Comm 226: 10-17

 

Writing guidelines for our digital story:

Be objective. You are the narrator, not the main character.

Write in third person. Do not use: I, you, we, our, your

Write a lead that hooks the reader. Should be one sentence.

Quotes: Chiara said, “Use quotes and attribute them.” The class was not happy. “This challenge is the real deal,” a student said.

Hyperlink if possible. Especially, if it will clear up confusion or gives more context.

Check for spelling and grammar. “Edit in layers.”


 

In-Class Assignment

Interview your classmate, and write a 500- to 650-word story about why they came to CCSU, and profile who they are as a student.

You must:

– follow the writing guidelines

-include at least one picture with a caption. Use the lessons we covered for taking compelling pictures.

-use relevant, useful hyperlinks

-include quotes

– use a pull quote

-use the aesthetic techniques we’ve learned for creating a good visual post

-make a slide show with 3-5 slides using creative commons pics.

-put the post in a category

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Comm 231: 10-3


Vantage points 


Framing

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Wide, Medium, and Close Shots


In-class Assignment

Close-Medium-Wide Story: You and your partner will shoot a scene that “tells a story.”

You need three shots: a wide, medium, and close. Try to incorporate all the lessons we learned in class.

Then in Photoshop, create 3 visuals that are 3000 W x 2000 H pixels. Each visual should have:

  • one pic
  • a colored background
  • a title or caption
  • have text (over a shape) next to each shot
  • export it as a png

Com 231: Sept. 12

About Page Feedback:

  • OPEN link in a new tab/window
  • Picture up high in the post. Should be the first thing you see.
  • Read through in preview mode

 


 blogpost

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“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

Follow the 1-2-3 Rule

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


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Subheads

Hyperlinks


SEO: Headline, Keywords, Avoid Stacking Words, Hyperlinks (anchor text and quality of source)

EDIT IN LAYERS


Royalty Free Resources:

Pexel

Creative Commons Search


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 at the top of your 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 at the top of your 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. 

Com 231: Sept. 5

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. An alternative is to have the picture fill most of the page.
  • use proper grammar and have no spelling errors.

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