Social Virtual Reality Tips for Facebook Spaces


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Stepping into Facebook Spaces for the first time was a surreal blend of animated avatars, 360 photos and social media.

On their own, these are powerful elements for storytelling. Combining them into a social virtual reality app like Spaces, however, means a new world of possibilities. What is Facebook Spaces, and how could we use it for journalism? I set out to gain insights about this app in the context of telling stories, and as I discovered tips and practical uses, I also learned more about limitations when using this technology.

During a social virtual reality workshop in November at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, I put on an Oculus Rift headset and listened to verbal directions on how to use the two Oculus Touch hand controllers. My eyes veered all over as I soaked in this 360-degree, cartoon-like world. I clutched controllers that

A virtual selfie stick and capability to go live on Facebook are some of the features of Facebook Spaces.
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Journalists, Let’s Create Stories for Alexa


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“Alexa, tell me how to make chilaquiles.” This was one of the conversational commands University of Southern California journalism students programmed when creating a new skill for the Amazon Echo device that uses Alexa voice-powered technology. Chilaquiles is a Mexican dish made with corn tortillas and chili sauce, but this story wasn’t just about a recipe. The students, Cristina Galvan and Almond Li, were working on a project for the “Advanced Journalism for Mobile and Emerging Platforms” class at USC Annenberg that promotes experimentation with a variety of emerging technology—including mixed reality, augmented reality, chat bots, stories for Alexa, 360 photo and video storytelling, and other new formats that allow journalists to tell stories in different ways. Cristina and Almond wanted to create stories about food and culture for their semester-long class project. As the professor of the course, I talked with the students about the focus of the story, their
Tips from Amazon's day-long workshop in Los Angeles on April 11 featuring tips for creating new skills for Alexa. Photo by Laura Davis
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Want To Reach A Chinese Audience? 10 Tips For Using WeChat


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This post was originally published by the Media Center Lab. Film, music, advertising — all these American media fields have recognized the value of the Chinese market. Notice you don’t see the American news industry on that list. I’m from China and use WeChat every day, but I don’t see a lot of content there that reflects what I’m learning to produce as a journalism student at the University of Southern California. So when two of my professors asked me if I wanted to launch a WeChat account for USC’s student-run news outlet Annenberg Media, I was pumped. In case you’re not familiar, WeChat is most popular messaging app in China, with more than 768 million users logging in daily, according to numbers the company released at the end of 2016. With 889 million monthly active users, it’s also one of the most popular chat apps in the world. I would
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Journalism and Digital Education Roundup: March 23, 2017


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Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox. 1. Veteran Journalist Willow Bay Named Dean of USC Annenberg (Beth Shuster / USC News) 2. In a Polarized Climate, Free-Speech Warriors Seize the Spotlight (Sarah Brown/Chronicle of Higher Education) 3. Northwestern Alumnus Makes $3 Million Gift to Medill School of Journalism for Social Justice Reporting (Erica Snow / Daily Northwestern) 4. Arizona Journalism Students’ First Amendment Rights in the Hands of State Legislators (Sydney Ritter / Mesa Legend) 5. The DOE Called This Queens School Newspaper ‘Fake News.’ The Students Responded With Journalism (Max Rivlin-Nadler / Village Voice)
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Journalism & Digital Education Roundup: Nov. 3


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Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox.

1. USC Is Now Offering What Might Be the World’s First Class on Surf Journalism (Dylan Heyden / The Inertia)

  1. First Step’ Toward More Digital Undergrad Experience (Carl Straumsheim / Inside Higher Ed)

3. Lessons From the Sharing Economy (Petra Bonfert-Taylor / Inside Higher Ed)

4. U.S. Dept. of Ed. Unveils Free Online Tool for Rapid Evaluation of Edtech Products (Mary Jo Madda / EdSurge)

5. Massachusetts Builds Diverse Edtech Sector, Still Seeks Big Wins (Jeff Engel / Xcomony)

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity. 

NOVEMBER 2016

Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact
Nov. 2, 2016
Los Angeles
Just one week before the U.S. presidential election, please join The Paley Center for Media and The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center as we explore how technology and storytelling are raising awareness Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition"

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events. Note: Event descriptions are excerpts, edited for length and clarity. 

