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Working ahead

I’ve been asked whether it’s OK to start working ahead — to set up your blog and get a jump on completing some blog posts. I’m going to give a qualified “yes” to that.

If you’d like to set up your blog, go ahead. Just remember that blogs are public, and give some thought to how completely you want to identify yourself. You might want to use only your first name, for example (this goes for your blog’s title, as well as for your initial “All About Me” blog post”).

One blog set-up tip: Your blog’s title/header and web address do not have to be the same. You can always go back and change your blog’s title, but you can’t go back and change the web address.

In regard to working ahead on your blog posts, here are my “qualifiers”: If you’d like to do your “Word of the Week” blog posts in batches and get them done early, go ahead. If you’d like to get the first two blog posts (“All About Me” and “My Favorite Writing”) done now, feel free. You can probably do Blog #3 ahead of time too, if you’d like.

However, I suggest you hold off on the later blog posts. For example, for Blog #4 – “What Makes It News,” it would probably be helpful to hear my short lecture on news values before you complete this blog post. The same holds true for most of the later blog posts.

Hope this helps.



Those of you who are using WordPress blogs might want to consider attending WordCamp San Francisco, which will be held Saturday, May 1, at Mission Bay Conference Center (UCSF) in San Francisco.

It’s just $50 for a full day’s worth of program sessions on blogging, WordPress blogs, social media and such … plus a great BBQ lunch and plenty of swag, including a swell T-shirt. (BTW, I’ll be there.)

Here’s where to find out more.

Getting Linked

When you send me the web address of your new blog, first I subscribe to it … then I add a link to it on the sidebar of this blog. That way, you can check out your classmates’ About Me blog posts and see who’s who.

So far, I’ve heard from about half of you. We’ll get the rest of you blogging by the end of class tomorrow.

Online students

If you’re new to 100W and enrolled in section 81 (the online section of this class), the first thing you’ll need to do is set up a blog and send your blog’s web address to Lecturer Cynthia McCune. (You can find my email address on the Instructors page of this blog).

If you’ve never blogged before, go the the Starting a Blog page (note the page tabs above, under this blog’s headline) for directions. Your first blog assignment is to write a blog post introducing yourself.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to click on the page links to this site’s pages to review the syllabus, class schedule, list of assignments and texts/resources … to get situated and get caught up.

Please note: We are encouraging students enrolled in the online section of 100w to attend one of the “on ground” sections taught by me or Dona Nichols, if at all possible. Our sections are Monday/Wednesday at 12 noon in DBH 224, 1:30 in DBH 222, and 3 p.m. in DBH 224. If you cannot attend any of these sections, please let me know ASAP so I can make arrangements to send you supplementary materials and in-class exercises.

Welcome to 100W

Clearly, I have been remiss. We are now a week into the spring semester, and I have yet to post a “Welcome to 100w” blog post. So … welcome!

If you are taking MCom 100W with me or Dona Nichols this semester, consider this blog site your home base. On this site, you’ll find the class schedule, links to assignments and other resources that will help you pass this class.

Because of popular demand (as the saying goes), JMC is in the process of adding another section of MCom 100W. It’s listed as an online section (section 81) because no single time period would accommodate enough of the students who are waiting to add it. However, in reality it will be more of a blended/online class, with most assignments submitted via blog. We are also highly recommending that you attend one of our existing class sections.

Dona Nichols and I will share the teaching and grading load for this new section of 100w, section 81. I’ll handle the class through the end of March; she’ll take over after spring break. We team-taught two sections of 100w last semester, so we think it’ll work.

We will give first dibs on adding this new section to those students who are already on a 100w wait list — for one of Dona’s sections, for my section or for Tom Ulrich’s section. If there’s any room left, we’ll entertain other requests.

Since I’m taking the first half of the class, please contact me if you want to add the class. (You can find my email on the instructor’s page of this blog.)

Some hot topics for individual blog posts

Your weekly individual blog post is due tomorrow. If you’re scrounging around looking for a media-related topic for this week’s post, here are some candidates:

If you have some other hot media-related topics you’d like to suggest, please add them in a comment to this blog post.

Tips for student bloggers

Here’s a helpful blog post by Karen Miller Russell, a PR professor at the University of Georgia, with tips for developing a successful student blog. It’s got some good ideas for blog post topics, and for getting your blog noticed.

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