|University of florida > college of journalism & communications|
|:: reporting & writing for online media||Syllabus||Exercises||Projects||Course Information||Weblog|
There are three main projects and a class blog in this course.
... Project Blog
What should a student blog about? Blog about articles that relate to the “beat” covered in the weblog, upcoming legislation, important issues or advances in the field. Remember to include links to other resources and always credit “sources” if links were found on another weblog. Weblog posts should be interesting, discuss current trends, contain hyperlinks and be written appropriately for the medium. During this project, students can think of themselves as “columnists.”
Students will set up a new weblog and post twice a week (10 points per post). Posts which are to be graded may be made on consecutive days, but two or more posts cannot be made on the same day. Students turn in blog post URLs via e-mail as indicated in the exercise requirements on the online syllabus. Some students may wish to post more than twice a week and this is encouraged. Only the posts submitted to the primary instructor will be graded.
Students will have the opportunity to interview an “expert” within the community of the selected weblog topic. Interviews must be conducted and posted before week 11.
Students who already blog will need to start a new weblog for this class. Obscene, vulgar or otherwise inappropriate posts on the class weblog(s) will result in a zero for that entry. Students are not required to change the colors, template or features on their weblogs. Comment features are not required. More information regarding this project will be discussed in class.
... Class Blog
Note: The class weblog is meant to allow the class to continue the discourse from class – this is not the appropriate forum to ask other students for class assistance (such as “does anyone have an international student that I can interview?” or “can you help me with my HTML”), flaming (“that was a dumb comment you made”) or any inappropriate and unprofessional banter. Think of this class weblog as a part of the online newsroom “job requirement” and use it as such.
... Project 1 – Interviewing International
... Project 2 – Reporting on a Global