I must have talked too much on Tuesday because somehow I managed to run out of time for explaining your blog for this class. And then the questions started pouring in.
We will talk tomorrow about the objective of this semester’s blogging assignment and what you are certain to get out of it (if you can just find a way to make it a part of your routine).
For now, let me just cut to the chase: At every journalism teaching conference I’ve been to in the past five years, editors of major news organizations have talked about how important it is for all journalism students to have blogs. In fact, I have heard it said that the journalism student who doesn’t seize upon the opportunity to self-publish may be sending a very strong signal to potential employers that he or she just isn’t creative and self-directed enough to enter the intensely entrepreneurial journalism world.
Blogging is creative. You get to let your writer’s voice out for a run around the block. You get to link to other blogs, sites or stories or whatever that you find interesting (and that says something about who you are and what you value).
You can ruminate about what you’re learning from reporting, maybe even vent a little about your frustrations (without naming names) and crow about some victories.
And of course, you should link to your semester’s work so your editor will have a place to look at the full range of your accomplishments.
It’s fun and satisfying — especially when you use your blog to share photos and videos, even scrawled, cocktail-napkin ideas.
Here’s a picture of my crazy dog: