Beat Blogging, Curation and Link Journalism

Some thoughts on link journalism from Jay Rosen, a highly influential future-of-news thinker and New York University professor. I try to follow Jay’s advice whenever I blog — this 500-word post about a recent Texas gubernatorial debate had 15 links.

Today’s lab assignment:

Twitter/RSS feeds & Practice Blog Post

  • First, we’ll assign beats.
  • Next, you need to find a few blogs or news organizations that regularly cover your beat topic. Create a Twitter list for your beat that you regularly follow. You may also want to bookmark those sites, and sign up for RSS feeds and Google alerts.
  • Find a recent story or blog post that seems worth blogging about and write a practice blog item that is relevant to the SMU reader. Send me your blog item as an MS Word doc by 11:59 p.m. Sunday. Follow all guidelines listed in the gradesheet I will use to grade your post.

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