City Journalist II

Lead Artist: Lina Maria Giraldo

Meeting Days and Times: Tuesday and Thursday 3:30 to 6:30

Course Dates: SEPTEMBER 25 – DECEMBER 18

Course Description:
Information changes and everyday news are accessible to us in a matter of seconds. Thanks to the cellphone anyone can be a journalist. The easy access to cellphones allow every voice to be heard. Each artist is going to have an angle and an opportunity to be the voice of the community. During the class we are going to reach the Egleston Square community and interview them.

City journalist brings authenticity to keep people together and decrease apathy in their surroundings. Stories have the ability to change the world. In order to unite our community, every story counts. The core of the class will be based on the power of collective storytelling and interactive documentary.
The goal of the class is to gather stories from different business owners from the square and strength and build their relationship with the community. The most important is to provide them with a voice that seems to be forgotten in the struggle of quick gentrification and strong differences of cultural backgrounds.
During the class we are going to learn technical skills. Understand the power of social change trough art. The power of digital media and the use of social network and geotags as a voice and collective message. Learn interview skills, storyboarding, mood boards, project management and PR.

Skill-Building Opportunities
City Journalist goal is to encourage critical thinking and social change through art and community engagement. It will challenge the teen artist to use art as a tool of communication and expression.

Each week the class is going to be posting on the blog small exercises that are going to improve their writing skills, knowledge of content management and blogging.

Editing Skills, file organization, basic composite images, video compression, storyboarding and concept development.

Students will be working in group throughout the class. This will improve collaboration, role division and accentuate and improve on their best qualities.

Each students will have different roles including project management, production, Journalist, Press, Writing and Community Engagement.

The student will have the opportunity to practice public speaking through the making of the videos. They are going to be asking questions and developing a conversations to recreate a digital portrait of the community.

The students will have the opportunity to do research and collect data from both past and present. They will develop their narrative skills while being objective throughout the process.

We will be building the blog to document the process, questions and challenges presented before, during and after the interviews. This blog will help the students to follow up on the process and draw proper conclusions.

With this project, we will also be addressing some of the Common Core Standards, Grades 9 to 12

Weekly Schedule

September 25 | ORIENTATION / FIRST ASSEMBLY

Week 1 (September 28-October 2) |

Major Theme/Topic for the Week: Introductions:
Community building, Expectations, Background of medium, Intro to public presentation

Week 2 (October 5-October 9) |: Collective Storytelling and Interactive Documentary:
Understand Storytelling, Samples of Collective Storytelling Online, Introduce Curriculum, Introduce the class. Introduce the teen artist and their expectations from the class.

Day 1: Tuesday September 29:

• Objectives/Goals:
The student would have a better understanding of collective storytelling and social change.
Discuss with the students the goals of the class.
Create class rules for the class
• Materials:
Jonathan Harris TED Talk on Collecting Stories http://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_harris_collects_stories
Chimamanda Adichie TED Talk: The danger of a single story http://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_adichie_the_danger_of_a_single_story
Tehran Without Permission
http://www.moma.org/explore/multimedia/videos/90/517
Aaron Koblin’s
http://www.aaronkoblin.com/work.html
• Activities:
Introduction of the class and meet each other. Share ideas and expectation of the class Go over the curriculum.
Separate in 3 groups and each group is going to choose one of the artist shown in the class. Discuss how each project use collective storytelling. Review Samples of Collective Storytelling and documentaries using cellphones (links provided above), Discuss class rules with the students.
• Assessments:
The students will write a paragraph introducing themselves in a small bio. Who are they? Where are they coming from? Interest? The skills they could use during the class. Bring a digital portrait.
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday October 1st:
• Objectives/Goals:
Understanding how collective storytelling is used to give a voice though the community.
• Materials:
The IS collective
http://theiscollective.com/work/film
Sandy Storyline
www.sandystoryline.com
Facebook Stories
www.facebookstories.com

• Activities:
Set Up profiles in the blog
Each student is going to write a bio introducing who they are, their best skills and expectation of the class. Upload their photo
• Assessments:
Based on the conversation within the group the groups are going to write their first blog entry (including the artist shown on class and the reading)
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration the class based on their best qualities and skills
Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Week 3 (October 12-October 16) | Concept Development and Online and Physical Research:
Understand concept development and its process from mood board, writing storyboard and production.

Day 1: Tuesday October 6th

• Objectives/Goals:
What is concept development and its importance in the process
Identify our tools: Cellphones, Online Platforms, Storytelling, Video Editing, Composite Software and Social Networks

• Materials:
Something Happened Here
http://www.saisriskandarajah.com/shh/
Spencer Tunick
www.spencertunick.com
Gabriel Barcia Colombo
http://www.gabebc.com/New-York-Minute

http://www.jfk50.org
http://www.flickriver.com/photos/designandtechnologydepartment/4085338873/
• Activities:
1st visit to Egleston Square do a physical research, Online and historical research

• Assessments:
Separate in 3 groups and each group is going to choose two of the artist shown in the class and discuss how collective Storytelling is used to share ideas.

