Final Project Roundup

Here are the links for all the final projects:

Earth Day at UMaine (AJ, Adam, Jennifer, Nathaniel)
Holocaust Remembrance Day (Amanda, Carter, Cindy, Hannah L)
Male Athletes Against Violence (Asaad, Brady, Hannah H, Jessica)

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Submitting your Final Project

To submit your final project, please review the previous post (In-class on Tuesday, Week 14) and follow the steps below. However, do not submit the peer evaluation below until after our final class period.

1. Upload your finished HTML file to Google Drive using the script.

2. Copy the link to your uploaded webpage and shorten it using https://bitly.com/.

3. Paste this new short link as a comment on this post.

4. Tweet the same short link with a short description of your project, using the hashtag #MaineCMJ (ALL group members must complete this step).

5. Be present in class on Thursday to present your work (ALL group members must complete this step).

Don’t forget that you must complete the peer evaluation form linked below in order to get a grade on your project. All sections must be filled out. Do not complete the peer evaluation in the presence of another classmate.

Peer Evaluation Form (must be completed after 12:30pm on April 30 but before 11:59pm on May 1)

In-class on Tuesday, Week 14

Today I’ll go over the two things you wanted me to cover:

Then we’ll have time to discuss anything else you’d like to know and work on the final projects.

Here are more instructions you might need:

Assignments for Tuesday, Week 14

Please complete the following before we meet on Tuesday, April 28.

1. Again, please be here and ready to work on your project.


2. Again, please bring any questions or concerns you have for me. Let me know if you want me to do some research before class so I can show you something specific.


3. Let me know if you need any more equipment.


4. Write your next blog post. You must:

  • Write a timely, well-researched story.
  • Carefully proofread your post to ensure that it is of a high caliber.
  • Include multiple in-text links throughout your body copy.
  • Include at least 2 photos with captions stating who/where it’s from. One of them should appear at the top of your page before the body of your story.
  • Include at least one additional multimedia or interactivity element.
  • Share the direct link as a comment on this post.
  • Tweet the direct link with #MaineCMJ. In your tweet, make sure you include a short description of your post.

Assignments for Thursday, Week 13

Please complete the following before we meet together on Thursday, April 23.

1. Please come to class on Thursday (and next Tuesday). If you are absent without an excuse this will negatively impact your grade on the final project. It’s unfair to your group members to not come to class during this important stretch of work time, and I want us as a class to help each other be as successful as possible.


2. Email me by Wednesday night if you need me to bring equipment to Thursday’s class. I really need you to plan ahead so that I can accommodate you.


3. Coordinate with your final project group. On Thursday your group will discuss your progress so far on the final project, so come with these things ready to share:

  • Your story idea (whether a topic or an event).
  • How you plan to tell your story.
  • Where you are in the reporting/production process.
  • A rundown of the roles and responsibilities of your team members.
  • Any questions or issues you’re having that I and/or your classmates can help brainstorm solutions for.
  • Any advice you have for other groups.

4. Come on Thursday with any questions (technical or conceptual) that you have for me. Look over the tools I’ve been sharing on the helpful links & resources page and let me know if you’d like to go over any of them more in-depth during class on Thursday. Please let me know what new things you’d like to learn for our two final class periods (Thursday and next Tuesday) as well as what things we’ve gone over already that you need to hear more from me about or that you want a refresher on.

Assignments for Tuesday, Week 13

Please complete the following before we meet on Tuesday, April 21.

1. Our final guest speaker (the Department’s own Jennifer Moore) will be meeting with us to share her thoughts about the future of journalism as a field and how you might fit in to it. She’ll want to interact with you as she talks so please come ready to listen and participate.


2. Write your next blog post. You must:

  • Write a timely, well-researched story.
  • Carefully proofread your post to ensure that it is of a high caliber.
  • Include multiple in-text links throughout your body copy.
  • Include at least 2 photos with captions stating who/where it’s from. One of them should appear at the top of your page before the body of your story.
  • Include at least one additional multimedia or interactivity element.
  • Share the direct link as a comment on this post.
  • Tweet the direct link with #MaineCMJ. In your tweet, make sure you include a short description of your post.

In-class on Thursday, Week 12

Before we start, just a reminder that Jennifer Moore is hosting an internship workshop next Tuesday from 5:30 to 6:30, so if you still need an internship, get in contact with her (jennifer.e.moore@maine.edu) soon to let her know you’ll attend. There will pizza and drinks!

In class today we’ll talk about the reading and then we’re going to have some time to finish introducing video shooting/editing. After that if there’s still time before the lab starts, we can start talking about interactive elements for your final projects.

During the lab we’ll be talking more about video editing. Feel free to pull up the KDMC Berkeley tutorial on Adobe Premiere Pro to follow along. If you need sample footage to edit, you can use some that I shot a few semesters back.

I’m going to set aside the last half hour of the lab for you to take a survey that one of our doctoral students is conducting for her dissertation research. Although the survey is anonymous, after you’re done you can enter a drawing for a $20 Amazon.com gift card!

Submitting your Photo Essay

When you’re finished editing your your photos (if you choose to edit them), closely follow the steps below to submit the assignment. ***Please remember that just uploading your photos to Flickr/Storify is not submitting your assignment. You have to actually post your link as I request below to receive full credit. If you don’t follow the instructions, your assignment will be penalized one full letter grade for each day it is late until you submit it properly (as per the assignment sheet).

  1. Follow the Flickr account setup process and upload all of your final .jpg files to Flickr (follow Flickr’s instructions if you have issues).
  2. Sign into / make an account on Storify.
  3. Now in Storify, make a new story, give it a title and subtitle, and include your introductory writeup.
  4. Still in Storify, click the “Flickr” icon at the top of the panel on the right of the page, then click “user” and search for your username. If your photos are public, this should bring them right up.
  5. Drag and drop your photos one-by-one (in chronological order for your story) onto the Storify document on the left. Make sure to include captions with your photos (captions should have ample information about who/what your photos are about).
  6. When you’re finished with your Storify document, click “publish” at the top of the window. Then copy the URL in the address bar of your web browser.
  7. Paste the link you just copied as a comment under this post, and make sure to also tweet the same link with a short description of your photo essay and the hashtag #MaineCMJ.

If you’ve done all of these steps, your project is submitted. Congratulations! Please try this as early as you can on Sunday so if you run into issues you still have time to fix them before the deadline. Let me know if you have any questions.

2 Simple Rules for Ethical Photo Editing in CMJ 237

  1. Color and exposure must appear as they would to someone at the location.
  2. The spatial relationship between individual pixels must not be altered. (That is, pixels must remain in their original orientation relative to one another. No flipping, cloning, or erasing. Rotating the entire image is fine, as is cropping.)

Bascially, I want you to be showing your creativity in your observation, not your manipulation of the event/topic you cover. However, some fine-tuning may be necessary and if you do it with caution this is fine.

The rationale behind these rules is that photography is already an imperfect representation of reality. So accept the limitations of the camera and try as much as you can to be balanced in your photographic reporting. Think of the computer as an extension of your camera, just shifted in time and perspective.