14
Sep

September 16th 22 Years in Prison

Time for another multimedia narrative from the Brooklyn based folks at Mediastorm.  Exodus tells the story of Diana Ortiz, 45, who served 22 years in prison.  She dropped out of high school at 18 to live with a man twice her age. To pay for their drug habit, her boyfriend devised a scheme to lure a man into a secluded Coney Island parking lot and rob him.   In the early hours of August 20, 1983, the robbery veered off-course and two men were shot. One was killed. Though Diana was not at the scene of the shooting, she was sentenced to 17 years to life for her role in the murder. While behind bars Diana earned her master’s degree, developed a strong identity and self confidence. She is now an inspiration for other inmates, helping them to rebuild their lives.

Diana Ortiz spent over half her life in prison for a crime she committed when she was a teenager. Now 45, she has turned her life around and works to help other inmates rebuild their lives. Exodus is her story. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/training/exodus
12
Sep

September 13th Professional Bio’s

Photo 5

Today, we will be writing your professional biographies.  Designers often keep their professional work on-line in their professional portfolios. You can see some examples below:

Here is the website from the design firm Crush Lovely:
Crush Lovely Web Site

Professional Portfolio of some dude named Jason:
Jason Aderholt Portfolio

These Professional Portfolio’s always include a professional biography.  You will be writing your own today to be included on your class blog and on your New Design High School Portfolio.  We will revise these several times before we put them on-line.  You are writing about yourself as a professional so make it high quality.

09
Sep

Cat Island

CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cat Island! from Radio Rookies on Vimeo.

WNYC’s Radio Rookies partnered with the NYC Salt teen photography program to create multimedia stories documenting Roosevelt Island’s Main Street.  The SALT NYC program included New Design High graduates Christian R., Nora M. and Devin O.  As part of the program Christian made a short documentary about Roosevelt Island.  Many New Yorkers know little about Roosevelt Island besides that the tram takes you there.  Over the course of a 6-week intensive workshop, the Short Wave Rookie Reporters found all kinds of fascinating stories on this island that’s so close, yet so different from the rest of the city.  Their stories are part of a collaboration with the Mapping Main Street project which aims to collect stories from all of the more than 10,000 streets named Main in the United States.

NYC Salt is looking for participants for this year.

See more at their website at NYC Salt

28
Aug

September 8th Welcome to New Design Mediastorm

Kingsley’s Crossing is the story of one man’s dream to leave the poverty of life in Africa for the promised land of Europe. We walk in his shoes, as photojournalist Olivier Jobard accompanies Kingsley on his uncertain and perilous journey. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/kingsleys-crossing

We begin class by getting our first exposure to a multimedia narrative from the folks at Mediastorm.  Kingsley’s Crossing tells of a man’s journey from Africa to Europe.

Mediastorm, located in Dumbo in Brooklyn, was founded in 1994 focused on creating cinematic narratives utilizing animation, audio, video and photography.  The website says, “we publish diverse narratives that speak to the heart of the human condition.”  The human condition refers to the distinctive features that are common to most human lives, and the features that are inevitable to all people or groups of people.  When we speak of the human condition we are speaking of bigger questions that affect us individually and all people.  These are things like joy and happiness, fear and terror, being and existence as well as questions about the purpose of life:  What is the meaning of living?  Why was I born?  Why am I here?  Why is the world like it is?  Why is there injustice in the world?

In this course students will design one multimedia narrative that focuses on bringing attention to critical issues facing their local community, New York City, the United States and/or the world.  Students will have to choose one issue that they would like to deeply understand and make sense of.  It will be a complex issue facing the world today, and in the future, and using information from different fields such as philosophy, economics, psychology, cultural studies, anthropology and sociology, they will research the issue in hopes of bringing more complex and deeper understanding and awareness of the issue.  Students will have to make sense of the complex issues they study and present their understandings in a multimedia narrative through the use of video, audio, photography, statistics and text.  Students will also be responsible for publishing a blog that will inform readers about their research.  Students, in production teams of three, will also design branding web sites around their videos.

