Emerge 2019 Blog


JOURNAL 1 2019/01/13

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • This past week I have completed my part of the Semester Plan which included:

    • Writing what my role is as team lead.

    • Identifying and writing how we need to interact with other teams.

    • Establishing a timeline for when our team will need to deliver content to the instructor and other teams, as well as when we will need to receive content from other teams.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Met with group members to decide who would complete each task, establish a timeline, and brainstorm ideas for the semester plan.

  • Referenced our final presentation from the Fall semester as a starting place.

  • Spoke with the Editor in Chief of the magazine website to ensure we are on the same page, and brainstorm ideas on how we will be communicating and transferring content throughout the semester.

  • Messaged leaders of other team to find out what they predict they will need from our group, what they will be providing for us, and establish rough timelines.

  • Emailed Nick to receive clarification regarding due dates and the format of the magazine website.


What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Finished most of the Semester Plan. 

  • Communicated with other groups to better understand what role we play in Emerge, and determine what is in and out of scope for our team.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty this past week has been navigating through the chaos and confusion that the first week of the semester brings. I have found that most teams are slightly unclear as to what their job entails, what is in and out of scope for their role, and how they will be interacting with other teams. This has made it complicated to receive information regarding what others will definitively need from my team and what they will be providing for us.

  • Establishing a timeline has also been difficult as I am not sure how long other teams will take to provide our team with content and I do not know exactly when the website needs to be finished.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Meet with the events and awards website Team lead to establish how cohesive we would like our websites to be.

  • Meet with the editor in chief of the magazine website to start determining what types of stories we will be receiving and how we will be organizing them on the site.

  • Meet with the multimedia team lead and newsletter team lead to brainstorm if and/or how we will be connecting their projects to the magazine website.

  • Decide on a theme to use for the website.

  • Start a rough mockup of what we would like the website to look like for our team’s reference.

  • Set up a drive for other teams to deliver their content to our team.


JOURNAL 2 2019/01/20

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Started taking a course on the Yoast for Wordpress plugin in order to learn how to enhance the sites SEO later on in the semester.

  • Met with the events and awards website Team lead to establish how cohesive we would like our websites to be. They have confirmed that they would like our sites to have a similar look and feel in order to enhance the EMERGE brand. We have decided to reconvene after we have received branding guidelines from graphic design team to determine the appearance of the sites - as the guidelines will heavily impact this decision.

  • Set up a drive for internal documents among the magazine website group.

  • Set up a drive to submit deliverables to instructor and emailed the link.

  • Requested existing login information for Wordpress.

  • Met with editor in chief of the online magazine to establish preliminary organization of the site. Decided that we will not be setting up a drive for them to submit content, but will be giving them restricted access to the site in order to post their own content.

  • Established that the multimedia project will be separate from the online magazine but we will be featuring a link to the project on our site.

  • Established that the newsletter will not be featured on the site, but we will however be hosting the advice column (lead by Alex Jones), as well as an additional “creative space” page for students to submit poetry, images, essays, short stories etc. Emailed this information to the editor in chief of the magazine website as he was also confused about this.

  • Looked at other magazine and design websites for inspiration about the organization and appearance of the site.

  • Prepared presentation for all streams meeting with other DC team leads.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Purchased Yoast’s monthly training subscription and dowloaded their course materials for future reference.

  • Took notes of other teams’ progress during meeting at beginning of class.

  • Met with my own team, the leads of other teams, as well as the instructor.

  • Discussed with other team leads the possibility of switching communications over to Facebook instead of Slack as the responses were not very high in the Slack group.

  • Joined the DC team leads Facebook group created by Kay (E&A site lead).

  • Used email from instructor to help determine how the all streams meeting presentation would be formatted.

  • Was unable to attend Google Hangouts session with other DC team leads, but read through the notes and spoke with 2 other leads after to catch up on anything I may have missed.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Decided that we will be choosing the theme and starting mockups / sketches after receiving branding guidelines from the graphic design team as it may heavily impact this decision.

  • Received confirmation from the graphic design team that they will be providing branding guidelines.

  • Edited and submitted the semester plan after hearing feedback from instructor.

