Monthly Archives: September 2011

Pick of the Week: News Organizations + Facebook = BFF

Last week, Facebook announced a new version of its profile called Timelineand a number of new ventures. Facebook wants to become THE “go-to” media hub, and this was another move in that direction. “It is teaming up with companies that distribute music, … Continue reading

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10 Common Errors in Student Posts

1. Capitalization Review AP style – In general, avoid capitalization. Use a capital letter only if you can justify it – like proper nouns (specific person, place, or thing), compositions (books, movies, plays, poems, etc), first word in sentence, or … Continue reading

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News As Conversation

“Now that news is a conversation, one of the greatest challenges facing journalists is how to manage, and leverage, that conversation… in the digital age information wants to be analyzed, shared, synthesized, curated, aggregated, commented on and distributed.” – JournalismNext, … Continue reading

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Blog Post 3: Original 300-500 word web article with two sources

Post 3: Write an original 300-500 word web article with two sources. Due Saturday, Oct.1 at 8 p.m. Required elements: —Compelling, descriptive headline that uses keywords. (See How to Write Effective Web Headlines) —300-500 word article. Write it and format … Continue reading

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Week 4 Assignments

-Quiz 1 on Monday on reading and class material –Blog Post 2 (Aggregation) due by 8:00 p.m. on Saturday -Read “Why I Blog” by Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic Magazine -Read JournalismNext Chapter 4 – Microblogging (p. 93-118) -Read JournalismNext Chap 10 – Managing … Continue reading

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Tips for Writing for the Web

Writing for the web can be different than writing for print. Part of the issue is how people read online. They surf, skim and click. While the web has room for all styles of writing, these tips might help you … Continue reading

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How to Write Effective Web Headlines

You have two audiences online: readers and robots. For readers: Headlines should be simple, literal, and direct. They must motivate readers to click. For robots: Search engines look for keywords. If a headline contains keywords that are also repeated in the text of the article, … Continue reading

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