Comm 231: Oct. 25


Create an infographic using inDesign or Pixlr. You will make an infographic that simplifies complex data (an example would be this lobbying story). Any piece from another infographic cannot be used in your work. 

Your infographic must:

  • have numbers (data) from a news story or research
  • be aesthetically pleasing and informative 
  • tell the story with no confusion
  • no spelling or grammar mistakes
  • source where you got your data from (have the Web link on it or the title of the news article/publication)
  • The width of the infographic (canvass size) should be 600 pixels to optimize it for tablet viewing. The height can be however much you need
  • Embed your infographic in a blog post with a paragraph setting it up


Due November 9


Cmm 231: October 12

Native Advertising

Online Journalism

Tips on Writing a Digital Story

Journalism 101

AP Style

Cheat Sheet

Purdue Guide


Class Assignment:

  • 500 words
  • Follows journalism 101 & AP style
  • At least two original quotes
  • Picture (or tweet)
  • include at least one relevant hyperlink

Assignment 6: Publish a journalistic story.

Write a 500- to 750-word journalistic story on your blog.

The story can be a profile on someone (cannot be a family member or friend, you won’t be objective), about an event, or profiling a business/organization.

It must:

  • follow the standards of a journalistic story
  • adhere to the AP rules 
  • include at least two original quotes recorded by you
  • have an original picture shot by you (use the techniques we’ve learned in class)
  • include at least one relevant hyperlink
  • put in a category on your blog

Cmm 231: Oct. 5

How small screens impact photojournalism — and tips for adapting

Rule of Thirds

Vantage points 


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Wide, Medium, and Close Shots

Credit: Karen LeBoulluec (

Credit: Karen LeBoulluec (


Assignment 5: Create an informative slide show/ gallery. How-To, Top 10, Informative

It must:

  • have five- to 10-original pictures (shot by you and incorporating the techniques we learned this week)
  • have informative facts (researched) on each slide
  • include a source page or have the facts sourced at the bottom of each slide
  • have no spelling/grammar mistakes
  • format is the same on each slide. Color, font style and size, image size
  • be uploaded to SlideShare and embedded on your blog
  • Tweet your assignment


Email the blog post with your embedded slide show.

Comm 231: September 28

Group work:

Social media has greatly disrupted traditional business models in the media. Industries like journalism, public relations, advertising, entertainment, etc., have to rethink the way they do business because of social media. 

  • What are some of the changes? 
  • Why do you think that is? 




Twitter Advanced Search

Assignment 4: Live-Tweeting

Cover/ promote an event using Twitter. 

It must:

  • have at least five original tweets (these do not include retweets. You have to have compose the tweets). Your tweets must have valuable information. It’s not just what you are experiencing — give your followers insight.
  • include at least one original picture in a tweet, which was taken at the event (you shot the image. If you are not at the event, get creative shooting a picture).
  • use the same #hashtag in every tweet to identify and organize the tweets. See this example.

Possible events to cover could be: a concert; sports game (professional or amateur); a school event; a speaker; public meeting, etc.).

Example of A work.

Email me your twitter handle and #hashtag used before the start of next class.