Here's all the information you'll need to make your stay in JOUR 425 less stressful and more enjoyable.
At far right you'll find the class schedule and assignments. Here in the middle of the page you'll see a changing array of material related to our specific tasks of the week. For the first days of class that will eventually include results of the survey you took in lab Thursday and eventually pictures of the members of the class along with a special message for those of you who aren't artists or computer geeks.
Before lecture Tuesday, please make sure you review all the "boilerplate" about the course, including the website's About section. It's boring stuff, but it answers a lot of potential questions and may prevent some confusion. If you need a break somewhere in the middle, check out the tongue-in-cheek Top 10 Reasons Why We LOVE JOUR 425, prepared by students in previous semesters.
Also, familiarize yourself with the message board, where you can ask questions of the instructors and each other. It's a great place to post a problem. Both your classmates and the instructors can help, and everyone in the class can benefit from the answers.
Note, too, that there's a tips section that you will want to review in the future as each assignment comes up. Tips are frequently updated throughout the semester. You may find the instructions there particularly valuable. There also is a resources section that includes videos, handouts and presentations, allows you to verify whether you have read all assigned pages from this site and even offers a little pop-psych brain quiz you should take to see whether you're a right- or left-brained thinker.
If you're interested, you also can take a peak at what previous students did on the final project as well as such things as the front page, infographic, photo, interactive and website projects as they were constituted in previous semesters.
If you missed the first week, here are links to the student profile and website setup form we completed in lab Thursday along with the abbreviated syllabus that refers you to this site for full details. You will also need, as we did Thursday, to configure your lab computer for InDesign.
Please take a few moments to complete this survey about news judgment and metrics. There are no right or wrong answers at this point. We're taking the survey to see how well you do predicting what readers of a particular publication found most interesting this summer.
We'll discuss class selections vs. actual audience rankings during a future lecture.
Yes, it's possible to download trial versions of the software we will use in class. But as some students learned in previous semesters, there can be problems. For one, the free trials are limited to 30 days. For another, they do not have our configuration and fonts installed. Even though the lab was up to date with the very latest software at the start of the fall semester, as the semester progressed slightly newer versions of what we are using in the lab became available. Be especially wary of using newer or older versions of the software, which may open files created in the lab just fine, but without special action those files cannot then return to the lab or vice versa, essentially becoming stuck in just one version of the program.
So although it may be a good idea to practice at home using the current software version and consulting free Lynda.com tutorials or the videos on this site, it probably is best to confine your work outside of lab to things you might do for personal, ungraded practice. Trying to do a graded assignment on a home computer using the free software could leave you unable to update or print the material in the lab, as needed.