Mapping your final projects

Here are your final projects, plotted on a Google map. These are all very good, and I hope you’ll take some time to have a look at what your classmates have been doing. Thank you for a great semester.


Steps for finishing your final project

You have posted your final project to your blog — story (with at least five links), Flickr 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 here 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. Pick the most logical address.
  4. Select “Save to map.”
  5. Select “Spring 2013: Reinventing the News final projects.”
  6. Go to “My Places” and choose “Spring 2013: Reinventing the News final projects.”
  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. 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 — it and delete it.
  11. Insert a picture — thumbnail size from Flickr is best. Remember, it has to be a picture that’s online. Google Maps does not let you upload a photo.
  12. Below the picture: The headline of your final post along with the address.
  13. 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.

Deadline: Wednesday at 10 a.m.

Monday’s lab hours

Just a reminder that 171 Holmes will be open on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that you will be able to finish editing the videos for your final projects.

Your final deadline will be now be Wednesday, April 24, at 10 a.m. — an extension of one day. Please refer to the detailed instructions on what you need to do to finish the assignment. There are a lot of moving parts.

Sometime in the next day or so I will send you the link you need to plot your project on a Google map.

I hope everyone is doing well after the events of the past week. See you tomorrow.

We will have class on Tuesday

This was posted on the Northeastern website a little while ago:

After extensive outreach to members of our community, we do not know of any Northeastern students, faculty, or staff who are injured as a result of today’s explosions. The campus will be open tomorrow (Tuesday) for classes and all other business. Our public safety department will have increased staffing and a strong presence. Any member of the Northeastern University community who needs assistance should contact NUPD at 617-373-2121 or email


I will be in class, and I hope all of you can make it for our last full get-together of the semester. I don’t know exactly what we’re going to do. I imagine we’ll spend some time talking about the tragedy and how the news media covered it.

It sounds like public transportation is going to be a nightmare. If you have any way of driving, I suggest that you do it.

Boston’s global connections

Greater Boston is the home for some of the country’s most innovative news organizations covering international news. In advance of Maria Balinska’s presentation on Latitude News this morning, we’ll take a look at how these organizations are covering the tensions involving North Korea and its nuclear weapons: