Week 13 Friday [Apr. 24 Self-Paced]

Overview

  1. Review Blog Post 8 Assignment
  2. Review Canva (free online graphic design program)
  3. Practice using Canva to create Instagram posts (for blog post 8)

Blog Post 8: Story Promotion with Instagram

Please download and read through the assignment instructions and grading rubric of Blog Post 8 – Instagram Story Promotion.docx.

The suggested deadline to submit this assignment is this Mon. May. 4 @ 11:59 p.m. Ideally, you will start using Canvas to create Instagram posts for promoting your blog posts 2, 3, 4, 5, & 7, which correspond to:

  1. The creative devices assignment
  2. The photojournalism assignment
  3. The web writing story assignment
  4. The audio profile assignment
  5. The Google My Maps assignment (a map screenshot must be included in the respective Instagram post.)

💡Assignment Canva-related requirements recap:

For this assignment, you will learn to use Canva to create graphics designed for promoting your posts on Instagram. You can use your personal Instagram account or start a new one.

  1. You will make 5 Instagram posts (one post for each of the above 5 assignments) in total
  2. You are required to use at least one visual that you photographed or designed yourself in each of the 5 posts.
    • All the 5 assignments you are about to promote have visuals that you have photographed/designed. You can choose from what your blog posts already have to include in your Instagram posts.
    • For a single post, you can include up to 10 images. Ideally, you are encouraged to create a “cover” graphic for each Instagram post, and then include one or two original visuals from your blog posts.
    • For example, see our student Jordyn Cunningham Hill’s work: https://www.instagram.com/jchillmedia/
  3. You are required to use a Canva graphic with text to promote at least one of your 5 Instagram posts. Hence, you are not required to create a Canva graphic for each Instagram post, even though encouraged.

✨Let’s Practice Creating an Instagram Post to Promote Your Creative Devices Blog Post

*No software installment required. While there is a Canva app for smartphones, I suggest working on Canva from your laptop or desktop.

  1. Create an account on https://www.canva.com/
  2. Start with Create a Design –> Instagram Post, or start from a “Instagram Posts” template
  3. Upload your own photo to use as the graphic background or you can use templates found on Canva. Select Uploads on the left side menu –> Upload your own image(s)
  4. Edit background (Use free ones), elements, and text. Use the text tool to create a promotional post for at least one of your 5 Instagram posts.
  5. Download

How do I get the Canva graphic posted to Instagram?

  1. You can download the Canva app to your smartphone and then log in with your credentials.
  2. Next, open Canva on your smartphone and locate the graphic you just created. Download the graphic as a “jpg” file to your phone.
  3. Open Instagram on your smartphone and post your Canva-designed jpg in an Instagram post.

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