Tuesday, May 31, 2011
On average, the print publications cost between $6 and $12, depending on the page count. The cost reflects the printing costs only, as we make no profit on any of these magazines. However, if you have any issues with the cost of ordering a magazine, please let me know and I would be happy to cover the cost for you. The students have worked so hard on the magazines this semester, so I want to make sure everyone who wants a copy gets one!
We've also published our magazines electronically on www.issuu.com/lasaezine. Embed codes are posted in case you'd like to include your magazine on your blog or Facebook profile, for example.
Thank you, students, for a wonderful semester. I am SO PROUD of your finished publications, and I look forward to seeing you in the halls next year! Enjoy your summer!!!
25K - Jeremy J., Caroline M., Mariah N., Chris P.
Driven - Jamie R., Matthew M., Kathy H.
Street Magic - Rania D., Brittanie J., Christy N.
Blizz - Abel C., Kebriana N., Miguel P., Kendall G.
Forum - Nathan W., Eduardo L., Alison M., Felix B.
Incite - Sofie B., Ariel S., Clarissa L.
Vinyl - Anne Kat A., Mayrose P., Elizabeth C., Claudia C.
Now - Ishaan G., Daniel C., Yahir B.
Aux Cable - Arnav S., Natalie T., Lizza P., Anthony R.
Current - Calvin S., Gus T., Douglas C.
Live Austin - Nathan R., Christian D., Gustavo M.
Dischord - Brandon R., Grace C., Kiaya S., Gaby G.
Piccante - Chaaru D., Shweta M., Vandana G., Estefani M.
Final Buzzer - Brian C., Bikramjit L.
Diffusion- X. Willis, Ben B., Daniel Z.
True Color - Deborah H., Faith J., Andy L., Akshara P.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
With your magazine launch parties quickly approaching, you'll want to make sure you and your group members have press passes to this invite-only event. Also, you'll want to make a press pass for your designer. You'll just need your logo, your head shot (and your designer's head shot) to make these passes.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Here's the gist of the assignment:
--You must come up with an original idea. It can be video or audio.
--It must be at least 1 minute and 30 seconds.
--You must also write a paper.
--You must figure out how to edit and post it on your blog.
For editing, try Adobe Soundbooth or Audacity. (These are already installed.)
For posting on blog--Google it. :)
Here's the rubric. Your group podcast must be posted by the end of class on WEDNESDAY, MAY 25. Also, students MUST follow the permission given on signature sheet. So, if your parent said no photos, then, sorry, you can't be in the video.
Here are some examples from previous semesters.
Guided Shopping Trip
Review #2 ("Sights You Should See in Austin)
Thursday, May 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The creator (Jessica, below) obviously loves typography and has all kinds of cool type designs!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I'm out sick today but I wanted to make sure you got some important reminders and used class time today productively so that we can stay on track with the magazines.
Unit 2 Test Thursday -- Find a second review guide here (Remember, the first one was posted yesterday on the blog). If you have *any* questions, please email me today so that I can answer them before the test tomorrow.
Feature Stories -- Your rough draft will be due at the first part of class on Friday. You'll have all of class time today to work on the body portion (quotes and transitions) and part of the class tomorrow after the test to finish; if you don't finish then, you'll need to do it for homework. Remember to use this attribution handout that we reviewed in class to help you properly write quotes.
If you're having trouble thinking of how to link your ideas together, re-visit "Test of Faith" here, where you can see how the quotes and transitions keep the paper moving.
Feature Layouts -- We'll be working on those Friday, so be sure you have photos you can use.
Blogs -- No blogs due this week since I want you to focus on your feature stories. If you've already written one, you can apply it to next week when we'll start blogs back up again.
Extra credit -- Remember, if you'd like to do extra credit this six weeks, you can replicate a professional layout in InDesign and submit it. All layouts must be turned in Friday.
Hope to see you all tomorrow!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Identify as informational, topical, or profile...
1. Barton Springs: A history of Barton Springs Pool and why people love it
2. Let's Get Physical: A summer guide to staying in shape as you wait for football season to start again
3. Riding the Wave: Google's newest social networking app that has people talking
Identify the nut graph and which specific sentences point to the story's relevance.
Ian Restil, a 15-year-old computer hacker who looks like an even more adolescent version of Bill Gates, is throwing a tantrum. "I want more money. I want a Miata. I want a trip to Disney World. I want X-Man comic [book] number one. I want a lifetime subscription to Playboy, and throw in Penthouse. Show me the money! Show me the money!"