  • Set up a shared calendar of dates that we expect to submit deliverables to instructor.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty this week for me personally has been not being able to make decisions regarding the appearance and organization of the website. My team cannot design the site until after we receive branding guidelines because we want it to reflect the overall look and feel of EMERGE, and we cannot organize the site without knowing its content. Because of this, my team has instead spent this last week determining what will need to be included and excluded from the site and getting to know the people we will be working with this semester.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Make final decision on theme after receiving guidelines from graphic design (preferably by Friday).

  • Create mockups and sketches of website ideas based off of guidelines - submit them by the end of the week.

  • Reconvene with events and awards team lead to decide on the appearance of our sites.

  • Receive Wordpress login information.


JOURNAL 3 2019/01/27

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Sent theme to instructor.

  • Presented to all streams with other DC leads.

  • Planned with instructor to come in to see theme installation.

  • Decided content that comes from students outside of journalism will be emailed to me directly (chose email as opposed to a Google Form as I do not for-see that we will receive much content outside journalism).

  • Created mockups for the home page, a category page, and an article page.

  • Successfully completed the following Yoast courses:

    • Yoast SEO for WordPress (block editor)

    • Yoast SEO for WordPress (classic editor)

    • Site structure

    • Structured data

  • Submitted all mockups to deliverables drive and email instructor to notify that they are posted.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Met with group members as well as instructor.

  • Met with sponsorship team.

  • Met with E&A website team.

  • Met with editor in Chief of web mag.

  • Yoast online training courses (includes videos, reading materials, exercises and quizzes).

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Voted on which Wordpress theme we would be using from our top three options and chose to go ahead with “Journo.”

  • Received logo for EMERGE as well as general branding guidelines from graphic design - not totally finished yet but we understand the basic look and feel that we are aiming towards.

  • Met with sponsorship team to talk about the potential of hosting advertisements from sponsors on our site.

  • Couldn’t meet with the newsletter team again as team lead was not in attendance. As of now the newsletter itself will not be featured on the site but we will have a place for visitors to subscribe to it. The advice column and “creative space” column that were once a part of the newsletter (and may still be featured in it) will be on out site.

  • Decided as a team that we do not need to make drive for journalists to submit content because we will be making them WP users which will give them limited access to the site and allow them to post their own stories.

  • Spoke with E&A team. We will be going with different WP themes because the two types of sites inherently have different structures; we will however be going for a similar look and feel by using the same branding guidelines.

  • Decided as a team that each of us will be creating a mockup for a home page, a category page, and an article page. We will submit the mockups

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • Because our works well together and has the same vision of where we want this website to go, we have not faced many difficulties this past week. That being said, the biggest difficulty we have faced this week is deciding which version of our theme we will be using. Two of us prefer the Freja version of Journo while the other two prefer the Bjorn version. Because we are split down the middle; and each version is great it its own way, it has been difficult to choose between the two. We are happy that both versions fall under the Journo theme because it means that we can go ahead with installing it and decide on the version we will be using next week. This will give us more time to think critically about which layout works best with the content we will be receiving, and make an educated final decision.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Create a ‘coming soon’ page once we receive the login credentials to the site.

  • Try to establish some categories that we will need to include on the website (which will be dictated by the content we receive) to determine what pages we will need to create, and what categories / tags we can use.

  • Decide with team which mockup (out of all our submissions) best reflects the EMERGE brand and what we are aiming to achieve.


JOURNAL 4 2019/02/03

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Confirmed that the newsletter will not be on the magazine website, but will have a “subscribe to our newsletter” section to increase traffic to the newsletter.

  • Met with editor in chief who mentioned that the social media lead was thinking of including a blog section on our site - decided against it for several reasons: it would overcrowd the site, we do not have writers for the blog content, it would be a big project to take on, and it is not an official part of EMERGE.

  • Successfully completed the following Yoast courses:

    • SEO for Beginners

    • Basic SEO

    • Technical SEO

    • Premium Content

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Met with group members.

  • Met with editor in chief of online magazine.

  • Meeting with Instructor.

  • Emailed newsletter lead.

  • Yoast online training courses (includes videos, reading materials, exercises and quizzes).

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Decided we will tentatively be using the BJORN version of the Journo theme as it will be more accessible for visitors to read the navigation links (because the links are not over the background photo - as they are in FREJA).

  • Spoke with instructor regarding theme and potential ideas to help structure the site - instructor helped the team decide that we will use full width for featured articles and partial width for others. Also helped us decide that we will have a minimum of 4 articles on the site for the day it launches.

