Information Studies 275, UCLA Winter 2002
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 from Howard's
recent Brazil trips and September
01 Italy trip to create two different narratives: one that involves
some research and attempts to be "truthful" and "accurate" -- a form of
"information product" -- (due March 7), and another that could be either
"truthful" or fictional (due sooner -- Feb 21). Each narrative should
include at least 40 photographs and several hundred words of text.
(Revision -- the 2nd essay only needs a minimum of 20 photos.) 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 similar assignments in the past, see http://www.gseis.ucla.edu/~howard/repurposing.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 Brazil-Italy Projects folder), and
you 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.
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 Mar 7) could be about anything
from Italian grafitti to the Brazilian 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 (Feb 21).
NOTE: Directions for turning in your Brazil/Italy image
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 Howard
telling him 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.]