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 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


Week 8

Tues.:  No Class!!!

Required readings about usability testing (this should be a review, so it will be on the midterm)

Due Thurs: Midterm & SEO goals posted to class site by the beginning of class.


Posted by on October 4, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


Week 7

SEO Intro
Due Tues:
Website Project, Part 1 (vision, navigation, revisions of your first blog post, AND “sticky post,” two widgets, bio/resume); Review and complete NewsU course Writing SEO headlines (assigned earlier)

Discussion: Marketing and Managing a Blog, SEO Part 1

Due Thurs.: At least 70% passing score on both Copyright and SEO headline NewsU courses by beginning of class. In-class: SEO, Part 2 and discussion of usability test project.  The class will work in small groups to devise a usability test of the revised Communications Department pages.  At the moment, they are “behind the firewall” and not public, but you can peek by using your network log on information here:


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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Assignments and Readings


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;


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