Winter Break Project for Students

Over at the NPPA Visual Student blog, Brian McDermott has posted the last of a three part series on Designing a Better Portfolio Website. Part one looked at understanding your audience and building a better structure. Part two looked at finding inspiration and developing a basic understanding of the coding that underlies all sites. Part […]

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Cute, But Bad for Your SEO

I require my upper level students to have a Twitter account. Sometimes we use it extensively, sometimes we don’t. But, darn it, they have one. As journalists, I also tell them that having a private account is generally a bad thing – you want to have open lines of communication, you want your knowledge to […]

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Making Your Job Application Stand Out

Just stumbled over this while checking a link in the last post … Charles Apple will be doing a live chat over at the Poynter Institute at 3 p.m. (Eastern) on making job applications more visual. Apple, if you don’t know him, is the former design director for the Virginian Pilot, one of the best […]

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Objectifying Your Web Site

It’s likely that if you’re reading this, you have a web site. Whether it’s your personal site or your business’s store front, ask yourself this: How’s it working? D. Bnonn Tennant has a post up over at Freelance Switch titled 10 Simple Website Changes to Increase Your Freelance Sales that you should take a look […]

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Total Geek Out: Web Stats

Steve Yelvington takes a quick look at the latest advancement from Google, Instant Pages, and why it may wreak havoc on your web metrics and your sever load. I am not an expert on this, nor do I really have any desire to become one, but it still seems to me that selling ads based […]

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The Lean Back Edition

I grew up in a two-newspaper home – one in the morning, one in the afternoon. (I delivered that afternoon paper, too, and later was a stringer for them, then a staff photographer and, eventually, ran one of the photo departments for the chain that owned it.) Most purely afternoon papers tarted to get phased […]

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Web Feature I Want: Follow This Article

This has very little to do with visual journalism, but it’s something I want on news sites – particularly my local news site – incredibly badly. Steve Yelvington, who works for Morris Digital Works, which owns Morris Communications which owns my local newspaper, writes about a simple Follow This Article button for news stories. Click […]

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ICONN Conference – March 24-25

It looks like we’ve got all the pieces for the ICONN Annual Conference in place again. After getting weathered-out in January, I’m hopeful that we’ll have some nice spring weather on March 24 and 25 here in Athens. So why should you come? Well, Athens is a great place in spring – especially if you’re […]

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Goodbye to Google

Or so insinuates Rupert Murdoch, who claims he’ll start blocking Google from indexing his paper’s web sites. Why? Because he thinks they’re stealing revenue – and we all know how much revenue there is to be stolen. (Hint: Not much.) He has a point – if all you’re going to read is the first few […]

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