Class on Monday, April 1

HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!

Ely’s April Fool’s joke 
— Review quiz + readings + headline assignment (Go over MN Data Practices act)
— Go over website/blogging assignment

Art of Web Design short video + WordPress.com tutorial

— Wrap up work on InDesign layout

** Coffee shop day set for April 17 @ the Purple Onion in Dinkytown. Guest speaker will be Jamie Millard. 🙂

** Website/blogging assignment: 75 points

Instructions:

Create a blog with a theme of your choosing using a blogging platform like WordPress.com or Tumblr.com. If you’re a web wizard, feel free to create on from scratch, too.

Expectations:

• Make at least 18 posts on your blog by May 8.

• Demonstrate a use of social media (FB or Twitter) to promote the blog.

• Post photos, embed on map and at least one short video on the blog.

HOMEWORK for APRIL 3: 

— Send me the URL for your blog
Why it’s still a good time to be a young journalist
 Review at least three 2012 ONA award winners 

Class on Wednesday, March 13

— Go over headline lab
— Review readings
— Go over outline for 50-point quiz on March 27
— Headline quiz

HOMEWORK for MARCH 25:

— Come up with five FOI request ideas for stories
MN Data Practices Act and Open Meeting Law
 NYT redesign 
How to embrace digital design like NYT

ISSUES TO REVIEW for 50-point quiz on March 27: SPJ Code of Ethics, maestro story planning process, micro v. macro editing, SEO, MN open meetings law, libel, AP Style, interview techniques

Agenda for Wednesday, March 6

Don’t do this: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/03/05/rapefruit-mankato-free-press_n_2814578.html?just_reloaded=1

— And here’s the Free Press response 

— Go over Monday’s editing lab

— Discuss readings

— Lab: maestro activity (campus-area development)

HOMEWORK FOR MONDAY, MARCH 11

Project Argo, meet Project Largo
 Crime Coverage requires constantly feeding the beast
 Chapter 8 in your textbook
10 Qs to help your write better headlines 
How to optimize your headlines for Google and Humans
 News U: Writing online headlines