WK 2 Introduction

UPDATED Sept 2018 / Sharron Lovell

Schedule: 27th Sept, all-day in-class session

  • T: 10.00 – 12.00: Staff & Student Introductions. Program Introduction
  • T: 13.00 – 15.30: Student Roles. News Literacy. Social Media Project. Digi Platforms.

Session Preparation – Pre-reading / watching

  • Bring your laptops, no need for gear.
  • Read and fulfill all tasks outlined in the pre-reading week

Assignments / Tasks – Week 1:

1) Prepare for your Student Role

2) Build your digital platform (4 hours)

  • No need to finish your platform, but you should make a start and at the minimum create a basic home page. A page for your first assignment and an about page.
  • Examples of previous student platforms below:

  • https://samuelimmj.wordpress.com/
  • hilarypanimmj.wordpress.com 

  • https://leonaimmj.wordpress.com/
  • Software Options:

  • WordPress (.com)

  • Recommend choosing WordPress.com over WordPress.org for first-time users and (.org) is a bit more advanced and requires payment for a domain name.

  • Wix www.wix.com

  • Wix is probably one of the best free website creator tools out there. They feature a wide range of ready-made templates for use. Each template has a drag-and-drop interface that is very easy to navigate. Templates are fully customizable and there is plenty of creative control to be had.

  • Weebly www.weebly.com

  • Duda www.dudamobile.com
  • Duda is another drag-and-drop website tool that seems easy to use

3) News Literacy W1 Part 2: With great power comes great responsibility (2 hours) 

4) Consider your Media News Team Role

  • You’ll need to tell me your platform and groups in W3. If you can prepare a post or two even better.

5) Check & read/view tutorials for your specific camera model (4 hours)

  • Get comfortable with some basics including your specific camera model’s menu. (Shooting stills not video). 

6) Find out what these terms mean. Exposure, Depth of Field, Shutter Speed, Aperture. (2 hours) 

7) Watch LightRoom Editing Introduction tutorials (3 hours)

8) Be sure to have Adobe CC installed. Lightroom, Premiere, Photoshop, Audition. Have them in English. Remember, I can’t personally support Chinese language versions. 

Optional Extra reading:

You need to deliver your Term 1 weekly assignments via a digital platform. We recommend WordPress.com or www.wix.com, but you could also try the others recommended. You’ll need something that you can embed multiple types of media and remember that Chinese platforms are usually unsuitable due to the fact that they use Chinese as a navigation language. Feel free to find and try something completely new and impress us!


If you are new to websites I would advise wordpress.com and NOT wordpress.org, they are the same company – wordpress.com is more limited but free and easier to begin with. For wordpress.org you’ll need to pay to set up. Take a look at this tutorial if you are a beginner

Want to know more about wordpress.com VS wordpress.org? Check out this explainer. If you do want to go with wordpress.org Blue-host often has special offers for wordpress.org. Here’s a handy link for setting up a wordpress.org site.

Wix tutorials

You might also want to check out the following links for tips on current digital platforms 15 blog platforms, Best Places to Start a Blog, 4 Free and Simple blog platforms, 3 New Blog PlatformsBest Blogging Platforms of 2014. I recommend spending half a day looking through options and then picking one and spend half a day playing around. You can refine things later.

This Weeks PPTs: