How to create online layout exercise for journalism students
January 26, 2012 5:26 AM Subscribe
What's a good online layout exercise for journalism students? Seeking tools and ideas.
I'm teaching an undergrad journalism course on editing/presentation. Along with grammar and usage, we cover headlines, photo captions, etc. -- the building blocks of layout.
One of their projects is to design a newspaper front page using InDesign. They get 10 or so stories, scads of photos and a template with the banner atop. They have to design a Page One with five to six stories, headlines, photos... the whole nine yards. They're evaluated not just on the big picture (news judgment, use of art), but also on the nitty gritty (headline accuracy, spelling).
It's not so much a chance for them to demonstrate creativity, it's more about making sure they have the fundamentals down.
I'd like to find a way to create an exercise like this for online as well, without spending too much time on learning a specific CMS.
In other words, in my mind, they would create a news site home page that incorporate those same elements: news judgment, captions, headlines, etc. I know they could just mock something up, say, in Photoshop, but that feels flat. I'd like to have something where they're all working within some sort of template.