Extra Credit Opportunity

Extra Credit Opportunity – Multimedia Story on Undergraduate Research Day

What is this event?

Undergraduate Research Day is Saturday, April 28, 2018.  Wyoming’s celebration of undergraduate research is open to all students who have completed an independent research or creative project in any discipline at Wyoming community colleges, UW/Casper College, and the University of Wyoming.  Last year approximately 400 students presented their research, and this year we anticipate an even richer display of undergraduate curiosity and creativity. Abstracts of all presentations will be published.

For more information about the event, visit: http://www.uwyo.edu/epscor/events/undergraduate-research-day/index.html

What can I produce?

You can produce any type of multimedia story, using either promotional or journalistic storytelling. Ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • 2-minute audio profile on an undergraduate student who is participating in the event
  • Journalistic video of the actual event; of course, you’d have to attend the event and get interviews and footage
  • Video, audio, and/or text-based press release for the event that highlights some of the key events of the day
  • Photo story about the event; you’d attend the event, take photos at the event, and of course, get the students’ names and projects for the photo captions

Please chat with me about your ideas. I’m more than happy to assist in the brainstorming!

How do I get sources to interview?

Contact Emily Vercoe for student suggestions, student contact information, and for information about the event. Emily Vercoe is the coordinator of the event.

Emily Vercoe email: evercoe@uwyo.edu

How much is this extra credit worth?

Depending on the quality of the multimedia story, you will earn at minimum 10 percentage points added to your lowest assignment grade, and you could earn at maximum 20 percentage points added to your lowest assignment grade.

For example, if your lowest assignment grade is an 80%, and you created a multimedia story about Undergraduate Research Day, then your assignment grade would be changed anywhere from a 90% to a 100%.

When is the multimedia story due? And how do I submit the story?

Due Date: Sunday, May 13, 2018 by 11:59 p.m.

Submission: Upload or embed the multimedia story to your blog in a new post. Write a brief post about the experience. Copy and paste the blog post URL in the Extra Credit Assignment in our WyoCourse page.

About The Author

I'm a faculty member in Communication & Journalism at the University of Wyoming. At UW, I have taught online journalism, advanced new media, introduction to mass media, politics and media, and alternative media. At Ohio State, where I got my PhD, I taught research methods, news reporting and writing, visual communication, and persuasion. My reserach focuses on political communication, emerging media platforms, and entertainment media. In my spare time, I love to play with my daughters, hang out with my family, cook, hike, jog, read, and blog.