Weekly Blog Posts and Post 2 (Aggregation)

Each student is required to post to his or her blog at least once a week. A total of 15 posts are required over the course of the semester, although you can post as much as you want. Some posts will be assigned (i.e., a news article, a photo essay, an audio clip, or video) and they must contain the required elements. Some blog posts will be “free choice” and students can select a format that is best suited for the content of the posts. Weekly blog posts are due by 8:00 p.m. each Saturday. Each post will be graded on content and execution. Each post must be substantive and free of errors.

Each post will be assessed on:

  • Compelling, descriptive headline that uses keywords
  • Post content provides useful information to the reader
  • Post is clear, organized, and free of spelling or grammatical errors
  • Proper use of hyperlinks
  • Five appropriate keyword tags
  • Assigned posts meet specific requirements

This Week – Post 2: Aggregation

News aggregation is a term used to describe human or computer generated collection and republishing of online information.

Purpose:
-Active way for reporters to do research on a subject. Learn what others are writing about and saying then share it.
-Provides a service to your audience. You do the work of finding and organizing the best information on your topic.
-Links out from your publication to others (which helps generate authority and traffic for your publication).

Post requirements:
-Write a post that pulls together and organizes online information that is useful for your reader.
-Your post should include at least 5 links.
-Upload a photo to add some artwork to the post. Give photo credit in the caption.

Post will be graded on:
-Compelling, descriptive headline that uses keywords
-Content provides useful information to the reader.
-Well written, clear, organized, and free of spelling or grammatical errors.
-Proper use and formatting of hyperlinks
-Five keyword tags

Examples:
This week’s Online Journalism Pick of the Week
Roundup and Video From Fan-Filled Flyers Rookie Game (the700level)
Uwishunu’s Weekend Picks

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