Information Studies 208, UCLA Spring 2001
Thurs 17:00-20:30, 111 GSE&IS Bldg
Multiple Narratives, Editing, and Repurposing
Assignment #1 and #2: Re-edit a selection of photos
and text from Howard's recent Cuba
trip to create two different narratives: one that involves some research
and attempts to be "truthful" and "accurate" (due May 17), and another
that could be either "truthful" or fictional (due sooner -- May 3).
Each narrative should include at least 40 photographs and several hundred
words of text. You can include text or photographs from other sources,
but your primary source for photos should be the one provided by the instructor.
For examples of student work on a similar assignment last year, see http://skipper.gseis.ucla.edu/students/is287a/html/All/Vietnam/287projects.html
You should create your narrative as an html file using relative links
to the images. You should not make copies of the images, but
instead should make links to those images. (The images will appear
on your pages but will not be located within your workspace.) Your
work on this will need to be done on the IS server in the Photo-essays
folder (which itself is in the Cuba01 folder), and tyou will login
using your own user name (see immediately below this paragraph).
(Ultra-Caution: make sure that you do not use a file-name that someone
else has used or one of your files will likely vanish and all your work
will be lost!! As a suggestion, use a file-name based on your own
name.) You will need to create your web-pages within this workspace
or the relative links will not work when the images are moved to a new
Follow the Lab's notes as to how to login so that your scanned files are
saved in the right place.
By April 19 the Lab will create instructional
material and a templet file that should explain the location of the
files you need to access, and how to use Dreamweaver to best to avoid copying
images (but instead create relative links).
The narrative involving research (due May 17) could be about anything
from Cuban posters or grafitti to the Cuban eocnomy to a summarization
of the photographer's own memory of events photographed (by checking with
both the posted diary and the photographer.
The narrative not requiring research is due in sooner (May 3).
NOTE: Directions for turning in your Cuba image projects:
You should have created 2 files -- 1 fictional and 1 "accurate"
Make sure that each of your files has a title that accurately portrays
what it is about.
Make sure that each file states that it was done for this class, and gives
the class and instructor name, and links to the class homepage and the
If you want your name associated with this file when it goes into a public
webspace, be sure to put your name in the file. If you don't want
your name there, do not put your name in the file.
Give your files filenames something like unique-fiction.html and unique-fact.html,
where "unique" is replaced by some unique name (like your login name, your
last name, a set of at least 3 initials, etc. The goal here is to
make sure that we have no confusion when your files are put in the same
directory with all the other students in the class; we don't want duplicate
names. Also, please note that if you don't want someone a year from
now to be able to guess that you wrote these files, you probably shouldn't
use your own last name (or even login name).
If either of the pieces you do consists of more than a single file (which
is fine to do, but most people won't do this), make sure that when the
files refer to each other, they use relative (not absolute) links.
And when you send in your filenames (see below), make sure you send in
all the filenames.
Send a single email message to Snowden
telling her for each of your 2 files:
the name of the file
the title of the file contents
a one-sentence (or short phrase) description of what you tried to portray
in this file
Whether you intend to work more on one or both of the files (and if you
do, say when you thing you'll absolutely be finished). [When you're
completely finished with any editing, Snowden will move your files to another
directory where they will sit for the future.]