News Sites Make Reader Comments Harder to Find

latimes-article-comments-300x207When the Los Angeles Times redesigned its website earlier this year, it became harder to find the opinions of people like iamstun1, jumped2, and Shootist.

Those are the screen names of some Times readers who are among the most prolific authors of online comments. Their writings, like the rest of the reader comments, no longer appear at the bottom of stories on

Instead, comments for each article remain hidden unless users click on an icon along the right side of the screen.

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How to Write a Resume That Stands Out

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 1.44.45 PMThe resume: there are so many conflicting recommendations out there. Should you keep it to one page? Do you put a summary up top? Do you include personal interests and volunteer gigs? This may be your best chance to make a good first impression, so you’ve got to get it right.

What the Experts Say
“There’s nothing quick or easy about crafting an effective resume,” says Jane Heifetz, a resume expert and founder of Right Resumes. Don’t think you’re going to sit down and hammer it out in an hour. “You have to think carefully about what to say and how to say it so the hiring manager thinks, ‘This person can do what I need done,’” she says. After all, it’s more than a resume; “it’s a marketing document,” says John Lees, a UK-based career strategist and author of Knockout CV. Heifetz agrees: “The hiring manager is the buyer, you’re the product, and you need to give him a reason to buy.” Here’s how to write a resume that will be sure to win attention.

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Future of Infographics and Visual Storytelling

141117_INC_PTC_FutureofInfographics.jf_29187If you love infographics, you’re hardly alone. They’re simple, informative, and they look great. But what will they look like in a year’s time? If you’re keen on keeping your content strategy air tight, you ought to be a little curious.

With this in mind, Column Five, a data visualization company out of California, offers a peek of what’s to come. Just make sure you don’t spend too long looking at the pretty pictures, because from modular design to divisible content, there are plenty of valuable tips on how to stay ahead of the visual storytelling curve.

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Video Storytelling

When do we want to use video?

New Haven Independent

Less limitations: 

More creative:

“New Media” Video:

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YouTube Editor

Assignment #9

Create a post with a 250-word story and an embedded 30- to 60-second video interview. The video must have the name of the person speaking (as a banner title) and must have a cross-fade transition if parts of the interview are edited together.

Only key excerpts of the video should be used. Is it helping to tell your story?

Email me your post before the start of next class.

If you don’t have a phone or camcorder to record video, please let me know by Wednesday.