Vivid Live Blogger

11 May

Heads up for your holidays…

If you’re 18-25 you could have a go blogging for the Sydney Opera House and Vivid Live.

It’s for a week in June and looks like heaps of fun!

Check out the applications here.

Curriculum Vitae

3 May

Your CV must be on a separate page on your blog. You need to create a NEW PAGE (not post) and add your CV to it. At minimum we would expect to see your:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Contacts
  • Education
  • (Journalistic) work experience
  • Other work experience
  • Portfolio heading ideally with links to portfolio items


You need ten blog posts by the end of next week. Let me know which 10 posts you want assessed if you have more than that on your blog, or potentially have blog posts that don’t meet the criteria.

Blog assessment criteria

27 Apr

Oh hello!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter scrambling to get your various tasks done. As a reminder, here is a list of your assessment criteria – note that it’s already on the menu in this blog.

  • Relevance of posts to the course
  • How well written your blog posts are – are they concise, clear, error free.
  • How well your blog posts make use of the affordances of the online environment?
  • The design choices in your blog – have you chosen an appropriate template, layout, visual presentation?
  • Your CV being complete, clearly presented, and linked to your published work.

In tutes you should have written five blogs on….

  1. Australia’s networked news environment.  Australia is part of a global networked news environment, where the output of professional news organisations is augmented, commented on, criticized and supplemented by amateur and semi-pro online publishing. Think about the different strategies different organisations use in promoting and using online content. Also in this tute you should have turned your minds to customising your blog, putting up a blog roll and embedding YouTube videos.
  2. News geography. Write a story on your blog covering a big event of recent days – the earthquake (a specific aspect would be good, say the nuclear reactors), Libya, Round one of the NRL for the sporties, whatever. Imagine you’re doing an online only story rounding things up for your employer. They need to include: an seo headline; One par at least of summary; one par giving context withat least 5  links to other sites, at least one embedded google map; and at least one embedded video/audio.
  3. Multimedia Assignment. In this week’s tutes you presented your pitches for your group audio-slideshow project and were set t blog about the pitch and how your story was going.
  4. Blogger blog blog. Pick a blogger from a mainstream news organisation. How do they develop a unique tone/voice/set of concerns? How do they facilitate conversation on their blog. Look at the comments system on a mainstream news site. What do they ask of the commenter? What are the expectations? What is the standard of moderation like? Are expectations clear? What is the comment culture like? Look at a twitter account from a mainstream news site. is it conversational? Experimental? Is it just linking back to the site or is it being used to engage with readers?
  5. Professional uses of social media. See blog post directly below.

You will need another five blog posts relevant to the course for which you can use your imagination.

Professional Social Media

20 Apr

Easter Greetings Online kids,

Quite a few of you were absent from the tutes this week and next week is Easter so here are a few dot points on the stuff we covered and some things for you top do/write about in your blogs:

  • Twitter lists. Make lists for personal, professional and source follows.
  • Follow some of the more prominent journalistic Twitters (ie Mark Colvin, Annabel Crabb, Jonthan Green, Sam Maiden for a start. For more ideas check out my media list or Canberra news list)
  • Have a look at the journalists you select, think about who is doing it well, who is not doing it well (in your opinion) as professional Twitterers.
  • What are the differences between professional and personal social media use?
  • Do you need a second account ? Why/why not?
  • Check out Twitter clients – regular ol’ home page Twitter, Tweetdeck (I use this one) and  Hootsuite.
  • Social media disasters – what are the examples you know of? How can we prevent them? (Just saying don’t be an idiot is not good enough)
  • What does a professional suite of social media accounts look like? How do you decide what you need? (ie Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Public bookmarks, URL shorteners, photo hosting.)
  • Facebook privacy lists. Use them or consider creating a professional profile when you start working.
  • Mobile technologies – pluses, minuses, opportunities, threats of social media/mobile journalism.

Over the break I will put up a post listing all the blogs you should have written in class, but I need to see your CVs in your bio sections, a Twitter feed widget on the side and examples of all the things we learnt in class (ie maps, links, video, a comprehension of the styles used in blogging).

Also, here’s a big one, make sure I can read your blog and that it is easy on my eyes. Some of you are using themes that put text in front of busy images or garish hyper-colours or tiny fonts. You want people to read your blog. You want them to like it and understand it. The way it looks is really important.

Canberra Theatre are looking for a poster boy or girl

15 Apr

I know this isn’t my usual beat, but if you’re a bit low on cash and could use another item on your resume, Canberra Theatre are looking for a casual employee. Email Freyla.Ferguson@act.gov.au

Audio slide show examples

12 Apr

Hello class,

So. Audio slideshows. They’re not that hard. I swear. Here are some examples from the US, Australia and UK:

Voices of Texas

Wedding Wardrobe

Liberia Hotel

Kobre Guide

Bluesfest

One on One

Army medics

  • Count the number of photos – how many photos per minute?
  • Look at the length. How many minutes long is the video?
  • Is there a strong opening image and closing image?
  • Black and white or colour?
  • Does it cover an event, a situation?
  • How well does the sound match the pictures used?
  • What kind of story is it?
  • What are the audio elements? Music? Interviews?
  • Who gets to speak? Are there personal testimonials?
  • Does the author(s) get a voice?

You can make audio slideshows in most video editing programs and Dr Jason Wilson will show you how.

In the meantime Scott Bridges has a challenge for you, if you’d like a practice run:

Turn these unusable stock images into an audio slideshow with references in the audio to the images you’re speaking about. Clearly don’t use all of them, just throw a few in and have some fun with it!

A message from Dr Jason… about blog assessment

26 Mar

Hi all,

There has been some confusion around the blogs. I thought I had cleared this up in lectures, but let me say it again, as the tutors are getting emails from you.

The blog is part of your individual portfolio. We will assess it at the end of the semester. You should have posts for the weeks of the course and your CV up there. As, for the most part, we haven’t covered a lot of that in class, we wouldn’t expect you to submit it this week.

I realise it says week 7 at one point in the course outline, but I did mention that this was a misprint in the lecture. (FYI he never told Eleri)

If you have completed your blog to this point, congratulations – you are up to date.

When time for submission comes you won’t have to submit via Moodle – we’ll just take a look at it online.

So not due today – as you were – email me if you have any further questions.

Jason Wilson