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Basic Blogging For Student Journalists

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This presentation provides case studies of how student journalists, professional journalists and citizen journalists can share their work through blogging. Case studies include: The Guidon - student paper of Ateneo de Manila University www.theguidon.com The Philippine Online Chronicles - www.thepoc.netJuanvote - www.juanvote.comCitizen Journalist Ka Edong - www.edwinsoriano.com ; www.qik.com/ka_edongThe presentation ends with a discussion on specific questions from students in Region 6 - questions that will help them take action towards blogging as a student journalist or as a citizen.

Text of Basic Blogging For Student Journalists

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2. Outline

  • hu u?
  • Just enough
    • How to learn the most from this presentation: Ask a question that will help you as a student journalist.
  • Case studies:
    • The Guidon
    • The Philippine Online Chronicles
    • Juanvote
    • The citizen student as a journalist
  • Choose your discussion

3. Hu u, blogging?

  • blog = We b log .A journal of stories, news or events published on the web, typically in reverse-chronological order.
  • Examples
    • Blogspot.com
    • Wordpress.com
    • Typepad.com
    • Multiply.com
    • Facebook.com (notes)
    • Twitter and many others

4. Case A: www.theguidon.com 5. Case A: www.theguidon.com 6. Case A: www.theguidon.com 7. Case B: thepoc.net 8. Case B: thepoc.net 9. Case B: thepoc.net 10. Case C: juanvote.com 11. Case C: juanvote.com 12. Case D: Citizen-Student Journalist 13. Case D: Citizen-Student Journalist 14. Case D: Citizen-Student Journalist 15. Case D: Citizen-Student Journalist 16. Case D: Citizen-Student Journalist 17. Choose your discussion

  • Write a specific question which, when answered, will help youtake action towards blogging as a student journalist or citizen .
  • Write your name, a.s.l., school, position in school paper

18. Q&A: Plagiarism

  • Is it possible that plagiarism happens on the web blog? How can we control this situation? How can we protect our blogsites? Darmie Grace S. Napano, 18, F, Guimaras, UI-PEN, EIC
  • 1. ) There are scrapers, netizens in and outside the Philippines who copy your work. If it doesnt hurt you (theyre too distant from you or the issue), dont waste you energy on them. Let them be. Ganyan ang life.
  • 2.) If the plagiarism has hurt you (e.g. another person takes credit, gets paid for your work, gets acknowledged or awarded for your work), take action. Provide proof that you are the originator. Often, the plagiarizer will take down (remove) the copied content.
  • 3.) How to protect yourself from plagiarism? Infuse your unique writing style, your unique sentence construction. Create titles or unique descriptions in your story. For instance, if you create a title: Antiques foremost student journalists huddle space, other people cannot use it as their own anymore. When appropriate, infuse your feelings and emotions into your article. People can copy facts (e.g. news) and get away with it; but they cannot copy emotions and get away with it.

19. Q&A: Earnings from blogging

  • Magkano bang kinikita sa blogging? Alexis Germinal, 21, M, Bacolod, Cartoonist
  • For my main blog started in 2005 www.technobiography.com- I probably earned my first $1 after one month. Earned my first $100 after 1 year. Started earning $100 monthly after 2 years.
  • I also earn from text-link-ads . People are willing to give me a monthly fixed payment in exchange of installing on my blog a link to their website.
  • Example of highly successful bloggers. Anton Diaz ofwww.OurAwesomePlanet.comhas reached a level of income from his blog and other related activites enough for him to resign from his CIO position in Procter & Gamble.

20. Q&A: Earnings from blogging

  • How viable financially is online journalism? Mode of Payment?
  • I personally get paid via advertisements. I do not get paid per article.
  • Some writers can get paid for writing reviews or any articles about a certain product or service. There are websites that pay from $5 to $15 dollars up to $80 dollars depending on the kind of article.
  • You can reap much money if you can write many articles (while maintaining good quality writing).
  • Mode of payment: Usually PayPal. Sometimes western union or other similar services.

