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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.
Create an infographic of your resume using Photoshop.
- 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.
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
Wide, Medium, and Close Shots
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 a visual that is 2048 x 2732 px. The visual should have all three photos on it and:
- have a colored background
- have text (over a shape) next to each shot
- email it to me: adam.chiara (at) ccsu.edu
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:
Submit the link to your home page on Blackboard before the start of next class.
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
“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.
SEO: Headline, Keywords, Avoiding Stacking, Hyperlinks
EDIT IN LAYERS
Creative Commons Search
- 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
Post the link to Blackboard before the start of next class.
Edit your blog’s About page so that it has your bio.
- 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.
- 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.