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Modern Communication Technologies

Study Course Description

Course Description Statuss:Approved
Course Description Version:3.00
Study Course Accepted:26.10.2020
Study Course Information
Course Code:KSK_164LQF level:Level 6
Credit Points:2.00ECTS:3.00
Branch of Science:Communication SciencesTarget Audience:Communication Science; Information and Communication Science
Study Course Supervisor
Course Supervisor:Marta Herca
Study Course Implementer
Structural Unit:Faculty of Communication
The Head of Structural Unit:Anda Rožukalne
Contacts:Riga, 16 Dzirciema Street, kfkoatrsu[pnkts]lv, +371 67409183
Study Course Planning
Full-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)6Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures12
Classes (count)8Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes16
Total Contact Hours28
Part-Time - Semester No.1
Lectures (count)5Lecture Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Lectures10
Classes (count)3Class Length (academic hours)2Total Contact Hours of Classes6
Total Contact Hours16
Study course description
Preliminary Knowledge:
Not necessary.
Objective:
To provide a theoretical and practical insight into the specifics of the internet environment reviewing media use habits, change of language and relations, importance of a story, diversity of media perception and role, diversity of multimedia environment contents and forms.
Topic Layout (Full-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Story in the internet environment. Storytelling.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Discussion about a multimedia story topic and presentation of a topic (or topics), discussing with colleagues and coming to the best conclusion (in workgroups). Presentation of a group photo story. Presentation of a group video (ability of the group to post their photo and video works on any internet platform, thus creating a single multimedia story, a higher assessment can be received).Classes8.00auditorium
3Photo – basic principles, quality elements in photography, creation of a photo story. Visualisation of data – tools and formats.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Blogging, social media, creation of an image and community. Multimedia story platforms.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Sound – recording of audio, voice, technique, editing.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Language, text – writing of a text for the internet, typography, text layout, language use.Lectures1.00auditorium
7Video – composition, camera angles, camera movements, editing, interview.Lectures1.00auditorium
Topic Layout (Part-Time)
No.TopicType of ImplementationNumberVenue
1Story in the internet environment. Storytelling.Lectures1.00auditorium
2Discussion about a multimedia story topic and presentation of a topic (or topics), discussing with colleagues and coming to the best conclusion (in workgroups). Presentation of a group photo story. Presentation of a group video (ability of the group to post their photo and video works on any internet platform, thus creating a single multimedia story, a higher assessment can be received).Classes3.00auditorium
3Photo – basic principles, quality elements in photography, creation of a photo story. Visualisation of data – tools and formats.Lectures1.00auditorium
4Blogging, social media, creation of an image and community. Multimedia story platforms.Lectures1.00auditorium
5Sound – recording of audio, voice, technique, editing.Lectures1.00auditorium
6Language, text – writing of a text for the internet, typography, text layout, language use.Lectures0.50auditorium
7Video – composition, camera angles, camera movements, editing, interview.Lectures0.50auditorium
Assessment
Unaided Work:
During the semester the student reads recommended readings and internet sources. Students should share existing and obtained knowledge among themselves during lectures, during discussions outside lectures, thus developing their own and joint knowledge about multimedia.
Assessment Criteria:
• Finding 3 successful data visualisation examples mentioning the criteria why these stories have been a success. Comment on what creators of the story might have done better are critically important (in a free form, without exceeding 1000 characters). • audio material consisting of three items – offscreen text, video sounds and interview. The student demonstrates the ability to create a convincing and uniform story consisting of different elements, as well as proves his/her skills to record and edit sound (length of the material does not exceed 2 minutes). Seminars will consist of group works: Seminar 1 – breaking down into groups, discussion on the topic of the multimedia story. Seminar 2 – presentation of a topic (or topics), discussing with colleagues and coming to the best conclusion. Seminar 3 – presentation of a group photo story. Seminar 4 – presentation of a group video (ability of the group to post their photo and video works on any internet platform, thus creating a single multimedia story, a higher assessment can be received). The materials are first evaluated in terms of ideas and content, leaving technical skills in the background. Knowledge will be assessed using 10-point grading system. Positive assessment of group work (mark above 3), performance of both home assignments and their positive assessment (above 3) enable students to pass the examination. The examination will be in the form of individual tasks, where practical tasks to be performed quickly and questions about the topics reviewed during the course are given.
Final Examination (Full-Time):Exam (Written)
Final Examination (Part-Time):Exam (Written)
Learning Outcomes
Knowledge:Students recognise and/or respectively use: • story in the internet environment, storytelling; • photo – basic principles, quality elements in photography, creation of a photo story; • blogging, social media, creation of an image and community; • visualisation of data – tools and formats; • sound – recording of audio, voice, technique, editing; • language, text – writing of a text for the internet, typography, text layout, language use; • video – composition, camera angles, camera movements, editing, interview; • multimedia story platforms – their possibilities and shortcomings.
Skills:During the course students practically create a multimedia human interest story using reviewed forms – photo, audio, video, infographics – and post it on any internet platform appropriate for the study.
Competencies:Able to autonomously and responsibly produce, analyse and evaluate multimedia stories.
Bibliography
No.Reference
Required Reading
1The Online Journalism Handbook. Paul Bradshaw & Liisa Rohumaa, 2011
2Excellence in Online Journalism, David Craig, 2010.
3Kelly McErlean, Interactive Narratives and Transmedia Storytelling, Routledge, 2018
4 Bryan Alexander, The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, Praeger, 2017
5Recep Ylmaz, M. Nur Erdem & Filiz Resulolu, Handbook of Research on Transmedia Storytelling and Narrative Strategies, IGI Global, 2018
6Yang Song, Multimedia News Storytelling as Digital Literacies: A Genre-Aware Approach to Online Journalism Education, Peter Lang Inc., International Academic Publishers, 2019
7Joe Lambert & Brooke Hessler, Digital Storytelling: Capturing Lives, Creating Community, Routledge, 2018
Additional Reading
1Create Documentary Films, Videos, & Multimedia: A Comprehensive Guide to Using Documentary Storytelling Techniques for Film, Video, the Internet & Digital Media Nonfiction Projects, James R. Martin, 2010
2Video Journalism for the Web, Kurt Lancaster, 2012
3Model for a 21st Century Newsroom – Redux, Paul Bradshow, 2012
4Radiožurnālistika. Sergejs Kruks, 2005
Other Information Sources
1The complexities of convergence: Multiskilled journalists working in BBC regional multimedia newsrooms http://gaz.sagepub.com/content/75/1/99.abstract
2Data journalism and data visualization http://www.guardian.co.uk/news/datablog
3Nieman journalism lab - a project of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University. http://vimeo.com/niemanlab
4Knight Digital Media Center, Berkeley University http://multimedia.journalism.berkeley.edu/
5BBC, The Virtual Revolution http://www.bbc.co.uk/virtualrevolution/interviews.shtml
6http://onlinejournalismblog.com/
7Reuters Institute for the study of Journalism http://www.digitalnewsreport.org/
8Social media. A handbook for journalists http://sverigesradio.se/press/bilder/swedishradio2013_socme…
9What good is twitter? The value of social media to public service journalism http://www3.ebu.ch/files/live/sites/ebu/files/Knowledge/Med…
10http://www.jeadigitalmedia.org/