Blog requirements: In this course you are required to set up a blog on your e-portfolio and make one blog post a week (due by midnight the Sunday before class). You are required to make 12 blog posts by the last week of class. To choose a topic for your blog, you have three options:
- Blog as an “expert” on a particular topic that interests you. This could be a hobby or an interest that you feel confident about. (must be approved)
- Blog about a specific media topic (ethics, race and gender, etc.)
- Blog as a media student exploring how your knowledge gained in your courses is impacting your media usage. In this case, you would write relevant observations about daily media use and related it to what you are learning in your courses.
In each case your blog topic should have in mind a real (authentic) audience which guides your writing style. Make sure you respect legal and ethical guidelines, such as privacy, defamation and copyright. The blog should have:
- An “about” page with clearly defined mission, goals and audience.
- A title and subheading that reflects your focus
- Easy navigation
- Original cover photo that reflects your blog’s focus (no stock photos)
Every blog post must have:
- A compelling headline
- A one-line hook (do not start off your post with, “Hey guys,” “‘Sup peeps,” “Hi foodies,” etc.).
- Embedded media (audio, video or image) with links to originals. Always credit your source (to see whether or not you can use an image, follow this link).
- Embedded hyperlinks
- At least two paragraphs (400 word minimum)
Tips: If you get stuck, write a review of a book, film or TV show. You can respond to a media event (such as MTV’s Music Video Awards), or news coverage of an event (such as the refugee crisis in Europe).
- Header Title
- One line description of your blog theme
- One line description of your blog audience
Curating: As a blogger, you are a “curator” of a specific topic in which you are an “expert.” A curator examines and evaluates a particular issue by assembling different materials and links to tell the story of your topic.
KEY QUESTIONS TO ASK WHEN PRODUCING MEDIA MESSAGES: Key Qs Producing.pdf
Background info about news curation:
- A day in the life of news curator Andy Carvin
Links about blogging:
- BoingBoing’s guide to blogging
- How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly
- Flow chart for using images on your website and blog
- Noble Blogger Guidelines: How to Cite Pictures
- All About SEO on WordPress.com
- Tabloid Chic: How Racy Headlines Unlock Money and Power
- Take A Minute To Watch The New Way We Make Web Headlines Now
- 25 Scientifically Proven Ways To
- A scientific Guide to Writing Great Headlines on Twitter, Facebook and Your Blog
- How The Huffington Post uses real-time testing to write better headlines
- 317 Power Words That’ll Instantly Make You a Better Writer
- 21 Tips for Writing Great Ad Headlines
- The Dark Science Of Naming Your Post : Based On Studying 100 Blogs
- 11 Ways to Write Damn Good Headlines
- 19 Headline Writing Tips for More Clickable, Shareable Blog Posts
- A Simple Formula for Writing Kick-Ass Blog Titles
- 5 Easy Tricks to Help You Write Catchy Headlines
- Beginner’s guide to travel blogging
- So you want to be a travel blogger, do you?
- How To Start A Travel Blog: A Step By Step Guide
- Professional Travel Bloggers Association
- How to start a food blog: everything you need to know
- Top 20 Tips for Food Bloggers
- Food Blog Alliance
Health blogging: How to Make a Successful Health/Wellness Blog