Mapping links for today’s class

April 7, 2010 Leave a comment

Today I demoed how to use Google’s MyMaps to create multimedia maps, how to create custom pins with an image editor and an image host, and how to create a robust frame with Map Channel. Here are links that count:

Google Maps
Photobucket image hosting (but really, any image host will work, as long as they give you a clean URL for your image.
Map Channels

Bonus: A great tutorial that demos all of this and has some other interesting tips.

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Guest Speaker and Readings for Wednesday

April 5, 2010 1 comment

GUEST SPEAKER
On Wednesday we’ll be joined by Dave Baggeroer, co-founder of the geolocational communication startup BlockChalk. Please familiarize yourself with BlockChalk in order to fully engage in our discussion with Dave.

READINGS, LINKS, + REACTIONS
The Geolocation Revolution
The Era of Location-as-Platform has Arrived
How Mobile Changes the City

Your Work For Next Week

March 31, 2010 11 comments

Today in class we worked together to take on a large-scale reporting format (also, we enjoyed the weather). For next week, you’ll take some of the mobile reporting strategies you devised today, and tools we discussed the class before spring break, and you’ll make your own mobile report.

• Build your own mobile report on a subject of your choosing. This can be the documentation of a one-time event, or it can be a multi-day report. The key is that it’s mobile and that it’s your reporting.
• Choose a tool we discussed in the class before break. You can combine tools or stick with a single one. Obviously a tool like Posterous allows for all sorts of media to be posted, so choosing one tool doesn’t necessarily restrict you to one storytelling format.
• Choose a subject for your report. Focus it and choose something for which mobile will be a strength.
• Build it, report it, and link it here.

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In class project today

March 31, 2010 Leave a comment

Today we’re going to document this incredible weather in Chicago using our mobile phones. You can create reports in one of four ways:

1) With video, uploaded to YouTube
2) With Tweets containing the hashtag #chi70
3) With photos, uploaded to Flickr, eventually ending up with the tag “chi70” on them
4) With audio reports, phoned into Drop.io at 646-495-9205 x 15317

The page that all of this will end up on is hand-built to deal with this disparate content. It gets populated in different ways:
You will have to e-mail me links to your YouTube videos so I can create an embedded video playlist.
Tweets will show up automatically.
Flickr photos will fill the slideshow as you add the tag (can do this on-the-go or after-the-fact).
Audio will flow in via RSS.

At the end of the project, we will have a multi-format, trans-media look at a beautiful spring day in Chicago, created through mobile reporting, photography, and videography.

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Our mobile tools board

March 17, 2010 1 comment

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Lecture Links 3-17-10

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

This is mobile reporting. But it doesn’t involve a reporter.
This is mobile reporting. And it does involve a reporter.

MOBILE REPORTING TOOLS

    Mobile Updates

Twitter
Posterous
Tumblr
WordPress

    Live Coverage

Qik
Ustream
CoverItLive

    Collaborative & Info Collection

Drop.io

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Readings + Reactions for 3-31-10

March 17, 2010 Leave a comment

Over break, I’d like you to read chapters two, three, and four in Mojo: Mobile Journalism in the Asian Region, which is available as a free PDF download. Those three chapters are a great overview of tools, practice, and workflows for mobile journalism.

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