Required Reading – AdPractic modules

Advanced Practice 1 – Required Reading

Please note, you will be asked questions about these readings in your final 20-minute individual assessment session with tutors — where students are expected to introduce and critique their own learning process.

1: www.multimediatrain.com

http://www.multimediatrain.com – you should read each and every section of this site, week by week it sits tightly with all the core skills. The newer, ‘Short news video’ section is longer, but a great primer for Term 2. So go through this section in the designated reading week or earlier if you have time.

2: Stories by IMMJ Multimedia Stories : Contently.

Your core multimedia reading list to work through is: Stories by IMMJ Multimedia Stories : Contently. Spend at least two hours a week, every week here. Some are short and some very long, some may take you less than an hour, some a few hours. Some are journalistic, others are more documentary in nature. You will notice that some are video led, others are text led, while others maybe picture or graphics led. Take your time, it’s better to go slowly and really understand the articles or projects than to rush through them. You don’t need to read all of them and you don’t need to go through them in any particular order, consume the ones that are most interesting and appealing to you. https://multimediastories.contently.com

3: The Handbook of Independent Journalism by Deborah Potter

You can download it at – http://www.ait.org.tw/infousa/zhtw/DOCS/journalism.pdf

4: The BBC Academy style guide is for all BBC News output

The BBC Academy style guide is for all BBC News output. This section of the BBC Academy website is the current style guide for all BBC News output. Although it is only a guide for journalists, it details many of the rules of spelling, punctuation and grammar. It also covers accuracy, fairness and impartiality. The AP stylebook or the Oxford English Dictionary are otherwise the preferred references.

IMMJ-MA calls for high standards of English and well-written stories that we can easily understand, poor English will dramatically impact your marks, and if serious problems persist will lead to assignment failure.

5: MultimediaWeek Podcast

multimediaweek.net is the home for the weekly podcast #immjma tutors produce, we interview influential people and organisations in the field of multimedia journalism, who talk about their experiences and give suggestions to people getting into the profession. You should listen to at least one a week. We also have a dedicated Facebook Page

You might start with these selected podcasts:

6: The BBC Academy

You should spend one or two hours each week, looking at the training videos most relevant to you.

The BBC Academy puts training and skills at the heart of the BBC and the industry to help meet the challenges of an ever-changing media world.

The Academy focuses on providing a portfolio of high-quality training and development. This includes face-to-face courses, online programmes and a variety of development initiatives, and ensures that training is relevant and effective for both the individual and the business.

“We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider UK broadcasting industry for free”

As well as training our own staff, we have a remit under the terms of the BBC’s Charter Agreement to train the wider industry. We aim to share as much of our training as possible with the wider UK broadcasting industry for free.

7: The single or 2 – 3 selected news outlets that you have chosen to follow from December.

You will have selected up to three news organisations to follow for 5 hours each week since late November to improve your news sense and consumption. you should be following these selected news organisations via their site, plus apps and of course through their social media channels and podcasts etc.

Advanced Practice 2 – Required Reading

This is required reading for your second module in Term 2

1: News Literacy by The Studio 20 program at NYU (Theory Module, for Yan to put on her reading list)

The Studio 20 program at NYU, directed by professor Jay Rosen, has a project called News Literacy 2016. The site briefly introduces and 11 summarises critical topics including business models, explainer journalism, news on mobile and distributed content — it also collates recommended reading around the topic. If you want to start reading some theory, there’s no better place than here.

1: Making Sense of the News: News Literacy Lessons for Digital Citizens

Sign up for the course here: https://www.coursera.org/learn/news-literacy

I suggest you do the course together with a classmate. Sharron and Yan will also both be doing the course and will be discussing throughout Term 2.

This six-week course will help learners develop their critical thinking skills to enable them to better identify reliable information in news reports and to become better informed about the world in which we live. It will help you to be better news consumers, and in turn better news producers. The language of instruction is English, but Chinese subtitles will be available. The following topics will be covered:

  • Why news matters? Power of information
  • Why news literacy matters? Social sharing and the dynamics of the news cycles
  • What makes journalism different? Verification, independence, accountability
  • What drives news? Universal news values. Editorial judgement.
  • What is trustworthy information? Truth. Evidence. Media bias, audience bias.
  • Why does verification fail? The limits of journalism.
  • Who provides information? Source evaluation.
  • How do we know what we know? Becoming an active news audience.

2: Multimediatrain.com – All of the ‘Short News’ section

http://www.multimediatrain.com/short-news-video/

The world of online news has changed rapidly in the last few years with video becoming an increasingly dominant means of telling stories on digital platforms. Understanding how to tell stories with video on platforms like Facebook can be tricky, as many as many of the traditional news package ideas no longer apply. Videos play without sound on small mobile phone screens to an audience that is constantly scrolling.

These three courses look at some tricks in telling short news stories with video on mobile platforms.

  • The first course covers only the editing process. How to take visual materials and quickly reedit them into a short news package suitable to run on mobile platforms.
  • The second course looks at one example of creating a short video news story for mobile and demonstrates how a single operator can quickly create compelling content that can be used on multiple platforms.
  • The third course picks up on everything that was missed in the first two courses. creating a simple mobile studio, quick multicam editing and shooting with drone as well as other great tips for a working newsroom.

4: The IMMJ-MA code of ethics. This will be discussed in class, however you must read the guidelines carefully. Before you report your term 2 stories you will need to sign a document confirming that you have read and understood these guidelines. 

https://beijingimmj.wordpress.com/immj-ma-code-of-ethics/

3: The single or 2 – 3 selected news outlets that you have chosen to follow from December.

You will have selected up to three news organisations to follow for 5 hours each week since late November to improve your news sense and consumption. you should be following these selected news organisations via their site, plus apps and of course through their social media channels and podcasts etc. We will expect a development and progression in your discussion of these media from the Term 1assessmentt.

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