Mapping your final project

You have posted your final project to your blog — story (with at least five links), slideshow and video. You have sent me an email explaining how you used social media in reporting your story. (You have, haven’t you?) Now it’s time to take the final step and plot your project on a class map. First, make sure you are logged in to your Google account. Then:

  1. Click on the link I sent to your Gmail account in order to go to the map.
  2. Save it to “My Places.”
  3. Enter the address of your project (for instance, 27 Berkeley St., Boston, MA). For some of you, this may be difficult because you interviewed people in multiple places. Pick the most logical address.
  4. Select “Save to map.”
  5. Select “Reinventing the News Fall 2013.”
  6. Go to “My Places” and choose “Reinventing the News Fall 2013.”
  7. Click on “Edit.”
  8. Click on the blue “27 Berkeley St.” icon — not on the map, but a little farther down on the left-hand side.
  9. Now go to the box that opened up on the map itself. Make sure “Rich text” is selected. For the title, replace “27 Berkeley St.” with your name.
  10. In the text box below, select anything Google may have already put there — text and pictures — and delete it.
  11. Insert a picture from your photo story. Remember, it has to be a picture that’s online. Google Maps does not let you upload a photo. So you will need to get the URL of the photo. If you are using a Mac with Safari, place the cursor over the photo, hold down the Control key and select “Copy Image Address.” You now have the URL. (The process will be similar regardless of what computer or browser you are using.) Return to the map. Click on the photo icon and enter the URL.
  12. Switch from “Rich text” to “Edit HTML.” Look for “width” in the code, and whatever it is, change it to 150. Switch back to “Rich text.”
  13. Below the picture: The headline of your final post along with the address.
  14. Highlight the headline and link it directly to the permalink for your final project.

I have seeded the map with a post of my own so that you can look at what I did and how to format it. Please don’t touch Lindsey Schmidt’s post.

Deadline: Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Last steps on your final projects

Please look this over carefully so that you understand the steps you need to take to finish your final project. Do not overlook any of these steps. Here are two additional pieces of information that you’ll need to know:

  • Obviously I extended the video deadline, since some of you are working on it today. You do not need to show it to me in advance — just upload it to YouTube and embed it in your blog post. (Be sure to unclick the “private” setting on YouTube.) The introductory screen I refer to should include your name — no anonymous videos, please.
  • I don’t think there’s any way of embedding the slideshow without asking you to do it over — which I don’t want to do. You already have a standalone slideshow on your blogs. In your final post, please link to it. You can see how Lindsey handled it by clicking here (very first line).

I will follow up with detailed instructions for plotting your project on a Google map.

Three stories for discussion

This morning we’ll be taking a look not only at The Christian Science Monitor but also at two other Boston-based (or -founded) projects that cover international news: GlobalPost and Global Voices Online. We’ll read these three stories and discuss them: