HTML Exercise


There is a lot more you can learn about HTML. And the
best place to turn for complete information on any topic
related to Web Design is, of course, the Web. The following
sites offer helpful tutorials so you can learn more about HTML.

HTML Tutorials 

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My Online Resume is a great resource for sharing you resume with a wide range of people.

The website allows you to display all the usual facets of a traditional resume as well as portfolio items and multimedia.

Check out My visual CV.

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John “the Baptist” Chisham riles up students at MSU

Chisham Met by LGBT Community, Hostile Crowd at Minnesota State University, Mankato

Mankato, Minn. — Reverend John “the Baptist” Chisham, a man notorious for his visits to Minnesota State University, Mankato, returned to campus Nov. 17.

Reverend Chisham of the River of Life Alliance Church was confronted by a large crowd of MSU students as he and members of his congregation preached on the Minnesota State campus. The MSU LGBT community led the charge in a protest against Chisham’s presence.

Some protesters were confrontational, arguing with and hurling insults towards Chisham and his fellow preachers. Others held signs bearing messages of tolerance towards gay, lesbian, bisexual  and transgender people. The obvious disapproval of his presence by students has done nothing to deter the reverend from returning to MSU.

“I like college campuses,” says Chisham. “I actually like the back and forth that goes on,  the reasonable discussions that go on, the question and answer time.”

According to Tara Mitchell, a member of the local LGBT community, Chisham’s preaching amounts to little more than hate speech.

Nov. 17 Protest is Latest Chapter in Chisham-LGBT Fued

Mitchell, and other members of the MSU LGBT community held a demonstration during a River of Light Alliance Church service Oct. 17.

During the demonstration, which took place at the Marshall, Minn. YMCA, where the congregation meets, students held signs with pictures and names of gay and lesbian individuals who had committed suicide or were murdered as a result of anti-gay sentiment.

Dimock, a MSU professor who accompanied Mitchell and other students to the protest, is proud students are standing up to what he believes is a message of hate.

“I am incredibly proud of the demonstrators who showed tremendous courage,” says Dimcock. “They went to a small town, far from home and entered into the lion’s den. They were very, very brave.”

The protesters were silent as they held signs. YMCA staff members described the protest as peaceful.

Despite protests from MSU students, Chisham will continue to visit campus. He believes his message needs to be heard, esspecially by the LGBT community.

“I think that part of the LGBT agenda is to silence anybody who would say that their behavior, and that’s what it is, that their behavior is sinful or offensive to god,” says Chisham. “The bad heart manifests in different sinful ways. I think that especially the gay population, is especially offensive because they believe they can love and still transgress God’s law. It’s impossible.”

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Legal Adventures in Online Journalism

In most every profession, there are rules and regulations a person must follow.

Whether you are a chef, who must work within health and quality standards, or a construction foreman, who must meet building codes and follow safety guidlines, the law is everywhere.

Online journalists, like their print counterparts, are subject to media laws.  If they write outside of the confines of the law, journalists are subject to libel suits, copyright infringement and other occupational hazards.

The internet, innitially regarded as the online equivelant of international waters, poses new, and often surprising legal issues for online journalists.

While reading Online Journalism: Principles and Practices of News for the Web by James C. Foust, I came accross a few surprising legal quandries.

Because the internet crosses all national and international borders, journalists writing online are subject to the laws of many different nations.  

A small town newspaper that publishes something online not considered libel or defamation in the United States, can still faces legal action under the laws of Tokyo or Moscow.

A London-based paper, The Guardian, faced trial in Zimbabwe for “publishing falsehoods,” online according to Foust’s book. The paper claimed Zimbabwe did not have jurisdiction to sue, however, that claim was thrown out.

The Guardian’s experience is an example of how avoiding liable in journalism is more complicated than in the past.

The uses of linking is another aspect of internet law that, to my surprise poses potential problems to journalists. Linking is a common practice on blogs and news sites, however doing it incorrectly is dangerous.

Deep Linking ( using a link that brings the user deep into another website) has been the subject of several cases. Websites claim that by being redirected to a page within a site, they are losing out on advertising revenues. 

 It is also a probelm because linking can lead to an assumed relationship between two sites without one’s permission. Ticketmaster sued a Microsoft site for this exact thing, according to Foust.

Associative linking can affect a site’s legitimacy and negatively impact an organization’s public perception. In some cases associative linking can be seen as a sort of endorsement of a site, sometimes an unwanted one.