Reading: Telling Tails by Tim Obrian
http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2009/08/telling-tails/307533/

Write a story no longer than 25 words.
Reference:
http://www.npr.org/2010/11/13/131276783/-hint-fiction-celebrates-the-extremely-short-story
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday October 8th

• Objectives/Goals:
Understand Mood Boards
Photoshop Basics
• Materials:
https://vimeo.com/8014289
http://www.slideshare.net/Itsjustrory/story-28640397
http://si682.logicalrealism.org/assets/images/sbintervention_2.jpg
http://www.davidfeiten.com/Storyboard.html
• Activities:
Tutorial of how to use Photoshop and create a mood board for the class
• Assessments:
The class is going to be divided in groups. Each group is going to create a mood board using their online and physical research.
Each group needs to upload their blog and 25 words or less story
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Week 4 (October 19-October 23) |The power of social media online video: Social Media as a tool for change and a voice for the community. Introduction to Project management

Assembly Preparation:
Plan to present a brief update of the progress of your artist project by end of this week.

Day 1: Tuesday October 20th

• Objectives/Goals:
Social Media Instagram Twitter and the use of hashtags
• Materials:
http://storycorps.org/listen/?show=featured
http://blog.instagram.com/post/124746356227/150722-alexkpotter
http://www.bestappsite.com/3-must-have-apps-for-posting-videos-to-instagram/
http://content.photojojo.com/tips/10-editing-tips-for-making-killer-instagram-videos/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/8-ways-create-unforgettable-instagram-videos/
https://help.instagram.com/442610612501386/
http://blog.laptopmag.com/use-video-on-instagram-tips
http://mashable.com/2013/10/08/what-is-hashtag
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hashtag_activism
http://mashable.com/2012/03/23/twitter-hashtag-campaigns
• Activities:
Each Student has to create a Instagram account for the class
Every students need to be logged into the Urbano Twitter Account
Snapchat possibilities discuss with the students.
Review our hashtags/ who use hashtags / review successful campaigns
Examples: #justiceforsandy #sandyspeaks
• Assessments:
Create a bio video using Instagram. It can’t be longer than 15 seconds. Include hashtags
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday October 22th

• Objectives/Goals:
Peer collaboration trough role division. Understand the importance of Project Management Timeline for the rest of the class –
• Materials:
egleston.us, students Instagram accounts. Urbano Vimeo Channel. Storyboards examples
• Activities:
Ride the bus 42 and document your trip. Download images and videos in Urbano’s computer. Upload 1st photo on Instagram using their hashtag and geo locations
• Assessments:
Document the process and prepare the assets to create a video
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 3:
Second Assembly October 23 | Visiting Artist + Artists’ Projects Progress Presentations
Week 5 (October 26-October 30) | Interactive and public Storytelling: How to recreate stories for interactive media and public spaces. Interview the good the bad and the ugly

Day 1: Tuesday October 27th

Objectives: Storyboarding and Basic Knowledge of Video editing, compression and upload to web
• Materials:
Interactive Storytelling Examples and Storyboard
Bread
http://bread.nfb.ca
Shout
http://primal.nfb.ca/en/shout
Bubble Dancers
http://bubbledancers.nfb.ca/#/bubbledancers
Fort McMoney
http://fortmcmoney.com/en/#/fortmcmoney
Hyperlocal
http://hyperlocal.nfb.ca/#/hyperlocal
Corner Store
http://cornerstore.nfb.ca
Video Link Tutorials:
http://egleston.us/?p=395
• Activities:
Editing Video Tutorial, Interactive Storytelling samples
• Assessments:
Create the first video and upload to the blog. Share in Instagram and twitter
• Differentiation:
During the creation of the video we are going to define the roles, writer editor, assets organization, storyboarding.
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday October 29

• Objectives/Goals:
Start reaching to the community. Concentrate in business owners. Define questions and zones with the groups.
• Materials:
Interview Tips
http://egleston.us/?p=397
Samples of public Art inspired on social change
• Activities:
Walk through Egleston square by groups. do a social survey of the business.
Create the final groups of the class based on their skills and type of businesses.
Each group is going to create a letter of presentation explaining the project, create a list of their possible participants.
• Assessments:
At the end of the class each student needs to create a blog entry of their conclusions
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different roles during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Week 6 (November 2-November 6) | Community outreach: Interviews using your cellphones

Day 1: Tuesday November 3

• Objectives/Goals:
Introduce the project with the business Owners and set schedules for interviews
• Materials:
https://storycorps.org/
http://www.humansofnewyork.com/
• Activities:
Contact business owner and start scheduling interviews
Review the blog for each student’s profile.
• Assessments:
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday November 5th

• Objectives/Goals:
Start gathering Interviews
Community outreach, list of places where we could interact
Start gathering contacts for a possibility to create an event
Use glass door at Urbano Project/Business in Egleston Square *1
Materials:
Cellphones and interview guidelines
• Activities:
Interviews. Download all the videos at the class useing Google Drive
• Assessments:
Edit Videos. Start gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Milestone:
What major benchmark/work product will be complete by the halfway point of the session?

