BCST 2240 Winter 2015 – Assignments 

Social/Digital Media Presentations (in pairs) = 15%

  • Groups of two (one group of three) will present a different “tool” every week: explaining what it is and how it can be used as a journalist.
  • Two groups will present each week over an 11 week period.
  • Students can pair up with anyone but their radio doc partner:
  • Each group picks a topic from a list of provided options (random draw)

Presentation Criteria:

  • Provide an overview of the Tool: What it is, who started it, how much it costs.
  • Show us how it works
  • Examples of journalists/media outlets using the tool
  • The pros and the cons.

Students will be assessed on how well they know their subject matter, how well they present it to the class in a clear and coherent manner and on the written report submitted to the instructor following the presentation.

Due Date: 2 presentations per week

Multimedia storytelling Pitch (individual) = 10%

  • Select a message/story and a target audience. Develop and convey that message in three or four different ways. i.e. use a Tweet, a blog and a photo, a piece of video, a map, and audio component. (10 minutes)
  • At least one element must be text so that we can assess your writing.
  • We want to see a proper headline, captions and courtesies for photos.
  • This is a mock-up and does not need to be posted to any site. But we do want to see real photos, video, maps, graphics, etc.

Digital Newsroom Lab in-class participation = 30%

  • Create multi-media content for the BCIT Broadcast News website using digital, mobile and social media tools as we learn them.
  • Each lab will begin with an editorial meeting to decide on the relevant stories of the day. 2-3 stories will be chosen by group consensus. How to to cover the story will be agreed upon as well. The class will be split into groups (teams, pairs, trios, etc.) and everyone will be assigned different components to cover the stories.

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%

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)
  1. 2nd Stage: 10%
  • One-on-one 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%
  • 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.


BCST 2240 – Digital Journalism

Social Media and Digital Journalism Tools Presentation

Group Assignment: 15%

  • With a partner, you will present a digital tool in class, explaining what it is and how it can be used as a journalist.
  • Pair up with anyone but your doc partner.

Presentation Criteria:

  • Overview of the Tool: What it is, who started it, how much it costs.
  • How it works
  • Examples of journalists/media outlets using the tool
  • The pros and the cons.
  • At the end of your presentation you are required to submit a short report of the subject matter covered in the presentation. (max 500 words)

Assessment Criteria:

You will be assessed on:

  • How well you know your subject matter.
  • How well you present it to the class in a clear and coherent manner.
  • The Tools and materials used in the presentation will also be taken into consideration.
  • The short written report will be assessed on knowledge of material, coherency of thought, grammar, spelling and punctuation.


STUDENT HANDOUT-Digital Tools Presentation Assignment-BCST 2240_2015 Digital Tools Presentation Topics 2015

BCST 2240  – 2015

Digital Tools Presentation Assignment

Many of the new software tools are types of digital filters.

Thousands of journalists are learning these new tools. Yet most are not, and more innovations are coming. In a generation, maybe less, they will begin to arrive daily. For the first time, both the news and the way journalists do it will change constantly.

  1. DocumentCloud: annotates, publishes and manages documents; shares information across newsrooms.

  1. Timeline.js: Creates timelines about any story you can link to or embed. Great for developing graphic skills.

  1. Geocommons: Online mapping tool

  1. Google Fusion Tables

An online database and mapping tool

  1. GoPop & Zeega: Mixed media packaging tools that allow  you to make interactive documentaries in new formats with sound, videos, pictures and text.

Zeega / GoPop:

  1. Amara: A volunteer-driven translation system that can turn any video in any language into a captioned, understandable piece.

  1. Ushahidi: A powerful yet simple crowd sourcing system that allows any group of people using cell phones to “map” just about anything.

  1. Overview: helps find stories in documents by sorting them and making it easy to see what’s there;

  1. Storify: helps collect and republish social media.

  1. Cover It Live / Scribble Live: Livestreaming of social media content.
  1. Videolicious: combining your video clips, photos, and sound to make a powerful, professional-quality news videos.

  1. Wickr: The safest way for journalists—and anyone—to communicate via mobile, and more than a million people are using it.

  1. Creativist: A powerful online tool for writers, publishers, and more.

  1. Datawrapper: Creates charts and maps.


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