Over and over again, the boy, who is wearing a frayed Cal Ripken Jr. t-shirt, is shouting his demands. Across the table, executives from a California software firm called Jukt Micronics are listening--and trying ever so delicately to oblige.
"Excuse me, sir," one of the suits says, tentatively, to the pimply teenager. "Excuse me. Pardon me for interrupting you, sir. We can arrange more money for you. Then, you can buy the [comic] book, and then, when you're of more, say, appropriate age, you can buy the car and pornographic magazines on your own."
It's pretty amazing that a 15-year-old could get a big-time software firm to grovel like that. What's more amazing, though, is how Ian got Jukt's attention--by breaking into its databases. In March, Restil--whose nom de plume is "Big Bad Bionic Boy"--used a computer at his high school library to hack into Jukt. Once he got past the company's online security system, he posted every employee's salary on the company's website alongside more than a dozen pictures of naked women, each with the caption: "the big bad boy has been here baby." After weeks of trying futilely to figure out how Ian cracked the security program, Jukt's engineers gave up. That's when the company came to Ian's Bethesda, Maryland, home--to hire him.
And Ian, clever boy that he is, had been expecting them. "The principal told us to hire a defense lawyer fast, because Ian was in deep trouble," says his mother, Jamie Restil. "Ian laughed and told us to get an agent. Our boy was definitely right." Ian says he knew that Jukt would determine it was cheaper to hire him—and pay him to fix their database--than it would be to have engineers do it. And he knew this because the same thing had happened to more than a dozen online friends.
The unit test will also cover the following:
Layout analysis (how a designer uses elements to guide a reader's eye, how it relates to story content or evokes a mood or feeling)
Nut Graph - Be able to define, identify
Type of Lead - Be able to identify narrative, descriptive, startling statement, twist, direct quote, compare/contrast
Interview quotes - Be able to tell which should be direct quotes, and which should be paraphrased/used as background transition
Explain the purposes of transitions.
Identify poor forms in feature writing (first person, "when asked," cliches, "imagine this"-type leads)
Stephen Glass (know the basics of the movie and why this was such a breakthrough in online journalism)
Monday, April 4, 2011
All of you contributed some interesting insight when analyzing the layouts, but the below responses received maximum credit:
Response: Color is being used to bring attention to important elements of the article. The section header, headline, and pull quote are all given the same turquoise line to give the words contrast from both the white background and the primarily tan color of the photographs.
Response: Lines are being used to create a sense of organization in the layout. The thick, black lines separate the title and subheadline, as well as outline the blurb at the beginning of the story. This makes it so that the text isn't all jumbled together and gives the layout a clean look.
Response: The shape in this layout is a recurring theme. The fat letters and the thick squiggles bring an almost nostalgic mood to the article, and the retro vibe definitely enforces the topic [of the history of clubs that made Austin what it is today].
Response: This layout uses value and size. The right page is full of deliciousness and is very 3-D looking, and looks as if it's about to pop off the page. The "50" has a shadow behind it, making it also appear 3-D. Therefore, the value and size incorporated within this layout emphasizes the important parts that the designer intended to emphasize.
Friday, April 1, 2011
*If you need to turn in a recorder or camera, please see Ms. Richey. If you need to check out a recorder, see Ms. Richey at the end of the school day.
*Blogs are due today! Next week's blog assignment is to explain your interviewing experience -- how you decided on a source, how you came up with your questions, what the actual interview was like.
*True Colors: Sad news. Kara can't make it today, but she would love for you to send her what you have so far (as a pdf) if you haven't already. She's planning to visit soon, though, and wants to give you feedback in the meantime via email.
*Due Dates: 1.2 and 5.6 classes, your interview notes (either recorded or on paper) are due Monday in class. You'll have all period to transcribe your notes on Monday. If you're bringing a sound file to transcribe, be SURE to bring your earbuds. This is for a completion grade, so late credit will apply if you don't have your notes and/or your sound file and earbuds.
1. Read Please read this article; it should be a good reminder of what sort of details it's important to notice when collecting research and conducting interviews for your feature. After reading it, please send me a group email that explains what sort of details you could each incorporate into your own features. (If you've already conducted your interview, tell me what you noticed that you could include; if you haven't conducted your interview, tell me what types of details you will now look for.) We'll discuss Monday.
