In preparation for your group blogs (to be announced in Wednesday’s class), you’ll be taking a look into the past. You’re reading Briggs Chapter 10, on the newsgathering conversation, and I want you to combine that with a leisurely read through what has come before. In addition to that, I want you to read TWO of the following:
1. Morgantown Problems (2013): This is one of the best group blogs produced in this class, and I want everyone to have a look (especially the Panera post and its resulting comment thread).
2. At least ONE of the other previous group blogs (see list):
Masticate Morgantown (2010)
Motown Entertainment (2010)
Move-in Morgantown (2010)
Mountaineer Life (2011)
The Eclectic (2011)
Graduation Preparation (2012)
A “J” in the Life (2012)
Mountaineers Connect (2012)
Almost Heaven Entertainment (2013)
Morgantown Man Cave (2013)
Your response will focus on the two blogs (Morgantown Problems and one other) and what they did. What are they about? Is there a clear focus? What are some of their strongest posts? Weakest? (yes, you have to pick one – be constructive) Finally, and most importantly, what would you have done differently, and how does that influence your own group blog plans?
Don’t forget to incorporate how Briggs’ thoughts and suggestions on conversation factor into the work you read. Do you see a conversation in the group blogs you’ve read, or are they just talking to themselves? Your response is due as a comment to this post by 10a, Wednesday, March 11 (later than usual due to Monday’s class being cancelled).