  • Determined our favourite parts of each of our mockups. Decided the following features were our favourite and should be considered when designing the site:

    • “about the author” at bottom of articles

    • the newsletter subscription at the bottom 

    • overlapping title on article page

    • lines in the background 

    • illustrations in the parallax sections 

    • desaturated photos 

    • occasional coloured images for important ones on article pages 

    • b&w icons 

    • hover over photos to see full colour 

    • no header for article pages 

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • This week has been fairly laid back as my team has planned as much as possible and we are now waiting for the theme to be installed so we can start working on the site. This has been out biggest difficulty this week as we would love begin customizing the site but we are unable to advance without our theme or login information. We are not concerned about this because we know it will be given to us shortly and we will have plenty of time to customize the site before we start receiving articles from journalists.

  • Our second biggest difficulty this week has been trying to predict what categories we will need for the site. We would like to know this as soon as possible in order to organize the site properly from the beginning, but the categories depend on the content we will be receiving.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Our aim this past week was to create a “coming soon” page for our site, but we have not been able to do so without the login information. We now aim to do this as soon as we receive the login to try to stay within our timeline as much as possible.

  • We aim to personalize our installed theme to create a framework for the site that we can work with for now and modify as needed.

  • We also aim to upload any content we receive from journalists or photographers - provided we receive any.


JOURNAL 5 2019/02/10

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Successfully completed the following Yoast courses:

    • Keyword Research

    • Copywriting

  • Started shared theme rationale document.

  • Started shared site structure document with team to act as a checklist when creating the framework of the site.

  • Set up all team members to be administrators on the site, and set up EIC as an editor.

  • Emailed lead of the creative space column to ask if there was a title for the column, and to suggest the hashtag #EMERGingNow as a title if they do not have one yet.

  • Researched calendar plugins that would work for creative space column.

  • Decided with the lead of the creative space column that the site will feature a form for visitors to submit the creative works they would like to be posted.

  • Determine with advice column lead that we will be using a form for site visitors to submit advice requests to.

  • Got a list of all the journalists who will be writing for the site from the EIC of the magazine website.

  • Emailed all journalists to request a 100-150 word personal bio and photo to be featured on the author page of the site

  • Wrote my section of the theme rationale.

  • Wrote an about EMERGE section with lead of E&A site that both our sites will feature on out “about” pages - so both sites will be cohesive.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Yoast online training courses (includes videos, reading materials, exercises and quizzes).

  • Met with EIC of magazine website.

  • Met with lead of advice column

  • Met with lead of creative space column

  • Met with lead of E&A site - we referenced past EMERGE sites and other EMERGE projects to help write the about section.

  • Met with all DC team leads via Google hangouts.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Edited the coming soon page to include the EMERGE logo.

  • Made our site structure document to act as a checklist when creating the framework of the site.

  • Started exploring the backend of the site and creating the framework.

  • Completed most of our theme rationale.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty this week for me has been realizing that we may not be able to launch as early as we would have hoped to as we do not anticipate receiving content from journalists within the next week. Instead of simply waiting on content, we will focus our energy into creating a flawless skeleton of our site which will be ready for launch when we receive the content. This way, journalists will be able to upload their articles with ease when they are ready, and the site will already look nice and be ready to launch.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Hopefully begin receiving content to be uploaded to the site.


JOURNAL 6 2019/02/17

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Added 2018 magazine site link as well as the “EMERGE 2019” to the coming soon page as per Kimberley’s request. Also added the EMERGE social media channels.

  • Imported all the dummy content from the theme.

  • Fixed issues that prevented theme files, sliders, and forms from importing properly.

  • Familiarized myself with the backend of the theme, including the different features, layouts, settings etc.

  • Began the framework of the site and edited default settings of theme.

  • Created the “subscribe to Newsletter” section of the home page with input from the lead of the newsletter.

  • Created the “Contributors” page and added the personal bios/photos of the two journalists who sent their bio in.

  • Resolved the issue of not being able to use the WPBakery or Visual Composer.

  • Spoke with group members throughout the week to update each other on what we need to accomplish, and what needs to be accomplished still.

  • Spoke with EIC of magazine website to see if there were any stories ready to be posted. He said there are not and he believes the absolute earliest we would receive stories would be Feb 19th.

