Building the Website

Sally originally set up the wix website for us but then it was for the group to add the content and play around with the look and feel of the content.

To be honest I feel like I have added all content to the website as no one else showed up to sessions and it just wasn’t getting done. I don’t want to fail because the other members of the group don’t care or do anything.

I used all the content off the group blog and placed them onto the site. Myself and Danielle spent time finding spring board content, then I added it all to the website. I also did the about page.

I don’t think its right that me and Danielle have been left to do it all. Danielle is setting up new social media pages and adding all the stories that are on the website, this is done through links so that audiences come to our website, here audience may look and spend more time on our website.

Links and Adding Multimedia to my piece of work

When I looked at the website I noticed when I added my work it didn’t add the links or sound clips within my work.

I went back to manage the blog posts on the home page and went back on my stories and added links to springboard users if they wanted to find out more. This wasn’t time consuming but just adds more value and multimedia to each piece. I made the hyperlink stand out to the other information in the piece by changing the colour to red to match the colour schemes of the website.

To add my sound clip back in I had to log into sound cloud and get the embed code. When on the website in the relevant place I clicked HTML and pasted the embed code there. This then made my sound clip work and appear within the piece.

Now I am happy with my pieces because the multimedia helps my work meet the brief.

Adding to the Website – Film & Documentaries Page

This page was empty, therefore I added springboard content and put titles and text boxes and added shapes. I made it a tiled effect as this is what was discussed in the original planning stages. I added the name of the video, link to where the video is originally from and information about copyright.

I think visually this is a good page. I think it follows what we wanted and I think the audience will find it easy to navigate around. I will be changing the background to white to see if that still gives it a professional look

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Adding to the Website – About Page

On the website, we have an about page; which is currently empty. So I added the group logo. However, it appeared in a white box and it didn’t look good so I put in in photoshop and deleted the white areas. ones happy I saved it as a PNG file and placed it back in the webpage. I also added a photograph which I took myself of the HSAD building to help people to see that we are students from there.

I then added information – I explained who we are, why were doing this website, named each person in the group and what the content will entail.

This page now will inform people about us so that they can get a better understanding of why we created the website. It also humanises the website as your giving them names of people.

REFLECTION ON TONIGHT

I have uploaded all content onto the website. No one else has done it so I thought I would do so because I do not want to fail. Danielle has mentioned that she is going to look at the fonts and layout. It feels like everything yet again has been left to us two to sort out. No one has had a say in the website as they never turned up and myself, Danielle and Sally have done everything for it. I don’t think it’s fair that others get marked for this module.

It was worrying to see how little people have put on the group blog.

  • There was 6 written pieces of mine and one video
  • 5 written pieces of Danielle’s
  • one piece each for Rob, Fallon and Paul.

I don’t know if they have done anything else because they never communicate and they haven’t uploaded anything else on the group blog. I don’t see work from everyone in my group.

Me having to upload everything has taken time and is causing me to take valuable time away from my other modules which I have to finish. I mean its 1.19 in the morning and ive just finished for the night. I am so disappointed in the group.

Springboard content for the OOTS website

Springboard content is really useful, it allows people to branch out of one website to another based on the similar content of the subject matter. It also helps the users to gain a much bigger insight into the topic and shows them other people’s work. It is clear that we won’t gain extra marks for the self-initiated unit as we have to produce content ourselves. however, springboard content will help to improve our mark for our creative futures part of the project with Sally.

