Using Photography on the Web
This photo story was a collaboration between myself and another student. Splitting up the roles, he took the pictures, while I took notes at the match and put the story together. This included putting the images in an order that both made sense and told the story of the match and writing the body of the story to connect each picture with the next. I created mini-galleries within the story itself to capture especially impactful moments and ideas like a go-ahead goal and the emotional roller coaster of coach Larry Scheller.
The above headline is a great example of what we at FHNgameday aim for in our headlines. We publish almost exclusively web-friendly headlines that are easy to find via search engines and that give away a part of the story while still enticing the reader with its news. There are some examples, like the story below, but the rule is broken with knowledge of the rule and with purpose. The news of the search for a new football coach was a big deal at FHN, so it is not out of the realm of possibility for students and friends and family to be expected to have slight background knowledge already. With this assumed background knowledge, I skipped straight luring the reader in with a catchy title and big news. This is one of very few examples of a non-search engine-friendly headline, but it still works for its intended purpose.
Integrating All Types of Media
The below is a news/feature story that I wrote about FHN’s hiring of Brett Bevill, a 2002 graduate of the school. For this piece, I was the writer, photographer and videographer, and I included all of these elements and a pulled quote to make the writing more interesting. The story was posted within two days of the new head coach’s announcement, though it was last updated the following March 4 to add a link to the story. The story was posted to FHNtoday.com, our news website, as well as FHNgameday.com, which is our sports website and my project since 2014.
Speaking of FHNgameday, I have been at least one third of the staff since the spring semester of 2014. Since that time, I have been published more than 100 times- including live broadcasts- on our sports website alone, and more than 125 times across all staffs.
I have also been the leading contributor and manager since the fall semester of 2015, including the 2016-17 school year, in which I began as the only member of the Gameday team. The staff is now four times its size from the beginning of the school year, and we are working as well as we have in four years. As the editor of such an important part of FHN Student Media, I’ve had to work as hard as I ever have to copy edit stories and manage all of the content put up on the website. To do this, I spend three of seven school hours our publications room, trading an opportunity for another AP class or two for my leadership role as the editor of FHNgameday.com and FHNtodayLive.
The below story was written as a precursor to the previous article on this page. Brandon Gregory announced his decision to leave FHN on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, and I had this article published and publicized the next day. It was then used as a reference point for all of FHN Media’s coverage on finding a new head football coach. This shows what we strive for: quick-turn stories that are engaging and informative and that can be referenced and linked to in later publications.
Driving Content and Making the Most of the Site
You may have noticed that the preceding two stories contain links to one another. This was done purposefully to bring more readers to each article on the website and to keep readers engaged. The following pieces also utilize linking between stories. They are part of what I call the “NFL Greed” series, in which I point out the injustices of the National Football League in its never-ending search for additional revenue. Of these three articles, the first two were made using Storify, an online story writing program that allows for the inclusion of social media posts into the writing, and the final piece covers the same material as the first two from a satirical point of view.
The above images not only provide interesting insight into my development as an aspiring model, but the html used also shows how far I’ve come on the technical side of managing a website. For example, I’ve learned nearly all of the basics and some advanced html and css that I’ve used for FHNgameday.com and even for jacoblintner.com, which you are currently viewing. I coded the images above and added the links to their respective stories purely from my knowledge of code.
The image to the left is a screenshot of FHNgameday.com’s sidebar. Outside of the Soundcloud link, I coded each of the ads and redirects from scratch. For instance, the code for the Jake’s Take redirect is as follows:
<a href=”http://sports.fhntoday.com/?s=Jake%27s+Take”><img src=”http://sports.fhntoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/Press-Box-615×400.jpg”/></a><br/>Writer, announcer and sports guru Jacob Lintner gives his opinion on what is happening right now all across professional sports.
As you can see, it’s not the most difficult code, only requiring an image, a link and a break, but it does show that I’ve come pretty far on the back end of the site. A few years ago, I would have had no idea what the above was for. Now, I’m confident in my ability to create interesting images and graphics using my knowledge of html and css.