The POWER Issue, Production Deadlines


-Your first, polished, high-quality draft of your story copy. This
draft will be edited both by your editor, and then by Jen, and
returned to you the next day. 600 word count.
-Your 5 best photographs; we will select one to be the photo that
accompanies your story on the home page. If you have a particular
preference for the photo to accompany or story, please let your
editor know; but ultmatly bear in mind that we will choose the
highest quality photo you have that also "fits" the asthetic design
of the homepage. Please note: we are NOT asking for your slideshow
at this point. Just your 5 best photos.
-A 75-word bio. Be creative, don't be creative, its entirely up to
-The URL to your personal website.
-a 3 inch by 4 inch photo of your self. If you don't have
one, we will take a photo of you next Thursday night.
-An outline of the Mulitmedia elements and sidebars for your page

Happy Valentine's Day, you guys! Apologize to your
girlfriend/boyfriend/life partner/blind date/bartender/tivo for us.

-Final copy due.
-Your page schematic due. As you know, each team is responsbile for
designing the layout of their page. We would like to see some sort
of drawing of what you envision. It does NOT have to be on a
computer at this point; you are free to hand in a drawing on paper, if you
prefer. We just want to have a sense of where you're going, and how
you envision this to turn out.
-Your completed mulitmedia elements-- your slideshows, maps, graphs,
charts, what have you.

Between Tuesday and Friday, you will build your pages. We launch on


RE: On design and communication...

Cara/Anne did absolutely nothing wrong. Everyone should be offering their honest, straightforward feedback. Those of you who haven't made your opinions heard--and that includes just about everyone--we need you to participate.

So let's hear everyone's comments, positive or negative, and I suggest we all post them to the blog (to prevent miscommunication and to give our poor, overstuffed email boxes a break).

- Sarah

On design and communication....

Since I can't make the 5 p.m. meeting, wanted to restate what I meant in my critique of the site.

This was the entire point that included the "my first web site" reference: Looks a bit bland. I like the white background and text color and font (all easy to read, very user accessible). However, I don't feel that it has any artistic design. I guess what I mean is, while it's easy to read, the page doesn't grab my attention and isn't engaging. Kind of looks like "my first Web site" or something - too simple.

So, w/in that context, I wasn't trying to be negative. I complimented the text color, simplicity and font. I do feel that the these same elements make it overly bland. But that is just my opinion. I didn't mean it as an insult. As with everything design oriented, it's all about personal taste. Maybe my design ideas from that e-mail are off putting to others in the class, and I'm certainly open to hearing the reasons why.

We're all adults here and I don't want this to turn into an argument. I was merely trying to offer my point of view before class tonight, and am more likely to be blunt than skirt the issue, specifically when giving my first impressions. I was literally typing up the first thoughts that came to my mind when I looked at the site - was not trying to insult anyone. This is a creative process - that was just my point of view, and wasn't meant to suggest everyone isn't working hard, trying to put out a great product, etc.

I think that at this point, across the board, there has been a lot of miscommunication. From what we expected of the pitches to the process for submitting with the editors to the design. And the best thing for all of us I'm sure is to speak in person tonight, not through e-mails, and sort things out.

Again, sorry for long windedness. Everyone is working hard, everyone is doing a good job, we're in this together, so let's just cut all this BS out and move forward. -Anne

Repsonse to Cara's email


I understand your frustration with regard to Duy's comments about
your pitches, and want to explain the process that led to the document we sent to Duy.

The pitches you saw laid out in the document for Duy weren't meant
to convey all of your prereporting and the nitty-gritty details of
your pitches. They were compiled from an internal conversation
among the editors, whereby we were essentially 1) making sure that
none of you were working on the same story and 2) seeing if the
pitches made thematic sense, in our minds. During this email
conversation, we debated several pitches, questioned others, and
made suggestions about possible angles, and or interactive
features. It was never our intention to take out your main ideas
and or style; but the nature of our conversation was summary, for
the reasons I stated above.

The list of pitches we compiled for Duy was in a cursory fashion; we
took the pitches as summarized in our email conversation rather
than your actual, word-for-word verbatim pitch. It was our
understanding that that was all Duy was asking for, and that after
tonight we would follow with the detailed pitches; clearly we were
mistaken. We take responsibility for that mistake, and apologize if it left you frustrated.

Today, everyone has a chance to flush out their pitch, and tonight
you will have a chance to defend it, and we will all have an
opportunity for feedback.

With regard to the site design, we sent it out earlier this week in
order to solicit feedback. So far there are only three responses on the blog, and frankly, none of thse posts were specifically referencing the site; so we can't respond to your feedback if we aren't getting any.

The designers among us worked very hard on the logo, and the design of the site. We agreed that we all favored sites with a clean, simple layout; clearly you think that the simplicity we were reaching for is not engaging. Great--let's talk about that. We are eager to hear your feedback, and envision this as an inclusive process. But let's all try to have a little respect here for the work that the designers have put into this. Calling it "my first web site" isn't helpful, or necessary.

We are really excited about putting out an excellent first issue of nyc24. We're all in the same boat here, so let's try to work together, bring some positive energy, and get this done.

See you tonight,

Design Sites to Look AT




Voices of Reason

The washingtonpost.com does a very nice job in its presentation and use of sound on a recent story about choosing a new voice for the Metro system. Check it out.


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