Learning module 1 digital storytelling

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Learning ModuleNo. 1Digital storytelling

Prof. Mo Krochmal Spring Semester 2017

Your professorJournalist, Digital Storyteller, EducatorExecutive Editor, Social Media News NYInwood, Manhattan, NYIf he's not doing school work, he's cooking, walking around New York Citydoing photography, or writing.He drinks coffee black, with sugar. His desk holds four computers --three Macs and a PC.His life changed when:He was accepted to Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism, Worked at The New York Times, Got his first job as a professor,Volunteered at Ground Zeroafter9/11.Se HablaEspaol -- por su puesto.He believes you will succeed and wants to help you get where you need to go.

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Who are you, why are you here?Please introduce yourself to the classWrite a script:Your name, and where it came from, and your nickname, if you preferYour home townYour majorYour first jobWhat you hope to learn from this class

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Our ClassWe're going to explore the emerging world of storytelling as affected by technology.We'll start with oral stories, then text, sound, images, video, 360, data, mobile, socialand VR/AR.You'll learn the fundamentals of nonfiction storytelling and how to apply them with free tools, mostly mobile your smartphone.You'll understand how stories work and why we need them.You'll work alone and in groups, there will be lectures, writing, reading, reflecting, critiquing and sharing.You'll finish the semester with a multimedia story as a final project.

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AssignmentsWe'll use Blackboard, printouts and blog sites as well asfree sites and services.You willkeep a notebookClasses are interactive;be prepared and participateThe syllabus isa guide to the semester, but there may be times when events require a change of course.Work will be filed through Blackboard, as well as a printout.

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Classtime and outside time2.5*2=5The time we spend together is valuable and limited.The standard rule is 2.5 hours out of class for each hour in class. Expect to spend 5 hours doing work outside of class that includes, reading, reporting, writing, editing, producing, reflecting and posting.

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SuccessCome to classParticipateBe respectful to the classHave a positive attitudeDo the work, and turn it in on timeFollow directions

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GradingEach learning module will have a bundle of tasks of varying difficulty. This is how it works:You complete the most basic bundle for a D.You do the basic bundle and a more challenging one for a C.For a B, you complete two bundles and a third that is more challenging.For an A, complete all the bundles.

Everyitem within a bundle must satisfy all of the specifications of the assignment to receive full credit.

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TokensYou get three tokens that can be used to revise an unsatisfactory assignment, hand in an assignment 24 hours late, or take a makeup exam. You can also earn tokens with extra assignments.

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Annotated bibliographiesFor every reading, you will complete an annotated bibliography that mustinclude:APA (6th Edition) citationAuthor information: Who is the author, what is his/her expertise and background for this readingWho is the audience for this work?Short summary of the content.Why is this work valuable for this learning module?

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QuizzesEach class will begin with a short quiz based on the lecture and discussion from the previous class.Midterm exam will be multiple choice covering all lectures and readingsThere will be a final exam and a final project.

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Let's get started

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Meet a Storyteller

Prince Diabate, a griot musician from West Africa featured on the song Village and Involuntary Servitude, takes time from recording to speak about the griot legacy and the tradition of oral history.

Griots are a class of traveling poets, musicians, and storytellers who maintain a tradition of oral history in parts of West Africa.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aF2287N0kAc

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Google's Storytelling evangelist

Avinash Kaushik, Digital Marketing Evangelist at Google, shares why data and storytelling go hand in hand.Interview with Carmine Gallo, a former journalist and news anchor in California.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mexiX2BKOo8

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We are in every story

it's impossible to fully appreciate and understand a literary text unless you keep in mind that humans behave in certain universal ways and do so because those behaviors are hard-wired into us.5theories about the function of literatureResponse to interpret complexityas we evolved into thinkersFitness trainingAttract a desirable mateMakes us into one cultureA luxury we're rich, so we can write

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/magazine/the-literary-darwinists.html?_r=0

literature is a defense reaction to the expansion of our mental life that took place as we began to acquire the basics of higher intelligence around 40,000 years ago. At that time, the world suddenly appeared to homo sapiens in all its frightening complexity. But by taking imaginative but orderly voyages within our minds, we gained the confidence to interpret this new vastly denser reality.

literature is a defense reaction to the expansion of our mental life that took place as we began to acquire the basics of higher intelligence around 40,000 years ago. At that time, the world suddenly appeared to homo sapiens in all its frightening complexity. But by taking imaginative but orderly voyages within our minds, we gained the confidence to interpret this new vastly denser reality.

A third theory sees writing as a sex-display trait. Certainly writers often seem to be preening when they write, with an eye toward attracting a desirable mate.

main function of literature is to integrate us all into one culture

literature began as religion or wish fulfillment: we ensure our success in the next hunt by recounting the triumph of the last one.

Finally, it may be precisely writing's uselessness that makes it attractive to the opposite sex; it could be that, like the male peacock's exuberant tail, literature's very unnecessariness speaks to the underlying good health of its practitioner. He or she has resources to burn.

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7 story archetypesOvercoming the monsterStar Wars: A New Hope (1977)Rags to richesSlumdog Millionaire (2008)The questHarold and Kumar go to White CastleVoyage and returnFinding NemoComedyRain Forest Alliance adTragedyManchester by the Sea (2016)RebirthHow the Grinch Stole Christmas

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5 key parts of every storyCharacterSettingConflictPlotTheme

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