The Experience

This blog was made for my Mass Communication 4500 Advanced Journalism course at Louisiana State University. The class serves as a senior capstone for both print and broadcast journalism students.

The primary goal of this class is to create multimedia journalism projects. The objectives of this course are to improve journalistic storytelling techniques and practices, learn teamwork in a complex media environment, explore how convergence is affecting media and apply these skills to the development, management and execution of an online converged media product that includes print and broadcast storytelling and techniques.

We are responsible for six stories during the course. Every few weeks we have to write a story and post it to our website. We are also responsible for producing Web content that explains, explores or adds value to the individual stories produced.

As the semester progresses, the Web elements grow in complexity. A visual element or video is required in all Web assignments.

Below I provided a list of the assignments and included a link to the story I wrote and what is required from each.

Assignment 1:

Valentine’s Day spending expected to rise

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 2 hyperlinks.

Assignment 2:

Cupcakes Invade Baton Rouge

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 2 hyperlinks.
  • Create a Slide Show of original pictures (unless prior approval is given) with captions/headline.

Assignment 3- Real Time Assignment:

Women’s and Gender Studies Program Cut At LSU

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • Voiced Slide Show using original photographs (unless prior approval is given) with headline.
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 3 hyperlinks.
  • Set-up a Twitter account and post at least 3 “tweets” during the 8-hour work day to document your real time experience.

Assignment 4:

Students Take On Both Healthy and Harmful Activities While Preparing for Swim Suit Season

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 3 hyperlinks.
  • Everyone must shoot, edit and post 30-seconds of original video to accompany story.
  • **Create and post Web element of your choosing.  Examples include:
  • Online poll with at least 3 questions
  • Timeline of events that impacted your story.
  • Google map with addresses, information and pictures relevant to your story.

Fly Out The Door Assignment

LSU Spring Game Gives Fans A Lot To Look Forward To

  • 2 hours to come up with a news story, interview sources, write the article and upload it to blog

Assignment 5:

The Cosmetic Industry Takes An Eyelash Obsessed Culture To New Heights

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • Everyone – 1-2 minute on-camera source interview (choose information not used in the main broadcast story – edited and posted)
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 3 hyperlinks to source material.
  • **Create and post Web element of your choosing.

Assignment 6:

One RV Park Proves Cajun Culture is Still Alive

  • Story in the student’s chosen medium posted to WordPress with a headline.
  • Print students must have a still picture with a caption to accompany their story.
  • Additional Required Web elements:
  • Print students produce a mini-pkg (voiced video version of their print story – edited and posted).
  • All text stories (print & broadcast) must include at least 3 hyperlinks to source material.
  • **Create and post Web element of your choosing.
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