Too White For 30

Hello all!  It's been a pleasure teaching you this semester.  I know our time was short.  I hope you don't hate me THAT much.  If you did, I'm sorry.  If you don't, I'm also sorry.

It's still weird wandering down the halls of a school I've only spent 2 years in as a student and now more years as a proff.  However, it's students like you that make me want to come back each and every year to show you the wonders social media can help produce your brand and the radio brands you will be working for someday.  

As a token of my gratitude to you as hawesome students, I have a present for you!  On my birthday in 2013, I recorded a live comedy album called "Too White For 30" where I told stories of my life.  I have it on iTunes for $3.99 but for you I have it for FREE!  That's right, FREE as in BEER!  

You can download the album as a zip file here:

Or listen to the album below.

Thank you all and I wish you much success in your professional career.  Oh, also if you somehow become a boss of a big radio company, give me a call, I'll send you my resume. PLEASE HIRE ME!

As always I remain, obediently yours.

Steve

Assignment #4 - YouTube

As discussed in class, Video blogging is a great and easy way to get your thoughts out there and create great engaging content without the need for fancy equipment, just using your own personality.  For this assignment you are to create a video blog or vlog about any topic you like (or do the 13 Questions Tag.  Questions listed below).  

If you wish to do another Video Type like what we discussed in class and have the capabilities to do so, you can.  If you have a YouTube channel or show you update regularly, I need a video specifically recorded for this assignment.  You cannot submit an older video.

  • The vlog must be 3-5 minutes.  
  • The subject of the vlog is up to you, but no inappropriate content.  Keep it PG-13 as best as you can.  
  • Record or upload the video to your own YouTube Channel.  
  • Video quality is not super important, but make sure you have good audio (ie: your voice is clear, no distortion, limited background noise.  Make sure we can hear you)
  • You can edit your video if you have the expertise, if not a straight one cut is fine.  You won’t be penalized marks for not knowing how to edit a video
  • If you are concerned with Privacy, you may set the video to “Unlisted”.  This way the video is private to everyone.  Only those with a link to the video can view it.
  • Video must have a catchy title
  • Enter a two to three sentence paragraph in the description
  • Be creative!

Recording a video on YouTube directly Step-By-Step:

  1. Log into your YouTube Account
  2. Click on “Upload” beside the Search box
  3. On the Right Sidebar under the heading “Create Videos” click on the Record button under “Webcam Capture”
  4. An Adobe Flash window might show up asking for permission to use your webcam, click “Allow” and then click “Close”
  5. Your webcam camera view should show what the camera is looking at
  6. Before you click on “Start Recording” Talk to make sure you see the Green bar on the right hand side go up and down to show that your microphone is picking up your audio
  7. Click “Start Recording”
  8. Once you are done, click “Stop Recording”
  9. You can playback the video you just recorded by clicking the Play button.  If you are unhappy with it, click “Start Over”, if you are happy click the blue “Upload” button
  10. On the next screen, give your video a Title and a Description.  You can add tags if you like, but it’s not necessary
  11. Change the Privacy Settings if you want to set the video as Unlisted. 
  12. Click Save.  If it’s greyed out and says “Saved” click on the dropdown arrow beside the Upload button and click Video Dashboard
  13. Click on Share and copy the URL and paste the URL in an email and send it to me.

If you have a video file already and want to upload it to YouTube, follow this Step-By-Step

  1. Login to your YouTube Account
  2. Click on the Upload button beside the Search Box
  3. Click on the Red Upload button and Browse to where your video file is stored on your computer
  4. Browse to where your video file is on your computer and click “Open”
  5. As the video is uploading, give your video a Title and a Description.  You can add tags if you like, but it’s not necessary
  6. Change the Privacy Settings if you want to set the video as Unlisted. 
  7. When the video is done uploading and processing you should see a Green Check Mark where the Upload Status Bar was.  Once you see that click Save.  (It is possible the video may fail on upload, if it does, try again in a few minutes).  If it’s greyed out and says “Saved” click on the dropdown arrow beside the Upload button and click Video Dashboard
  8. Click on Share and copy the URL and paste the URL in an email and send it to me.

To submit the assignment, send an email to steve.saylor@humber.ca with your name, class # and a URL to your YouTube video.  Must be submitted before Wednesday Dec 16, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Marking scheme:

Production /3
Content /10
Title/Description /2

13 Questions Tag:

1. What do you order at Starbucks?
2. What's one thing in your closet that you cannot live without?
3. What's one thing that most people probably wouldn't know about you?
4. Name one thing that you want to do before you die
5. What's one food that you cannot live without?
6. What quote/phrase do you live your life by?
7. What do you like and dislike about the YT community?
8. What's your number one most listened to song on iTunes?
9. What kind of style would you define yourself as having?
10. Favorite number
11. Two hobbies
12. Two pet peeves
13. Guilty Pleasure

Assignment #3 - Podcasting

As discussed in class, Podcasting is a great way to express yourself online, especially as a broadcaster. In groups of 3-4 people, create a short (3-5 minute) “demo” podcast on whatever subject your group has decided on. This is your chance to be creative!

  • The podcast must have an intro of some sort (30 seconds max) with theme music. Feel free to use music/sound effects throughout the piece as you see fit.
  • The subject of the podcast is up to you—but keep it limited to one (short) segment. Consider this a “demo” of a bigger podcast you’d be producing in the future.
  • It’s up to you how to distribute the work, but all group members must have their voices in the podcast in some capacity (Even if one person simply voices the Intro)
  • Try your best to have the best audio quality possible–Zooms (or similar recorders) are fine for this assignment. If you possess the ability to, using Skype or a similar VOIP software to record the show
  • Keep it PG-13 –no foul language, or X-Rated topics. If you’re unsure, feel free to e-mail me.
  • Give your podcast a title–be creative!

