Week 15 – Final Exam Week

Final Project Step 4 – Final Draft (Worth 65 points) – Due on Wed, May 2 at 10:15 am. 

Final Project Step 5 – Class Presentation (Worth 5 points) in class on Wed, May 2 from 10:15 am to 12:15pm

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Week 14 and Finals Week

Week 14 – Mon., April 23 and Wed., April 25

In Class:
-Optional class on Monday, April 23. I’ll be in the classroom to answer questions and help. Come if you wish.

Assignments:
Final Project Step 3 – First Draft (Worth 25 points) – Due on Wed., April 25 at end of class

-Friday, April 27 at Noon – PIZZA LUNCH for Graduating Journalism Majors in Room 216

Week 15 – Final Exam Week

Final Project Step 4 – Final Draft (Worth 65 points) – Due on Wed, May 2 at 10:15 am. 

Final Project Step 5 – Class Presentation (Worth 5 points) in class on Wed, May 2 from 10:15 am to 12:15pm

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Final Project Step 4 – Final Draft (65 points) due May 2 at 10:15am

Final Project Step 4 – Final Draft (65 points) due May 2 at 10:15am. 

-Final story must be posted to rudatajstudent.wordpress.com by the start of the final exam period (15 points off for late work).

-Revise your first draft based on my edits and suggestions.

-As part of your  headline write FINAL ( ie FINAL – Why Ben Simmons is the Next Michael Jordan)

-You must obtain data from a reliable source or collect it yourself.

-You must do original reporting to flesh out the data.

Original quotes from three (3) knowledge sources that you obtain these yourself by talking or corresponding with them. If you use a quote from another article or press release, that does not count as one of your three. Also you must state that clearly where you obtained the quote and link to the source.

-Final written article (approx. 750-1250 words) MUST have:

  • Compelling, descriptive headline that uses key words
  • An image that pulls reader into the story (If you don’t take it yourself it must be Creative Commons)
  • Strong lead that starts with a real person and real events.
  • Nutgraph that states story angle. What is your story?
  • Cosmic graph – a sentence or two that puts your story in a larger context. Why should reader care?
  • Methodology – A sentence or two that tells reader how you got your data.
  • Organized story structure with key findings. (See my suggestions for how to structure story.)
  • Quotes from at least three (3) sources with something relevant and compelling to say
  • At least one chart, graph or visualization that supports the story
  • Clean copy – no grammar or spelling errors
  • A link to a spreadsheet of your original data
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Final Project – Step 4: Presentation (Worth 5 points)- May 2 at 10:15am

On Wednesday, May 2 from 10:15am-12:15pm (during the final exam period), each person will give a presentation of their final project.

Worth 5 points toward final project grade

I’ll bring coffee and donuts.

You’ll pull up your article on the screen and tell us about it. Four (4) minutes max.

Tell us:

  • What is the main question you set out to answer in your story?
  • What is your methodology? What data are you using to try to answer the question?
  • What are your key findings?
  • What is the main challenge you faced in this project?
  • What aspect of the project are you most proud of?
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Week 13 – Mon., April 16 and Wed., April 18

In Class:
Revised schedule for the rest of the semester
Final Project Overview
-Quiz #4 on Monday, April 16
How to structure your Final Project story
-Final Project workdays

Assignments:
Final Project Step 2 – Outline and graphic sketch (Worth 10 points) – Due Wed., April 18 at start of class

 

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Final Project: Step 3 – First Draft due April 25

First Draft (Worth 25 points) – Due on Wed., April 25 at end of class

Write a complete version of your article. Post it to rudatajstudent.wordpress.com

Approx. 750-1,250 words.

Original quotes from three (3) knowledge sources that you obtain these yourself by talking or corresponding with them. If you use a quote from another article or press release that does not count as one of your three. Also you must state that clearly where you obtained the quote and link to the source.

Required elements:

  • Compelling, descriptive headline that uses key words
  • An image that pulls reader into the story (If you don’t take it yourself it must be Creative Commons)
  • Strong lead that starts with a real person and real events.
  • Nutgraph that states story angle. What is your story?
  • Cosmic graph – A sentence or two that puts your story in a larger context. Why should reader care?
  • Methodology – A sentence or two that tells reader how you got your data.
  • Organized story structure with key findings.
  • Quotes from at least three sources will something relevant and compelling to say.
  • Hyperlinks to any facts or sources you refer to to your article text (i.e. a fact, a statistic, a website, a report, an organization, etc.)
  • At least one chart, graph or visualization that supports the story.
  • Clean copy – no grammar or spelling errors.
  • A link to a Google spreadsheet of your original data.
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Week 12 – Mon., April 9 and Wed., April 11

In Class:

-Get https://rudatajstudent.wordpress.com/ access
Revised schedule for rest of semester
-A bit of mapping review

Don’t Be Duped by Data: 10 Things to Question in Your Data Set
-Debunking a bad data story exercise
-Wed is a Final Project workday. Bring stuff to work on.

Assignments:
Final Project – Step 1: Story Pitch and Data Plan (Worth 10 points) due Wed. April 11 at start of class

In-Class Assignment: Making a Shape Map with Google Fusion Tables (Worth 5 quiz points) due Wed., April 11 (if you haven’t done it already)

-Quiz #4 on Monday, April 16 – Review terms and definitions from Resources Page (Closed book/No Internet)

 

Final Project – Step 2: Outline and graphic sketch (Worth 10 points) – Due Wed., April 18 at start of class

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