For about three years, I have been using WordPress.com (a free blogging site) to create a syllabus for each one of my courses. I first tried it in 2007, and now I’m totally sold on the practice. (See two examples: graduate course; undergrad course.) One of the best features for students: If you choose a [...]
When you’re writing a blog, you should check your stats from time to time (I’m not as obsessive about it as some are) to see what people are reading, where they came from (referrers), what they click in your posts. Search terms are especially interesting to me. They don’t exactly correlate with the most-viewed posts [...]
A new translation of this guide is now available, thanks to the efforts of Alessandra de Falco, a journalism professor at Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei in Brazil. She uses the guide in her classes. Em Português: Reporter’s Guide to Multimedia Proficiency (PDF; 1 MB) Also, I neglected to post earlier about a new [...]
Having just finished grading some student blog posts, I have a few thoughts: 1. Headline. The headline (or title) of a blog post should accurately represent the content of the blog post. If the blog post is a critique of, say, a news story, don’t write your blog post headline as if your post is [...]
I’ve been using Instapaper, a free on- and off-line reading tool, for a while, maybe more than a year. Mostly I use it for its most common purpose — to capture very long articles from a Web page and read them later. Often I read them on my Kindle when I’m not connected to wi-fi. [...]
Here’s a lazy update: To find any post in the image below, just type the title (or keywords) into the search box at left. I like running these stats from time to time to see which posts here are most popular.
Even though the media world is smitten with Pinterest, the newest pretty thing, that old standard of social media — blogging — is far from dead and gone. Blogs are still used for all kinds of professional journalism, from breaking news updates to analysis and backgrounders. Blogs are also used by entrepreneurial independent journalists to [...]