A Guardian Is Accused of Holding 2 Teenagers Captive in Queens for Years

Child sexual exploitation offences increase fivefold in Manchester

Report by Labour MP Ann Coffey finds there were 714 recorded offences in Greater Manchester in 2016, up from 146 in 2013

Child sexual abuse: Agencies to get £40m funding boost

‘I came to the UK and I was turned into a prostitute’ – trafficked women share their horrific stories

Hundreds of girls rescued from traffickers in Britain are snatched back and forced into prostitution

Victim: I was 4 when my dad started trafficking me

Freedom from slavery and forced labour

Palm Oil: Global brands profiting from child and forced labour

‘My father chose me for himself’

Josef Fritzl trial: Daughter Elisabeth describes 24 years of abuse

AP interview with court-appointed psychiatric expert in Fritzl case

ABC Gang sex trafficking, victim speaks out

7 Shocking Cases of Modern Day Slavery

Over Easter Plans for Projects

As said in a previous post, I have a lot to catch up on and get done due to ill health and time off for surgery. I was really relieved that Easter has come around. This gives me the perfect time to focus on my work and to try and get things ready for the upcoming deadlines. I am worried that I won’t be able to get everything finished in time for submission, but by planning and organising my time will give me a better chance.

I’ve outlined what needs to be done for the self-initiated project in a different post.

I also need to complete:

CATS unit

  • Presentation on academic essay writing, looking at the strengths and weaknesses of my last semester essay.
  • Dissertation proposal
  • Dissertation presentation, what I will be doing and why chosen that subject matter.
  • 2 Industry reflections;
    • look at the ethics and morality surrounding virtual reality. There’s lots of debate going on in the industry about a variety of issues connected to this – this article will prove a useful starting point for your research, as will this. The question you need to formulate an answer/argument around is this: What can publishers do to try to prevent public concern around the ethics of virtual reality?
    • You’ll be picking up on a theme from journalism day on Monday, and the fragmentation of mainstream media. Newspapers are in trouble. Circulation is dropping, ad revenue is shrinking, and the industry has experienced an unprecedented wave of layoffs and cutbacks. The reflection I want you to look at answers the question: Is print dead, and the future of journalism purely online? Conducting your own research, I want you to formulate and argument, either way, backing up your assertions through research (which should be Harvard Referenced).

 

Creative futures – Carmen

  • Identify what feature story will be and how I will approach the subject.
  • Write a draft, submit when back
  • Research and plan a news story
  • Identify what the news story will be and how I will approach the subject.
  • Write a draft, submit when back

Work for Sally

  • Make a mock up site on WordPress.
  • Identify strength and weaknesses

Blog posting throughout to evidence where I am at and to show progression.

Templates on WordPress

Personally, I think WordPress is a good web builder it has a variety of free templates and templates that you can buy as well. I think it is very simple and easy to put something together. However, when looking deeper into a few templates it showed limitations, this is because we have already planned how we wanted the website to look. The limitations was ultimately a factor which made me think this wasn’t the right platform for this particular project.

If there wasn’t a better option then, we could use a template we would just have to shuffle the content around to fit the template. I still think we could make a professional and eye-catching website on WordPress.

I looked at many templates including Loren (free), Apostrophe 2 (free), Dyad 2 (free), Maxwell (costs), Baskerville (free), Ixion (free)

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All had limitations, to be honest, some you couldn’t add videos into or you could but you had to get separate plug-ins. The free templates weren’t very flexible I found out through more research, and after trying them out.

Maxwell, in my opinion, was the most suitable for the website if we choose to use wordpress. It has the tiled format the group asked for, it was simple to embed the content and looks really professional. The only problem is if the group are against paying for the design.

Group discussions (WordPress, Wix and Strikingly)

In this session which only I and Danielle turned up to, we discussed the wireframe of the website we want and the possibility of 3 different web builders. These are Wix, WordPress and Strikingly. Sally was going to explore the possibilities of Wix, Danielle was going to explore the possibility of using strikingly and I was going to look into Wix and the different template options. After Easter, we will bring what we have and put it forward. Whichever is the most appropriate and looks the best we will go with. If none work then we will have to try more options. We also spoke about how we were to look for springboard content and if we thought it was good enough, we could worry about getting consent later, this is so we don’t have any copyright issues. Sally wanted us to attach them onto padlet, also putting the links on the blog.