2. Feature Designs Begin mapping out your feature design. I highly recommend finding a professional layout to guide you since it will adhere to column guides, etc. Plus, you can use this layout to help you determine what kind of art (full-page photo, half-spread photo with a sketch applied, etc.) to your own layout. Then, when you conduct your interview, you'll know what kind of photos you need to take. If you've already taken your pictures, you'll be able to find layouts that use similar images. This magazine, for example, used some design inspiration from Wired and their layouts look really professional.
3. Table of Contents (2 people could work on this)
You should have an idea how many pieces your magazine will have: opinion, feature, major ASF, bios, letter from the editors. You do NOT have to know what specific page everything goes on yet, but you should be able to map out a general plan using your style sheet, bleeds, etc.
4. Bios Check out these student magazines for some cool ideas on how to map out yours.
Bubblegum (This one had a creative idea for bio pics -- both on the cover and the actual bio page)
A little April Fool's joke on the web: Google "Helvetica." Pretty funny, Google... :)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
New Ark Mission of India posters: "
After long hot summers, the winter months take a violent toll on India’s poor who are often ill-prepared for the extreme cold. In addition, street children and beggars are a rarely-acknowledged blind spot. In response, Ogilvy & Mather, Bangalore dressed street children in their everyday clothes (made from discarded newspapers, sacking, cardboard) and photographed them walking a fashion catwalk. The juxtaposition of the usual in an unusual setting created awareness among the population. The campaign was executed as a series of posters and standees in corporate offices and churches with the goal of receiving 3,500 sets of clothes for New Ark Mission; the non-profit received over 6,000 sets of clothes and significant monetary contributions.
copy: To 33.4% of the population in Karnataka, garbage is fashion. Please donate your old clothes. New Ark Mission of India. 98452 81915. www.newarkmission.org
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Here's a list of headlines from Ms. Richey's classes.
Submit your vote by writing your favorite 3 headlines (in order of favorite) on a paper ballot and turning it in to Mrs. Young.
Winners will be announced on Friday!
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Don't forget that you also have a quiz Friday over newsworthiness, design, and lead terms. Refer to yesterday's quiz review for a refresher.
Ok, I think that's it for today. Please email me if you have any questions, and I'll check in with you tomorrow via the blog regarding your outlines and leads.
~ Mrs. Young
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
Monday, January 31, 2011
Friday, January 28, 2011
But when it comes to writing a 600-word piece, it can seem difficult to find a good idea.
Here's what you need to think about when you're coming up with your idea:
1. Is it newsworthy in some way?
Example: A student yesterday wanted to do a piece on gay marriage but felt it was overdone. But, once he searched Google News for "gay marriage," he found that there had been many developments with regard to how states were addressing the issue. Then, he felt he could write a piece about how Texas was still really far behind the curve. His idea now has the elements of proximity (most of his readers are here in the Lonestar State) and impact -- since most people will, at some point, get married and are therefore inherently interested in the topic.
2. Is it focused?
It's easy to want to take on the world (e.g., "We should all shop local!") but it's hard to come up with specific reasons that back up your point. Here is a good example from last semester of a focused argument.
The Vibe: Why we should use libraries for books rather than bookstores.
3. Can you find plenty of research to back up your opinion?
Sorry, you're not the only expert source you can use. Sure, you can cite personal experience, but you'll need outside sources -- and credible ones at that -- to support your stance.
Some other good examples:
Sports (The goal line piece)
A pro-con piece
Friday, January 21, 2011
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
When brainstorming what kind of magazine you want to do, we have to get a couple of things in order first: Who is your target audience, what is your mission, and what kind of content can readers expect to see?
Current magazine have all of that together so they can target potential advertisers for their publication. Conde Nast is one of the largest media marketing companies in the world. Take some time to look at the media kits of some of the most famous magazines in existence.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
In an effort to help you understand your classmates' interests and personalities, you'll each be creating a magazine cover. You'll also turn in an explanation of the elements you used and will give a brief description of it during class Thursday. Here's the assignment.
Need some inspiration? No problem.
Above, you can see the cover I made. Here's a link to my description of it.
Once you're ready to turn everything in, you can give me your cover and then email your description to me (as a Google doc or a Word doc -- it's up to you) at firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject should read: Name_Assignment_Class Period. So if I were in 1st/2nd block, my subject would read "Kendra Young_Magazine Cover_1.2."
Thanks, and I look forward to hearing about your magazines tomorrow in class!