Class Blog for JAMC 1400, Web Production


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Welcome to JAMC 1400, Web Production! This course is designed to help students effectively engage a web-based audience using text, graphic, audio, and social media. In addition to developing technical skills in the areas of web design & production, social media management, search engine optimization and usability testing, we will try to keep up with trends in web production and social media.

Because technology development is a moving target, check this page’s blog posts for detailed updates about required readings, assignments, and due dates. This course calendar is another format you can use to let you know of due dates for projects and graded work.

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Posted by on January 15, 2013 in Introduction & Background


Week 6: Copyright & WP Media Library

Due Tues: Begin NewsU course on Copyright; bring to class/have access to a professional image of yourself.
Tues demo: Intro to the Media Library (images and documents), making JPEGs, document sharing options.

Due Thurs.: Complete NewsU course on copyright and read Also due Required Blog comment: What, if anything, surprised you in your readings about copyright?
In class: Take online assessment for copyright course; Lecture: More about copyright;

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Posted by on September 22, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 5:Navigation Design and Usability

Due Tues: Don’t Make Me, Chaps. 3-4; Begin NewsUCourse SEO Headlines
In-class:WordPress demo: widgets, tools, more about menus
Due Thurs.: Blog comment: try 2-3 themes for your personal website project and “review” them based on how well they meet the rules you found in the Krug book (be ready to share what you found with classmates); in class: choosing the best theme.


Posted by on September 15, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 4: First Blog Post and Site Architecture

Due Tues. Blog Post #1 A Few of My Favorite Blogs (at least 3 analyzed).
In-class: Editing Workshop, and developing more post ideas.
Due Thurs.: Krug, Chaps. 6-7; NewsU blog course, rest of it.
 Take NewsU course quiz (one time; open notebook); Brainstorm site architecture; Demo: pages vs. posts


Posted by on September 8, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 3: Planning Your Blog and WordPress

Due Tues.: Enroll in NewsU Coursepack (  if you get “page not found,” you have not logged in to NewsU) and complete course “Developing a Successful Journalistic Blog,” all parts of sections Getting Started, Elements…, Ethical & Legal…. Print out and bring to class what you have completed for these sections in the course workbook.  In class: start developing a story idea list for your blog with a class exercise.

DUE Thurs: Draft sticky post as a blog comment to this post.

In-class Come ready to set up your WP site for the class and get blogging!


Posted by on August 31, 2016 in trends and developments


Week 1: Course Intro/Selfie and Practicing What I Preach

Tues: Course overview and Selfie Exercise.  Read more, pro and con, about listicles

Due Thurs.: Krug, Chaps.1-2, and before class, using terms and concepts from the Krug reading (and to receive credit,you must cite the reading), tell me: is class site usable for you, the audience?

1. The 3 best things about this class website are…BECAUSE….

2. The 3 things I’d like to see improved, reorganized, added or subtracted are…BECAUSE….

Note:  You receive 50 points pass/fail credit for all required blog comments (done both in and out of class), including this one!  That is how I grade preparation and attendance. If you have trouble posting your comment, we’ll go over how-to in class.

Also, be sure your “Personal Brand Listicle” is ready for prime-time and sharing.


Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Readings/Comments


Week 2: Blogging and Individual Conferences

Due Tues.: Blog comment about Don’t Make Me, Chap. 5; plus additional reading below(4)

To make your required comment below, first find a “great” blog on a topic that you might like to blog about, a blog you already read, or the blogging portion of a student website (examples ) from this class. Using specific terms from the online and textbook reading, give two (2) reasons (supported by examples from the blog…be very specific to get full credit) why this blog appeals to its audience (you!) and the content matches a smart niche, plus two (2) reasons it is well-done in terms of usability/scannability. Note that you are not discussing the design, but rather the written content. Try to add a hyperlink to the blog or a specific post (if you can’t do this, we will learn how-to in class).

In-Class we will develop your “Listening Budget” of 5 key people to follow on Twitter (or Snapchat or Instagram…), 5 different folks to connect with on LinkedIn, and 5 feeds/websites to subscribe to, all of which will feed you content for your blog about your profession or area of interest. (you don’t need to post this: just for your use).

Due Thurs.: Mandatory individual conferences.  Sign-up to come (during the class period, but meet in my office). Also, be enrolled in the NewsU Coursepack and beginning the WordPress for Beginners Course.


Posted by on February 25, 2016 in trends and developments