Feb. 13: Storify projects due & checking out apps

Today’s agenda: We’ll take a look at your Storify projects from the #SLUvLU Twitter scavenger hunt. We’ll also explore smartphone apps as journalism tools. Take a look at the New news tools & apps folder.

  • Bring a smartphone/tablet if you have one

Due today: Your Storify based on the scavenger hunt should be posted to your blog. (You can embed it in a post.)

  • The winner(s) of the #SLUvLU scavenger hunt will be based upon who creates the best Storify of the event. The LU professor, Jill Falk, and I will select the top 3 Storify projects from our classes and send them to impartial judges who will chose the gold, silver & bronze medalists.

A reminder: A Storify provides context for the material you bring in from Twitter. Think of the tweets as quotes for your first-person news story — you need to write original transitions and other content to help explain your “quotes.”

  • Do not stack more than three tweets together without writing a transition or other contextual material.

You need to include:

  • At least four of your own tweets
  • At least three tweets from your classmates
  • At least four tweets from LU students
  • At least three of your responses to LU students’ tweets

For Tuesday: We’ll talk about the differences in writing for print v. online.

Due Tuesday: Read the Writing for online folder. Blog post 5 & tweet 5 are due by the start of class.

Blog post 5: Compose your own list of Top 5 tips for online writing. (Think about how it differs from print writing, for example.) Make sure you use online writing principles when writing your post:

  • Brief intro that gives an overview of what you’re writing (a lead, if you will…)
  • Bulletpoints/numerals, etc.
  • Be concise. No more than three sentences for each of your five items
  • At least one link to cite info from an assigned reading (or a different source if you find something relevant)
  • Headline that uses SEO
  • DO NOT copy & paste from the readings

Tweet 5: Write an interesting tweet (with a link to your blog post) that will entice your followers to click through to your blog post.

  • DO NOT simply copy & paste your headline as the tweet message.
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