Note: Course schedule is subject to (and probably will) change.
Note: July 23 is the last day to withdraw from this course with a grade of "W."
> What makes content engaging?
> Branding; purchasing your own domain; Planting Your Flag on a Patch of the Web
> Tech time: Working with Notepad. (Using TextEdit on a Mac? Read this.)
> HTML cheat sheet. HTML syntax; A visit to W3Schools. HTML file-naming conventions. Elements, Tags and Attributes. The DOCTYPE, HTML, HEAD, TITLE, META, BODY, EM, STRONG, P and H elements. Color codes.
> Homework: Watch Introduction and Sections 1-3 of this Lynda.com video. Read Learning Web Design, Chapters 1-4.
DUE: Three ideas for semester project (two paragraphs each, typed and printed before class)
> Review of ideas for semester project
> Tech time: HTML special characters; The BR, HR, A (HREF, NAME; MAILTO), BLOCKQUOTE, OL/UL elements; Adding comments to HTML code. Publishing your Web site. Using Filezilla to transfer files to the server. Directory structure
> Lab: Setting up an HTML home page
> Homework: Watch Sections 5-6 of this Lynda.com video. Read Learning Web Design, Chapters 5-6.
DUE: Final Topic and Resource list (all should be printed out; be sure to include URLs for all websites) Please review this example before completing your assignment.
> Tech time: The IMG tag; HTML tables (the TABLE, TR and TD elements); Embedding YouTube videos
> Homework: Read Learning Web Design, Chapters 7-8, 10, 23-24. Suggested viewing: Photoshop CC Essential Training: The Basics
DUE: HTML Exam
DUE: Text for Web project
> Homework: Read Learning Web Design, Chapters 11-13. Introduction to CSS
SUGGESTED VIEWING: Dreamweaver CC Essential Training
> Tech time: Cascading Stylesheets (CSS) Pt. 2: CSS Styling; CSS tutorial; CSS Cheat Sheet; The CSS Box Model; Create a stylesheet to use with your Tiger home page. Fonts, colors, text and links. Acceptable fonts.
> Map example from The Baltimore Sun: Baltimore Homicides
Web project benchmarks: Index page finished (logo replaced, colors updated, photo(s) replaced, all sidebar/footer elements finished). Copies saved for subpages. Updated files saved to Tigerweb.
The state of the art in digital journalism:
Web project benchmarks: All subpages finished. Updated files saved to Tigerweb.
DUE: HTML/CSS pages; Multimedia
DUE: First blog post due online no later than 5 p.m. July 4. Make sure you set the WordPress clock to East Coast time!
> Resource gathering: Setting up Google news alerts
> Blogging basics: The First Rule of Web Club; Categories vs. tags, the blog roll, linking, widgets; What a good post looks like; SmittenKitchen; Are Food Blogs Over?; Anatomy of an Effective Blog Post; 8 reasons why you still need to blog