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 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, 5 different folks to connect with on LinkedIn, and 5 RSS feeds 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 August 26, 2015 in trends and developments


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

Tues: Course overview and Selfie Video

Follow this link to take the personality test:

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.


Posted by on August 25, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 3: Starting in WordPress

Due Tues. in class: Post your 5 x 3 listening budget and 2 blog post ideas as a comment.

Due Thurs.: Enroll and read the NewsU Course about WordPress (See also “Course Tools” at right).

Click on the blue “enroll now” button so you can purchase the coursepack.  If you are already registered in NewsU, be sure to use that existing account; you may have accumulated “training points” that will help you reduce the cost.

When the course opens, see the list of courses in the left-hand sidebar. Open “WordPress for Beginners.”  Please read through these sections of the course:

  • Logging In,
  • Your First Post,
  • Publish!,
  • Posts v. Pages, and
  • Managing Settings
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Posted by on August 25, 2015 in trends and developments