Social Media Management for Journalism, PR, and Advertising

Quiz #3 on Information Graphics Reminder: Information Graphics (Blog Post #5) Due Tonight, April 2, by 11:59 p.m. How Social Media is Used by the Big Three Media Fields Social media is for you. The aspiring journalist, sports commentator, marketing executive, … Continue reading “Social Media Management for Journalism, PR, and Advertising”

Audio Storytelling & Audio Profile Project

A few announcements first… The due date for the audio profile assignment is now after spring break — Fri. March 23. There is a Quiz 2 on audio next week, unless you are traveling for university-related events and then the … Continue reading “Audio Storytelling & Audio Profile Project”

WordPress Setup and Workshop

Industry Blogs First, it’s important to know that there are different types of blogs. Let’s visit these examples to see how people in our field are using blogs. Most major news organizations have journalist-authored blogs. For example, The New York … Continue reading “WordPress Setup and Workshop”

Here We Go! Multimedia Production!

Welcome! About Me About You Take this note card. Fill it out with: 1. Your name. 2. What you like to be called. 3. Your major. 4. The type of media content that you’re most excited to learn about and … Continue reading “Here We Go! Multimedia Production!”

Week 1: First Law of Usability and How to Learn HTML

Krug Introduction A usability consultant identifies problems with websites. You will benefit from knowing about usability as a website designer and future employee of a company/non-profit that has a website. Krug outlines seven key words that define usability: Useful: Does it … Continue reading “Week 1: First Law of Usability and How to Learn HTML”

First Day: COJO 4530

Students of media, journalism, and strategic communication (e.g., PR, advertising) need to diversify their skills. This class gives you a platform through which to share your work and add HTML, CSS, and Dreamweaver skills to your resume. You’ll create and … Continue reading “First Day: COJO 4530”

Thoughts on Your News Diets and About Pages

News Diet Suggestions Avoid complete news customization: Be careful not to go overboard on news customization (e.g., apps and aggregator websites that let you edit out stuff that you don’t want to see). Part of being a communication major is … Continue reading “Thoughts on Your News Diets and About Pages”

The Art of Gathering Audio

Gathering audio that is clean, clear, and crisp is no easy task. This post outlines some hints for you to consider before you conduct audio interviews. It is developed from the hints listed on MediaStorm’s audio training page. Know Your … Continue reading “The Art of Gathering Audio”

Audio Storytelling and Journalism

Journalism oftentimes gives a voice to the voiceless. With audio journalism, you can hear the emotion, hear the ambient sounds, and hear the expressions of your sources. Now, we can do audio journalism online and not just on the radio. … Continue reading “Audio Storytelling and Journalism”

Photography Basics

For the next two weeks, we’ll be working on photography and photojournalism. First things first, we’ll learn about the basics of photography and forever-useful creative devices. Creative Devices for Composition Good photojournalism begins with understanding basic composition and design principles. … Continue reading “Photography Basics”

WordPress Setup and Workshop

First, it’s important to know that there are different types of blogs. Let’s visit these examples to see how people in our field are using blogs. Most major news organizations have journalist-authored blogs. For example, The New York Times has … Continue reading “WordPress Setup and Workshop”

Multimedia Storytelling in Online Journalism

We’ll use this class blog to post course materials and students’ work. Course materials include assignment guidelines, rubrics, and the syllabus. See our page, COJO 3530: Fall 2013 on the sidebar. Let’s get started. First, visit The New York Times … Continue reading “Multimedia Storytelling in Online Journalism”

HSI, Day 1: Welcome, Multimedia & Storytelling, Photography Basics, & Blog Setup

I hope you’re as excited as I am to be here at HSI. I bet you are! — A  Little About Me — Before we get started talking about the class and what we’ll be doing, I’d like to learn … Continue reading “HSI, Day 1: Welcome, Multimedia & Storytelling, Photography Basics, & Blog Setup”

COJO 3530, Weeks 13-15: Video Storytelling

Video Storytelling The ability to tell a good story with video is a difficult yet important skill for journalists and communicators to learn. Video is not just on TV anymore — you can find video stories online and on mobile … Continue reading “COJO 3530, Weeks 13-15: Video Storytelling”

COJO 3530, Weeks 10-11: Soundslides = Audio + Photos

Audio + Photos When you gather audio and photos for a news story, you are making the story more marketable. Your story can now be told with images, with sound, or with both. Not only will you have captions for … Continue reading “COJO 3530, Weeks 10-11: Soundslides = Audio + Photos”

COJO 3530: Week 7, Audio Storytelling

Journalism oftentimes gives a voice to the voiceless. With audio journalism, you can hear the emotion, hear the ambient sounds, and hear the expressions of your sources. Now, we can do audio journalism online and not just on the radio. … Continue reading “COJO 3530: Week 7, Audio Storytelling”

COJO 3530, Weeks 5-6: Photography Basics

For the next two weeks, we’ll be working on photography and photojournalism. First things first, we’ll learn about the basics of photography and forever-useful creative devices. Creative Devices for Composition Good photojournalism begins with understanding basic composition and design principles. … Continue reading “COJO 3530, Weeks 5-6: Photography Basics”

COJO 4230, Week 3: More Building Blocks!

From Chapters 1 and 2, we know how to build a basic webpage with text and links. We know about paths as well. Now, we’re going to learn more HTML elements (tags), the difference between block and inline elements, and … Continue reading “COJO 4230, Week 3: More Building Blocks!”

COJO 4230, Week 2: The Building Blocks of the Web

It’s helpful (and very awe-inspiring) to know the history of the Internet before we start building our own webpages. Now you’re familiar with the Internet’s skeleton, let’s start learning about its guts! Chapter 1: Universal Language of the Web Servers, … Continue reading “COJO 4230, Week 2: The Building Blocks of the Web”