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Here is the NEW BLOG for the Fall 2008 New Media In Journalism class:

http://sjsumcom63.wordpress.com/

It’s a new semester, a new channel and a new blog!

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Today’s Lab

Using Feedburner to create a podcast

Creating your RSS “podcast” Feed
This evening we will be using Feedburner to create a podcast RSS feed to your vlog. The screen shots shown here are from the Freevlog tutorial “Get an RSS Feed.” This pdf guide is meant to supplement, not replace, the fine video by Ryanne Hodson and the good folks at Freevlog.

ITunes Lab

Verify your podcast works!
Now is the time to test your podcast. I use the term “test” quite literally here. iTunes is what you will be presenting your Final Presentation from! You do not want this to fail!

Take home assignments

Due Today

Nothing

Open Lab

I plan to be here next week on dead day during “class time” if you want help

Final

Wednesday, May 21 5:15p-7:30p

Tower Hall at SJSU

Markup Languages Lab

We will be preparing to do the Dreamweaver Section of our class by talking about Markup Languages.

Introducing Markup Languages
According to Wikipedia, a markup language is a set of annotations to text that describe how it is to be structured, laid out, or formatted. Markup languages have been in use for centuries, and in recent years have also been used in computer typesetting and word-processing systems. Example: Editing and Proof Reading Marks (PDF).

A well-known example of a markup language in use today in computing is HyperText Markup Language (HTML), one of the protocols of the World Wide Web. HTML follows some of the markup conventions used in the publishing industry in the communication of printed work between authors, editors, and printers. You do not need to know HTML to be able to use tools like Adobe Dreamweaver CS3 to make Web pages. Just like you do not have to know how a car engine works.

To take the car metaphor further, you have to know basic principles of how cars operate. If you do not understand these principles your car will stop operating and you can break your car. For example, you have to know you need to put gasoline in your car for it to go. You also have keep your oil and water levels high enough or you will ruin the engine of your car. You also need to understand the basic principles of markup languages to have your Web pages work right and to keep from breaking your Web site. So, for this lab, we are going to hand code HTML to learn how markup works. Markup is the engine of all Web sites.

Discuss the Final

Reference this blog post

Assignments

Due Today, April 9

  • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
    • Please read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 through the end of Chapter 9 This is up through page 190 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 3”
    • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.
  • Post a paragraph on the class blog talking about the plan you have for your final project. This should be a general and not a detailed outline of what your project will be about. Label this with the category “Final Project Proposal.”
  • Do the in-class lab on Markup languages. After you have created the page as per the instructions below and have FTP’d it to your space on the server; create a post with the category markuplab and with a link to page you have created

Due Next Week, April 9

  • Lynda Assignment on Dreamweaver
    • Dreamweaver CS3 Essential Training, with: Garrick Chow
      1. Introduction
      2. Getting Started
      3. The Interface
      4. Site Control
      5. Document Basics
      6. Linking
      7. CSS Essentials
    • View all the segments in the listed chapters, including the introduction.

Due In Two Weeks, April16

  • The first episode of your final project

You should not be getting hung up on technical guidelines, the concentration now should be on planning on telling a good story.

Here are the technicals. Three segments of either audio or video with audio. Each segment must be a stand alone program that tells a story that has a beginning, a middle and an end. The whole point of the class is telling a story using new media, so if your show fails to do that you will lose credit. Each episode must fit into the overall theme of your program. Episodes that do not fit into the theme of the program will result in a lowered grade. Acceptable file formats are listed below. Length of each segment cannot be less than one or more than ten minutes long.

All work must be original. If work by others is included author must be able to prove legal rights to use material. Violations of copyright and/or plagiarism will result in disqualification of segments containing disputed material. Serious violations will result in getting an F grade on the final.

Video: H.264 video, up to 768 kbps, 320 x 240, 30 frames per sec., Baseline Profile up to Level 1.3 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 kbps, 48 Khz, stereo audio in .mov file format.

Audio: 64 bit MP3 Stereo or Mono.

Clinton Video

In Class Today

  • Audacity Lab 1
    This lab introduces audio editing using the free open source audio wave form editor, Audacity. In this lab students will download a sample wav formatted file and, using the Audacity software, edit the audio and export it as an MP3.

  • Assignments

    Due Today, April 2

    Comment on another student’s blog post
    Post a comment on any other student’s post on this blog. Your comment should indicate that you actually read the post.

    Due Next Week, April 9

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 7, 8 and 9 through the end of Chapter 9 This is up through page 190 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 3”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.
    • Post a paragraph on the class blog talking about the plan you have for your final project. This should be a general and not a detailed outline of what your project will be about. Label this with the category “Final Project Proposal.”

    Lab

    • iMovie Lab 2
      This lab introduces the screen capture utility Grab. It also combines the skills learned in previous labs. Primarily iMovie 1 where you created a Quicktime movie. Photoshop 1 where you resized photos, and the use of Fetch, (see the How To section of this page) which you used for your web assignment to FTP files to the class Website. This is the process you will use to create video blog entries for your vlog and for your video podcast. Give your post the category “My Lunch” class time will be allotted for this, but you are not required to do this in class.

    Assignments

    Due Today Wednesday, March 19

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 through the end of Chapter 6. This is up through page 135 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 2”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

    Due Next Class, April 2

    Comment on another student’s blog post
    Post a comment on any other student’s post on this blog. Your comment should indicate that you actually read the post.

    The April ACTC Newsletter

    I urge students to find some way to apply their software talents in order to keep them and hone them. I try to practice as well as preach that. I do a monthly newsletter for my bicycle club, the Almaden Cycle Touring Club.

