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Journalism - Information Gathering Resources

Journalism Archive Management (JAM)

1. Create


  • Text content               creating text
  • Audio content            creating audio
  • Photo content            
  • Video content            

2. Label

Choose a file naming structure then stick with it. 

Whatever structure you choose, be consistent!

   Class_Name_assignment_date (yearmonthday).file extension

Folder names should include course numbers.    

   Folder:  J2150

Save text files = .pdf extension

  • J1100_Jones_reflection1_20160531.pdf

Save audio files

  • Uncompressed = .wav  .wav file

    • J2150_Jones_interview_20160531.wav

  • Compressed = .mp3  

    •  J2150_Jones_interview_20160531.mp3

Save photo files

  • Uncompressed = .tif    .tif file

    • J2150_Jones_localphoto_20160531.tif

  • Compressed = .jpg    .jpg file
    • J2150_Jones_localphoto_20160531.jpg

Save video files

  • Uncompressed = .avi  .avi fileor .mxf mfx

    • J2150_Jones_video_20160531.avi 

    • J2150_Jones_video_20160531.mxf

  • Compressed = .mp4 .mp4 file

    • J2150_Jones_video_20160531.mp4


3. Store

Store the folder & files in 3 places:

  • 1 uncompressed copy in  BOX  (the cloud)
    • Sign up for a Mizzou authorized account to store and share content before you begin creating. 
  • 1 compressed copy on a computer hard drive  computer hard drive
  • 1 compressed copy on an external drive (USB3) 

4. Find

Finding previously created content is easy if you labeled and stored it properly.

Find your first J1100 reflective paper.  It could provide context to a new essay that you are currently writing.

  • Search for 1 of your 3 saved copies
    • Look for and open the J1100 file folder
      • Find the file:  J1100_Jones_reflection1_20160531.pdf

Find that interview you conducted in J2150.

  • Search for 1 of your 3 saved copies
    • Look for and open the J2150 file folder
      • Find the file:  J2150_Jones_interview1_20160531.mp3

Potential employers could see what great skills you would bring to their company if you could find that video you created in J2150 last spring.

  • Search for 1 of your 3 saved copies
    • Look for and open the J2150 file folder
      • Find the file:  J2150_Jones_video_20160531.avi

5. Reuse

Repurpose previously created content to:

Craft a new essay:

You found your first J1100 reflective paper (J1100_Jones_reflection1_20160531.pdf).  It provides context for a new essay that you just finished.

Create a new podcast using an audio interview you crafted while in journalism school:

While taking J2150, you interviewed an individual who is now running for state office. The interview (2150_Jones_interview1_20160531.mp3) could provide historical context by incorporating parts of it into a new podcast you are creating for your local NPR affiliate.

Spotlight your multimedia skills to potential employers in your online portfolio:

You created a video (while in J2150) combining your technical photo and audio skills with an interview of an internationally known documentary director. Using newly acquired skills and equipment, you can edit and enhance the video (J2150_Jones_video_20160531.avi) for submission to a media outlet as a freelance videographer.