NOVEMBER 2016

Advancing the Story: The Next Chapter in Media Impact
Nov. 2, 2016
Los Angeles
Just one week before the U.S. presidential election, please join The Paley Center for Media and The USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center as we explore how technology and storytelling are raising awareness Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 31 Edition"

May the Audience Be With You: How USC Students are Learning the Ways of Social Media


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“Do or do not. There is no try.” —Yoda

As we started the JEDI desk at the University of Southern California in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, we knew we had to go all in.  There was no try.

JEDI (Journalism, Emerging, Digital, Innovation) is a USC Annenberg Media student team that produces native content for social media and emerging platforms. The unit consists of Annenberg students, volunteers and students from different areas of study.

The team produces video stories, Instagram content, Snapchat stories, GIFs, personality-based video series for social media, mini-documentaries for social media, 360 photos, and news content, among other things. Basically, the students produce content similar to the styles you might see on the social media accounts of BuzzFeed, NowThis and AJ+.

It all started when students and faculty saw a need to better engage audiences. Broadcast videos being posted to Facebook weren’t working

USC Annenberg Media's Facebook page has more than 30,000 likes, in part due to the efforts of the JEDI desk.
Guest speaker and startup entrepreneur Eric Ortiz shows JEDI student manager Monica Castillo how to use Evrybit during the mobile and emerging platforms class at USC in fall 2015.
Former JEDI editor Fernando Hurtado
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Brain food: Here are 15 smart people talking for 5 minutes each about journalism’s future


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Newsgeist is “a gathering of 150 key practitioners and thinkers from the worlds of journalism, technology, and public policy who are re-imagining the future of the news,” usually (though not always) at Arizona State University. It’s sponsored by Google and the Knight Foundation (disclosure: a Nieman Lab funder), and it serves as a significant meeting of the minds; Google’s AMP was born out of brainstorming at one recent iteration of Newsgeist, for instance. I’ve been a happy attendee over the past few years. Most of Newsgeist is made up of unconference-y sessions that are off the record. But there is one part of the event that is recorded and rendered public: a series of Ignite sessions featuring some of the smartest people in digital media. Those have been posted to YouTube, but seeing as none of them have even 200 views at this writing, they could use Continue reading "Brain food: Here are 15 smart people talking for 5 minutes each about journalism’s future"

Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, Jan. 28, 2016


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Each Thursday, we round up the top stories of the week in journalism education and digital learning. Sign up here to get the Journalism & Digital Education Roundup delivered to your inbox.
  1. This Is What It’s Like to Launch a Journalism School From Scratch (Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab)
  2. Vice Launches a Paid Summer Fellowship for “Underrepresented Communities” (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab)

  3. Cronkite School, Arizona PBS Launch Crowdfunding Campaign to Expand Coverage of Immigration, Border (ASU)

  4. Does Technology Ever Reduce the Costs of Teaching? (Corinne Ruff / Chronicle of Higher Education) (subscription)

  5. Knight News Challenge Winners Focus on Data and Transparency (Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab)

  6. Survey: Teachers Say Tech Distractions More Concerning Than Privacy, Security (Joshua Bolkan / THE Journal)

  7. USC Annenberg Launches New Site Powered by The Washington Post (USC Annenberg)

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A new class at USC is teaching students how to produce stories specifically for social media


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The video looks like something you might seen on a site like BuzzFeed or Mic: Two women — one a Spanish speaker, the other an Arabic speaker — are asked how to say different words in their respective language. Pants? Bantalon in Arabic and pantalones in Spanish. Shirt? Kamis in Arabic and camisa in Spanish. The women — and many of the viewers — are surprised at the similarities between the words, and the video goes on to explain the history of the two languages and why they’re so similar. “We saw a need to produce content specifically for Continue reading "A new class at USC is teaching students how to produce stories specifically for social media"

Journalism & Digital Education Roundup, December 3, 2015


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1. Google collected data on school children without permission (Kim Zetter / Wired)

  1. USC Annenberg receives $5 million to increase newsroom diversity (Tracie Powell / All Digitocracy)

  2. How a president is fighting online harassment of minority students (Peter Schmidt / Chronicle of Higher Education)

  3. Millennials sound off on wearables and news consumption (Mike McKean / RJI)

  4. EQUIP program brings universities and coding boot camps together (D. Frank Smith / EdTech Magazine)

  5. Facebook CEO, spouse pledge enormous gift to education, health, communities (Sean Cavanagh / Education Week)

 

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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 9 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

