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


Wk 15: HTML, CSS, Saving Your Site and Advance Web Production

Tues: HTML & CSS (graded lab)
Due Thurs:  Blog Post #4 (multimedia)
In class: taking WordPress to the next level.

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Posted by on November 22, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 14 Balancing Privacy and Promotion

DUE Tues.: Required blog comment based 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?

And more information for after class: how to protect privacy in social media apps:

Due Thurs.:NOTHING! Happy Turkey Day.


Posted by on November 17, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 13 Vlogging and Social Media Video for Self-Branding

Due Tues.: Website Project, Project 2. Email essay with link to website by beginning of class.

Watch this (the media establishment finally catching on to “social media influencers”). In a required blog comment share a link to your favorite “social media influencer” who works in video format with the following assessment:

  • what video app/video length do they use and why that form works for their message and audience
  • why you think they have such a large following
  • what trait or quality from their work might translate into your own “bio video” assignment

In class: Partner with classmate to get feedback on your site (not a usability test…yet).

Due Thurs: Blog Post #3 (text, infographic).



Posted by on November 9, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 12

Social Sharing and More SEO
Due Tues.
: No class–Get out to vote and get others to join you!
Due Thurs: In class, cross-promoting blog posts.

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Posted by on November 3, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 11

(Sorry I am posting this late!) Data story tools, Infographics, Shareable Content

Due Tues.: Exec Summary and Notes from Usability Study to Drive folder here:

Additional reading about infographics. 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.

In class: Best practices of infographic design; how to create a wireframe. Lab

Due Thurs: Complete “Say No to Clickbait” webinar. In class: work on infographic and have draft to discuss with classmate at end of session.


Posted by on October 30, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 10 Usability Testing

Due Tues.:Usability Script for testing new Department of Communication website Due to Drive folder; Work in class to combine and prepare for testing session

Due Thurs.: Assessment for Social Media NewsU class by 2 p.m. (80% will be passing), but no class
Friday: Attend Usability Test, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

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Posted by on October 20, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 9 Content Curation & Advanced Graphics

Due Tues.: Rough ideas for your next blog posts for an in-class assignment
In Class: NewsU webinar on using social media strategically for reporting

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

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Posted by on October 12, 2016 in Assignments and Readings