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Final Project Assignment Criteria and Deadlines

Final Assignment = 45%

With your radio documentary partner, you will create a multimedia web/blog page that is a blog report of their full-length radio doc development, production and final product.

  1. Project Proposal: 5%

Submit a written outline that includes the following:

  • A brief summary of your radio documentary (150 words max).
  • Include project name idea(s) for your blog and your social media hashtags.
  • Which social and digital media you intend to use. i.e. Twitter (MANDATORY), Facebook, Snapchat, ScribbleLive, Instagram, Crowdmaps, etc.
  • Proposal outlining how you will document the production of your documentary, blog, articles, off-shoot articles, videos, graphics, maps, polls etc.
  1. 1st Stage: 10% Due March 2/5th

This stage of the project entails you showing that you have set up your project website/blog page, and also your social media hashtag/feed for promoting the project and its subject matter.

Send me a link to your project website which will contain at the minimum, the following information:


  • Project title.
  • header photo
  • Bios and photos of both producers.
  • About Page: Background article on the documentary, main characters, summary of the radio documentary project, etc. (200-300 words)
  • 2-3 photos
  • One other digital/social/multimedia element. (poll, map, infographic, etc)

2nd Stage: 10% Due March 16/19th

Send me a link to your project website which will contain at the minimum, the following information:

  • One-on-one / or via email to discuss your project and review website.
  • On your website and on your social media accounts there must be demonstrable activity of the project, at the minimum:
  • 1-2 videos (max: 30 – 2:00 minutes in length) of your doc production in action. Photos of interesting developments. Must have proper captions and courtesies.
  • Minimum of 2 blog posts.
  • links to relevant information, sites, articles, etc
  1. Final Project: 20% Due March 30/April 2nd
  • Wrap Article telling the story of the journey to tell the story with proper headline, sub-headings. (500 to 1000 words)
  • Audio slide-show applied to doc incorporating photos, and/or video. Must include captions (lower thirds for relevant people, places and dates), a title page and closing credits.

Podcasting Tips

Basic Elements of a podcast:

Podcasts are like your own Internet radio show, with music (from iTunes or elsewhere), pictures, sound effects, video, or some combination of these. Fans can find your podcasts on podcast apps, and subscribe to receive them regularly: Read the rest of this entry

Blogging Tips

A really good start to finish guide for how to set up your first blog is this downloadable guide: The Beginner’s Guide to Successful Blogging. Read the rest of this entry

Writing well for the web: a basic guide

Writing well is about as tricky as being a good puppeteer. And writing well for the web can be even more challenging, because you’re also thinking about the “wow” factor as much as you are about grammar and clear writing. Video, audio, infographics,  great images, catchy headlines, SEO words and phrases. These days, all of that responsibility often lies squarely in the hands of the newsroom web writer.

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when composing news for the web: Read the rest of this entry

Roy Peter Clark’s 50 Podcasts on Writing Tips

Clark book coverRoy Peter Clark has taught writing at the Poynter Institute since 1979. He has published numerous books on writing, the most recent being “Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies for Writers”.  He’s also created 50 podcasts on his essential strategies. All free, all between 1 and 4 minutes, all on iTunes. Click on the image below to jump to the podcasts: Read the rest of this entry

Instagram for the journalist


Originally posted April 9, 2014

If you haven’t been paying attention to Instagram since it launched four years ago, now’s the time to sit up and take notice. With Instagram stating that is has over 150 million daily users, 16 billion photos shared in total, and 55 million photos shared daily – this social app needs to be taken seriously by anyone interested in keeping connected. And if you’re a journalist, that means you.

This app is not simply a funky way to put a digital filter on your phone photos and your selfies. It’s a social media tool that allows you connect and engage with other users. It’s meant to be used primarily on your mobile device, and it’s fun.

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The Mulin Blog: another Digital Journalism Blog

Originally posted: Feb 27, 2014

With a ton of helpful topics, you want this blog on your favourites bar:

How to shoot video with your iphone
Drone videography
Mobile journalism production tips
How to host a Twitter chat- and more.

Mobile Reporting Tools for Journalists

What does mobile journalism mean, exactly?

Aren’t journalists by nature constantly on the run?

Yes, but in this case we’re talking about using mobile devices to gather news, report news, post news, and FIND news.

Wikipedia defines Mobile Reporting as such:

“Mobile Reporting is a trend emerging in the field of news and content generation.[1][2] The term describes the use of a mobile phone as a reporting tool. The user creates text, photo and video that combined produces a multimedia based report. The content is edited on the phone before being uploaded to the internet via mobile network or Internet connection.[3] Usually mobile reporting is used for publishing to the web.[4] This is particularly the case with video as the technology does not yet allow for the production of high end video. However, the low quality is suitable for Internet. Read the rest of this entry

Infographics are stories too…


Originally published: Feb 17, 2014 / Updated Feb 24, 2015

Even if you never build your own infographic, or have two left thumbs when it some to stats, data, and graphic design, you still want to know what people are talking about when it comes up in an editorial meeting.  There are quite a few applications to create your own infographics, including:,,,, and

For an overview as it applies to journalism, check out this project link via the Knight Foundation and Stanford University. Even though this was made four years ago, it sill applies and gives you a good overview of the history.

The videos are split into segments, and about an hour in total. Well worth the time to watch in it’s entirely, and each section comes with more links and information to help you get up to speed.


Multimedia stories that will blow your mind

Originally posted: Feb 13, 2014 / Updates: Feb 24, 2015

We’re on a roll now, I just found this incredible  open Google Doc started by Bobbie Johnson. The document  lists hundreds of multimedia stories, such as tThe Dangers of Fracking , The Drug That Never Lets Go, and Glitter In The Dark. Read the rest of this entry