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Getting traffic

Before our final agenda, here are two places to get good summary tips on blogging. If you work in the online content environment, you would need to know about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) and writing good content. These slides cover both. Another resource is Copyblogger, with this set of 11 tips that are shown in [...]

January 27

 

Agenda for today. Be sure you are good with the following:

You sent me the (correct) URL.
Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of [...]

January 20—week 2

 

The agenda for tonight:

be sure I have the URL for your blog so I can post them in the sidebar
go over the basics of your blog to be sure it’s up: Title, tagline, first post, About page, your profile/photo, did you use categories and tags for your post; refer back to Mindy McAdams’ site for [...]

January 13 plan

 

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

talk a bit about blogs and online [...]

February 27

OK—hope you are all up on what happened with the new nutrition labels. Here is tonight’s agenda:

take a look at the posts yesterday and assign you the next Nutrition Issues post: 200+ words on what was actually decided, with some art (I took my own picture of a yogurt label) and at least two  links [...]

Top 11 blogging tips

From copyblogger.com, a good place to know. You can read more about it in their post.

Like this infographic? Get content marketing advice that works from Copyblogger.

Jan. 30-1

Agenda for part one today. Be sure you are good with the following:

Be able to optimize a photo in Photoshop
Be able to post photos to your blog (Add Media button above the ribbon)
Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options e.g. top left, [...]

January 16: Week 1

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

talk a bit about blogs and online [...]

Huff and puff — no trolls here

OK—here’s one more to get us going. The Huffingtom Post last month decided to require all commenters to their site to be registered. Think about that:

what is gained by this move?
what or who is lost?
how will this affect their community?
are there alternatives?

Read this piece, also from Poynter and let’s see what we decide. What would [...]

March 25

Right now, there is no monitor to project in class. So some plans listed here will move to Wednesday, although this was intended as a day to conference on coverage of the Easter food drive.

I would like to:

return the A Place at the Table reviews with some resulting suggestions on effective writing and blogging
ask that [...]

February 11

As promised in the post of Feb. 6:

I will give a brief recap of Journalism Interactive (more links to come Wednesday)
Handcoding assignment returned with comments
A walk through everyone’s blogs with a brief homework assignment for Wednesday (see below)
A note on AP style in connection with the walk through

Here’s the assignment:

Go to at least two other [...]

February 6

Just a summary and pointing ahead a bit. First, while there are no tests in this class, I do expect everyone to participate in discussion, do the readings, stay awake when we have a guest speaker—the usual requirements. I noted those who were actively involved today and those who chose not to be, so thanks—you [...]

January 28

Agenda for today:

Continue review of your WordPress blog. Note that I am now on WordPress 3.5 (as are you). Note new options e.g. top left, top right on menu bar.
In Settings, look at Reading to be sure your Blog is the home page and that there is enough of them to see them in the [...]

January 23

Since we all jumped in to the  water last week, we might want to step back a bit and see where we are. You still need to get that first real post with photos done by Monday, but we should also make sure everyone is comfortable in the environment.

Look back at  the links on the [...]

WordPress issues, tips

As mentioned, not getting in might have to do with which email address you supplied. So try the La Salle one if you did not (and let me know which one worked). For further work on your blogs, go to the Journalist’s Toolkit (Mindy McAdams’ site; also in the Journalism links list) and the WordPress [...]

January 16

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the classes. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

Today, we are going to:

talk a bit about blogs and online [...]

Examples from the field

Professor Collins thought you should see this example from

Egyptian student blogger

And here’s Anderson Cooper making use of a Flip camera in a tight spot.

Blog right in

Each week there will be a post or two that will make up our schedule for the class. Blogs, of course, add the most recent post to the top, so take a look at the date of posting to find the post to start with.

The first week, we are going to:

introduce the course and the [...]

AEJMC conference

Back from five days at the main journalism educators conference.  The main threads I was pursuing were:

avenues for students to get content published online. This is a research project that got a real boost here. I heard from lots of schools that partnerwith local media (LSU, Columbia College, UMass, BU, USC, Arizona State, CUNY, Berkeley, [...]

8 secrets that can make your blog fly

This is from NPR’s Matt Thompson, who runs a blog called the Argo Project (Toronto Argos?) that appears to be a network of bloggers connected to NPR. While these lists of tips are common on the Web (see Secret #2, “Numbering is Narrative“), this should serve as a good list for class next spring. Also, [...]

Writing, editing

I’ll return your first posts and go over some general reactions. Look back at the notes in the Feb. 15 post and the Rubric on grading your blogs.

Then we’ll look at links in the sidebar’s Writing category: About.com, a set of tips from ChrisG.com, my earlier post on How Not to Blog, and a set [...]

Start your blogging

After we finish our quick look at HTML, CSS and PHP, we’ll talk about RSS feeds. You need to have one set up wherever you work most often.

Then it’s time to jump in. My blog is hosted at lasalle.edu (note the URL), which was done with a “manual installation.” You might want to do that [...]

WWW, RSS, PHP (XHTML, CSS, XML etc.)

First, we’ll discuss the reading from the Rettberg book, “What is a Blog?”  Take note of the following for later:

What are the three types of blogs she defines? What can you learn from each example?
What IS a blog—how do you know one when you see one?
What are HTML and CSS and what do they do?
What [...]

Penn State student bloggers

OK. Let me post the link to the story  (thanks to Elliott Parker of the Journet listserv) and then see if I can embed the video. It’s not in the list that the Viper’s Video widget adds to the posting toolbar, so I’ll have to try the code here, just inserting the URL [...]

Blogging and journalism: what's the connection?

I mentioned this in a post last week. We’ll use a thesis from Jill Walker Rettberg’s Blogging book to discuss how blogging and journalism can and might intersect. Briefly, (I’m conflating two lists) she says that blogs:

can supply first-hand reports about breaking events such as the war in Iraq or Hurricane Katrina (obviously a role for [...]

Top blogs of 2009

Clearly, this is not one of them. I realized late last month that I had not added a post in December, which made the calendar look bad. But I decided that that should stand as a lesson. I note that blog surveys done by Pew Research consider blogs dormant if there are no posts for [...]