Assignment I – Blog Set Up and Post #1

Due Monday, Feb 7 (Mon/Wed class) or Tuesday, Feb 8 (Tues/Thurs) class
Blog Set Up and Post #1 (Worth 35 points)

Each student will select a beat and set up and maintain a blog. The blog must have a specific focus (i.e., a subject, a neighborhood, a specific topic).

Blogs must have the following elements:
-Specific, focused beat
-Compelling, informative title
-Appropriate theme and complete design
-About page or text on your sidebar that explains your publication. This text must include your full name.
-Blogroll with at least 5 online publications or blogs related to the theme
-Archives widget
-Blog Stats widget
-Time zone set correctly to UTC -5
-Post #1 should introduce yourself and your blog topic to your audience. Outline what you hope to accomplish in the coming weeks, what kinds of stories you plan to do, etc.
-Check spelling, grammar, and AP style.

For specific instructions, see How To Set Up Your Blog Using WordPress.com


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