Hi! My name is Andrea Kenner. I'm a graduate student with the Interactive Journalism program at American University in Washington, D.C. Right now, I'm using this page to link to my class projects, but stay tuned! Everything is subject to change at a moment's notice as I complete the classwork of this exciting program!
I'm rounding the final bend, and expect to graduate in May 2012. In the meantime, here's a quick peek at what I've been up to lately.
My blog is my main voice on the web (beside Facebook, that is). I'm using my blog primarily to tell visitors what it's like to live, work, and play in the mid-Atlantic region. There's so much to do and see here, and I wanted to share with my visitors the things I love about this region. I'm also using it to showcase the work I've done for my grad school projects.
For this project, I covered a cat adoption event sponsored by the Montgomery County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, in Germantown, Md. Most of the assignments for the Digital Storytelling class appear only in my blog, but for this one, we were asked to create a second version styled directly through CSS.
For the midterm project,we were asked to create an interactive narrative that used HTML and CSS to lead visitors through an engaging story. I chose to tell the story of invasive species in Maryland. It's a topic that affects me directly, so it's of great interest to me. It was especially important in 2010, because of the stink bug infestation that seemed to be taking over large areas of the state. My goal in creating the site was to inform visitors that sometimes even the most innocuous-looking plants (and bugs) can cause great damage when they are introduced in places where they don't belong.
For our first project for this class, we were asked to select a tutorial from a published list, follow the instructions in the tutorial, and publish the result. I chose Smashing Magazine's Coding A HTML 5 Layout from Scratch. I had some trouble with the graphics, because the tutorial did not provide links to the images. Other than that, though, the formatting came out fairly well (in Chrome, anyway), even though I didn't really understand all of the coding.
May 2012 be a better year than 2011 was!
Andrea, Dec. 31, 2011
© 2011, Andrea Kenner