January 2006

I’ve gone through many of my links for additional blogs that you can track. In addition the blogroll on the right (highly recommended), here are some additional topical blogs based on some of the current interests I know you all have in class.

SportsBlogs. A related CNET article on the launch of this sports blog network is found here
Fox Sports Blogs
Texas Longhorn Vmag

Additional Blogs
Terry Heaton (evolution of broadcast news)
Tim Porter (evolution of print news)
Media Shift by Mark Glaser (documenting the changes in mass media)
Public Journalism Network (growth of public journalism)
JD Lasica’s Darknet (detailing growth of P2P networks, and the war on digital/file sharing technologies)
Global Voices (global issues in blogging/Internet communications with highlights of blogs from different countries)
Morph–the Media Center Blog (excellent blog documenting changes in journalism)
Online Journalism Review (one-stop shop for discussion of multimedia elements in online journalism)

I will continue to add to these blog as we cover topics in class. Please add comments to this posting of interesting blogs that you have found in your Web surfing efforts


See below for a listing of your classmates’ blogs. This listing is posted under the category, Class Blogs, and is accessible on the right hand side of the blog under this category link:

Meredith Ballentine
Meredith Barnhill

You will be using bloglines as your Web-based blog RSS aggregator/blog reader. Bloglines will enable you to keep track of blog feeds, and find things to blog about that relate to our class topics. To create an account with bloglines, go to the bloglines Web site and sign up for an account. You will be required to have a valid email address, so please enter in an email with a Web based client so you can check the mail in class and validate the account. Please note that AOL clients can give problems, so try to use another email address.

To Add Feeds to Bloglines
1. Click on “My Feeds”
2. Click on “Add”
3. Enter the URL or Feed URL in the address bar
4. If valid per the information returned to you, you should see a Subscribe button. Hit Subscribe.
5. You will now see the feed in the left hand column. Click on the feed and begin reading the blog you subscribed to.
6. You can alter the Display Settings at the bottom of the page to administer the feed time length of the returned feed.

That’s it. Be sure to add the feeds on the class blog to your Bloglines.

Go to Blogger.com to create your blog. Please note: you must have a Webmail email address, such as gmail, hotmail, or yahoo mail, or use your mail.utexas.edu account. AOL email addresses do not work with the Blogger email system.

There are 3 steps:
1. Create an account. If you already have one, use your preexisting account, log in, and begin from step 2.
2. Name blog. Choose a good name, one that you won’t mind sticking with for the rest of the semester, at least
3. Choose template. For class, I encourage everyone to choose the template DOTS by Douglas Bowman. We will learn how to add links to the side of the blog more efficiently this way. You are free to tailor the blog after class to a different template

Editing the Blogger Template

1. Follow the instructions I have on the projector board. This is the easiest way to follow. We will attempt to add links to our template on a sidebar.

Some sites that contain reputable blogging tips:

18 lessons I’ve learnt about blogging by Darren Rowse at Problogger

Ten Tips for Writing a Blog Post by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger

Converting one off Visitors to your Blog into Regular Readers by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger

Search Engine Optimization for Blogs by Darren Rowse at ProBlogger

31 days to Building a Better Blog Headquarters by Darren Rowse at Problogger

The Seven Deadly Sins of Blogging at the GreatNexus Webmaster Blog

The 7 types of highly effective bloggers

10 Journalism Tips for Bloggers, Podcasters, and Other E-Writers by Spencer Critchley

Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-dissidents by Reporters Without Borders

Newbies at Bloggercon III by Rebecca Mackinnon (Audio File)

The aggregated results of the survey are listed below. These findings can help you learn more about your classmates, even though the findings are anonymous. I can guarantee you all, if you work hard and keep up with class material, that you will be able to demonstrate familiarity with all of the areas surveyed in this questionnaire. Additionally, most of your requests from the class material are fair and I am confident we can discuss and learn about all of your different desired interests through the semester in our class.

See below for the results of the survey:

Specialization Areas
Newspaper: 7 (different foci)
Photo Journalism: 1
Broadcast: 3
Multimedia: 2

How many of you have blogs: 5

Blogs you read: Burnt Orange Report, friends/relatives/family, Austin American Statesman, Xanga Blogs, LiveJournal Blogs

Familiarity with Technologies: Open Source (0), Blog Software (2), Blog Readers (1), RSS (2), Podcasting (7), Video Blogging (0), Flickr (1), Tagging (2), Mobile Blogging (1), Wikis (4), iTunes/WMP (13)

How many of you have built a Web site: 5

Aspirations from the class:
1. greater understanding of the future of journalism and media
2. greater technical understanding about the Web/Internet as it relates to journalism
3. preparation for jobs in online journalism
4. podcasting skills
5. knowledge of how to create blog stories
6. editing/writing practice for online publications
7. maintain/manage blogs for future job aspirations
8. skills and practice in writing for blogs

This blog will be used to post blog questions, to alert you to significant developments, as well as to encourage class dialogue.

Welcome to our class: Participatory Journalism and the Personal Media Revolution!