    Here is the April Issue of the Black and Blue Bottom, the club’s Newsletter. I hope you like it (note: the web server the club uses has been having problems, so if the download fails, that is why.)

    Note

    I have been sick since last week and frankly it hurts to talk. So, I anticipate this will be a short class. However, completing this lab is critical to preparing for the next phase of this course.

    Lab: Using iMovie

    • iMovie Lab 1
      This lab shows you how to use iMovie to create a simple Quicktime movie using the iSight cameras in the iMac computers in DBH226.

    Assignments

    Due Today, March 12

    Find a vlog (also called a video blog)
    Find a video blog
    and post the URL of the vlog. Tell the class what the channel is about, if the vlog appears active and how many episodes are on the vlog. Label your post “This is a vlog.”

    What is a video blog?

    • A vlog is a blog with posts that contain video and uses the structure of the blog as its content management system.
    • A vlog is not a movie on YouTube or Blip or a video anywhere else, or a Youtube or Blip channel. Typically the vlog contains both video and related text that puts the video in context.
    • A vlog is episodic and personal.
    • A vlog, like all blogs, is a channel in reverse chronological order.
    • A vlog usually allows comments and usually has an associated RSS feed.
    • Each episode on a vlog has a web accessible URL.
    • A vlog can often be converted into a video podcast.

    Due Next Wednesday, March 19

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read Chapters 4, 5 and 6 through the end of Chapter 6. This is up through page 135 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media 2”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

    Jelly Fish

    Let’s talk about video blogging

    According to Wikipedia, Videoblogging is:

    A video blog, sometimes shortened to vlog is a blog that comprises video. Regular entries are typically presented in reverse chronological order and often combine embedded video or a video link with supporting text, images, and other metadata.

    Vlogs also often take advantage of web syndication to allow for the distribution of video over the Internet using either the R.S.S. or Atom syndication formats, for automatic aggregation and playback on mobile devices and personal computers. Though many vlogs are collaborative efforts, the majority of vlogs and vlog entries are authored by individuals.

    Some related links:

    Presentation at CATS 2007
    At last year’s Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) conference in Fullerton I did a presentation on video blogging (aka vlogging.) The PowerPoint from the session is here. I had a lot of videos in the PowerPoint. I have removed those from this web version of the PowerPoint and replaced them with hyperlinks to the vlog posts. I am including direct links below for reference.

    List of video blog posts from presentation:

    Assignments

    Due March 12

    Find a vlog (also called a video blog)
    Find a video blog
    and post the URL of the vlog. Tell the class what the channel is about, if the vlog appears active and how many episodes are on the vlog. Label your post “This is a vlog.”

    What is a video blog?

    • A vlog is a blog with posts that contain video and uses the structure of the blog as its content management system.
    • A vlog is not a movie on YouTube or Blip or a video anywhere else, or a Youtube or Blip channel. Typically the vlog contains both video and related text that puts the video in context.
    • A vlog is episodic and personal.
    • A vlog, like all blogs, is a channel in reverse chronological order.
    • A vlog usually allows comments and usually has an associated RSS feed.
    • Each episode on a vlog has a web accessible URL.
    • A vlog can often be converted into a video podcast.

    Lynda Assignment
    View iMovie HD 6 + iDVD 6 Essential Training, First Four Chapters and all the video segments in them. Here are the titles of those chapters:

    1. Getting Started
    2. Shooting Great Video
    3. iMovie ’06 Interface Essentials
    4. Importing Video

    Due Today, March 5

    • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
      • Please read The Introduction through the end of Chapter 3. This is up through page 65 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media”
      • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.

    Reuters In Second Life

    There will be lab time today!

    InDesign CS3 Project, Due Feb. 27
    The InDesign CS3 project will be announced in class. The theme is what I like and what I do not like at SJSU. You must have at least four stories, at least two likes and two dislikes. Your audience is the university community including the students, faculty and staff at SJSU. It will utilize the skills you have learned in the previous Photoshop and InDesign Labs. This is a two page newsletter with a name, a date, pictures and an issue number. Bring this newsletter into class next week in PDF form on either a flash drive or burned onto a CD. If you use art other than what is listed below please be sure to credit the source and be prepared to prove you have the right to use the material.

    IN CLASS: Your name your PDF newsletter “newsletter.pdf” (all lower case, without the quote marks.) From a Macintosh Computer in DBH 226 upload the file to the server. Then put a post on this blog introducing your newsletter that has a link to your newsletter. Label that post “InDesign Project.” The user name aand password information for logging onto the server with Fetch is only available directly from your instructor. The FTP server may only be accessible from on campus. (The document can be read from anywhere on the Internet.)

    Resources are available here for this assignment:

      Assignments: Due Feb 27

      • InDesign CS3 Project Noted Above
      • Blog Post: Opinions related to the presentation of Ryan Sholin. Label anything presented as opinion as opinion and attribute anything not presented as opinion. Label post with category “Ryan Sholin Visit.”
      • Lynda, InDesign CS3 Essential Training with David Blatner: finish the remaining chapters and all videos inside them.

      Assignment: Due March 5

      • Read: “We the Media,” by Dan Gillmor
        • Please read The Introduction through the end of Chapter 3. This is up through page 65 in the printed O’Reilly edition of the Dan Gillmor book. Label this post “We the Media”
        • Do a post on this blog (or put a link on this blog to a post on your own blog) related to that reading indicating what the author said and why you agree or disagree with the author.