List of requirements for a digital story designer

The job title given in the advertisement is “digital news developer.” These are the requirements: College degree Minimum of 2 years programming experience Advanced command of HTML5, CSS, JavaScript (including jQuery) Light Ruby or Python for data mining,… Read More

A few thoughts about MOOCs: Massive Open Online Courses

Educators are talking about the phenomenon of large-enrollment free online courses offered by very reputable professors and universities. Now the University of Texas “is in negotiations with Coursera and edX, two of the most prominent companies engaged in… Read More

Social media guidelines for journalists

For the generation that came of age on Facebook, you might think there’s nothing they don’t already know about social media. Think again. Traditional ethics rules still apply online. Assume everything you write online will become public. Use… Read More

Meta research on online journalism

Usually I do not write about research here, but a new publication prompts me to note that now — almost 20 years after the first “online newspapers” made their debut — some research is beginning to appear about… Read More

Timelines in journalism: A closer look

You’re not going to create one every week, but a timeline is a useful — and helpful — type of information graphic, and fairly common in journalism. When teaching students about timelines, here are some ideas to consider… Read More

Web literacy: Should be required

A student calls me on the phone. “Professor McAdams, I wonder if you could help me. I’ve never taken a class with you, but …” “Yes, what can I do for you?” I reply. “I bought my own… Read More

HTML and CSS Resources for Teaching

Every year around this time, I update the resources I use in teaching my advanced online design class. I know there are a million lists like these online. I try to keep mine short, simple and current. Also,… Read More