Check out what a multimedia narrative looks like from our Mediastorm class teams in the past.

Adapt & Overcome: The Story of SKUF I from New Design High on Vimeo.

16
Mar

Photo Blog

Cover of the New York Times March 14th

Cover of the New York Times March 14th

The fourth blog for this quarter is similar to your Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog and Multimedia Blog.  However, this blog entry will be focused on a photo essay on the topic you are researching.  Photo Essays are a powerful way to capture the totality of events that print or video cannot do.  To see an example of this check out NY Times Photo Essay of Japan After Earthquake and Tsunami.  You ca read more about photo essays on Wikipedia Photo Essay.

Photo Essays are not easy to find so you will have to be savvy about your research.  Here are examples from the different options you have:

Magazines

Newspapers

Photo Journalists Sites

The blog should have link to the photo essay in it and one of the images from the essay at the top of blog.  Below the image should be three paragraphs:

  1. Paragraph 1 introduce the reader to the photo essay including the photographer and give some context about the essay including when and where was the photo essay shot and for what reason.
  2. Paragraph 2 should summarize the images to the reader.
  3. Paragraph 3 will tell the reader why the essay is significant and what it shows us.
07
Mar

Weekly Advice March 7th

    We are in the heart of the 3rd quarter and you should be in the heart of your project.  As I said last week:

    When managing a large project you need to keep organized and take full advantage of opportunities to get slices of the project done.  Fall even a little behind and it means you are opening yourself to falling very far behind.  Falling very far behind means you will likely not be able to get caught up.  Work hard to stay on top of the work.

    Here is what I would suggest you have completed by the end of this week:

    • Newspaper Blog
    • News Agency Blog
    • Multimedia Blog
    • Preproduction Workshop
    • Interview Workshop
    • Interview Footage
    • B Roll Footage
    • Photographs

    If you are staying up on your work you would finish the following work this week:

    • Mulitmedia Blog
    • Interview Workshop
    • 20 Original Photo Series
    • Individually I would suggest:

    Adrian:  Complete blogs for 1st semester.

    Adrienne:  Confirm new topic.  Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog.  Film Interviews.

    Alazae:  Add pictures to 3 Fat Chicks Blog, Complete Newsagency Blog, Interview Workshop,

    Carol:  Synopsis for Film from Second Quarter, Multimedia Blog,  B Roll Shows

    Chris:  Add photos to news blogs, Photo Series, Multimedia Blog

    Daniel:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Interview Workshop, Research Blog from 2nd Quarter

    Deanna:  Add picture to agency blog and read for a few edits, Another magazine blog, Interview Footage and B Roll

    Eileen:  1st Semester Writing Synopsis, Publish Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Work Hard

    Gigi: B Roll Footage, Photography Images, Multimedia Footage

    Jonathan: Publish:  Interview and B Roll Footage,  Multimedia Blog, Start Editing

    Juanise:  Add Image to Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog, Interview Workshop, Interview and B Roll Footage

    Junior:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Show Scott 1st Cut of Film

    Kevin:  Add images to News Blogs, Conduct Inteviews with Tiffany, B Roll Footage

    Kwan:  Show Scott Footage you have, Add link to Multimedia in Multimedia Blog, I

    La Dhana:  Interview Workshop, Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Schedule Interviews, (Starting to get worried about you)

    Lairna: Interview Footage, Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs,

    Marlene:  Keep Editing, Newspaper Blog, Add statistics into Film, Interview Workshop for Expert Interview

    Nelly:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Interview and B Roll Footage ( Starting to get worried about you)

    Paola: Set Intention with Universe, Add image to Newsagency Blog, Newspaper Blog, Need footage

    Rosie: Interview Workshops, News Blogs, Come to School Please

    Sam:  Interview Workshop, Multimedia Blog, Editing

    Shanese:  Interview Workshop, Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Footage

    Tiffany:  Interview Workshop, Newspaper and News agency Blogs, Interview Footage

    Toni: Interview Workshop, Newspaper and News agency Blogs, Interview Footage

    Tylen: Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Keep Editing

    Tyler: Add image to the Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog, Edit Interview Footage, B Roll Footage

    Xavier:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Interview Footage (I am getting super worried).

