Official blog of Clark's Blogging for Journalists class, Mass Communication department

Thursday, April 20, 2017


Evaluate the class:
1. How would you improve it?
2. Strongest part?
3. How has the class changed you?

Comment below, or email, by noon toda.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Grading your presentations

Here's the format

2017 Blogging/ Name__________________ 
100 points  Date
Blog reviewed ______________________________________________
5 points--Outline to all including Name and Url
10 points--Visuals, scroll through 
1.     5 points--History of blog
1          2          3          4          5
2.     15 points--Facts about blogger, blog
1          2          3          4          5
3.     5 points--Statistics
1          2          3          4          5
4.     5 points--Uniqueness
1          2          3          4          5
5.     15 points--Strengths and weaknesses
1          2          3          4          5
6.    10 points-- Advice
1          2          3          4          5
7.     10 points--Influence and ideas
1          2          3          4          5

10 points--Overall presentation

Final test questions?

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Presentation schedules

March 28--Derrick Miracle, Emily Palmer
March 30--Kaitlyn Haupe, Elisabeth Slay
April 4--Jordan Belew, Taylor Greeson, Chase McMillan
April 6--Moraima Hernandez, Elsa Ruiz, Emily Smith
April 11--TJ Eckert, Michael Houston, Kalen Russell
April 13--Kateleigh Mills, Precious Timmons, Sunny Todd
April 18--Kylie Neel, Yoni Yoo
April 20--Nate Baldwin, Jamie Kisling, Austin Mosely, Jordan Redman

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What have you learned so far?

Blog today about
1.  What have you learned about writing for a blog?
2.  How has your blogged changed during the semester, and why?
3.  How is blogging important to your chosen major/career?
4.  How has blogging in this class affected you?
5.  What have been the most important lessons from the class?

  • Organize your answers, not by numbers but with a catchy headline, and subheads and or visuals to break up the answers and make the post attractive. You will  be graded on the originality of thought and presentation, depth (two or three sentences is not enough), and appearance of your answers.

For example:

I'm a blogging fool

I've got the "write stuff"
Look down, look down that lonesome road
You can't dance if you don't move
Lessons from the laid back
I don't  know but I've been told ("big-legged woman ain't got no soul")

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Guidelines for your questions on blog adoption

1.      History of the blog—
a.      How long blogging?
b.      Who is the blogger? (Age, profession, etc.)
c.      Purpose?
d.      Geographic location?
e.      Number of followers?
f.       Does it make money?
g.      Why do they blog?

2.      What makes this blog unique?
3.      What are its strengths?
4.      What are its weaknesses?
5.      What is the advice of the blogger?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Blog research

1. Spend 15 minutes researching the blog you want to adopt
2. What are five facts about the blog, and blogger
3. Post on your blog this information, today.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

To blog or not to blog

UCO student and now the editor of The Vista, Kateleigh Mills, interviewed me about a year ago, about blogging--why or why not. Here was my advice:

  • Six reasons to blog--
  1. You need a quality digital “footprint” to get a start on a career in the highly competitive communication field. A blog can be part of that—I have former students whose blogs helped get them jobs.
  2. You have a passion and something original you want to say that can be sustained over time.
  3. You can write grammatically correct sentences,  enjoy writing and can organize your thinking.
  4. You are willing to work at it because quality blogging takes a lot of preparation and time.
  5. You enjoy learning and change because blogging is always changing.
  6. You have an eye for effective design and readability.
  • Six reasons not to blog--
  1. You can’t write a grammatically correct sentence punctuated correctly.
  2. You only want to rant, gripe or whine about a specific subject.
  3. You have no passion or nothing to say.
  4. You are just blogging because you think you should.
  5. You’re lazy and don’t want to put in the time.
  6. You don’t really want a career in communication.
Assignment: Comment below--what would you add to this list?