Author: Susan

#99NightsofNovel: Day 1

#99NightsofNovel: Day 1

Tonight I read about the 100 Days Project concept. I’m going to revise it slightly to 99 Nights of Novel [Writing] to suit my project. I’ve always had the most success with extended writing projects when I visit them daily, or nearly so, and this project deserves the same. I’ll dedicate 10 minutes/day to working …

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The Media Professor’s Textbook Dilemma

The Media Professor’s Textbook Dilemma

Every semester, the textbook challenge rises again. Does a specific course really need a textbook? Is there such a thing as a truly up-to-date print textbook on a media-related topic? Could we get by entirely or mostly on freely available/library-accessible online readings, tutorials, MOOC segments and other bits of vetted content? Why are there still no online, interactive …

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Attempting Intellectual Craftsmanship with a Decomposition Book [#OneLittleThing Series]

Attempting Intellectual Craftsmanship with a Decomposition Book [#OneLittleThing Series]

Behold: my new notebook, a.k.a. a “Decomposition Book.” Yes, it has cute farm animals on it. I particularly like the inquisitive lamb at bottom left. I have been struggling lately to find a method of capturing the little things that intrigue me in everyday life. I know that some of these factoids and concepts could …

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Recently at PBS MediaShift: Visualizing the Discouraging Realities for Magazines

Recently at PBS MediaShift: Visualizing the Discouraging Realities for Magazines

I have a new(ish) post at PBS MediaShift that also represents my first foray into non-scholarly data visualization. I really enjoyed trying out a number of tools before settling on Silk.co for these visualizations of the most recent Magazine Media 360° report, which presents the most recent audience data across platforms for about 145 magazines. …

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New at PBS MediaShift: Exploring the “Netflix for Magazines” Model

New at PBS MediaShift: Exploring the “Netflix for Magazines” Model

I have a new post up at PBS MediaShift that offers a different perspective on the “Netflix for magazines” (a.k.a., “buffet-style”) business model offered by Readly and Magzter, among other companies. I wanted to hear from these companies about why they think they can succeed with this approach. The two things I found most curious in reporting this story: …

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Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

Audio Slideshows…Still Useful?

It was this little moment in media where everyone thought the future of media was the audio slideshow. I was hired by The New York Times to make audio slideshows and to teach other people how to do that. I would make over 50 audio slideshows a year, I trained like 200 people on audio …

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Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

Multimedia Story Platforms for Students’ Projects

One of my tasks as the instructor of this spring’s Senior Capstone course is rounding up online locations and services where my 15 students can publish their final projects. (I’m also working on them with portfolios, and have blogged about those options before.) Most students’ projects emphasize creating long-form writing, video, and/or audio, as opposed to hand-coding complex …

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Using Index Cards in the Classroom

Using Index Cards in the Classroom

I was recently asked to give a short teaching presentation of a teaching technique or tool for our Faculty Teaching and Learning Lunch series here at Linfield. I imagine folks are going to be somewhat surprised that I’m not presenting on something that involves technology; instead, I’m going to talk about my many uses of index …

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Testing JuxtaposeJS: Pioneer Hall at Linfield

Testing JuxtaposeJS: Pioneer Hall at Linfield

During today’s Media Maker Time at Linfield, students soldered little Halloween ghosts, flew our quadcopter and took aerial photos, and started learning to code with Codecademy. My project for the day was to try out JuxtaposeJS from Knight Lab. It’s super fun and easy! Media Maker Time is funded by a mini-grant from Linfield’s current …

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Crafting at My Desk [#OneLittleThing Series]

Crafting at My Desk [#OneLittleThing Series]

Perhaps I am overly fascinated by productivity- and creativity-inducing tricks. I know I tend to post about such topics quite a bit. But I like experimenting on my own work habits to see what helps me enjoy my work more, or at least get it done more quickly. I am my own research subject. One thing I …

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