All questions, topics and objectives fully developed and groups have completed their 1st video on Egleston Square. Community has already been approached and the first interviews recorded. Blog will already have abundant entries from the students documenting their process both personally and in groups. All students need to have completed their own bio, including self-video on the blog. Instagram and twitter will already have entries all with the corresponding hashtags.

Week 7 (November 9-November 13) | Community outreach: Interviews using your cellphones
~WEDNESDAY, November 11 | Veterans day (No School)~

Day 1:

• Objectives/Goals:
Start gathering Interviews
Community outreach, list of places where we could interact
Start gathering contacts fora possibly creating an event
Use glass door at Urbano Project/Business in Egleston Square *1
Materials:
Cellphones and interview guidelines
• Activities:
Interview Download all the videos at the class using Google Drive
• Assessments:
Edit Videos. Continue gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2:

• Objectives/Goals:
Start gathering Interviews
Community outreach, list of places where we could interact
Continue gathering contacts for possible event
Use glass door at Urbano Project/Business in Egleston Square *1
Materials:
Cellphones and interview guidelines
• Activities:
Interview Download all the videos at the class use Google Drive
• Assessments:
Edit Videos, Star gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student need to upload their photos to Instagram
Each group need to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Week 8 (November 16-November 20) | Final Steps:
Refining of ideas. Review Goals, Timeline, Roles and Organize Media. Composite Video

Assembly Preparation:
Plan to present a brief update of the progress of your artist project by end of this week.

Day 1: Tuesday November 17

• Objectives/Goals:
Review timeline and updated in compass with the initial goals
Digital production Video Editing , Composite Video
Project Management
• Materials:
Composite Video Tutorials
• Activities:
Follow up interview if necessary
Edit Videos. gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram (33 in total)
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account (discuss video with the class by groups)
• Assessments:
Project Planning
Review Roles: editors, writers, event organization, community outreach wrangler,
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday 19

• Objectives/Goals:
Review timeline and updated in compass with the initial goals
Digital production Video Editing , Composite Video
Project Management
• Materials:
Composite Video Tutorials
• Activities:
Follow up interview if necessary
Edit Videos, Star gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram (33 in total)
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account (discuss video with the class by groups)
Composite Tutorials
Follow up with business owner
• Assessments:
Project Planning
Review Roles: editors, writers, event organization, community outreach wrangler,
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the duration of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 3:
Third Assembly November 20 | Visiting Artist + Artists’ Projects Progress Presentations

Week 9 (November 23-November 27) | Final Steps:
Refining of ideas. Review Goals, Timeline, Roles and Organize Media. Composite Video

~THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26 + FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 27 | Thanksgiving Break~

• Objectives/Goals:
Digital production Video Editing , Composite Video
Project Management
• Materials:
Composite Video Tutorials
• Activities:
Edit Videos. gathering background sounds for the videos
Each student needs to upload their photos to Instagram (33 in total)
Each group needs to upload the process through the blog
Upload to Vimeo account (discuss video with the class by groups)
Composite Tutorials
Follow up with business owner
• Assessments:
Project Planning
Review Roles: editors, writers, event organization, community outreach wrangler,
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Week 10 (November 30-December 4) | Exhibition and Event: Development of event/exhibition.

Day 1: Tuesday December 1st

• Objectives/Goals:
Decide final locations for projections, specific requirement ,
• Materials:
Projectors, Computers, Screens, Mouse, Screens
• Activities:
Testing Interactive Map with Instagram Images, testing videos on the screens
Review Blog, Exhibition Design
• Assessments:
Creation of artist statements, Labels, Final Review Blog.
• Differentiation:
Each student will have a different role during the length of the class based on their best qualities and skills
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2:Thursday December 3

• Objectives/Goals:
Decide final locations for projections, specific requirement ,
• Materials:
Projectors, Computers, Screens, Mouse, Screens
• Activities:
Testing Interactive Map with Instagram Images, testing videos on the screens
Review Blog, Exhibition Design

Week 11 (December 7-December 11) | Exhibition and Event: Development of event/exhibition.

~INSTALL WEEK~
~THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10: Internal Dress Rehearsal~
~FRIDAY, DECEMBER 11: Public Outdoors Performance & Projection Event in Egleston Square~

Day 1: Tuesday December 8th

• Objectives/Goals:
Completion of the pieces for the exhibition. PR
• Materials:
Online Invitation Create PR for the media Print Invitation for the business owners
• Activities:
The class is going to be divided by 3 (Exhibition Design, PR, Projection Set UP)
Video Documentation of the exhibition
• Work Products/Documentation:
egleston.us

Day 2: Thursday December 10
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 10: Internal Dress Rehearsal~

Week 12 (December 14-December 18) | Final Show + Reflection & Assessment:
Completion of public presentations, Editing of documentation, Discussion of final presentation, Discussion of working process and lessons learned, Future Planning, Exit Surveys, Instructors complete assessment surveys

~FINAL PUBLIC EXHIBITION | December 17~
~FINAL ASSEMBLY | FRIDAY, December 18~