My friend at the Arizona Republic newspaper, who I worked with years ago when I was on the photo desk, called and said she had an immediate need for students well versed in the production of DPS apps. I said , no problem, hung up the phone and announced we had to figure this out.
2 months ago 6 Seniors, myself and my colleague, Dr. Laurie Ralston, embarked on the path to create our first DPS app. We quickly learned that the how to’s are scattered about and the DPS App itself is found after what feels like a treasure hunt. We began studying apps (magazines) on the iPad and jumped head first into the world of e-publishing.
These are graphic technology students, creative “techies” and design types, that have had no journalism experience. But, as I had been a photojournalist early in my career , and used to photograph for numerous magazines, we began our approach conventionally- developing the mast-head assignments and mapping out the stories we would do. Some were in charge of photo, others in charge of video, writing and of course, we chose our managing editor, the glue to hold us together.
We are still building it ( shooting, writing, refining page design) and I am documenting our progress so as to be able to simplify the process and produce “An Educators Best Practices Guide for DPS ”. Hopefully this is of interest to others and I plan to return to this blog soon for our next update.
Penny Ann Dolin
Director, Technical Imaging
Polytechnic campus,Arizona State University