MOBILE STORYTELLING

MIN2MOB

2019

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

Mobile Storytelling introduces students to a new mobile content creation medium, where smartphone tools and literacies enable students to create and publish cross-platform broadcast-quality video stories.  Using their smartphone as a new digital pen, students develop, research, write, produce and publish user-generatedstories (UGS). These skills are indispensable in the convergent workflows currently driving production in TV, advertising, public relations, and in the community and education sectors. This practical unit develops the skills introduced in MIN1MME and introduces program making concepts developed in MIN3PDM. The common digital language (CDL), taught in MIN2MOB, defines a new field of hand-held communication.



SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

PrerequisitesN/A

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditions Core second-year subject for students enrolled in the Bachelor of Media and Communication in the Sport Journalism, Media Industries and Journalism majors. Elective for Public Relations major. A prerequisite for JRN3BEJ.

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsMojo - the mobile journalism handbookRecommendedBurum, Ivo and Quinn, S 2015Routledge

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Distinguish and choose between the varied uses of smartphones and their impact on visual media used in journalism and citizen journalism.

Activities:
Students use readings and videos to critique a range of mobile video styles and levels of application. From professional, to community and education, we investigate the varied smartphone use values in news, as a tool for empowering marginalised communities, sparking movements like the Arab Spring and in education.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

02. Evaluate existing mobile video stories for their structural and technical components, (including editorial, content, style, genre and audio/visual quality) to define a style(s) and language.

Activities:
The SCRAP story telling tool kit provides a window into the relationship between story, character, structure, actuality and production. Students develop and outline these concepts around legal and ethical frameworks required to create mobile video narratives.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

03. Use mobile tools and associated apps to record appropriate video and audio shots, sequences for use in broadcast quality user generated stories.

Activities:
Using the story synopsis as a guide, and a series of practical exercises, we introduce and explore mobile recording apps, tools, principles, shots and peripherals. We develop editorial, creative and technical proficiency in app based video and audio recording and an understand of hybrid approaches.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

04. Plan, write and narrate basic visuals and audio grabs according to a structured script to tell the video story.

Activities:
Using a script template students create scripts for exercises recorded in ILO 2. Utilising the smartphone as a viewer students choose media and begin learning to write in and out of pictures. They prepare a draft edit and narration script to coincide with one of the discussed styles and formats.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

05. Edit, post-produce and publish mobile user generated stories using the smartphone across various mobile workflows.

Activities:
Students edit their stories on their smartphone using their draft script as a guide. They post produce the story using their smartphone and include narration, B roll, graphics, titles and end credits. Using their specialist mobile apps students do a vision grade and an audio mix before publishing their video story across a variety of workflows and outlets like Upstart.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Literacies and Communication Skills (Writing,Speaking,Cultural Literacy)
Inquiry and Analytical Skills (Critical Thinking)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Personal and Professional Skills (Teamwork including leadership and working in groups,Autonomy and independence,Ethical behaviour,Adaptability Skills,Study and Learning Skills)
Discipline -Specific Knowledge and Skills (Discipline-Specific Knowledge and Skills)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2019, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorIvo Burum

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Assessment 1: Student will create a synopsis and a brief for Ass 2 (1200 word eq)We will assess the ability to critically evaluate a concept and develop a synopsis and outline (one line, one par, one page) that includes an analysis of the story, characters, structure, content. legal and production parameters.30 01, 02
Assessment 2: Produce a mobile story based on the synopsis (1200 word equ)We will asses an ability to develop the synopsis into a story, use equipment to produce edit and publish that story and in doing so, assess their comprehension of the various30 01, 03, 04, 05
Assessment 3: Work with group to develop & produce a series of stories around a theme (1600 word eq)Assessing the ability to work individually and with a group to utilise skills learned in Ass 1 and 2 to produce a series of thematically linked stories.40 01, 02, 03, 04, 05