Social Media Sharing Assignment

Choose a Social Media site and be able to share what it is, how it works and how it could be useful to you in your career, or to multimedia journalists. Emphasize how it creates a conversation and connects people together. Submit a one-page overview that includes:

Name of Social Media
Number of users (use link below)
Short history
How it is used
How it could be useful to you in your field, major or career
Any interesting tidbits about your Social Media

Bring your laptop to class and any adapters that you need, so you can present your Social Media on the projector. This is a 25 point assignment.

 Do not choose Facebook, Twitter or YouTube.

Some options for you to consider:

Linked In





Scoop It








Here a list of many others   List of top Social Media sites and apps

And finally, Overdrive, a digital marketing company, offers this Social Media Map, updated as of October 2013.




Twitter is an important tool for journalists, and essential to anyone for networking. Just use 140 characters to start a conversation. (This statement is 134 out of 140 available characters!)

How to set up and start your Twitter account from Zombie Journalism

Twitter tips for Journalists by Steve Buttry, digital transformation editor for Digital News First

Twitter assignment- Due April 4 – 50 points

Visit any of the art exhibits at Sierra Nevada College and write 10 tweets on what you saw, who you met, and your impressions. You can visit the exhibits multiple times and on different days, or just all at once.

Use #sncart hashtag.

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Take in a slice of Americana with critically acclaimed host Ira Glass on “This American Life.” Each week he picks a theme, then gives his writers and performers the freedom to weave real stories from real people around that theme in a manner they find most engaging. You’ll meet fascinating people with stories that range from heart-warming to bizarre. Glass and company try interesting things and take radio where it’s never gone before. It’s a show that defies description, but has become one of public radio’s most celebrated programs. Produced by Chicago Public Radio.

Ira Glass of “This American Life” talks about the building blocks of a great story.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Audio Journalism for 3/6

Audio (read Chapter 7 in Journalism Next)

Audio has characteristics that can’t be matched by other forms of media:

Presence – you can bring readers to the story.

Emotions – tone of voice, expressions, intonations and pauses enhance the message

Atmosphere – natural sound – the sound that’s happening around you as you report – helps pull the listener in close. Weather, anything that’s happening in that particular setting.

NPR sets the standard in audio journalism. – creates “driveway moments” and connects the listener to the story. Listen to this story about Julio Diaz – you have to listen to the very end!

Here’s an example of an audio interview that includes natural sound. Click on the audio link in this Mindy McAdams’ assignment.

To Record:

Location – choose a quiet location for the interview

Room Tone – grab several seconds of room tone, an empty room, if there is a refrigerator clicking, the editing program can identify and take it out.

Interview – do a pre-interview first, then ask specific questions to record, ask questions (that will be cut out) but make sure that when the subject is talking you keep quiet, no I see, really, hum, when you hold the mic, you add noise, use the stand if you can, not more than 5 minutes – you will be reducing to 2 minutes

Natural sound – is there anything that can go with the sound, skateboarder, chef kitchen sounds

To use a Zoom H2N:

Here’s a tutorial on using the recorder.

Edit in Audacity (or Garageband):

This is a free program that you can download from the Internet. It is very important that you set up the preferences correctly. They have to be set up BEFORE you open your file in Audacity.

There are multiple tutorials on Audacity under this site’s Helpful Links.

To practice with Audacity, I will email you two files, one of natural sound and one of the interview.

Next week’s assignment:

Audio Interview – Tell me a story about…

            When your subject had an embarrassing moment

Accomplishing a difficult task

The moment your subject realized what your passion is

How someone’s kindness/compassion impacted your subject for life

(I am open to other suggestions, but please check first)

Besides the story, make sure your subject identifies himself/herself and answers who, what, where, when, why and how of his story. You will have to prompt him/her with questions.

1. You will choose an SNC student, staff or faculty member for an audio interview. Choose someone who has a story to tell. (You may need a pre-interview to ensure that the story is interesting.) Please tell your subject that this interview will probably be posted on

2. Check out one of the H2n audio recorders or other recorders from Tanya to conduct your interview. I know you can do it with your iPhone, but I would like you to have the experience with a true audio recorder. You can only have it for two days, so others can use it too.

3. Record your interview in a quiet place. Make sure your subject states his or her full name and major if a student or subject matter if professor. Basically name and identification.

4. Either install Audacity on your laptop via the instructions, use the software in the DART lab to edit your interview or use GarageBand. It should not have any of your voice on the final audio file – only your subject. It should be between 60 to 120 seconds long – no more or less! Make sure you know the DART lab hours (they are posted on the door).

5. Once you are finished, upload the interview to the Eagle’s Eye SoundCloud account. SoundCloud  user name-  password: eagleseye

Congratulations! You have made your first audio interview!


Your assignment is to create a blog.

If you are a junior or senior, I would advise creating a blog that will show who you are and what you are capable of doing. This can be used to help you obtain a job after you graduate. If you have a blog that showcases your writing or photography, your multimedia projects or just even your philosophy of life, it could have a positive effect on a future employer.

If you are a freshman or sophomore, you can certainly create a professional blog, but as you practice working with one, you might just want to create a blog on a subject you are passionate about – cooking, hiking, snorkeling, etc.

Your blog should have a name, a theme, a focus, an About page, connections to social media, categories and posts!

To learn more about blogs, see the Storify blogging presentation.

You can access blogging tutorials on the Helpful Links page of this sncjournalism.

Your blog must be finished by next week to share with the class. You must have a theme, an About page, and categories.

Assignment: Read New York Times multimedia story

The New York Times – Snowfall: Avalanche at Tunnel Creek

Read this story which combines multimedia within long form journalism.

Jot down your observations, thoughts and emotions from this piece as a story,

and as a multimedia work. Write a 300 word reflection on the story and bring it to class on Sept. 4.

Assignment for 375, 475:  Find and read another example of a multimedia story. Here are some suggestions.

“That’s as bad as it gets” 

The Ringers: One night at a beer pong “Brodeo”

After the Asylum – three stories of mental health in Ireland