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

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Guides for contacting blog adoption:

Email, something like this:

I'm a senior journalism student at the University of Central Oklahoma who is studying blogging for media.
I have been studying your blog and would like to ask your advice and  a few questions by email for a class presentation.
If possible, I'd like to send you those questions this next week, and will need responses by Oct. 31, if possible.
Please let me know by  Oct. 24 if that is convenient. I look forward to hearing from you.
My professor, Dr. Terry M. Clark, at tclark@uco./edu, can confirm this assignment if you wish.
My blog is XXXXXX.

Thank you,

your name


This assignment is 100 points, 10 percent of your grade.
1. Presentation to be 15 minutes long
2. 1 page outline to every member of class
3. 3-page paper, handed in day of presentation to professor
4. Post your paper on your blog, with screenshot of blog
5. One or two items from each presentation will be discussed for final text questions. Your outline is your study guide.   

“We want a sense of what makes this blog effective, and to learn from the blogger’s experience.”

Presentations will start Nov. 1 --we set presentation schedule Oct. 25

  • You must show the blog visually in your presentation, scroll through it and discuss.
  • You must interview the blogger, by email or on the phone. I recommend you contact them soon to make sure they know what you're doing. Last minute, "they did not respond" doesn't cut it
  • If you cannot make contact, you will need to choose a different blog.

  • List the Name and url of the blog.
  • Here are subjects for your questions:

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?

For your presentation: 

  • What do you like and dislike?, and why
  • What did you gain that influences you and your blog?

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