Comm 231: Jan. 24


Snow Fall


  • Name
  • What does he/she want to do for a career?
  • Why did he/she take this class?
  • Something else interesting about the person from your talk.

Syllabus: on Blackboard

WordPress Notable Users

Content Management System

Create a account



Comm 231: 11-15

Royalty Free Music

Assignment: Interview

You will create a 60- to 90-second interview. Interview an interesting person and edit the interview into a concise package.

It must:

  • have at least two b-roll shots that transitions in and out using a Cross Dissolve transition.
  • use a Cross Dissolve transition if clips of the interview are cut and pieced together.
  • have a lower-third title appear telling the viewer who the person is.
  • be cleanly edited.
  • have a song playing the in background.
  • use the techniques we covered in class.
  • be uploaded to YouTube and embedded in a post on your blog. Write a paragraph setting up your video. Write an SEO friendly headline for it, too, and put it in a category.

Comm 231: 11-8


Shooting with a phone or tablet

Other Tips:

  • Once the subject is in frame, press on the screen and hold it to lock in the white balance, exposure, and focus — AE/AF Lock. Pressing on the middle of the screen is usually good, but experiment around on the screen if it looks blue/tan, bright/dark, or out of focus.
  • Make your body a tripod. Find any way you can to keep your camera from shaking during the shot. Shoot by keeping the camera close to the body or lean against a wall (even if you look funny doing it).
  • Shoot in Airplane Mode so you don’t get interrupted.
  • Grid Lines: Settings > Photos & Camera > Grid

Wide, Medium, Close

Shooting an Interview

Class Assignment:

Interview your partner about what their best memory or accomplishment has been in college so far (pretend grandma is going to watch this, though).

Then get a close, medium, and wide shot of them doing something on campus. Also, get a few shots of campus without your partner in the shot.

Comm 231: Nov. 1

Infographic Feedback


  • Don’t just have the info float on the infographic (even if it’s “chunked”). Guide the eyes


  • Make the key info stand out in the text (numbers, key facts, etc.). Use bold, larger size, different color, etc. Think contrast


  • Use images to bring life to your data. It should not just be broken up text


  • Tell a story


Infographic #1 (1).png

Comm 231: Oct. 25


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






Creation Guide:

Elements to an InfographicColors 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.


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 common 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.

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


Comm 231: Oct. 18

Stories Feedback

– Subheads and chunking

-SEO in titile

-Put in category

-Quotes are the spice of the story

-“Use a comma if you continue a sentence,” Chiara said. “Use a period if the sentence ends with the closed quotation mark.”

-Simple errors — editing




In-class Assignment:

With your partner, create a native ad for this article.  You should both submit yours on Blackboard.

Comm 231: Oct. 11

Tips for writing a digital story

Feature Writing 101:

– 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.

– The first time you write the person’s name, use the entire name. After that, use their last name throughoutExample: Adam Chiara is the best mac and cheese cook in the world. Chiara loves mac and cheese.

– 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-word story about why they came to CCSU, and profile who they are as a student.

You must:

– follow the feature writing 101 rules

-include a picture with a caption

-use relevant, useful hyperlinks

-include quotes

-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. The slide show should follow the instructions from the previous slide show assignment

-put the post in a category

Homework: Write a 500- to 750-word feature story on your blog.

The story can be a profile of someone (cannot be a family member or friend – you won’t be objective), about an event, or profiling a business/organization.

It must:

-follow the feature writing 101 standards

-include at least two original quotes recorded by you

-have at least one original picture shot by you (use the techniques we’ve learned in class) and include a caption with it

-include relevant, useful hyperlinks

-make a slide show with at least 5 slides. The slide show should follow the instructions from the previous slide show assignment

-incorporate other lessons we’ve learned in this class about aesthetics, SEO, etc.

-be put in a category on your blog