NOVEMBER 2015

2015 ICFJ Awards
Nov. 10, 2015
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Washington, D.C.
The International Center for Journalists we will honor the achievements of four colleagues whose outstanding coverage has made a huge impact: Univision anchor Jorge Ramos, photojournalist Lynsey Addario, Cuban blogger Yoani Sánchez, and Indian investigative journalist Priyanka Dubey.
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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 2 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

NOVEMBER 2015

Media Literacy Week
Nov. 2-6, 2015
Media Literacy Week is designed to bring attention and visibility to media literacy education in the United States. Inspired by Canada’s Media Literacy Week, now in its 10th year, the National Association for Media Literacy Education is leading the efforts to create a media literacy week in the United States Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Nov. 2 Edition"

Video Postcard: Inside ‘Hack the Gender Gap’


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A week before I attended Hack the Gender Gap, I was given the assignment to create a video/audio postcard by my videography professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. I instantly knew I wanted to document my time at my very first hackathon for the project. I’m all about female empowerment, so it was inspiring to be a part of something that did just that. More coverage:
Relive the ‘Hack the Gender Gap’ Women’s Hackathon on VR at USC, by Sonia Paul
Women’s Hackathon Takes On Gender Gap In Tech, Media and Business, by Alexandra Reed
Alexa Ard, is in her last year at the University of Nevada, Reno where she majors in journalism with a minor in photography. Her work has been published in USA Today, the Reno Gazette-Journal, News21 and Reno Public Radio. Find her on Twitter @Alexa_Ard

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 26 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

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Mobile Me & You
Learn more about mobile media best practices from 20 experts at the Mobile Me & You conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oct. 28-30. The free conference, funded by the Knight Foundation, will feature experts from the Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Univision, Al Jazeera, NBC Digital Group, Pew Research Center, Archrival advertising agency Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 26 Edition"

Women’s Hackathon Takes On Gender Gap In Tech, Media and Business


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“Is tech a boys’ club?” An audience of mostly women looked around, exchanging nods. Willow Bay, director of the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, posed this question to a panel of successful women from the tech and media industries on Oct. 9. The event kicked off a weekend-long women’s hackathon aimed at encouraging college women to explore the possibilities of immersive journalism and virtual reality. The panelists also agreed that tech is a boys’ club, for now. They then shared their experiences as women in male-dominated fields and discussed how other women can make their mark. The panel included Sara Christensen, of Raptor Group; Jenninfer de la Fuente, of Rosebud Designs; Potsie Rivera, a UI/UX designer; Alex Schaffert, of KPCC; and Carrie Southworth, of Twigtale.
Hackathon attendees hear from women who've found success in tech and media. Photo courtesy of USC Annenberg/Brett Van Ort

Hackathon attendees hear from women who’ve found success in tech and media. Photo courtesy of USC Annenberg/Brett Van

One team brainstorms ideas for an immersive journalism startup. USC Annenberg / Alex Reed
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Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 19 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

FEATURED EVENT

Mobile Me & You
Learn more about mobile media best practices from 20 experts at the Mobile Me & You conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oct. 28-30. The free conference, funded by the Knight Foundation, will feature experts from the Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Univision, Al Jazeera, NBC Digital Group, Pew Research Center, Archrival advertising agency Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 19 Edition"

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 12 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

FEATURED EVENT

Mobile Me & You
Learn more about mobile media best practices from 20 experts at the Mobile Me & You conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oct. 28-30. The free conference, funded by the Knight Foundation, will feature experts from the Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Univision, Al Jazeera, NBC Digital Group, Pew Research Center, Archrival advertising agency Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 12 Edition"

Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 5 Edition


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Each week, MediaShift posts an ongoing list of upcoming events in the digital media and journalism world. These will be a mix of MediaShift-produced events and other events. If we’re missing any major events, or you’d like to pay to promote your event in the “featured event” spot of our weekly post, please contact Mark Glaser at mark [at] mediashift [dot] org. Any non-MediaShift events in the “featured event” slot are paid placements. Also, be sure to sign up for our events email newsletter to get notifications about future MediaShift events.

FEATURED EVENT

Mobile Me & You
Learn more about mobile media best practices from 20 experts at the Mobile Me & You conference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Oct. 28-30. The free conference, funded by the Knight Foundation, will feature experts from the Washington Post, McClatchy Newspapers, Univision, Al Jazeera, NBC Digital Group, Pew Research Center, Archrival advertising agency Continue reading "Upcoming Events in Digital Media: Oct. 5 Edition"