  • Submitted theme rationale and emailed instructor to notify that it had been submitted to deliverables drive.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Used a group message with the team to remain in constant contact.

  • Researched WPBakery, Visual Composer, Elementor, and other WP page builders and how they work together to attempt to understand the issue we were having with ours.

  • Emailed Nick & Marc regarding the issue with the WPBakery; Marc ended up installing a plugin for us that would disable the Gutenberg editor and therefore enable the WPBakery.

  • Emailed lead of newsletter to receive her input on the “subscribe to Newsletter” section.

  • Met with DC leads via Google Hangouts, helped with brainstorming video ideas.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Finished theme rationale.

  • We have all individually been familiarizing ourselves with our theme; getting to know how and where to edit elements.

  • Began to create the framework of the site, started to build individual pages and fix elements of the theme that didn’t import properly.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • Unfortunately because of the snow storm, our team was unable to meet in person and could not meet via Skype due to other scheduling issues. Luckily, our group is very small and tight-knit, so we communicate via an Imessage group throughout the week. Besides not being able to have an official meeting, the most difficult part of this week for me personally was trying to resolve the page builder issue. I had a very frustrating few days trying to figure out how to edit individual elements on pages and spent many hours trying to find a resolution. Eventually I emailed Marc and Nick about the issue and it has been resolved. I would have been great to have the WPBakery from the beginning as I know the framework would be a lot further along right now, but I am happy the issue has been resolved and we are able to work on it now.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Make the journalists who will be writing for us “authors” on the site so they can post their content themselves.

  • Create instructions for the journalists on how to post and edit their content properly.

  • Post EMERGE videos from videography team to site.

  • Finish most of the framework of the site, while focusing on accessibility and SEO.


JOURNAL 7 2019/02/24

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Finished “about” page, “read” page, “watch” page,

  • Uploaded videos to site.

  • Uploaded more contributors to the site.

  • Linked related projects to site.

  • Found a calendar plugin that would work for the “creative space” column and emailed it to instructor to see if it would be within the school’s budget.

  • Fixed issue with the footer that we were having.

  • Made EIC of online magazine an administrator on the site, and taught him how to create new users so he can add the authors as he sees fit.

  • Wrote instructions on how to create a post and emailed it to EIC to be sent to journalists.

  • Emailed instructor about all streams meeting.

  • Customized widgets on different pages to display the info we want to show.

  • Started making presentation with other DC leads.

  • Made plans for the presentation and what the group can work on during class as I will not be there.

  • Started plugins summary.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Google Hangouts call to meet with group.

  • Used the theme documentation and online forums to help resolve minor issues I was having with navigating the theme and Wordpress.

  • Emailed instructors

  • Used DC leads Facebook group and Google Slides to coordinate presentation.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Met to create a plan for the week and address any standing issues.

  • Created a running “to do” list to claim and keep track of which tasks each group member will be taking on.

  • Finished most of the framework of the site.

  • Deleted all extra pages, created the final menu structure (minus the categories under the “read” section, as we do not know what type of stories we will be receiving).

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • This week has been fairly laid back as our team has continued to create the framework of our site. The biggest difficulty we have faced as a team is actually a series of little difficulties we have had figuring out how to edit certain parts of the site. We have had issues with the drop down navigation not showing up on all pages, the footer not displaying properly, and confusion about widgets. None of these issues are very pressing, but they have costs us lots of time and effort to try to resolve. We hope as we learn the theme better, we will be able to resolve these kinds of issues quicker from now on.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Finish and submit the plugins summary.

  • Resolve any outstanding issues with the site and finish framework completely.

  • Delete dummy articles as real ones are posted to the site.


JOURNAL 8 2019/03/03

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Emailed instructor about dropdown menu issue after trying everything possible to resolve it as a team.

  • Met with other DC leads to discuss any outstanding issues and update each other on our progress.

  • Submitted a ticket to the theme to help resolve dropdown menu issue.

  • Added advice page, dummy content for the page to create a template, and a submission form for it.

  • Emailed advice column lead to ask for content, and to see what email she would like the requests sent to. She will be sending over a few questions and answers to have some content on the page.

  • Edited sidebar widget - which appears on the side of all posts.

  • Emailed instructor about installation of the calendar plugin.  

  • Submitted a social media request to spread the word that the EMERGE magazine website it coming soon, and give a sneak peek into one of the pages.  

