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Agenda for Thursday, Nov. 17

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— Guest Speaker: Jake Weyer, editor of Fender Bender magazine

— Discuss the budgets for your news publication

— Review readings

— Lab: Continue working on blogs

*** Reminder: On Tuesday, Nov. 22 we are having class at Purple Onion.

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November 15, 2011 at 2:39 pm

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Agenda for Tuesday, Nov. 15

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— Review readings posted on blog
— Lab: budget exercise + blog work

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November 14, 2011 at 9:33 pm

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Agenda for class Thursday, Nov. 10

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— Review Tuesday’s lab: local data-driven project ideas

— Discuss today’s readings + We are Journalists Tumblr (here’s the story behind the Tumblr)

— Discussion on WCCO ethical issue + Poynter chat on Cain

— Lab: work on blogs + e-newsletter for blog (Use Mail Chimp for an e-newsletter of use Wufoo to create a form for your blog)

Assignment for final paper:

You are charged with applying for the editor position at publication of your choosing or crafting a plan for a new publication.The publication must have a print and web component.

In four pages, I want you to detail your attributes as an editor and propose a plan for changing the editorial/digital direction of the publication or, if you are creating a new publication, defining your niche and scope as a new publication. In addition to discussing core editorial content and story ideas, you must discuss a strategy for the print product, digital product(s), social media and other marketing strategies. (Due Dec. 20 and worth 80 points).

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November 9, 2011 at 7:54 pm

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Tuesday’s class, Nov. 8

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— Discuss your blogging projects + class readings

— Lab: Innovative data blogs

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November 8, 2011 at 1:58 pm

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Social media assignment

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Update to the syllabus!

I’m combining the social media and website design assignments into one 75-point project. I’d like you to start a blog on either Tumblr or Word Press. The theme is of your choosing, but I’ll be asking you to post on the blog at least three times a week for the rest of the class. Your final posts will be due the week of Dec. 5. I’d like you to use your Twitter or Facebook account to promote your blog. All told, you should have at least 15 original posts (around 150 words or so per post). Please email me your URL by Tuesday, Nov. 8.

We will discuss this project in class tomorrow and I’ll give you a chance to start designing your blog. This should be a fun one! 🙂

Here are a couple of examples: my nerdy yoga blog and The Journal’s Tumblr blog.

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November 2, 2011 at 4:32 pm

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Class on Nov. 1

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— Review headline quiz and 10.27 quiz
— Review readings posted on blog
— Lab: Work on InDesign layout

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October 27, 2011 at 1:38 pm

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Instructions for InDesign assignment

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— For the InDesign assignment, I want you to create a one-page layout featuring the article on artisan pizza. Include at least two photos, a headline for the story and write captions for the photos. You will have lab time to work on this assignment. It will be due end of class on Nov. 3.

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October 27, 2011 at 1:06 pm

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