Reliable News Sources

It is important to get your news from sources that hold themselves to high journalistic standards and make an effort to be as bias-free a possible. The following links will take you to news sources that the Pew Research Center, Business Insider, and other sources have found to be both accurate and toward the center of the political spectrum. The following sources may lean slightly left or right, but the majority of their audience is from a mixed political spectrum. As always, please make an effort to note when a piece is based on a writer’s opinion and always look to confirm information you are skeptical about.

News sources that meet high standards:

More complex, analytical news sources:

More basic news sources:

Sources that lean:

J2 – 50 minute Design Challenge

Over the course of 50 minutes, create a layout that contains the following 8 elements. The layout can be on any topic of your choice and you can use any photos you want. While the headline and subheading should be actual words, the body copy can captions can just be placeholder text.

You can start with a default document (select file -> new -> document, and then just say “ok” to the defaults, or you could download an official Hoofprint Single Page template or Double Page template, or make a custom sized document.

Your layout should include:

  1. Follows a column structure and has a clear alignment (Layout -> Margins and columns)
  2. Establishes dominance and/or has an element of clear contrast.
  3. Includes a headline (actual text)
  4. Includes a subheadline (actual text)
  5. Has a placeholder text story or body copy that is between 250-450 words in length.
  6. Has three photos of varying dimensions (sizes and shapes) with captions (short text boxes next to the photos).
  7. Makes use of at least one colored rule line, box, or other page element (negative space, pathfinder, increase separation, eyedropper tool).
  8. At least one effect (right click -> effects), corner option (object -> corner option) or text wrap (Ctrl+Alt W) added to a picture, rule line, box, copy block.

After the 50 minutes are up, please do the following:

  1. Exported as a .jpg and added to this Google Docs folder.

To export, go to File -> Export. Select a jpeg as the file type and select “Maximum” for the size and 96 as the resolution.

J2 – Learn How to format photos for Hoofprint.net

Step One:

Log in to Hoofprint.net and go to Add New Post.

Step 2:

Follow this link and download the bball.JPG file to your computer.

Step 3:

Open the photo with PhotoShop.

Step 4:

Listen to Jon.

Video tutorial to follow.

Reference:

Photo Size:

Image Size to Upload: 850px wide by 450px tall (that’s 11.806 in by 6.25 in at 72 px/in) PLEASE MAKE SURE TO INCLUDE THE px IN THE IMAGE SIZE or your computer will crash!

This is the size that is displayed on the story page, along with featured stories on the homepage. WordPress will automatically shrink the homepage image for regular stories.

2015 Tatanka – Fourth Deadline Story Preferences

January 5 and 6

Thank you for being awesome while I’m gone.

Here’s the big project I’d like you to work on over the next two days.

Here’s a blank yearbook spread to work with. Make sure you save it all the time to your G drive.

Your assignment is to create an original yearbook spread that is based on your first or second deadline assignment. For example, if you were working on the Fall Play spread second deadline, then you can choose to make a new and original fall play spread.

You should not make your spread look like it belongs in this year’s yearbook. You can create your own look and feel for your spread, including fonts, colors, folio, and other things.

Make sure your spread follows the rules of basic design first. Use column structure and eye lines. One of the most important things you can do is to make sure each photo has a caption next to it (not on top of it). Once you know it’s a solid spread, then you can swap out photos and creating modules or secondary coverage packages.

A great spread will:

  • Tell a story about people through photos, captions, and body copy.
  • Have a clear column structure with alignment.
  • Establish dominance with a photo of photo package.
  • Use consistent internal margins.
  • Have a complete caption for every photo.
  • Have include at least 14 people on the spread in photos and direct quotations.
  • Take risks and try new things.

Look online for resources or take a look through other yearbooks and magazines for new and unique ideas.

This assignment is graded.

You will be exporting and sharing these on Wednesday at the end of class.

Feel free to email or text McCallum with questions.

Good luck!

TATANKA 2015 – Third Deadline Assignment Preferences

Please sign up for your top four choices for third deadline.

If this form doesn’t show up, log in to Google Docs and refresh this page.

Please Read

Hey, friends.

Please go here to read one sample ethnography tonight.

See if you can incorporate some of what you are reading into your own writing. Pay special attention to descriptive writing and details that are included.

Export Your Basic/Advanced Layout

If the Taylor Export Settings have already been loaded on your computer, skip to Step 5.

Step 1:

Click File and then select Adobe PDF Presets and then select Define.

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Step 2:

Select “Load”.

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Step 3:

Navigate to the Tatanka drive and select “Taylor Standard PDF Export”.

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Click “Done”.

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Step 5:

Click “File” and then select “Export”.

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Step 6:

Make sure you note where your spread is being saved and give it a file name that includes your names and the assignment.

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Be sure your file is named correctly and select “Adobe PDF (Print)” as the file type.

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Step 8:

In the next screen, select “Taylor Standard PDF Export” from the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown menu.

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Step 9:

Select Export. Your page may take up to 5 minutes to be completely exported depending on the size and quantity of the photos that you’re using. Once it is exported, you can exit your page. You will not be allowed to close your spread until the export has completed successfully.

Always check the PDF of your page to make sure it looks good and is in the right place.

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Step 10:

Log in to your BHM School Google Docs Account and then go to the 2014 Tatanka Writers Folder. Go into the folder for this assignment (either Basic Layouts or Advanced Layouts). Then click the Upload Icon.

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Select Files.

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Select your spread and double click or click “Open”.

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Step 13:

Click “Upload and Share”.

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Make sure the top two check boxes are unchecked and then upload your spread.

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You’re all done!

Export Your Finalized Spread For shipping

If the Taylor Export Settings have already been loaded on your computer, skip to Step 5.

Step 1:

Click File and then select Adobe PDF Presets and then select Define.

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Step 2:

Select “Load”.

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Step 3:

Navigate to the Tatanka drive and select “Taylor Standard PDF Export”.

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Step 4:

Click “Done”.

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Step 5:

Click “File” and then select “Export”.

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Step 6:

Navigate to the Tatanka drive and then open the _Submissions folder. ALL SPREADS MUST BE PLACED IN _Submissions OR THEY WILL NOT WORK.

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Step 7:

Be sure your file is named correctly and select “Adobe PDF (Print)” as the file type.

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Step 8:

In the next screen, select “Taylor Standard PDF Export” from the Adobe PDF Preset dropdown menu.

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Step 9:

Select Export. Your page may take to 5 minutes to be completely exported depending on the size and quantity of the photos that you’re using. Once it is exported, you can exit your page. You will not be allowed to close your spread until the export has completed successfully.

Always check the PDF of your page in the _Submissions folder to make sure it looks good and is in the right place.

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Sign Up for Second Deadline

Please sign up for your second deadline assignment.

Do not sign up for activities you are closely involved with.