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, Design, and Columns
CSS; tables and frames vs. CSS; site templates; favicons; good and bad Web design.
Class 8 (October 23): Web Services
Content management systems (CMS); WordPress; other software for Web pages; embedding; forms; tracking visitors; syndication, a.k.a. RSS or feeds.
Class 9 (October 30): Still Images and Soundslides
Images and file types; resolutions; copyright and legal issues; royalty-free and public-domain art; Soundslides.
• 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 12)
Class 11 (November 13): Online Collaboration
Crowdsourcing; Google Docs; other tools; assignment help.
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.