Week 2: The definition of Multimedia Journalism

Here is the 2012 Pew News Consumption Report we referenced in class. It’s worth taking a look at news consumer trends.

>> Assignment for Friday’s class (10/3)

After we cover the overview of the construct outlined in “The Multimedia Journalist” on Wednesday, we will quickly transition into real-world examples of multimedia storytelling as we prepare to practice digital journalism ourselves.

There are many great Web resources for would-be and practicing digital journalists, including Poynter InstituteKnight Digital Media Center (USC), and the Online News Association. Another comprehensive set of resources, including a fresh post on “Multimedia Storytelling,” can be found on kmdcBerkeley.

For Friday’s class, select an example of multimedia journalism from one of the sites listed in the kmdcBerkeley post and write 250 words about why you think the project is a good example of the profession. Here is an excerpt from the post:

Multimedia Story Sites

Check out the multimedia packages cataloged at these sites to see how they use different types of media.


We had the pleasure of hearing from Columbian.com Web Editor John Hill last week about how digital journalism was born and has evolved into Multimedia Journalism.

John told us about the fundamental skills needed for journalists in today’s digital world. Not surprisingly, he said first and foremost that writing is the top skill. Journalism is still a set of core skills, as is taught in Journalism 101 and newsrooms. We don’t just launch a blog, post multimedia content, and call ourselves “multimedia journalists.”

John also added in a follow-up message that, in addition to being able to shoot and edit audio and video, anyone interested in working on the Web should learn basic HTML and CSS. He also mentioned that skills related to gathering data, mining it, and being able to display it in dynamic ways is the growing field of data visualization.

This week we will transition from the transformation of journalism to digital formats to exploring the full breadth and range of the field as it exists today. We will finish up our reactions to “Digitizing the News” and will then move into a overview of the field using “The Multimedia Journalist” as our class guide. Here is what we’ll cover:

  1. Defining Multimedia
  2. Collaboration & Specialization
  3. Planning Multimedia
  4. Navigation & Interactivity
  5. Laying the Groundwork
  6. Writing
  7. Photojournalism
  8. Audio
  9. Video
  10. Information Graphics

Welcome to Fall Quarter, 2013


Week 1

If any of you had trouble accessing pp. 1-5 on Digitizing the News for your reaction pieces, here are .pdfs of the page.





So, In addition to your brief reaction piece to “Digitizing the News” (Google Books, free preview pp. 1-5), please be prepared with at least one question to ask John about the evolution of digital journalism or his work at The Columbian.

Also, it is very important that everyone create their Google and WordPress.com accounts by class on Friday. Thank you!


Welcome to Fall Quarter, 2011, Clark College JOUR 111, Multimedia News! I am really looking forward to a great quarter with all of the students.

I am your instructor, Jeff Bunch, and can be reached at jbunch@clark.edu (e-mail). If you want an appointment, I’d be glad to set up a time to talk. You can connect with me on Twitter @jeffreyrbunch.

The syllabus will be published to its own page on this site. RECOMMENDED (OPTIONAL) BOOKS are listed below (there is no required text):

  • Journalism Next, Mark Briggs, Amazon (Paperback only)
  • The Digital Journalist’s Handbook, Mark Luckie, Amazon (Paperback, Kindle)
  • The Multimedia Journalist, Jennifer George-Palilionis, Amazon (Paperback)

First assignment (due Wednesday, 9/25):
Our class WordPress blog will be the hub of all activities. We will also be using Google accounts to publish our content.

So, you will need to have or create:

There are several other accounts needed, outlined in the syllabus. We will cover the syllabus in-depth in class on 9/25.

Example of an infographic created with Piktochart

I’ve decided that we should use Piktochart to create infographics. Although Infogr.am is growing in popularity, it’s harder to use than Piktochart and requires that you give them your credit card details to get a free trial. With Piktochart, you create the entire infographic on the web, then download the finished product as an image file.

This Ted Mosby infographic was inspired by Stephanie LaRue’s latest blog post about why she hates Ted Mosby, a character on “How I Met Your Mother.”


Important changes in class assignments and grading

As you know, we’ve been plagued by technical challenges throughout the term. Those have slowed us down considerably and forced us to focus on a few basic skills. Fortunately, I think you can do a lot with a few basic skills.

However, we need to revise the ambitious goals we set at the beginning of the term. Those changes, in turn, will affect grading. Here’s what we agreed on in class today:

  1. 50 percent of your grade will be based on your blog. At a minimum, the blog must include a written post, a photo or mug shot, a photo gallery, a photo slideshow, a video and an infographic. In addition, you must create a Soundslides Plus audio slideshow, which I’ll copy onto my flash drive. The final blog grade depends on quality, effort, difficulty of execution, and whether you followed basic multimedia principles, such as the five-shot rule of video.
  2. The remaining 50 percent will be based on your final project. The project will be a journalistic story of your choosing, subject to my approval. The minimum requirements will be a one-minute video, a photo slideshow and a text story. You can increase your grade by exceeding the minimum requirements, that is, by adding a mug shot, a photo slideshow, an audio slideshow or an infographic — or all of the above. You can also boost your grade by increasing quality, effort and difficulty of execution.

Meeting minimum requirements will earn you a letter grade of C. Exceptional effort, quality and difficulty of execution will earn you an A. Somewhere in-between will earn you a B. Of course, failing to meet minimum requirements will earn you an F.

Although we didn’t talk about Twitter in class today, I still want to encourage you to tweet with the hashtag #ccj111. Therefore, I’ll consider your tweets for extra credit. 

On Friday, come prepared to talk one-on-one with me about your final project. I’m excited to see what you come up with.