JOUR 425 Multimedia Editing and Design — printed by VISITOR , NON-STUDENT, THURSDAY LAB




Read: Harrower, Introduction and Chapter 6; Meyer, Chapters 2, 3, 6 and 11 and Appendix B; Tufte (opt.); presentation, eye-tracking 1 and 2, and Garcia-Starke (opt.).




Read: Harrower, Introduction; Meyer, Chapters 7, 8 and 9; LinkedIn Learning; videos 1 and 2.

Due: FRONT2.






Please submit PAGE PDF before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday




Once more with feeling

Having critiqued our first draft, as displayed in the gallery at right, it's time to create a final draft, due at the start of lab Thursday, making sure, visitor, not only to follow all the design rules but also to select and design elements to provide the greatest impact for the consumers of your product.

Envision your audience and what will be the best overall package of material to feature. Stories and photos may be important or just plain interesting, and different items — and especially different entry points within items — may prove interesting to diverse readers under the "smorgasbord" concept of page design. We still need to keep related material together, create packages that "reefer" to related stories inside, follow basic strategies of effective design and make sure we're emphasizing the most impactful content we can find.

It sounds a lot easier than it is. Each of your choices has ripple effects, both in terms of content and in terms of overall design strategy, for the rest of your page. If InDesign and design rules weren't enough to worry about, you also have to worry whether you're producing a page that not only packages the news but also presents it as efficiently, boldly and engagingly as possible. There's no one right way to handle the challenge and,unfortunately, an almost infinite number of wrong ways to proceed.

Keep in mind everything we've learned and talked about this semester and see whether you can, indeed, craft a proper forest out of the many trees available. If you have questions or are looking for answers, check thesite message board. You may also find it useful, although you will not be expected to copy-edit stories, to review two of the instructor's design critiques (1 and 2) of actual issues of the paper in question.

Also keep in mind that you will need to be triply vigilant, carefully checking your work for typos, non-modularity, raw wraps, gutters, missing elements, alignment problems and a plethora of other problems you clearly know not to fall victim to but can easily overlook when focused on yet another new challenge. Proofing your own work and holding it to as high of standards as possible is extremely important in a project like this.

Also note from the assignment tips that headlines count and should not simply be what fits.

Grades on all work to date posted

At this point in the semester, grades are largely meaningless, because all we have done are essentially warm-up, get-acquainted assignments. However, for those dying to know exactly where they stand, all assignments up until lecture Monday have been graded. Grades have been posted to this site's online grade book

Because we so extensively review projects in class, you won't be getting marked-up copies of these assignments. That doesn't mean you can't get a full critique of your work and a thorough explanation of your grade. If you have any questions whatsoever about why you got whatever grade you got on these or any future assignments this semester, do not hesitate to ask the instructor. We will, in all likelihood, require one-on-one appointments later in the semester specifically go review all grades.

Check out this gallery what you and your classmates did on Monday's headlines assignment, which will be graded later this week.

If you can't see items in galleries above. . .

Using Chrome, type this into the address field: chrome://extensions/?id=oemmndcbldboiebfnladdacbdfmadadm then, if one appears, move the Adobe Acrobat slider on the resulting page to the right. Next, go to chrome://settings then Advanced / Site Settings / PDF Documents and make sure "Download PDF files" is NOT activated.

If you're still getting up to speed. . .

Here are key links if you still need to consult revised instructions or configuration files for setting up Adobe InDesign or the proper fonts for that page. Consult the unedited recordings of class sessions or the separate instructional training videos as needed, and remember you can always review previous weeks' recommended reading in the full syllabus section of the class website.