  • Made a Gravatar account so I could set a photo for my Wordpress profile, and wrote a short personal bio for myself.

  • Set up Google Analytics account and connected it to the site - (to the coming soon page to monitor interest, and to the site itself).

  • Added the EMERGE social media team as a user on the analytics account and emailed their team to notify them that they have been granted access to it.

  • Verified site ownership with Google and provided different EMERGE social media accounts in hopes of getting a knowledge graph on Google.

  • Connected the site to Google Search Console so I will be notified of any crawling errors when the site goes live.

  • Configured Yoast settings to further customize our SEO strategy.

  • Began improving SEO of the site.

  • Deleted “all in one SEO pack” plugin as it was competing with Yoast plugin and was unnecessary for analytics.

  • Emailed sponsorship team to ask for names and logos of sponsors that we could include on the site.

  • Completed my section of the plugin summary, submitted summary & emailed instructor to notify that it was submitted to our deliverables drive.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • Google hangouts to meet with leads.

  • Theme documentation and online forums to try to resolve menu issue.

  • Used Edge theme support to submit a ticket.

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team and EIC.

  • Emailed leads and instructors.

  • Google Analytics and Google Search Console to connect site.

  • Gravatar to add a photo for my profile.

  • Yoast plugin to improve SEO

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Finished framework of the site.

  • Finished plugins summary.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty this past week has been trying to improve the SEO of the site. I have done many things to improve it, but there is only so much that can be done as our pages themselves do not have a satisfactory amount of copy. This is not something we can fix without adding copy to our pages, but any additional copy would be unnecessary and would degrade the appearance and UX of the site.

  • Some of the Yoast suggestions simply do not work for our pages due to the nature of an online magazine -which is made up mostly of posts as opposed to pages.

  • We also will not be able to improve the SEO of the articles written by journalists as it would most likely require editing their copy, which we cannot do.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Edit snippets for all pages

  • Start writing our summary of the site’s accessibility and SEO.

  • Launch the site (provided we get enough content).


JOURNAL 9 2019/03/10

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Updated my slides for the presentation & reminded other DC leads to update their slides if any info changed since the previous week.

  • Let DC leads know that posters / flyers must be approved by student life before they are displayed around the school as many unapproved posters had to be taken down. 

  • Emailed journalism instructor to update her on progress. 

  • Emailed creative space / advice lead for content.

  • Emailed instructors for licence activation of the calendar plugin to allow me to generate custom shortcode.

  • Used the demo of the calendar plugin to find the specific shortcode I wanted.

  • Spoke with Kimberley about the title of the advice page as well as the layout. Sent a screenshot of the column to the lead to be approved by her before launching the site as per Kimberley’s request.

  • Added the calendar plugin to the creative space column, customized it to look the way lead wants it.

  • Made a template for posts for the journalists who do not have experience with the WPBakery and sent it to EIC. 

  • Changed journalists’ roles from contributor to author so they could upload their own photos… told EIC that he would have to make sure they save their articles as drafts and not publish them themselves.

  • Edited journalists posts and photos (made sure sizes were consistent, added excerpts, added sidebar, deleted title area etc.) before they went live to ensure consistency across the site.

  • Launched the site after lots of review and double checking to ensure everything was as it should be.

  • Reconfigured Yoast settings after launch to allow our site to be crawled.

  • Fixed accessibility issue that arised with text overlapping photos that were too dark and made the text difficult to read.

  • Emailed lead of creative space column to ask if I could add submissions from friends as she did not have enough submissions to post a piece for each weekday. Also asked if she would like me to put a submission form on the page to accept submissions directly from the site - she said yes.

  • Created the form for the creative space column for users to submit their own work. 

  • Added another video from the EMERGE youtube channel, asked video lead for the thumbnail.

  • Submitted a social media request to announce that the site is live.

  • Reached out to several artists to ask if they would like a piece of their work featured on the creative space page.  

  • Deleted inactive plugins .

  • Received an advice request and forwarded it to advice column lead, then updated the form on the site to send directly to her instead of myself.

  • Uploaded content every weekday for the creative space column, pre-scheduled some posts for next week.

  • Created a spreadsheet to keep track of the creative pieces, their titles, the authors, and the days they will be posted.

  • Added royalty free photos to the written submissions for the creative space that did not come with a photo (so there would be something to show in the preview).

