A place to start: basics, blog lists, blog search engines, award-winning blogs, beat blogs, and some advice from JournalismNext.
WHAT IS A BLOG?
Term = web + log
Content-wise a blog can be whatever the author wants it to be. For this class, you will be creating a “beat blog” – a journalistic blog focused on a specific topic, geographic location or community.
-online journal with postings in reverse order
-post or entry
-it generates a RSS feed
A feed is a constantly updated information of what has been posted or commented on your blog. It’s the text without the design. WordPress offers a nice description of feeds.
COMMON TYPES OF BLOGS
Individual blogs, Political blogs, Aggregators, Group blogs, Photoblogs, Vlogs, Microblogs (ie Twitter)
SOME BIG NAME BLOGS
Technorati’s Top 100
BLOG SEARCH ENGINES
Google Blog Search
SOME AWARD WINNING BLOGS
SOME ADVICE FROM JOURNALISM NEXT – Chapter 2
“Every college journalism student should have a blog. Period.”
“Eventually every working reporter with a beat will maintain a blog in addition to filing traditional stories. So if you’re hoping to get a job in journalism, you might as well start now.”
“A good blog is a continuing conversation.”
“Blogs are not magic. Be warned: writing a successful blog takes dedication and determination.”
“A blog can be beat journalism at its core.”
“You have to read blogs in order to write an effective blog.”