Advanced Web Journalism – Module Blog – The Critical Evaluations

I've written before about what you need to do for your module blogs. If you need a reminder, click the link.

You also need to add some short posts to your module blog that reflect and evaluate the work you’ve done over the last twelve weeks. The posts you need to do are:  

  • An explanation of the ideas behind your individual project and an evaluation of whether you think it works, what might make it better etc. Talk about how you came up with the idea, whether you learned from similar projects online, what might make the project work better.
  • An explanation of the idea behind the group site you worked on, the stories you did and the role you played on your site. Again, try to reflect critically on whether the site works and what might make it better. Talk about the sites you looked at when you were developing your site idea. Talk about the target audience for your site. Talk about how you used social media. Talk about what might make the site better.
  • An account of the work you did on the news day – you should talk about what you worked on – WNOL, the Inside WNOL blog, the Twitter feed or Facebook page for the site etc, the stories/posts you did. Talk about whether you were able to link what you were doing with what the broadcast teams were up to. Try to come to some conclusions about what you learned from the experience of trying to work in a cross media way with the other students on the course 

You don’t need to write a lot for each of these posts – say around 400 – 500 words for each post. That would make 1,200 – 1,500 in total. Try to be critical and reflective, to show what you’ve learned about working as a journalist online. Don't just document what you did. Try to take a more high level professional perspective.

If your group project didn't go that well and you want to talk about why and don't want to publish that part of the log in a public place (i.e. on your blog), you can email that part of the evaluation to me. 

Remember – the deadline for completing the module blog is midnight Wednesday May 4th.



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