Get your stuff in ASAP, pleeese….
I am going through your posts, grading, and I am realizing that some of you have not even done some of the assignments. Please get them in no later than Friday at 1 pm. Anything after that is late and not counted. I need to get in grades.
a message from your leader
A few of you have already uploaded your final video projects here and I thank you.
You will have until 1 pm on Dec. 17 to post your video. Please try to get it in sooner as grades are due not long after that. (I don’t know why they do that to us, but whatever.)
If you have suggestions or ideas on how to improve this course, let me know via email: email@example.com.
I know there are some things I plan to tweak the next time.
It’s been an interesting experience and I hope you all learned a few things you can apply to your future work.
no austin trip for me….
well, kids, I am falling on my sword and selling my ticket and hotel room for Austin next weekend because we have too dang much work to do. I came to this realization last night.
So, please plan on being in class the 12th AND the 19th. If you miss on the 19th, I’m gonna be very sad.
IF YOU WANT TO SUBMIT TO BORDERZINE
Here is the e-mail from Lourdes Cueva Chacon, who is the webmaster of Borderzine. Read this and follow the instructions accordingly. Isaac, I think your piece would be perfect for now. And anyone else, feel free to submit.
Here is her e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now it’s me who has to apologize for the delay on answering your email. This is so far the craziest semester for me.
Anyway, YES! we are interested on audio stories (we love NPR-style stories). It would be great if your students could also send pictures and a transcription of the story but it’s not mandatory. They would need to register on Borderzine and I will upgrade their accounts to authors so they can upload files.
Here the requirements/instructions for files and uploads:
1. Audio has to be mp3 format. The way to upload is using the “Add Media” icon (it’s the fourth icon next to upload/insert, is starburst-shaped). Once it uploaded, add a meaningful title and make sure that the “Link URL” field has “File URL” selected, then click “Insert into Post”. This has to be done so WP inserts the MP3 file as a link into the post and automatically changes it into a small streaming Flash audio player as it’s shown on this article http://borderzine.com/2010/06/a-day-with-border-patrol/
2. Pictures should be JPG with 72 pixels/inch resolution (for web). A max width of 1000pixels or a max height of 740 pixels. Also make sure that the “Link URL” field has “File URL” selected then click “Insert into Post”. After that, click on the picture to edit it and change the size of the picture by selecting a percentage. Preview the article and make sure the picture fits in or re-size again. (This makes possible to upload a large picture that can be appreciated better when clicked on it.)
3. For SoundSlides and videos I requiere the original files, meaning the publish_to_web folder for SS and the mp4, mov, or avi for video. This is because I need to host the files on our server in order to make sure that they will be available permanently. In that case the best way to get the videos is using dropbox.com and sharing the content with me (email@example.com).
Please let me know if this is too confusing and will try to explain better. It’s good for the students to go through the process of uploading and laying out the material for their article but I also understand that might be a little overwhelming. If that is the case, you can always just send me the files and I’ll take care of it.
Looking forward to your students’ submissions.
Lourdes Cueva Chacón
Graduate student Department of Communication
Liberal Arts Website Graduate Assistant
a message from your (exhausted) leader
Oh, it has been quite an eventful past five days. Being in charge of a group of 17 people is a task that I knew would be challenging, but even moreso once it’s actually happening.
That said, our merry band of journalists was wonderfully cohesive and everyone got along. We also won a bunch of awards along the way.
That said, I am woefully behind on grading your podcasts/NPR pieces. The Internet at the hotel was akin to a Dixie cup and strings at times. I was reduced to putting my laptop on the windowsill of my ninth-floor hotel room, just to get a signal.
I will try to finish grading those as soon as I can.
Meanwhile, here are some links to Soundslides projects for inspiration:
your next assignment
Today was a very productive class. We listened to everyone’s podcasts and critiqued them a bit. Then, I gave everyone the 411 on the next assignment: an NPR-type story.
I want you to listen to NPR to understand the types of stories you are trying to emulate.
Look here for info about the story structure and the script.
You are expected to have a topic, along with how you will approach this by next Friday.
It is due on the 22nd.
Missing class is a very bad idea from here on out.
I am not pleased that several of you are continually missing class, so get it together or drop. OK?