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 14 Multimedia in Action

Tues: You can have the time out of class to work on your video post, but as required blog comment due at the beginning of class time, please find and share an interesting example from the ongoing coverage of the Paris terrorism story that

  1. use of multimedia and infographics in a way that is exemplary, shows the characteristics discussed in class.
  2. uses social media and/or a short video app for reporting in an interesting/innovative way

Thurs: No class; Happy Turkey Day!


Posted by on November 20, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 13 Short Video: Why and How-to

Tues.:Overview of Vine and other short video apps, storytelling technique, storyboarding.
Due Thurs: Blog Post #3 (text, infographic); NO CLASS:Work on video post.

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Posted by on November 12, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 12: Introduction to Multimedia Storytelling

Due Tues:  Required blog comment. Find an example of a blogger, journalist, social media “star,” or media company who/that uses short video as a way of engaging with an audience in a unique way (you can use examples linked to the readings), ideally not as a joke.

Include the link and analyze it in your comment based on the following readings:

IN CLASS DISCUSSION of multimedia package usability.

Thurs.: In-class critique of infographic draft.


Posted by on November 5, 2015 in trends and developments


Almost Ready for Prime Time


In a few weeks, we will start doing formal peer critiques of your work, but in the meantime I thought it might be helpful to see the work of your classmates.

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Posted by on November 4, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 11 More Infographic Story Design

Tues.: In class: Watch NewsU webinar on Google Research, to help improve/create your infographic idea.
Due Thurs: Assessments for Google and LinkedIn NewsU (2 total) courses; 70% will be considered passing.
In Class: Best practices of infographic design; how to create a wireframe.

See the Infographic Resources on the sidebar for examples, tutorials, etc.

See this PDF of the handout given in class (advancedbestpractices)  for links to ways to improve the SEO of your infographic (a requirement for grading).

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Posted by on October 29, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 10: Managing Privacy, Promotion, and Social Media for Brand Management

DUE Tues.: Required blog comment on these additional “readings”:

Please answer this question (after thought and making reference to the readings/trends):

  • What is the proper balance between “privacy” and marketing yourself using social media?
  • What are the consequences of an online reputation?
  • And finally, what specifically do you do NOW to manage privacy and reputation on your social media accounts?

Due Thurs.: PROJECT 2 (new date); Read these tips of personal branding on social media and this how-to for  Sign up for a Hootsuite account and start managing your brand from it! In class: NewsU Linked In Webinar.


Posted by on October 21, 2015 in trends and developments


Week 9: Advanced Graphics & Infographics Intro

Due Tues.:Blog Post #2 any topic, but show your SEO-on-page knowledge.
In class: Custom headers, Samples as slides/galleries, More Photoshop

Due Thurs.: NewsU Coursepack Writing Online Headlines SEO assessment due (70% is passing). Additional reading 1. and Additional Reading 2

Also, as a comment to this post, link to an infographic that you think follows the rules from the reading and explain why/how.  Or if it is an infographic you’ve seen go “viral” on your social media accounts, go ahead and share that, but critique why it is not so good.


Posted by on October 14, 2015 in trends and developments