Part 1: Pick a topic
Write up the focus of your blog (about a paragraph) and post it as a comment to this post by 10a Wednesday, Jan. 13. Your blog must have a clear MEDIA focus that goes beyond your own opinions – it can’t just be a diary or your movie reviews. To that end, some restrictions:
- No diaries
- No cat/dog/cute animal pictures
- No recipes (yes, I’ve gotten this)
- No advice (sports, entertainment, graduation info, fashion/health tips, and so on). You CAN use these subjects if your focus is clearly on their media angle – for example, if you covered issues in sports journalism – but your opinions on the Dallas Cowboys are not relevant here.
- No pink dragons
Also: Don’t forget to give it a title!
Part 2: Write your first post
Write up a good first post for your first blog, print it out, and bring it to class on Wednesday. You might describe the different arguments being made about a subject relevant to your topic, linking to each. Don’t just list, though. Provide evidence and synthesize something new: What are the bigger themes going one in these posts?
Some more requirements:
- At least one high-quality link is required in every post for full credit. This means links to CONTENT, not links to Wikipedia, Facebook, or the CNN homepage (yes, I’ve gotten all of these).
- The key here is to report on the conversation. What’s being said? Can you get at the discussion and tell us something new about it? Use links and evidence strategically – it doesn’t need to be long.
- Mark links with the URL in brackets, e.g., “Miranda July’s newest novel is getting some good reviews [http://www.avclub.com/review/miranda-julys-first-bad-man-first-great-novel-2015-213144].”
- Don’t forget a headline – try to make it something that would catch YOUR interest.
BOTH are due by 10a Wednesday, Jan. 13.