Comm 231: 2-21-18

 

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Photoshop Help


Blog header 

You will create an original header for your blog.

Make sure to use the dimensions 2000 × 800 pixels for the canvas size.

While I’m not requiring anything specific to be on your banner, it must:

  • be visually pleasing
  • conform with the rest of your blog (color, style, voice)
  • be evident that a true effort was made
  • not have copyrighted content

Examples of A’s:

Example 1

Example 2

Example 3


Submit the link to your home page on Blackboard before the start of next class.

 

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Comm 231: 2-14-18

About Page Feedback:

  • Make sure you are sending a working URL
  • OPEN link in a new tab/window
  • When in doubt, break up that paragraph.
  • Picture up high in the post. Should be the first thing you see.
  • Grammar — i’m a senior who

 


 blogpost

“Long paragraphs are a visual predictor that a story won’t work. You must cut the meat into little pieces.” — Jon Ziomek, professor at the Medill School of Journalism

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Follow the 1-2-3 Rule

Your paragraph should contain: 1 main thought, expressed in 2 to 3 short sentences.


Content Chunking

Subheads

SEO: Headline, Keywords, Avoiding Stacking, Hyperlinks

EDIT IN LAYERS


Resources:

Creative Commons Search

Stock photos


Classwork:

  • What is your dream job or type of career?
  • How will you get there?
  • What have you done, or what you are doing, to achieve this?

– should be around 500 words

– must include at least one picture (must be high in the post and not copyright protected)

– must include at least one relevant hyperlink (open in a new window/tab)

– must follow the aesthetic structure we have talked about (short paragraphs — generally 1-3 sentences, no dead space, text wrap, visual is high in the post, chunking and subheads, etc.)

– should be written concisely

– must be put in a category

– must not have any grammatical or spelling mistakes


Assignment 1: Blog Post

Have an opinion about something and back it up with research. 

Your post must:

  • be between 500-750 words
  • include at least one picture (must be high in the post and not copyright protected)
  • include at least one relevant hyperlink (open in a new window/tab)
  • not have any grammar or spelling mistakes
  • follow the aesthetic structure we’ve talked about (short paragraphs—generally 1-3 sentences, no dead space, text wrap, visual is high in the post, etc.)
  • demonstrate good SEO practices
  • be put in a category

Example

Post the link to Blackboard before the start of next class. 

Comm 231: Jan. 31

Theme: Karuna

https://YourBlogAddress.wordpress.com/wp-admin


About Page

Edit your blog’s About page so that it has your bio.

It must:

  • include at least one hyperlink (which opens in an new window/tab) and one picture (it doesn’t have to be a picture of you, but it should be relevant to your bio). Place the/a picture high in the post.
  • be at least 350 words.
  • not just be a block of text. People won’t read through it (see example). Make sure you’re breaking up your text into paragraphs.
  • have short paragraphs. Paragraphs on the web are short. Keep them one to three sentences. Especially the first paragraph (the lead).
  • have words text wrapped around the picture. This prevents “dead space” on the page.
  • use proper grammar and have no spelling errors.

Submit your About page’s URL on Blackboard in Assignments.

Comm 231: 11-15

Royalty Free Music


Assignment: Interview

You will create a 60- to 90-second interview. Interview an interesting person and edit the interview into a concise package.

It must:

  • have at least two b-roll shots that transitions in and out using a Cross Dissolve transition.
  • use a Cross Dissolve transition if clips of the interview are cut and pieced together.
  • have a lower-third title appear telling the viewer who the person is.
  • be cleanly edited.
  • have a song playing the in background.
  • use the techniques we covered in class.
  • be uploaded to YouTube and embedded in a post on your blog. Write a paragraph setting up your video. Write an SEO friendly headline for it, too, and put it in a category.

Comm 231: 11-8


 

Shooting with a phone or tablet

Other Tips:

  • Once the subject is in frame, press on the screen and hold it to lock in the white balance, exposure, and focus — AE/AF Lock. Pressing on the middle of the screen is usually good, but experiment around on the screen if it looks blue/tan, bright/dark, or out of focus.
  • Make your body a tripod. Find any way you can to keep your camera from shaking during the shot. Shoot by keeping the camera close to the body or lean against a wall (even if you look funny doing it).
  • Shoot in Airplane Mode so you don’t get interrupted.
  • Grid Lines: Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid

Wide, Medium, Close

Shooting an Interview


Class Assignment:

Interview your partner about what their best memory or accomplishment has been in college so far (pretend grandma is going to watch this, though).

Then get a close, medium, and wide shot of them doing something on campus. Also, get a few shots of campus without your partner in the shot.

Comm 231: Nov. 1

Infographic Feedback

 

  • Don’t just have the info float on the infographic (even if it’s “chunked”). Guide the eyes

 

  • Make the key info stand out in the text (numbers, key facts, etc.). Use bold, larger size, different color, etc. Think contrast

 

  • Use images to bring life to your data. It should not just be broken up text

 

  • Tell a story

 

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