  • Monitored comments and deleted 9 spam comments.

  • Edited a post that did not look consistent as it was posted by a journalist without being approved by the EIC. Spoke with EIC about not letting the authors create their own custom CSS or publishing articles without approval. 

  • Looked into downloading a plugin that would allow us to edit permissions. Decided against it and instead just reminded EIC to ensure all posts are approved by him first.

  • Added myself and 2 other authors who submitted a personal bio to the contributors page. 

  • Created new “related projects” menu to include on top bar - to feature the Instazine more prominently as per Kimberley’s request. 

  • Spoke with Kimberley via email regarding linking to the Instazine, the multimedia site, and the 2018 multimedia site.

  • Emailed EIC to ask for more author bios and photos to add to the contributors page, as many journalists did not send them before.

  • Helped journalists format their articles and answered any questions they had. 

  • Emailed lead of creative space/ advice column near the end of the week to get an update on upcoming content.

  • Monitored analytics to see which pages were performing the best and keep track of how many visitors we are getting.

  • Started writing the accessibility and SEO report.

  • Edited snippets for all pages.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team, EIC, and journalists that needed help with formatting.

  • Emailed leads and instructors.

  • Google Analytics.

  • Yoast plugin to improve SEO and edit snippets.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Officially launched the site!

  • Started working on our accessibility and SEO report.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • One of the biggest difficulties in the last week has been trying to accommodate the forceful suggestions I have been receiving regarding our website. In previous weeks, I felt as though my team and I had full control of the site, and others trusted us to build it. This week however, it feels like the site is no longer ours, and our decisions are not being respected. Our team has put lots of time, thought, and effort into every decision regarding the site, so receiving somewhat condescending messages assuming that we have not thought about these decisions has been very frustrating for us. When I have explained our teams reasoning for the decisions that have been established for quite some time, I find I am met with further convincing instead of understanding. While I understand that the suggestions have been well-intended, it has been very discouraging to have someone else assume that we have not put thought into our decisions, and try to control the site we are supposed to be in charge of.

  • Another difficulty for this week was launching the site on such short notice. I found out that the site would be launching on the 5th during the all streams meeting, at the same time the rest of the program did. I felt a little blindsided because announcing it to the entire program made it very official, and put a lot of pressure on me to ensure it happened. As the lead of the web mag, I felt disrespected because I was not a part of a decision that should have involved my team and I, and was then pressured to fulfill a promise that I did not make. Launching the site took a lot of effort on my part as I had to reformat photos and blocks, fix posts that were not made properly, upload and format content that I had received late that night, make adjustments to the site that had changed when real content was posted, and answer many questions from people trying to post content late at night. I felt as though that work was not valued or appreciated as it was diminished to “throwing a launch switch,” and wasn’t recognized as being real work. Overall, I felt somewhat disrespected, and that my efforts were unappreciated this past week.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Pre-schedule all creative pieces for the week.

  • Submit accessibility and SEO report by the end of the week.

  • Submit a request to social media team to encourage students to submit creative pieces.


JOURNAL 10 2019/03/17

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Asked EIC to get authors to optimize photos before uploading.

  • Emailed advice lead to condense/ break down the questions & answers as per Tony’s email.

  • Edited the questions & answers with consent from advice lead.

  • Installed Smush plugin to optimize photos.

  • Scheduled all #EMERGingNow posts for the week, and for the following week. We are currently scheduled until the 22nd of March.

  • Edited spacing on mobile layout.

  • Edited about page - took away slider and added illustration of the school to be more consistent with events website and overall EMERGE brand.

  • Added links to podcast.

  • Added Listen page for the podcast. It is not currently linked in main menu as there is not enough content. Waiting until there are three episodes in total to put it in the main menu. 

  • Emailed lead of podcast to show him what the page will look like and see if anything needed to be changed, and to tell him that we’ll put it in the main menu once there are three posts. He confirmed there will be more episodes next week.

  • Emailed people who submitted an #EMERGingNow post a preview of what their post will look like, and when it will be live, and asked if they would like to change anything before it gets posted. Then made any changes they may have requested.

  • Responded to someone looking to post a video to the site, posted their video after it was put up on Youtube.

  • Edited the layout of the video page to show all videos at once instead of in a slider (because we have more videos now).

