Upload CSS resumes to hosting, custom menus, possible class visit.
Midterm post-mortem and CSS Resume workshop.
Midterm, CSS discussion
Spring Break (March 21)
Midterm review, photo gallery discussion, editorial meeting (March 14)
Christine Brennan visit (March 7)
Discussion included the media diary assignments, photos on the web, a quick look at photo galleries and a tutorial on editing basic photos with Photoshop. We looked at some of the nice things Dreamweaver can do (such as making tables and controlling styles using CSS).
You can find out more on the eyetracking study we discussed in class from the Online Journalism Review.
Please see the main page of the class blog for updates to two assignments:
- A Print vs. Online story comparison
- Details on your final site analysis project, broken down into multiple posts on your personal blog.
For next week, your Print vs. Online story analysis is due. Plus, we will get deeper into discussing CSS and Dreamweaver. Please familiarize yourself with CSS via the HTML Dog tutorial. Also, by March 10 you will need to have chosen the enterprise story from 2003 or earlier for which you will make an online pitch that will serve as the first half of your midterm grade. Via email, send me the story, publication, date of publication and author. Please bring a hard copy of this story to class on March 14. Great examples of books that have anthologized qualifying stories are:
You can probably walk into any used book store and find a collection of stories that will qualify. The story you choose must be enterprise-length (greater than 1,500 words) and have come from a reputable publication that has high standards for the ethics of journalism. Be creative and find a story you’re passionate about.
Also, Christine Brennan from USA TODAY will join us to talk about how her experience as a sports columnist has changed in the last 15 years. She has provided the following stories for us to read and to discuss:
- Jan. 10, 2011 – Giffords boosted troops’ morale...
- Oct. 10, 2010 – For Brett Favre…
- Sept. 29, 2010 – @RyderCup tweets you’ll never see
- Sept. 15, 2010 – Jets deserve penalty in Sainz case
- Also, take a look at her webcast from the Vancouver Games
We looked at best practices for research on the Web. Discussion of which sites to trust and techniques for finding cached sites on Google. We did a research assignment in class.
Visit from Mike Bambach from USA TODAY. Discussion topics ranged from using video on the web to the site’s need to “make a mistake quickly.”
- We talked about the long-tail assignments
- Assigned everyone a partner for commenting on the blog post due on Feb. 27.
- Discussed twitter and had a basic lecture on html.
- Went through marking-up a basic html document – the apple pie recipe.
- Discussed briefly the media diary assignment.
- Made sure everyone was on track to post their resume on their own site by Feb. 21.
- Response to my post about using basic text to help tell a story in the form of a chart, due Wednesday, Midnight.
- Your one-page resume marked up with bolds, subheads, unordered list, a photo, anchor tags and hyperlinks is due on Feb. 21.
- Your media diary is due Feb. 27, so your classmates can read and respond to your posts.
- Using tools like RSS feeds and Google Alerts to help track stories.
- Copyright on the Web vs. Public Domain.
- Content aggregators and how they get their material.
- Wes Lindamood visited and discussed NPR’s Project Argo. (His presentation.)
- Create a well-argued post on your own blog page about a “long tail” story.
- Post a response to Wes Lindamood’s visit on the class blog.
- More about Online journalism
- Adding photos to a WordPress post
- Basic tips for blogs – SEO, ‘Continue Reading’ code, opening links in a new window, basic Google map embed
- Discussion of elements of an online story, the use of multimedia, graphics, “games,” etc.
- GoDaddy introduction. Buying a domain and setting up hosting. (You must come to class on Feb. 7 with your domain and blog ready to go.)
Prep for Week 3 (Class of Feb. 7):
WE WILL BE JOINED IN THE SECOND HALF OF CLASS BY WES LINDAMOOD OF NPR, HE WILL BE SPEAKING ABOUT HIS EXPERIENCE WORKING FOR MAJOR NEWS ORGANIZATIONS ON LONG-TERM ONLINE PROJECTS (he and I were colleagues at USA TODAY.) He was instrumental in launching NPR.org’s “Project Argo.” I expect each of you to have familiarized yourselves with these blogs and be able to engage in a discussion.
Along with this, we have some readings to discuss in the first part of class:
- The “Cooks Source” debacle of 2010. Items on Web copyright and public domain. From NPR, Time and Salon.
- HTML Introduction from W3Schools. (From Home through Lists, navigation is on the left side of the page.)
- We will discuss elements from chapters 2 & 5, plus 221-226 in Foust’s “Online Journalism.”
- “Aggregators, curators and indexers: There’s a difference and it matters,” C.W. Anderson, Nieman Journalism Lab, June 1, 2010.
- “New York Times Invites Developers to ‘Hack the News’ with New API,” Steve Myers, Poynter Online, Feb. 9, 2009.
- “How to Save Your Newspaper,” Walter Isaacson, Time magazine, Feb. 5, 2009.
- “Wikileaks Releases Afghan War Reports in Unprecentd Leak,” Mashable, July 25, 2010.
- Online journalism, an introduction
- All about Twitter
- Setting up your WordPress blog
- Setting up a Twitter account
- Interview a classmate
Readings for next week:
- “My 13 Golden Rules for Twitter,” Darren Rovell, Jan. 11, 2011.
- Pages 7-16, Foust. Pay particular attention to any vocabulary words you encounter.
- “The Online Journalism Skills that Get Jobs,” Laura Ruel, Poynter.org, March 4, 2008.
- “How Useful (and Useable) is your Site?,” Mark Potts, Recovering Journalist blog, July 9, 2009.