In addition to the podcast itself, also provide a short (50-100 word) description of your podcast. Tell me a bit about it–what’s the main “topic” of the podcast? if you were to produce this on an ongoing basis, what sorts of things would your podcast cover? Remember–much like a blog, generally a podcast has a “topic” it focuses on. For example: Technology, Music, Gaming, Sports, etc. Feel free to check out some of the podcasts mentioned in class for examples of “real-world” podcasts and how to structure them.

UPLOAD AUDIO TO SOUNDCLOUD

Posting Step by Step:

  1. Login to your soundcloud account.  (This only needs to be done once, designate a person in your group to use their soundcloud account.)
  2. On the top navbar click “Upload”
  3. Click the orange button “Choose file to upload”
  4. Browse to where your audio file is on your computer and click “Open”
  5. Give the podcast name in the Title with “DEMO” at the end
  6. Enter the description of your podcast as mentioned above along with the names of all members in your group and your section #
  7. Click “Metadata”
  8. Under License “Select Creative Commons”
  9. Check “Attribution”, “Non-Commercial” and “Share Alike”
  10. Check “Enable Downloads” under “Permissions”
  11. Click “Save”
  12. Once the audio is finished uploading after clicking Save, click on “Go to your Track”
  13. Click “Share”
  14. Copy the “Link” URL and send that in an email to me.

Send 1 Email per group to mail@stevesaylor.net with the Group Podcast Name as the subject line, the students names and Class # in the body, and the link to the post.  Must be submitted before Wednesday Dec 9, 2015 at 11:59pm.

Marking scheme:

Production /6
Content /7
Writeup /2

Assignment #2 - Social Media Case Study

For this assignment, choose one of the following case study topics.

  1. In class, we briefly discussed the Occupy movement and how social media factored into it. For this case study, choose one or more newsworthy events that have happened, anywhere in the world, and examine how social media affected them. What happened during the event(s)? How did Social Media affect the event(s)? Go into detail—don’t just give me an overview. Do a bit of research—look at news posts, blogs, tweets, etc. Were there, for example, hashtags used to rally people? A blog? A Facebook page? Did the use of social media affect how traditional media covered the event? NOTE:  the occupy movement is NOT an option for this case study.
  2. A running theme in the class has been how you never know who is seeing your social media pages or how what you say online will be interpreted. For this case study, choose a few tweets, Facebook posts, blog posts, etc made by notable people that got them into “hot water.” What was the offending post? Was it misunderstood, or legitimately offensive? What was the backlash? Has this had a lasting effect on this person’s career? Go into as much detail as you can.

Present your findings in a typed, 750-1000 word, double-spaced report to be attached and emailed to mail@stevesaylor.net no later than 11:59pm on Wednesday December 2nd. In the email include your name and Class #.  Work in pairs, but no more than 3 people..  Some further notes:

  • Keep in mind the questions presented in the case studies are meant as a guideline to help you in writing your paper.
  • It’s up to you how many topics you examine—if you can write for 750-1000 words on one event, then go for it.
  • I’m looking for some analysis here—don’t just tell me what happened, also let me know how social media has affected what you’re examining.
  • Late assignments will NOT be accepted.

Marking:

Style (Spelling, grammar, formatting) /5

Content /15

Analysis /10

Total /30

Blogging Assignment

For this ongoing assignment, you will be required to write a short (300-400 word) blog on various topics that will be assigned every week. Marks will be given for completion, style (spelling/grammar) and content. You will need to register for a tumblr.com account

  1. Register for a blog at tumblr.com
  2. For a display name, pick your name or as close as you can get to it (for example: stevesaylor, JohnSmith, JohnDoeRadio)
  3. Once your tumblr blog is created, to create a new blog post:
    1. Log in to tumblr.com
    2. Once you are at your tumblr dashboard click the Text icon to start a new blog post.
    3. Give it a title and then type your blog post into the text field below
  4. When your finished writing, click Publish
  5. On the top of the right sidebar click on your tumblr link.  You’ll be taken to your tumblr blog
  6. You should see your new post has been created, click on the Title of the post and then copy the URL of the post and email it to me at steve.saylor@humber.ca (Details below).  Example of what your URL would look like is:  http://newbroadcastmedia.tumblr.com/post/65745395849/blogging-assignment

Evaluation Completion: /1% * 7 Weeks = 7% Content: /2.5% * 7 Weeks = 17.5% Technical (Spelling, Grammar): /1.5% * 7 weeks = 10.5% Total: /35%

  • Entries must be posted to your blog every week before the end of each class.
  • Entires must also be e-mailed to Steve.Saylor@Humber.ca (or for Blog #1 only email: mail@stevesaylor.net) with the Subject Line “BLOG ASSIGNMENT - BLOG 1” also your name, your class number and the URL of the blog post within the body of the email or will be considered late.

For your weekly topics, visit stevesaylor.net/rbd109 (Topics will also be given at the end of every class) For Your First Blog: Tell me a bit about yourself. Why did you decide to get into radio? What is it about broadcasting that attracts you? Nine weeks into the program, what challenges have you faced in your journey to become a broadcaster? Where do you see yourself going in radio? Remember to post all blogs before end of each class AND E-mail links to all blog entries to Steve.Saylor@Humber.ca