Linking to illegal or explicit meterial is another problem journalists face. A reporter covering a story on illegal downloading, must be careful not to link to a site that would facilitate any digital theft of copyright material.

All in all it can be confusing what is safe to do when writing online. But, it seems that if journalists folow existing codes of conduct and work within their own set of ethical standards, it should be fairly easy to stay out of the court.

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Flip Video Story Critique

Shooting an effective video story is much more complicated than it seems. With a print story, really the only things a journalist needs to worry about are delivering the facts, writing clean, concise copy and meeting his or her deadline. It is not so simple in the video format.

The person shooting a video story has to ensure the story does all the things a print story does while making an aesthetically pleasing composition with both images and sound.

This video, PR WEEK: NY FASHION WEEK , is a good example of a both what to do and what not to do when shooting a video story.

The beginning of the video overuses zooming and panning. The panning is shakey and distracting and there doesn’t seem to be much reason for the zooming in.

The video uses still images cut in with video, often leading in to a title or new section. While filming backstage of the runway, there are some cuts that do not flow together. This could be improved by utilzing the Five Shot Rule. Using a variety of sequential cuts could have made this video much smoother at times.

During interview segments of this video, the audio could have been better. There is a lot of distracting background noise. However, that helps tells the viewer the video is live from the fasion show.

Also, during the interiews there are some awkward cuts coming in the middle of coversation. There are lighting problems too. At one point a man is being interviewed and all he is covered in shadow. By interviewing him in an area with side or even front lighting, he would show up better on the screen.

The interviews could improve by using a variety of shots, rather than a medium close shot of a talking head each time.

If I had shot this video, I would have tried to edit shots together that made more sense, and lent a better flow to the video. PR Week did bring accross the live, flurry of excitement that is the much hyped Fashion Week in New York City, but the video is also very choppy and distracting.

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Mankato Marathon a Success, 2,000-plus Runners Register

First Mankato Marathon Represents Final Qualifier for Boston Marathon

Mankato, Minn–The first annual Mankato Marathon, the final qualifying event for the famed Boston Marathon , will be even bigger next year, say marathon organizers.

The inaugural race will feature as many as 2,000 participants, while bringing an estimated 4,000 to 5,000 tourists to Mankato Oct. 23, says Anna Thill, president of the Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The 2010 racer registration was capped at 2,000 runners, leaving later entries disappointed.

“For a first-year marathon, [2,000 runners] is fantastic,” says Jennifer Rath, marketing director for the CVB. “We decided early on to cap it, and some people were upset because they couldn’t run.”

Mankato Community Ready for Marathon Weekend

The first Mankato Marathon will be an exciting day for members of the Mankato community. Many individuals and businesses are preparing for the event.

A community-wide pasta feed will be held the night preceding the marathon.  Runners looking to carbo-load before the race will have their choice of spaghetti or chicken alfredo at WowZone Family Entertainment Center, one of the 14 Mankato restaurants participating in the feed.

The Mankato Marathon has increased interest in running, according to YMCA Fitness Director, Joy Leafblad.

“They’ve gone from zero to marathon and it’s amazing,” says Leafblad. “A lot of our members are starting to run.  It’s been a real exciting year just to see how many people are giving it a try.”

Rath has encouraged Mankato citizens to make their own preparations for the race.  She hopes spectators and residents along the marathon route will hold up signs, cheer for runners or even provide entertainment.

“Be a part of it,” she says. “It will be a lot of fun.”

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Poynter News University: Language of the Image

After completing the Poynter News University course, Language of the Image, I have a new found appreciation for the power of images to tell a story.  The lesson was essentially an interactive vocabulary lesson.  It taught me about all the different aspects of photographs that make the good ones great.

In photojournalism, the goal is to convey the message of a story in a way that both informs and entertains readers.  This is done best when a photographer uses the tools of photography and composition.  By giving a picture a certain mood, an obvious, eye-catching point of focus, or by using juxtaposition, photographs can help people look at the world in a way they never thought of before.

This lesson taught me that there is a difference between the ways words are able to communicate a story and the ways images allow people to go deeper into a story. After going through the lesson, I felt that I had a much better understanding about photography in general.

Photo galleries are a new way that news outlets are able to tell stories.  An interesting example is the story of Minnesota Gophers coach, Tim Brewster.  Brewster was fired this weekend and the entire story was chronicled by a photo gallery on the Star Tribune’s website.

The photographs in this gallery are able to tell an interesting story, which gives the reader an ample amount of information, with only captions and pictures.  A good picture can not only tell an important story, but shape our culture’s perception of the present and the past.

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