Multimedia Journalism – Session 1 – Blogging

The first Multimedia Journalism sessions is about blogging and online journalism. The aim is to get you to set up a blog and then have a go at writing something. You'll use the blog to document the work you do over the course of the module. I'll explain in class today.

To set up your blog, go to WordPress and sign up. It's free and easy to sort out. Jim will go through this in the class. You need to create an account with WordPress. They will send you an email asking you to verify and activate your account. Once you do, you can get started. 

We'll try writing a post today too. The simplest thing to do would be to summarise and respond to a current news story – on whatever subject interests you. We'll talk about this in class today. 

When it comes to laying out your post on your blog – you need to make sure your story is easy to read on screen. If you want to look at an example of a standard online news story, written and laid out for online consumption, why not look at Cruise captain 'committed errors', one of the top stories today on BBC News.

Here's a few blogs we might look at in class, either for stories or inspiration: 

There's lot of advice online about how to blog. One place to start migth be The Guardian's guidelines re blogging and commenting and also this interesting post by Azi Paybarah, a blogger working for NPR in the States, re a tutorial he did on how to blog – the slideshow is interesting. 

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