer, experiment with the HDR feature. Using ProCamera on the iPods Touch, experiment with anti-shake, exposure, level, rule- of-thirds grid, self-timer, rapid-fire mode, zoom. Using Photoshop Express, edit your photos as you go: crop, straighten, adjust brightness/contrast. As you take and edit your pictures, post them to the EyesOnIowa Flickr. Launch your Flickr app > Upload > Take/Upload Photo > Choose Photo. Add title and description. In the description, write the name of the item and your name(s). Example: Glow by Megan Bannister and Kristen Smith. Also note any special settings (shot in rapid-fire mode using the ProCamera app, for example). Add it to the 26 Things Scavenger Hunt set. Include location. Set privacy level to public.
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec The list: 1. couple 2. slope 3. plate 4. going places 5. in the water 6. button 7. heritage 8. glow 9. clock 10.closed 11.smile 12.back 13.plastic 14.handle 15.sound 16.wheels 17.silence 18.new 19.old 20.mess 21.half 22.strings 23.graffiti 24.corner 25.opposite 26.round This exercise is adapted from sh1ft.orgs 26 Things photographic scavenger hunt. In that event, photographers are given 28 days to find the 26 items and upload them to a blog, Flickr, Photobucket or other photosharing site. There are no winners or losers; the fun is in the hunt and in seeing how other photographers interpreted the list. For more info: http://sh1ft.org/projects/index.php/category/26things/
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec 10 Tips for Taking Better Pictures with Your iPod/iPhone 1. Always have phone with you. The best camera to have is the one thats with you all the time. 2. Know and accept the cameras limits. 3. Clean the lens. 4. Get your finger out of the way. 5. Stabilize. 6. Watch your light, exposure. 7. Turn off flash. 8. Zoom with your feet. 9. Get close to your subject; get your subjects close to each other 10.Focus the camera. Taking Better Photos with the ProCamera App Exposure White balance Rapid-fire mode Zoom Date Stamp Anti-shake White balance Level Rule of thirds Sharing Info Pro Lab Pro Cut: crop, rotate Editing Photos with PS Express Crop, straighten, rotate, flip Exposure, contrast, saturation Reduce noise Photo Sharing Instagram, Flickr, etc. geotagging title description/captions tags location privacy level
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec Mobile Audio Assignment Part 1. A bio/intro. Using AudioBoo, record a boo about yourself to serve as a brief bio on our website. Introduce yourself to readers. You could say where youre from, what youre studying, where youve traveled, where youve interned, what you hope to do professionally, hobbies, etc. Take a picture of yourself (or have a classmate help you). Title your boo with your name. Publish your AudioBoo. Check it on Tumblr and Twitter. Then copy the embed code and post it to our EyesOnIowa WordPress site, on the Staff page. Part 2. Man-on-the-street interviews. Interview at least three people, using Audioboo. Make sure you state clearly who you are interviewing, or have the interviewees state their names. Interview each person on the same topic. Topics could be: Would you pay for the New York Times online or mobile? (The pay wall goes into effect this week.) The Final Four. Is your bracket busted? Predictions, favorite players, Final-wha? Should the U.S. military be in Libya? What Republican is most likely to unseat Obama? Take the interviewees picture. Give the boo a good title and description. Post the boo as soon as youre done with the interview. Part 3. Research audio editing apps. What kinds of features would you look for in a mobile audio-recording app? Find two or three audio editing apps (not just recording apps) available for the iPod Touch. Find out whats available, their features, cost, consumer reviews. Bring back a brief summary and recommendation of what we should purchase.
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec Note: This was an exercise in experimenting with three different audio recorders, comparing their ease of use and quality of audio recording. Audio Interviewing Exercise Work in pairs (and one trio). Interview each other in two settings, using both recorders at both sites. Make sure everybody in your group gets a chance to operate both recorders. Set the date and time for all three recorders. Olympus WS-331 experiment with rec mode: ST XQ (highest quality) to HQ (lowest) distance b/t mic and subjects voice internal vs. external mic Tascam First, adjust these settings: menu > input setting > input > mic mic > type: mono power > on (must be on for external mic to work) rec settings > format > WAV 16 or 24 rec settings > sample > 44.1 rec settings > pre rec > off rec settings > delay > off Then, experiment with: internal mic. vs. external mic internal mic with and without windscreen distance b/t mic and subject recording level 1-10 (dial on right side)
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec Zoom First, adjust these settings: Input > Mic WAV format, 16 or 24 bit, 44.1 kHz Then, experiment with: automatic recording level vs. user-set recording level Menu > Input > Level Auto > Off/On recording level 1-100 (button on right side) internal mic. vs. external mic distance b/t mic and subject Get at least 30 seconds of audio with each of the various settings/experiments. Use the chart to keep track of which files are what so we can compare sound quality later. Groups and Locations: Meredith south lobby | Cowles Library quiet study room Olmsted coffee shop | Mer. 101 or 106; or other large lecture hall At a busy intersection | Inside a car Residence hall lobby | Outside where its quiet Cowles coffee shop | Van Wykes office Olmsted fitness room | Quiet room in Olmsted (Mezzanine) r How hard is it for you to shut up when the subject is talking? r Are you minimizing handling noise? r Whats the best distance between the mic and the subjects mouth? r Youre wearing headphones, right? r Are you asking questions in a way to encourage complete answers and complete sentences? r Did you try the questions after or delayed record strategy? r Can you minimize any background noise? (buzzing lights, fans, printers)
- Jill Van Wyke, assistant professor Drake University School of Journalism and Mass Communication Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How To Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses AEJMC | Aug. 6 | Montreal, Quebec Grading Criteria: Audio stories Reporting Newsworthiness Targets identified audience Appropriate sourcing Thoroughness A mix of officials and real people. Advances story Good quotes from sources, resulting from open-ended questions. Field Technique Recorded closely enough; minimal background noise. Interviews conducted in quiet
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