Last day of class

April 21, 2013 4:26 am Leave a comment

1. Complete these three short evaluations:

2. Make sure to put all of your media — text, photos and videos — in the correct folders on the NewsNet server.

3. I will look at each of your videos individually — and after you’ve received the go-ahead, you can export.

4. While you are waiting for video approval, upload your text story and photos to the news website. Be sure to follow all the steps on the checklist.  Please double-check that you have completed all the steps.

5. Please tell me when your post is complete, then I will approve your video. (Do not export it before I approve it.)

6. If we have enough time and things go smoothly, we can watch each video as a class.

7. But regardless, please do not leave until I have signed off on your checklist.

8. After you have left, if your story needs tweaking or clarification, I will email you to fix, then publish once it is complete. If your story needs significant work, it will not be published and will be graded accordingly. I will put into your Dropbox a copy of your final project grades and any comments.

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Final project assignment & examples

March 11, 2013 10:34 am Leave a comment

Your final project for this class is a multimedia news package featuring 1) text;  2) photos and/or graphics; and 3) video.

Your pitch will be due on Monday, March 25. Please be specific about what each component (text, photo/graphics and video)

But please come to class on Monday, March 25, to discuss your ideas for a final project and how you foresee using the different media to tell what parts of the story. The story can be about anything of interest to a NewsNetNebraska audience. Please look through at least three of the examples below before you write your pitch.

The rest of the schedule

No class on March 18.

Final story pitch due on March 25.

Finish up regular assignments on April 1.

No class on April 8 — work on final project.

Discuss final project with me on April 15.

Final project due on April 22. Any project not ready to be uploaded by 12:30 p.m. will receive a zero. We will use the class time to upload the projects.

Some examples of final projects from NewsNet past:

Married students

Jake Bogus

Jacob’s Well



Local food

Hearst winners

Tobacco Road

Smoking ban


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Important class notes

March 5, 2013 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Please read the following very carefully:

  • Start thinking now about your pitch for your final project. Your final project pitch is due March 25. We will talk specifics about the final project in class on Monday, but generally it is a piece that has text, video and photo/graphic components.
  • If you have a pitch due, please upload it to the Google doc by 8 a.m. on Mondays.
  • Please avoid pitching event-related stories. They are too easy for a senior journalism course and they get old really fast. The reason we give you two weeks to do a story is that we want you to try to do some enterprise reporting.
  • If you have a final video due, please do not upload it to YouTube until I have approved the timeline.
  • If you have a breaking assignment and a pitch due on Monday, the pitch is for your video story, which is due later. You do not have to file a pitch for breaking assignments, but you do need to come to class with three ideas to possibly pursue.



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If you need to reach Sean for video editing help, here’s his email:

February 17, 2013 7:57 pm Leave a comment

Sean Carney <>

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Assignments for Monday

February 4, 2013 5:35 pm Leave a comment

Edited video timeline, due by 8 a.m. Monday: When your timeline is done, please export to Quick Time Movie. The destination will be your folder in Monday NNN in nnnvideos on NewsNet server.

Revised pitch by 8 a.m. Monday, posted on the blog.

Final response paper, by class time, in your Dropbox folder.

Data assignment, due at class time in your Dropbox folder: Nebraska is considering doing away with its income tax. One of the biggest users of state tax money is education, specifically K-12. How much states spend on education is commonly measured by per-pupil spending. The Census Bureau tracks per-pupil spending for primary and secondary schools here and here. Please get data from 2010, 2009 and 2008 and compare Nebraska to the states that have done away with their income taxes. What story would you pitch based on your analysis? I need a one paragraph pitch.

Where to get the data:




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February 4, 2013 3:00 pm Leave a comment
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Bethany Schmidt Pitch 1

February 4, 2013 7:32 am Leave a comment


 Your story format for this assignment:

_____ Text (2 photos and/or graphics)

 __x___ Video

 _____ Live tweet, Storify version of tweets and story (1 photo and/or graphic)

Your pitch, written directly and concisely in one paragraph (imagine what your lede or nut graf would be) – 20 points

Mallory Prucha, a graduate student in costume design, has painstakingly handcrafted all of the costumes for UNL’s spring musical, “Candide.” She calls her final academic project her “mega thesis.” She is putting on the final touches to show her work later this month.

Explain why your audience would find your story compelling – 15 points

Beautiful, colorful costumes would be very visual. Also, Prucha is a very spunky, colorful person with really interesting mannerisms. 

Explain why this story is best told using this format – 15 points.

This story could make for an okay text story but seeing the costumes and hearing Prucha’s voice (plus sounds like sewing machines, show music, etc.) would definitely add the the story. 

How will you tell this story visually?  Please be specific. For example, list potential B roll shots for your video story – 10 points

Potential B-roll: Close-ups of hand-stitching, close ups of fabric running through sewing machines, wide shot of the room with all of the the costumes and Prucha running through it. 

List the names and titles of the sources you plan to use in your story – 10 points.

Mallory Prucha, costume designer of Candide

Adam Fieldson, stars as Candide in the show

Sara Warner, a female cast member

the director and other creative directors (set, lights) would also be nice to have interviews with

What roles will your identified sources play in the story? – 10 points

Prucha will be the focus but director will add extra insight behind themes of the play and will give reference to Prucha’s role. Cast members will also give reference to Prucha’s character and provide interesting, fun stories from fittings, etc.

List the names and titles of the sources you have already contacted for the story – 10 points. (If you have not reached any sources, please leave this blank. If you are live tweeting, list the hashtag you have chosen and what other hashtags you might include in the course of tweeting.)

Mallory Prucha

What is your back-up story idea if this one falls through? – 10 points

Lanny Holstein, a CoJMC student, is heading to San Francisco this June to compete in the Hearst Championships for broadcasting. He is the only UNL student (as of now) competing. 

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