    23
    Feb

    Multimedia Blog

    The third blog you can work on is very similar to the first two except instead of reading a newspaper article you will be watching a video on your topic.  This will be a difficult blog as finding video on your topic may be difficult.  You may use the featured length documentaries, shorter documentaries, multimedia videos from news organizations or television shows.  The following sites may have a video for you.

    The blog should have link to the video in it and an image at the top of blog.  Below the image I would think that 3 paragraphs would work:

    1. Paragraph introducing the video to the reader including the source.  You will then introduce the video to the reader with a line like…….The video explores the recent issue of teen obesity. You will also tell the reader why the issue is important……….Teen obesity had become an important issue as the health dangers for teens who grow up obese are increasing.
    2. Paragraph that summarizes the video and its content and any important stats or quotes for the reader.
    3. Paragraph that connects information in the article to larger issues and the significance of the content of the video.

    It may be tough to find a video so let me help you if you need it.

    Let me know when you finish also,

    S

    23
    Feb

    Advice for the Week of February 28th

    • When managing a large project you need to keep organized and take full advantage of opportunities to get slices of the project done.  I would suggest you spend time working on the following your food multimedia project.  My general suggestions for everyone is that you should have the following already done:
    • Newspaper Blog
    • News Agency Blog
    • Preproduction Workshop
    • Interview Workshop
    • Interview Footage
    • B Roll Footage

    I would suggest working on the following this week:

    • Mulitmedia Blog
    • Interview Workshop if you have not done it yet.
    • 20 Original Photo Series
    • Individually I would suggest:
    • Adrian:  Complete blogs for 1st semester.

    Adrienne:  Confirm new topic.  Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog.  Set Up Interview for this or next week

    Alazae:  Newspaper Blog, Newsagency Blog, Interview Workshop

    Carol:  Synopsis for Film from Second Quarter, Newspaper Blog

    Chris:  Publish Newsagency Blog, Photo Series, Multimedia Blog, Interview Footage

    Daniel:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs

    Deanna:  Publish News Blogs, Interview Footage

    Eileen:  1st Semester Make-Up Work, Publish Newspaper and Newsagency Blog

    Gigi: Multimedia Blog, Interview and B Roll Footage, Interview Workshop

    Jonathan: Publish Newsagency Blog, Stop texting and flirting with Paola in class, Interview and B Roll Footage, Interview Workshop

    Juanise:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Interview Workshop, Interview and B Roll Footage

    Junior:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Show Scott 1st Cut of Film, Interview Workshop

    Kevin:  Conduct Inteviews, B Roll Footage, Newspaper and Newsagency Blog

    Kwan:  Interview Workshops, Show Scott Footage you have, Multimedia Blog, Interview Workshop

    La Dhana:Interview Workshop, Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Schedule Interviews

    Lairna: Interview Footage, Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs,

    Marlene:  Keep Editing, Newspaper Blog, Add statistics into Film, Interview Workshop

    Nelly:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blog, Interview and B Roll Footage

    Paola: Interview Workshop, Newsagency Blog

    Rosie: Interview Workshops, News Blogs

    Sam:  Interview Workshop, News Agency and Newspaper Blog

    Shanese:  Interview Workshop, Newspaper and Newsagency Blog

    Tiffany:  Interview Workshop, Newspaper and News agency Blogs, Interview Footage

    Toni: Interview Workshop, Newspaper and News agency Blogs, Interview Footage

    Tylen: Interview Workshop, Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Keep Editing

    Tyler: Interview Workshop, Newsagency Blog, Interview Footage, B Roll Footage

    Xavier:  Newspaper and Newsagency Blogs, Interview Footage

    13
    Feb

    News Agency Blog

    UPI was founded in 1971

    UPI was founded in 1971

    The second blog you can work on is very similar to the first.  The blog asks you to find an article on your research topic, read it and then write about it for your blog readers.  Instead of being from a major newspaper, as was the first blog,  it should be from a major news agency.  A news agency collects news reports for newspapers and distributes them electronically so that other new organizations can use them.  News agencies were established by journalists to supply news reports to newspapers, magazines, radio and television broadcasters.  Such an agency may also be referred to as a wire service, newswire or news service.  You can see a list of news agencies at Wiki Pedia News Agency Lists.  The most well know agencies are Associated Press (AP), Reuters, United Press International.

