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A well-designed journalism website

This is part two of an a assignment for my Web Design for Journalists class at UMass.

Part one of this post involved me searching for a “terribly designed website” and point out what makes it so poorly designed. 

Part two of this assignment requires me to find a well-designed journalism website and make a post about why I like it.

But, as if you couldn’t see this one coming, I have loyally chosen PBS Frontline‘s website.

An aesthetically pleasing example of a well-designed media site.

The Frontline website is aesthetically pleasing, complex yet easy to navigate, and exudes an experience for the user. Here’s how:

  • The colors work. Note the varying shades of blue, gray, and purple. And, what pops out is the copany’s logo, which is classically white on red.
  • The shapes are spot on. Rectangles and squares follow continuous patterns, are spaced fairly, and are lined up like city buildings and skyscrapers.
  • Episodes are featured in two formats, as well as through the program schedule which is clearly marked.
  • Links to a popular topics and current affairs section is also clearly featured and is updated fairly regularly.
  • The user experience is first exemplified by a savvy theme. When users move their mouse over a featured program, an opaque detail card pops up, giving the viewer more information.
  • The front page also features a slick flip-book like rectangle showing off popular episodes.
  • When viewers click around the main menu they are taken to slightly less complicated sub-pages that aren’t necessarily less exciting but are clear and concise – and, yes, aesthetically pleasing.
  • The font and words are easy to read.
  • Their organization is key to helping fans find the shows they love most.
  • The screen fits to the window when it is expanded by a user.
  • Only one scroll bar is necessary.

It’s hip, it’s cool, it’s professional and is accessible.

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FUSE Rally At UMass

FUSE – Fighting for Unity and Student Enrichment held a rally today on the steps of the UMass Student Union.

Photo of the day: Rally.

Leaflets at the rally state, “By Fall 2010, the UMass administration plans to put the four resource centers that presently serve ALANA students into one program called the Center for Multicultural Advancement and Student Success (CMASS), to serve current and future ALANA students.” 

A bit small than most UMass rallies, but the spirit was there.

 

Native Americans Student Services is one of the services centers at risk to being watered down.

Don't move our cheese.

For more information on FUSE, one can email Umassfuse@googlegroups.com and visit http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/umassresourcecenters.

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Watch “Taking Back Campus”

You can now watch my first documentary,” Taking Back Cmapus,” on Vimeo.com or TakingBackCampus.WordPress.com.

Here’s part 1 of 6.

Enjoy.

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Screening of Taking Back Campus

A screening of Taking Back Campus will be held Thursday October 1, 2009 at 7 p.m. in the Cape Cod Lounge of the Student Union at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Check out the Facebook event page.

Click here for a campus map.

This event is sponsored by UVC-TV 19 and in part by a grant from SACEF, the Student Affairs Cultural Enrichment Fund.

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Taking Back Campus Web site

My first documentary, Taking Back Campus, will be screened this fall, so I am constructing another WordPress site for it.

It’s pretty minimal right now. More information will be posted shortly.

The complete film will be available to watch on the site after the screening.

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