Week 9: Infographics, Word Clouds, Google Maps

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Thee are many tools that have been created for do-it-yourself creation of visual journalism (infographics, word clouds and maps), ranging from complex ones to simple ones.

We will get an overview of the area and learn how to use some tools. In our last full week of class before we finish up on final projects, we’ll cover three areas of visual journalism.

Monday: Infographics – Piktochart is an web-based graphic creator that uses HTML5 to allow you to create an infographic on the fly.

Wednesday: Word Clouds – How to create a topical word cloud, using a free online tool known as Wordle.

Clark College - Wordle

Friday: Google Maps – How to create a basic locator map in Google Maps and Google Map Engine, web-based solutions.

CLARK COLLEGE – GOOGLE MAP ENGINE

Clark College - Google Maps

Week 8: Advanced audio and creating slideshows

We have a short week, so we are going to finish out our audio section and learn about creating slideshows.

Here is the schedule:

Wednesday: We will spend the first part of class finishing the edits on our sample audio and outputting them. When done,  we will cover how to edit audio in Premiere. In the second half of class, we will get in-depth with best practices for audio recording equipment and publishing.

Remember, as was posted last week, the following assignment is due: “By the start of class on Wednesday, Nov. 13, post a story of 500 words about your video project with the video embedded into the post. Links for each of the final videos are on our Discussion Links page. This will be this week’s graded assignment.”

Friday: We will cover the basics of slideshows and alternative ways of producing them (using SoundSlides versus Premiere and iMovie). Before class, read these links on using SoundSlides and Adobe Premiere Pro and be prepared to write about each workflow.

Week 7: Multimedia storytelling and putting it all together

>>>On Monday, we’ll finish the rough edits of our video and have in-class discussions about each group’s videos.

We’ll want to cover the following topics in class:

  • How much did your planning help your shoot?
  • Where did you have to vary from your plan and why?
  • What were some issues you identified in the editing process?
  • What advice/suggestions does each group have for the other?

Most importantly, this is the date to commit to your final project idea. You also need to e-mail your knowledge quiz by start of class.

>>On Wednesday, we will complete the final editing of our videos and we’ll upload the videos to my YouTube channel for publishing to our blogs.

>> On Friday, we’ll cover the basics of audio gathering and editing (with Audacity). Required out-of-class review are the Audacity tutorials (tested).

Here is a sample audio file to open in Audacity and edit it down to 30 seconds in Friday’s class. Open the clip in Audacity and edit to 30 seconds of optmized audio.

Assignment: By the start of class on Wednesday, Nov. 13, post a story of 500 words about your video project with the video embedded into the post. Links for each of the final videos are on our Discussion Links page. This will be this week’s graded assignment.