Multimedia Bootcamp 2019

Course Description

This is a required two-day multimedia training workshop at the beginning of the Fall semester to equip all first-year graduate journalism students with basic knowledge of digital storytelling techniques as well as the use of multimedia equipment and editing software to produce multimedia content. The objective is to train all students—regardless of their planned area of specialty—with some foundational digital skills to be applied during their reporting for the school’s local online news sites in the J200 Intro To Reporting class. The concepts and skills taught during the workshop also will be reaffirmed and expanded over the semester in J200.

All presentations for lessons can be downloaded here. (Request passcode from instructors)


Monday Aug. 26

9:00 - 10:30
Introduction to Interactive Storytelling
Koci Hernandez
This is an overview of the transition to digital journalism and multimedia storytelling techniques.
10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 12:00
Photo Techniques
Koci Hernandez
A lesson on how to take good photos, with an emphasis on lighting, moments, and composition.
12:00 - 1:00
LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 - 2:30
Overview of Canon 70D Cameras
Koci Hernandez, Chris O’Dea, and Fellows to help
Students learn how to operate Photo cameras
2:30 - 4:30
Photo Assignment
Students go around campus to take photos of a variety of subjects based on a checklist given to them.
4:30 - 5:30
Ingest photos on to your laptops
Koci Hernandez
Instruction on how to ingest the photos from the memory cards onto your laptops.
5:30 - 6:45
WORKING (Dinner Provided) Photo Assignment Review
Koci Hernandez | Jeremy Rue
Review photos from scavenger hunt among the whole class. Instructors will offer critiques and constructive feedback on improving photography.
7:00 - 8:30
Multimedia Storytelling tools and techniques
Koci Hernandez
Introduce students to various online tools and techniques that they will use throughout J200

Tuesday Aug. 27

9:00 - 12:00
Multimedia Assignment
Koci Hernandez
Students will put into practice what they learned by using handout assets to create a multimedia story which they will later present.
12:00 - 1:00
LUNCH (on your own)
1:00 - 2:30
Jeremy Rue
The session covers how to adjust photos in Photoshop, and a tutorial on making a simple locator map using Google Earth.
2:30 - 2:45
3:00 - 4:00
Open Lab to Finish Projects - Setup Library
Students can work around the building to finish their projects for the final presentation. We may need to clear out the library for setup of the final presentations.

Submit your final project at the following URL:
4:00 - 4:30
Dinner provided
4:30 - 6:30
Final Presentations
Each student shows off their story and briefly describes it.