MW 2018 in Review #journaling

MW Journals

THE BEST SKILL we teach in Media Writing involves reflective journaling. This major task comes with strong academic and theoretical supports and normally results in students feeling a high degree of accomplishment when finishing their Media Writing Journal at the end of the semester.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches creative media in the Limerick Institute of Technology. Sample from a page of one student's journal. ]

Critically Evaluating Personas

Burnerd Persona

WE SPENT a semester exploring the persona of Dervala Hanley and along the way, I started seeing elements of my own personality through the lens of student Classroom OneNote entries. The process affirmed for me the importance of stepping back and learning from third person perspectives.

[Bernie Goldbach teaches critical and contextual studies in the Limerick School of Art and Design.]

All About Local

A Dreamier WorldTHE "MOST INTERESTING" SHOT of Cashel, Ireland, today is a wheat field (at left). That tells a local story.

When I see farmers' fields in County Tipperary, I often think about where the crops are headed. A field of oats suggests a special story. They have a lower summer heat requirement and greater tolerance of rain than other cereals, such as wheat, rye or barley, so are particularly important in areas with cool, wet summers, such as Ireland. I watch farmers plant oats in both the autumn and in the spring. And I enjoy the by-product at places like Inch House where oats grown out front of the house make black pudding in the kitchen. This is a common local story and it should be shared.

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Creating an Immersive Experience

Tom HanksWE SPEND SEVERAL HOURS unpacking the concept of "immersive experiences" in the Media Writing module at LIT-Clonmel. It's part of a creative multimedia degree.

I like how Tom Hanks and Stephen Spielberg approach the topic so I try to find samples of their work to use in the third level curriculum. I've watched Band of Brothers several times because "immersion" runs through the characters of that award-winning mini series. I plan to show some of the behind-the-scenes discussions of how the actors got in character and how the directors ensured the success of the production by their strict focus on authenticity. The video below the break should effectively make the point.

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First Day as a Tagcloud

Firstday in Wordle

THE FIRST DAY BACK (#firstday on Twitter) forms the basis for a speed drill in the Media Writing module of the creative multimedia programme at the Limerick Institute of Technology.

Wordle thinks #firstday means one thing (see the screen grab) and some students have a different take on the subject. We looked at 26 pages of tweets to formulate a short intro that a radio presenter could use to introduce the topic to listeners. And we put some Kelly Rowland Radio onto Audioboo to use in the background as students cranked out their speed writing.




Remember 911

911 ShootdownREMEMBERING 911 is a meme that folds into an exploration of narratives in the Media Writing module run by the Limerick Institute of Technology because it's unusual to find anyone who does not know where they were on the day.

The world changed on September 11, 2011, partially because of the actions documented in both the written report of the day. One part of the story is traced in a scrolling view of a 911 map and audio files at the New York Times Interactive. The original audio clips, some of which have been published previously, have been released in a multimedia report originally intended to be part of the Sept. 11 Commission’s 2004 report. I think the story of the day of 9/11 courses through the voices of 9/11 in the clip below.

911 Voices

NYT Interactive -- "911 Tapes, September 7, 2011.

911 Commission -- The 911 Commission Report, ISBN 978-0393060416


About Your Strand

Threads HangingMOST IRISH people driving past trees adorned with strands of clothing know what it represents. And it's also true that people can often summarise their colleagues or their favourite things just by a single throwaway line.

It's important to consider this line of questions: "When someone speaks about you to someone else, what do they say? How would they refer to you? What would be the brief way they sum you up?"

If your gadgets define you, then you might be stereotyped as an Apple or Android fanboy. If you consider yourself "True Red" in Ireland, people will probably think "Cork" or "Liverpool" or even "ManU."

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Fair dealing

Cai.ieMUCH OF THE CONTENT produced for audio playback and downloadable at is done by and for third level students. As such, it's worth exploring how selections from books, music and spoken content from other sources can be used in a justifiable manner. We turn to the Copyright Association of Ireland for information concerning fair dealing, education and archiving.

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Long Tail Big Scenes

We catch up with Terry and Laurie Porter, Harley bikers from California, when they spend a podcast session in Mellifont Friary to discuss things like the SonyEricsson W810i Walkman phone, Americans in Europe, The Long Tail, why to carry a laptop on a Harley, making big scenes explode in Hollywood, jobs for multimedia degree students, weeknight barbeque tips and some podsafe music from Shiny Toy Guns, Randall Cousins and Steffen Coonan. It’s 45 minutes of conversation and musings in a 32.2 MB 96kbps MP3 file. Follow the rest in the shownotes. »