Digital Tools for Journalists - Schedule

JOUR 202 - Fall 2014





Class 1 (September 4): Introduction and the Guts of the Net

Introduction; Web site and syllabus; the Web and the Net; clients and servers; URLs; Web sites and how to get one.

Class 2 (September 11): Internet Tools and Trends

Shortcuts; trends; finding people for fun and profit; research tools; anatomy of an e-mail; e-mail interviews.
E-Mail Interview Assignment (due Class 6)

Class 3 (September 18) Research and Critical Thinking

Internet sources; hoaxes; traps; a little tiny bit of statistics.

Class 4 (September 25): Social Media and Electronic Publishing

Web content and purpose; writing for the Web; blogs; multimedia; social media and its tools.
Social Media Assignment (due Class 9)

Class 5 (October 2): HTML I

HTML and elements; HTML editors and Dreamweaver; building blocks of a simple Web page; WYSIWYG vs. old-world handcraftsmanship.
Personal Web Page (due Class 7)

Class 6 (October 9): HTML II

HTML design elements and redundancy; anchors and links; the important target="_blank" attribute; Web site and file management/architecture.

Class 7 (October 16): CSS and Design

CSS; good and bad Web design; site templates; Storify (not on quiz).

Class 8 (October 23): Still Images

Images and file types; resolutions; copyright and legal issues; royalty-free and public-domain art; ethical issues.

Class 9 (October 30): Web Services, Multimedia, and Soundslides

Content management systems (CMS); WordPress; other software for Web pages; embedding; forms; tracking visitors; syndication, a.k.a. RSS or feeds.
Soundslides Assignment (due Class 13)

Class 10 (November 6): Data Journalism and Infographics

Infographics in theory and practice; graphs; online data tools; mapping tools.
Data Visualization Assignment (due Class 13)

Class 11 (November 13): Online Collaboration and Security

Crowdsourcing; Google Docs and other tools; security and information privacy.

Class 12 (November 20): Mobile Journalism

The mobile toolkit; handy apps; design considerations for mobile consumers.

Class 13 (November 27): Your Life As a Digital Journalist

Freelancing; career-level tools; affilations; markets; making money.