Electronics Final Memo

To: Professor Ryan Lizardi
From: JoAnna Niles
Date: October 13, 2019
Re: Module 3: Electronics Final Memo

 

For this module, the feedback from my peers had me rethink some of the considerations from the Electronics Project Proposal. In this memo, I will discuss how I arrived at a final design.

Message

The objective of this blog post is to discuss how television broadcast impacted Social Changes in America. My blogpost contains details about the “golden era” of television broadcasting and how it switched from traditional media to bring include different genres. It includes some video clips of different television broadcasts, mainly from the 1960s and how these events changed some perspective and brought about social changes in the nation.

Target Audience

This project is intended for use by students and instructors of the IDT 507 Information Technologies course and students interested in communications.

Platform

I continued to use the WordPress blogging platform for this project and embedded YouTube videos to help support my theory.

Design Considerations

As with Module 2, I chose to do a blog post. I initially wanted to include a personal “reaction” video from Youtube but opted out due to a lack of reliable editing software. After feedback from my peers, instead of including multiple topics of war, civil rights, & politics I focused on one.

Design Challenges

This time around I had to essentially start from scratch as I switched to a self-hosted domain. I had a lot of issues using the free wordpress.com platform and switched to the wordpress.org since I already had a domain that wasn’t being used. The process to migrate old content wasn’t difficult, but it was tedious reformatting things that were done two months prior.

I also had some issues narrowing down which topic to include in my post. While there were many events that happened in the Civil Rights Era in various parts of the US, I tried to include an event that had a huge impact bringing the attention to not only families, but the President and other political leaders in the country. 

References Used

Selma, “Bloody Sunday,” and the Most Important TV Newsfilm of the 20th Century (2015, March 10). http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu Project. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

http://blog.commarts.wisc.edu/2015/03/10/selma-bloody-sunday-and-the-most-important-tv-newsfilm-of-the-20th-century/

Allen, Steve & Thompson, Robert J. Television in the United States. Britannica.com. Retrieved October 9, 2019.

https://www.britannica.com/art/television-in-the-United-States/Early-genres

Pre-Telegraphic Final Memo

To: Professor Ryan Lizardi
From: JoAnna Niles
Date: September 15, 2019
Re: Module 2 Pre-Telegraphic Memo

For this module, the feedback from my peers had me rethink some of the considerations from my original proposal. In this memo, I will discuss how I arrived at a final design.

Message

The objective of this blog post is to discuss the advancement of music and song in the early Pre-telegraphic era and how it applies to society today.

My blogpost contains details about the use of music and song in the pre-telegraphic era as it relates to slavery in the Americas. It discusses how music and song were used by tribes before the middle passage, how it changed during years of enslavement, and how music and song impact society throughout the world today.

Target Audience

The target audience for this project was initially for students and Instructors in the IDT 507 class. After feedback, I decided to expand the audience to include high school history students as well. Given the subject matter covered and embedded videos, it gives students information that is simple enough to be entertaining and still hold interest.

Since the site is searchable, it can also be accessed by individuals searching for the topic of music and song during slavery or the use of music as communication during that time period.

Platform

I used the WordPress blogging platform for this project as I intended to advance my skills in blogging through WordPress.

Design Considerations

I wanted the site to be user-friendly so I chose a theme with a simple design. I considered creating shorter blog posts based on the different points made and linking them together, but for SEO purposes, longer written posts with multiple keywords rank higher. I decided to merge everything together and separate by headers. For this specific blog post, I also wanted to include images that were my own from previous travels and audio/video examples to support my view on the subject.

Design Challenges

The biggest design challenge was picking the subject and blog theme. In previous projects, I just purchased a theme, but this time I was able to use WordPress’ free options. Another challenge was using WordPress blocking editor. It was a different learning curve that I still haven’t 100% grasped.

References Used

Gleick, James. The Information: a History, a Theory, a Flood. Vintage Books, 2011.

Singing in Slavery: Songs of Survival, Songs of Freedom. (2017, January 25). PBS.org 
Project. Retrieved 11:08, September 8, 2019 from
http://www.pbs.org/mercy-street/blogs/mercy-street-revealed/songs-of-survival-and-songs-of-freedom-during-slavery/

Stringfellow, Thornton. Scriptural and Statistical Views in Favor of Slavery, 2000