  • Designed a new background image with the EMERGE designs for the title area of the pages to reflect the brand more. 

  • Changed the title background on all pages.

  • Added more of the EMERGE designs throughout the site to reflect the brand more.

  • Changed the settings on the read page to show all posts instead of only three.

  • Edited the layout of a few stories, added links to into the copy where there were supposed to be links.  

  • Added more content to the advice page as received.

  • Reached out to people to submit creative pieces to #EMERGingNow column.

  • Monitored Google Search Console warnings and suggestions to ensure the site is being crawled and indexed properly.

  • Monitored Google Analytics to see what is performing well, and what needs more attention.

  • Worked on Accessibility and SEO Report.

  • Re-added Google Analytics tracking code into the head of the header.php file after the site went down, to allow the traffic to be tracked once again.

  • Changed “latest posts” carousel on home page to be static to help improve accessibility.

  • Submitted Accessibility and SEO Report and emailed instructor to notify that it had been submitted to the deliverables drive.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team & EIC.

  • Met in person with group, instructors, and other leads during class time.

  • Emailed other leads & instructors.

  • Google Analytics.

  • Google Search Console.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Finished accessibility and SEO report.

  • Continued to edit overall look of the website and ensure it is on brand, functional, and accessible.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • Although this week ran fairly smoothly, we did encounter a few difficulties. The biggest one was an issue we faced regarding the EH!MERGE podcast. My team was not aware that we would be linking to the podcast, and was caught even more off guard when we found out we were expected to host it. I was under the impression that the podcast would be its own separate entity, and we would not be including it on the site. Because there was no logical existing place on the site for us to post the podcasts, we had to create a whole new page named “listen,” and include it in the main menu. This is not a very big issue but we would have preferred to know about it from the beginning so we could structure the site with it in mind.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Pre-schedule all creative pieces for the upcoming week.

  • Post two more podcasts, then link the page in the menu so users can find it.


Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Scheduled more #EMERGINGNOW posts, and sent previews of the posts to authors.

  • Messaged people who I thought would be interested in submitting work to #EMERGINGNOW.

  • Met with journalism team/ instructor to talk about the website.

  • Monitored Google Analytics to see what pages were preforming well / not preforming well.

  • Monitored Google Search Console to ensure the site was being crawled / indexed properly.

  • Added Kyanna’s (engagement team) email to Google Analytics page so she could monitor analytics as well.

  • Fixed latest posts block on home page to show most recent posts as it was showing random posts instead.

  • Added three new videos.

  • Created “EMERGE Video Team” as a user and made them the authors of the video posts (so I wouldn’t be listed as the author)

  • Helped EIC create a custom sidebar for an article.

  • Created a “photo stories” category, and added it to main navigation.

  • Posted the two new podcasts to the “listen” page, then added the listen page to the main menu and the mobile menu.

  • Removed the podcast link from the related projects tab and the top bar.

  • Removed “entertainment” category from the “read” page using custom CSS because everything from the entertainment category is a video (shouldn’t be under read).

  • Removed link to the podcast from the “what is emerge” page and replaced it with the multimedia project link.

  • Spoke with 2 group members who felt as though 1 member was not contributing a fair amount, then spoke privately with that group member to let them know how the rest of the group has been feeling. She felt as though she did not know how to help and suggested I assigned her specific responsibilities.

  • Assigned said group member the tasks of editing all “credits” to ensure they are written in a consistent way, edit the layout of one post, and reach out to new people to encourage them to submit content for #EMERGINGNOW.

  • Changed the photo of an #EMERGINGNOW submission as per the authors request.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team & EIC.

  • Met in person with group, instructors, and other leads during class time.

  • Emailed other leads & instructors.

  • Google Analytics.

  • Google Search Console.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Met with journalism & VC teams to go over the site.

  • Continued to edit overall look of the website and ensure it is on brand, functional, and accessible.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • I think the biggest difficulty this week for our team was trying to resolve an issue with our sidebar. The EIC had messaged me to ask how to change the sidebar on articles to make a custom one, which my team was very hesitant about. We have been trying to keep the look of the site as consistent as possible, and one part of that is the sidebar on each post. He wanted to change the sidebar to include additional content from the article, but we wanted the content to be included in the article itself, so we could keep our sidebar consistent. After a bit of back and forth, we decided that we would have our sidebar at the top, make it not sticky so it wouldn’t stay on the page as the user scrolls. We then included the custom sidebar lower on the page so users wouldn’t see it initially, but they would see it when they’re half way through the article. Though it took a little bit to reach our solution, we are happy that we were able to work out a compromise that worked for everyone.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Pre-schedule all creative pieces for next week.

