Overall, the class made good progress on the first draft of our news website project, shown below and due in final form at 2 p.m. the Tuesday after break. If you have any fixes to make, feel free to make them. Just be careful not to do anything that might mess up your overall site. And be sure to include a note indicating your strategy and any improvements you would make if you could figure out how to them technically.
When we return from break, we'll be signing up for individual one-on-one conferences and working exclusively on our final project, a planning memo for which is due at 2 p.m. the Thursday after break. Now is the time to start thinking about it, but don't forget to also enjoy a few days off with family or friends.
Everything we're doing now is designed to test your imagination and abilities to be an enterprising journalist. The website tests your ability to make unique story selection and packaging decisions, potentially augmented with non-linear presentations, to compete against the biggest websites in the world and to use technology entrepreneurially rather than just settling for whatever you get with off-the-shelf packages.
All technologies explored to date in the class will apply to all projects, but do not assume that any of these are "technical" assignments. We've completed the "compulsory figures" portion of the class and now are moving into a more "freestyle" period in which we don't just practice but actually test abilities to be a competitive 21st century journalist.
Meanwhile, check out what everyone has done so far on the website assignment: