See highlights from this international awards festival for news graphics.
View a list of all winners (PDF; the online winners, pages 3–4, do not appear to be linked, but THEY ARE LINKED. Roll over carefully and you’ll find you can click them.)
Look at this. You should see the reason plainly.
When you get a random number from 2 to 12 for a dice roll, you’re making the chances for a roll of 7 the same as 1 in 11.
That’s not how it is when you actually roll two dice. Because so many combinations can add up to 7, the probability is much higher — 17 percent.
Meanwhile, it’s really hard to roll “snake eyes,” or 2 (double ones). It’s equally hard to roll a 12, or two sixes. The chances for 2 or 12 are only 3 percent.
But only if you get two unique random numbers, one for each die.
First, all the details are here: Project.
Read all of that carefully before you start work on your project plan.
Your project should be sufficient to impress an employer in a job interview.
Look here for inspiration: Storytelling Now. Follow several links there. You will see a lot of very different things.
But DON’T start with a technology. Start with a solution to a problem. People in x group want to do y. People of x type need to learn y. Then think about how to do it — how to make that solution — make it with code for the Web.
Those are some of the frames for types of projects you might create.
Not a bunch of Web pages. An app. Even if it’s not on a phone, it can be an app. For example, THIS is an app: Treatment Tracker. NPR makes lots of cool apps, like this SXSW music player. This is kinda sorta like a game: Parable of the Polygons.
Here’s more inspiration from 2014.
This is an excellent case study: OneShot, a one week design case study
This is the app’s website.
When you come back from Spring Break, we will have a normal week in this class. That means a normal class meeting on Monday, an individual meeting, a quiz, and an assignment (in Canvas) due on Sunday night.
Please do not forget that your 15-point CSS assignment (in Canvas) is due on Sunday, March 8.
This week you’ll be the same “type” you were last week. Find your type below and do all the work listed there, to be finished in the week of Feb. 23 – 27.
Review the Checklist for your HTML5 and CSS knowledge.
Also, read the assigned articles linked on the Course Schedule page.
Here is a Python assignment from a journalism class at Stanford:
Build face-grep in Python
Go ahead, look at it. Don’t get scared. Just look at it and try to understand the concepts.
You could actually DO this assignment. You could.
You will receive an email from me that tells you whether you are Student Type 1, 2 or 3. These “types” are explained below. Your type determines your benchmark for Week 6.
As always, work for one hour every day to build your skills. Even though we are not learning Python this week, the same principles for learning (really learning) code apply to HTML and CSS also. Type it. Play with it. Practice.
By Monday, Feb. 23, I’d like you all to be comfortable with everything on this list: Checklist for your HTML5 and CSS knowledge.
Everyone: Review the proper use of HTML5 tags (article, aside, nav, section, footer). Here’s a good, brief post about that. I saw a lot of unnecessary use of header, for example, in the “Abe” exercise.
Step 1: Codecademy Setup
Create an account at Codecademy (it’s free). Continue reading
We will move on from Python after the Week 5 meetings, quiz and problem assignment.
Next up is a review of HTML and CSS. This begins in class on Monday, Feb. 16, when I will give you an HTML-and-CSS exercise to do during class and hand in. Based on this exercise, I will assess how much you know — basically, your skill level.
Before that class, you should review your previous work with HTML and CSS so you are properly prepared to complete the in-class assignment on Feb. 16.
Read the assigned readings. These are listed under Weeks 6 and 7 on the Course Schedule. Material from the readings will be in the quizzes in these weeks.
Review the checklist (link under Week 6 on the Course Schedule) to refresh your memory.
You can also review HTML and CSS at the excellent HTML Dog website.
DO NOT rely on the W3schools website. It is not a respected resource. See W3Fools for more information and other good resources.