This week marks our last in class meeting for the 2019 version of Networked Narratives at Kean University, and students are speeding towards the finish line with their end of semester projects.

Those present in class get to share in a potluck, others may have to enjoy photos in twitter 😉

Field Guide Project Previews

Students are going to give a brief preview of the status of their work towards publishing in the Arganee Journal their sections reviewing a current issue that makes the internet seem darker and how digital alchemy can shed some light there. This is the concept of a “field guide” authored by students (see the field guide specifications, eventually the table of contents will appear here).

What might be included in a field guide “preview”?

  • a quick description of the field guide contribution
  • your topic (a spotlight on your chosen internet phenomenon as a problem)
  • a quick overview of the research you have uncovered
  • an example from the dialogue/interaction between you and your alchemist in exploring the topic
  • some glimpses of your multimedia content

It makes sense to create a short slide show to capture some of this content (and maybe share in your blog). This will be an informal style preview. Plan for no more than 5-6 minutes of share-time. We certainly hope some natural discussion spawns from the your previews.

Notes for Publishing in the Arganee Journal

Your contributions to the Field Guide are due by end of the day May 7.

The journal site is somewhat similar to the Somni Porta site used earlier.

All field guide sections will be posted directly to this site, via the web form at You will be asked for an access code which has been sent to all students by email.

Editing your writing is no different from editing a blog post. Make sure you give your field guide section a descriptive and interesting title (i.e. not “My Field Guide!”).

Where the form asks for an Author, include both your name and your digital alchemist mentor (you are co-authors!)

We strongly recommend drafting your field guide in a Google Doc or in MS Word, and use headings, links, lists, styles for your content. You can copy/paste the content directly into the Journal editor, most formatting should be preserved.

Use a placeholder for your images and gifs; these can be uploaded in the journal via the “Add Media” button. If you have any YouTube videos, tweets, or even Instagram posts, just put the web address for them in your document on a blank line; when you put in the editor, and type RETURN or ENTER after the web address, it should automatically embed in your content.

In the form box for “footer” content, you should list the web addresses for your digital alchemist twitter link, hypothesis profile, and the link to the alchemist profile doc you created a few weeks back.

You will also be asked for a header image to represent your field guide section. It’s best to submit a relatively large sized one (1000px wide or more).

Save your draft the first time, then preview it. Make changes, and then make sure you click the button for Publish Final (if you entered your email address in the form, the site will send you a special link you can use to make changes later.)

If you have any issues with the site, contact Alan ASAP.

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Featured Image: Modified text on cover to make relevant to NetNarr from Staining Field Notes (#5673) flickr photo by regan76 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

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