    The blog should have link to the article in it and an image at the top of blog.  Below the image should be three paragraphs:

    1. Paragraph introducing the article to the reader including the source (Newspaper), writer and the topic.  You will then introduce the article to the reader with a line like…….The article explores the recent issue of teen obesity. You will also tell the reader why the issue is important……….Teen obesity had become an important issue as the health dangers for teens who grow up obese are increasing.
    2. Paragraph 2 summarizes the article, and its content, and any important stats or quotes for the reader.
    3. Paragraph 3 connects information in the article to larger issues and the significance of the content of the article.

    Let me know when you finish,

    S

    13
    Feb

    Advice for the Week

    Research Now

    Research Now

    Here is my advice on what you should work on this week:

    • Adrian:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Mulitmedia Proposal from 1st Semester, Research Blog from 1st Semester.

    Adrienne:  Research Blog from 1st Semester, Newspaper Blog, Interviews and B Rolls Shots as the class needs Flip #10, Interview Workshop with Arianna.

    Alazae:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Interview one or two more dynamic students to complete interview requirement.  Let Scott view interviews.

    Carol:  Finish Synopsis, Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Work on Interview and B Roll Footage Later in the Week.

    Chris:  Complete B Roll and Interview Shots so Flip #14 can be used by someone else.  Let Scott see footage?  Did you return Vivatar 1796 Camera?, Publish Newspaper Blog?

    Daniel:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Research Blog for 1st Semester, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Deeana:  Publish Newspaper Blog, Begin work on News Agency Blog, Begin collecting B Roll and Interview Footage.

    Eileen:  Finish Synopsis, Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Gigi:  Add link and publish Newspaper Blog, Publish News Agency Blog.

    Jonathan:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Publish News Agency Blog, Film Interview and B Roll.

    Juanise:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Return Vivitar 1867 Camera, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film at least one interview.

    Junior:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Work on Interview and B Rolls so other classmates can use Flip #19 and Finish Editing Food and I Blog.

    Kevin:  Interview Workshop, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film At Least One Interview and some B Roll.

    Kwan:  Interview Workshop with Arianna, Show Scott any B Roll and Interview Footage Complete All Ready,  News Agency Blog.

    La Dhana:  Interview Workshop with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film at least one interview and some B Roll.

    Lairna:  Interview Workshop with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film at least one interview and some B Roll.

    Marlene:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Finish Staff Interviews on Monday, Did you still have Vivatar Cameria #1829?, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Nelly:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Return Vivitar 0385 Camera, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Paola:  Finish Synopsis, Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Work on Interviews and B Roll Shots,  Add image and link to NY Times Article and publish again.

    Rosie:  Finish Synopsis, Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Complete any 1st Semester Blogs including Multimedia Proposal.

    Sam:  Edit Bard Shots to assess what other interviews and b rolls you will need,  Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Shanese:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film at least one interview and all B Rolls Shots.

    Tiffany:  Interview Workshop with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog, Film at least one interview and B Rolls.

    Toni:  Return Vivatar 1892 Camera, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Tylen:  Expand Newspaper Blog to at least 3 paragraphs (see assignment), News Agency Blog, Film at least one interview and some B Roll Shots.

    Tyler:  Interview Workshop with Arianna, Publish Newspaper Blog.

    Xavier:  Preproduction Workshop on Tuesday with Arianna, 2nd Semester Blogs (Research, Preproduction, Proposal).