  • Start working on transition document.

  • Submit a social media request.

JOURNAL 11 2019/03/24


JOURNAL 12 2019/03/31

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Emailed different contributors of the site to see if they would like to be featured on the contributors page.

  • Added the people who replied to the contributors page.

  • Asked authors who did not have a Gravatar account to create one so their photo will show at the bottom of their posts.

  • Scheduled more #EMERGINGNOW posts & sent a preview of the posts to the authors to ensure they look the way they want.

  • Emailed lead of newsletter to ensure she was receiving subscribers from the site.

  • Posted another podcast episode to the site.

  • Responded to someone interested in posting an article to the site. Spoke with EIC about it and told her we have typically only posted our student’s stories, but asked her to send a draft anyway and we’ll see what we can do.

  • Added more videos to the site.

  • Added a media query to make only 2 posts display at a time on the home page (when 3 showed at a time, the third would move to a new row which made it look odd).

  • Submit a ticket to the theme developer to see if they can help us resolve the issue with the mobile drop down navigation and the issue with the icons.

  • Gave the graphics lead the dimensions of an ad his team will be making for the sponsorship team, which will be featured on our site.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team & EIC.

  • Met in person with group, instructors, and other leads during class time.

  • Emailed other leads & instructors.

  • Google Analytics.

  • Google Search Console.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Met with journalism instructor and sponsorship team about the possibility of putting an ad on the site. We offered them a spot on the homepage which they were very happy with.

  • Resolved the issue with the photo stories category (WP wouldn’t let us name a category “photo stories” because it was two words.

  • Modified the “read” page to look more like the category pages.

  • Continued to edit overall look of the website and ensure it is on brand, functional, and accessible.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty for me personally this week has been not being able to look at screens for an extended period of time. I was accidentally kicked in the side of the head on Thursday and have been experiencing symptoms of a concussion since. Because of that, I have avoided looking at all screens and have therefore not had much time to work on the site. Thankfully, this week has one of the least demanding weeks for my team and I have been able to keep up with the reduced workload. Besides that, this week has run very smoothly and we have not run into any significant issues.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Pre-schedule all creative pieces for next week.

  • Finish most of transition document.

  • Submit a social media request to get any last submissions for #EMERGINGNOW


JOURNAL 13 2019/04/07

Identify what you personally have completed since last week

  • Scheduled more #EMERGINGNOW posts & sent a preview of the posts to the authors to ensure they look the way they want.

  • Put the advertisement made by the graphics team onto the homepage.

  • Emailed sponsorship team to let them know the ad was posted.

  • Fixed the thumbnail for one of the videos - was much bigger than the other videos.

  • Responded to someone who submitted a creative piece to ask if they could verify they were a student by sending the post from their student email.

  • Talked to the EIC about adding a letter from the editor to the site.

How you accomplished those tasks including any resources you used such as tutorials, meeting with group members, meeting with other groups, books, etc

  • IMessage & IMessage groups to communicate quickly with team & EIC.

  • Met in person with group, instructors, and other leads during class time.

  • Emailed other leads & instructors.

  • Google Analytics.

  • Google Search Console.

What your team has accomplished in the last week 

  • Continued to edit overall look of the website and ensure it is on brand, functional, and accessible.

  • Submitted a social media request to get any final submissions for #EMERGINGNOW column.

  • Edited to shortcode of the calendar layout for #EMERGINGNOW page to show both months at once, and display March 2019 and April 2019 instead of “current month.”

  • Worked on transition document.

The biggest difficulty in the last week

  • The biggest difficulty for me this week has still been my head. Unfortunately, the concussion symptoms have not improved very much, so it has been difficult for me to look at screens for an extended period of time. Aside from that, this week has been very easy going as there has not been very much action on the site. We did encounter an issue with logging into the site for a few hours, but it was quickly resolved by Marc and was not noticeable to any users of the site.

What you personally aim to achieve before next week

  • Pre-schedule all creative pieces for next week.

  • Tie up any loose ends/ resolve any outstanding issues on the site.

  • Finish transition document.