21. Q&A: Writing style for blogs

  • For you, whats the right formula of an effective and highly-catchy blogsite? 0 Norman Daliva, 18, male, Bolocaue, Miagao, EIC
  • First answer is for first-time bloggers: Dont worry about writing style. Just keep writing and writing, get the rhythm going.
  • After writing your first 10 or 20 articles, when youre ready to take it a level higher, think about how you want to project yourself. Do you want to be humorous? Are you serious? Pointed, critical, opinionated? Constructive? Positive? Objective?
  • Think about your objective for writing. Is it to share info? To influence your readers to think or take action? Is it to inspire?From all these, you will develop your own writing style. Experiment as well. Based on the level of interaction and feedback from your readers, you can tell which articles and writing styles help you achieve your objectives.

22. Q&A: Writing style for blogs

  • How do you know if what you posted could actually rouse netizens to action? I dont want to be seen as someone who just posts and posts. 19, F, Jaro, Editor in Chief
  • First answer is for first-time bloggers: Dont worry about writing style. Just keep writing and writing, get the rhythm going.
  • Interact with your readers. Invite them to leave comments or send email.
  • On the other hand, learn to manage your expectations. If you feel each and every blogpost needs to move each and every reader, sasakit ang ulo mo. Be kind to yourself.
  • Sometimes I have articles that, receives feedback for the first time from a person who is deeply touched and affected after 3-years that the article is posted online. Rejoice in these opportunities to touch peoples lives.

23. Q&A: Content of blog & paper

  • For school publication blogs, are they simply the same articles that you publish in print or do they have to be different articles? 0 Celine Chua, 19, F, Bacolod City, Editor-in-Chief
  • There is an overlap.Main difference and determinant is the immediacy of blogging (can publish almost instantly) as compared to the turn-around time of publishing your school paper (e.g. monthly, twice a sem, twice a year). Use the timing to select which articles are relevant in the blog, and which are relevant in paper.
  • For instance, Tweets (microblogs) can give relevant content in your blog (e.g. live tweeting a festival). But unless truly remarkable, tweets dont need to come out on paper.
  • News, especially breaking news, does well on blogs. News can become stale when they come out too many months later on paper. Feature stories can wait (no need to publish immediately) and may have bigger impact in paper. Use your best judgement.

24. Q&A: Photos & Videos

  • How Limited is blogging in aspects of putting videos and pictures in a blog? - Ray Adrian Macalalag, Univ of San Agustin, Managing Editor, Agustinian Mirror.
  • Generally, use of photos you took yourself for your own blog is acceptable as long as it does not degrade other people/entities.
  • Use of other peoples photos typically needs at least written (even online) permission to use on your blog. Give them credit for it.
  • Many images and videos are public domain, and you are generally free to share it responsibly. For instance, people upload videos on YouTube because they want it to be shared. If they dont want it shared, they shouldnt have uploaded it. On the other hand, do not upload videos you dont own. Websites have take-down policies to manage un-authorized upload of videos.
  • Again, use your best judgement. Treat people and their photos/videos with respect.

25. Q&A: Traffic

  • How can we invite traffic/people to read our articles online without the use of advertisements.- Ben Justin A Blacer, 23, male, Mandurriao, Iloilo City, Colegio de San Jose, The Scroll.
  • For advertisements, Ill qualify this as *paid* advertisements. Here are some free ideas of promoting your site/articles:
  • Publish your URL on your paper.
  • Distribute links of your articles via your facebook, twitter, multiply, email network.
  • Write well.
  • Publish useful information that people have a tendency to share.
  • Use share services which help your readers share your article to their own networks.

26. Final Messages

  • Jose Rizal had the pen, you have the keyboard and various online tools. What are you fighting for?
  • Writing is a weapon. Use it wisely for positive change.
  • With great power comes great responsibility. Use your weapon responsibly.
  • Lastly, keep on learning, enjoy your discoveries and have fun! s

27. 28. References

  • Case studies:
    • The Guidon www.theguidon.com
    • The Philippine Online Chronicles www.thepoc.net
    • Juanvote www.juanvote.com
    • The citizen student as a journalist
      • www.edwinsoriano.com
      • www.qik.com/ka_edong ;http://qik.com/video/3010884
      • www.slideshare.com/ka_edong (this presentation)

29. Toolbox

  • Where to start blogging:
    • www.blogspot.com
    • www.wordpress.com
    • www.journ.ph