Comm 231: 9-27

Blog Feedback

Preview your posts:

  • Image issues
  • Hyperlinks and subheads
  • broken links


Header Image


How small screens impact photojournalism — and tips for adapting

Rule of Thirds

Vantage points 


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Wide, Medium, and Close Shots

Class assignment:

With your partner, you are going 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 today.

Then in Photoshop, create a visual that has all three photos on it, and:

  • have a colored background
  • have text next to each shot
  • export it as a png
  • email it to me

Assignment 2: Create an slide show. How-To, Top 10, Informative

You must:

  • Assignment 2: Create an slide show. How-To, Top 10, InformativeYou must:
    • have five- to 10-original pictures (shot by you and incorporating the techniques we learned this week)
    • create informative slides using Photoshop
    • Using Powerpoint, put each image on a separate slide. The Powerpoint file is what you will upload to SlideShare. We go over this next week.
    • have informative facts (researched) on each slide
    • include a source slide (this slide does not count as one of your five)
    • have no spelling/grammar mistakes
    • have consistency on each slide. Background color, font style and size, image size
    • be uploaded to SlideShare and embedded on your blog. We go over this next week.

Submit the link to your home page on Blackboard before the start of next class on Oct. 11.


Comm 231: Sept. 18



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

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


Comm 231: Sept.13

Content Manager

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.
  • Spacing issues because of the image.
  • Grammar
  • Text widget: Visit CCSU


“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 1-2-3-4-5 Rule

Your paragraph should contain: 1 main thought, expressed in 2 to 3 short sentences, taking up no more than 4 to 5 lines on the page.

Content Chunking


5 ways to trim the fat from your writing


Blog SEO for the Modern Marketer: How to Optimize Your Posts


Stock photos

Creative Commons Search

A Checklist Before You Publish


  • 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 are used when appropriate, etc.)

– should be written concisely

– 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


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

Comm 231: Sept. 6

What do you observe?

Theme: Karuna

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.