Comm 231: March 28

Slide Show

Multimedia Assignment


Infographics:

What the Heck are… Infographics? And Why You Should Use Them!


Examples:

Best and worst times

Bumps, bruises and breaks

Passwords

Save the Children


Creation Guide:

Elements to an Infographic

 

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Colors for Infographics


Class Assignment:

Student Enrollment

The largest of four comprehensive universities within the Connecticut State University System, CCSU enrolls about 8,500 full-time and 4,000 part-time students. Of these, about 10,000 attend as undergraduates, and 2,400 as graduates.

Students comprise 42 percent of the School of Arts & Sciences enrollment (5,300).

Female students account for 48 percent of the undergraduate student population; males, 52 percent.

CCSU is richly diverse: about 20 percent of students are of traditional minority heritage; African American students comprise more than 8 percent of the student body; Latinos, nearly 8 percent; and Asians, almost 3 percent.

Source: CCSU.edu


Assignment: Infographic 

Create an infographic of your resume using Photoshop. 

It must:

  • have the dimensions be 2048 X 2732 pixels for the canvass
  • have some numbers (data) in it
  • be aesthetically pleasing; use the techniques we’ve covered in class, and be informative 
  • tell your story with no confusion
  • make sure the message (information you want to convey) is what stands out
  • use creative commons images
  • have no spelling or grammar mistakes
  • have your Linkedin or Website URL on it

Embed your infographic in a blog post with a paragraph setting it up. Write an SEO friendly headline, too. Put it in a category.

Example 1 and Example 2 of A work.

You will have next class to work on this. I will provide feedback over the CCSU infographics next class. 

 

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Comm 231: March 21

Feature Writing for Digital Stories:

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

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

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

Use quotes and attribute them. Start the sentence with the quote and then use said. Example: “This challenge is the real deal,” Chiara said.

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

Use pull quotes. Don’t use too many, but used sparingly, they can be effective in emphasizing key points.

Use captions with your pictures. It will help the reader understand why that particular photo is significant to the story. It also helps with SEO.

Check for spelling and grammar. Edit in layers.

Example of a feature story

 

 

Comm 231: 2-28


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 closeTry to incorporate all the lessons we learned in class.

Then in Photoshop, create a visual that is 2048 x 2732 px. The visual should have all three photos on it and:

  • have a colored background
  • have a title
  • have text (over a shape) next to each shot
  • export it as a png
  • email it to me: adam.chiara (at) ccsu.edu

 

 

 

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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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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

______________

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.