Essential Journalism – Preparing for the group blog assessment

The assessment task for this bit of the Essential Journalism module is to work together in groups to create a small blogzine and run it live for a week. 

Today, to get you started on thinking about this, we're going to look at some of the commercial blogs and blog networks out there, to give you some idea of the kinds of things you could do. Here's a few links to look at:

Gawker, Gizmodo, Lifehacker and Jezebel

Engadget 

Tech Crunch

Luxist

Federated Media, including Boing Boing, Tech Dirt and Dooce

Tech Digest, Electric Pig, Pocket Lint

Midas Media 

Handpicked Media

Core 77, Design Observer, Uncrate, Fashionista, We Make Money Not Art

Have a look at a few of these sites. Some don't seem very blog-like any more – some are still very bloggy…They have that reverse chronology of posts and the blog layout and look and feel.

Successful commercial blogs are often either very niche or specialist or they target an audience that's particularly attractive to advertisers or they feature a distinctive perspective or voice… 

At the moment, have a look at a few of these sites and think about what kind of group blog you'd like to work on. We'll talk about it a bit in class. 

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