Read & Respond week 15 – Get to know Hunter Homistek

November 26, 2016

This week I’d like you to have a look at some work by this Wednesday’s guest speaker, Hunter Homistek. Hunter is a WVU alumnus (and originator of one of this class’ best blog names). He’s currently content marketing coordinator for FloSports, but he got there via a string of blogging and freelancing opportunities (and hard work), mainly writing about the world of Mixed Martial Arts. As a blogger in this class, Hunter wrote about MMA because that’s what he cared about, and he parlayed that interest into actual employment, writing for blogs like Bleacher Report and MMAfighting.com.

Here’s a list of links to his work. Skim, find some things of interest, and talk about what you see.

Writing

At Bleacher Report

Another from Bleacher Report

For Fight! Magazine

MMAFighting.com

FloCombat (most recent)

Hunter recommends this post as an example of making boring recaps pop with gifs

Preview video from FloCombat

Luke Bryan story (for the Daily Athenaeum – we all have to start somewhere!)

Creative and Editorial work

Rebranding Project for DrWayneAnderson.com

Editor and author for several books

Scan through this work and get a sense for Hunter and the kind of skills he needs to do his variety of jobs. Have questions, both about the links and about what he does and how he got there. You don’t need to be an MMA fan – the takeaway here is how you can pursue an interest to become a voice on the subject.

Since Hunter isn’t coming until Wednesday (and since you’re coming off a turkey-laden break), I’m extending this deadline. You have until 11:59 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29 to post your comments as a response to this post. Make sure to connect what you read with the work we’ve done this semester. What skills do you see at work? How could you follow Hunter’s lead? What does he need to tell you? I’m asking him to read your comments as well, so let him know what you want to know!

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In-class: HTML #2

November 16, 2016

This week, we start with the foundation from earlier in the semester and add lists and styles (learned this in this week’s Codecademy module: Web Fundamentals: HTML Basics II):

Remember these basics for coding and previewing your work:

To preview in TextWrangler:

  1. Open Chrome and TextWrangler
  2. In Chrome, go to File > Open File… and open “index.html”
  3. Command-Tab to select TextWrangler and write code
  4. Command-Tab to select Chrome
  5. Command-R to refresh your webpage

You’ll do the following:

  1. Use/create WWW folder; create “index.html”; add structural tags
  2. Create a comment inside that says “In-class assignment #2: HTML2”
  3. Create a first-level heading and an intro paragraph
  4. Create a second-level heading and an ordered list of your top three books, movies, or bands
  5. Create a fourth-level heading and an unordered list of skills you possess
  6. Add a fourth item to the ordered list (step 4) and add an image to it

Too easy? Try these:

  1. Change background color of page
  2. Change style of top headline to Verdana font family, a different color, and centered alignment
  3. Change style of your intro paragraph to 30px, a different color, and centered alignment

Read & Respond week 14 – Group Blogs

November 10, 2016

In this week before Thanksgiving Break, we’ll turn our better-educated eyes toward … each other. For this week, you’re reading your classmates’ group blogs. The assignments, divided by group, are as follows:

You will scan through the existing work and identify the following things in your response:

  1. The overall strengths and weaknesses of the blog
  2. The three strongest posts (and why)
  3. The three weakest posts (and why)
  4. How well the blog integrates the principles of online and interactive journalism

Post your response as a comment to this post by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, November 13.


Read & Respond week 13 – Video

November 3, 2016

This week’s readings are mostly viewings. To start, though, let’s have a moment of silence for Vine. The six-second-video-sharing app is owned by Twitter, which in October announced plans to shut it down. In a nutshell, Vine could be used to create and share a six-second clip of anything … just how useful can that be?

There are several possible reasons. For one, Twitter has been scaling back in the hopes of turning a profit. For another, livestreaming apps have horned in on its territory. Periscope (also owned by Twitter) is popular, defeated competition like Meerkat, and Facebook Live is perhaps even more popular; one mark in Facebook Live’s favor is the use of the social networking giant’s ability to note popularity of specific points in a stream through viewer likes and reactions. This is our current social media world: Ideas live, they die, they live again (but under new management).

So how do you livestream? The Providence Journal has some suggestions, as does HuffPost. Is livestreaming something you’d try? How can we apply this to the practice of journalism, and what are its problems?

Post your responses in a comment to this post by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, November 6.