I am roughly halfway through a semester of a Newswriting class, and I've learned a lot through blogging about and writing the news. My mind is bursting with random facts about when to abbreviate things and where to place commas, as well as a beginning understanding of how to write an eye-catching news story.
Coverage (all the blogs that I've written for class since the last blog portfolio)
Sample Crime Reports
Chapter 35 of The News Manual
Sample Spot News
The Associated Press Guide to News Reporting, Chapters 6 and 8
Comparison of Front Pages on the Newseum Website
Part 1 of the News Cycle Assignment
Part 2 of the News Cycle Assignment
Timeliness (blogs which were posted before the assigned reading was due)
All of my blogs were timely except for my blog on Chapters 6 and 8 on the Associated Press Guide to News Writing, as you can probably tell from the barrenness of my comment area.
Xenoblogging (comments that I left on classmates' blogs)
Jennifer Prex's blog on Chapter 35 of The News Manual
April Minerd's blog on Sample Crime Reports
Derek Tickle's blog on the Comparison of Front Pages on the Newseum Website
I think my blog on the Comparison of Front Pages on the Newseum Website is the best example of my blogging style from the second batch of blogs. It is kind of stream-of-consciousness, which is what I like about the blogging part of this class. I appreciate the fact that we have a space to put our thoughts down in a messy, not-ready-to-be-graded kind of way so that we're all the more organized when we work on the more serious assignments of the class. So this blog, with its listing of my complex reactions to the tabloidish-looking front page of an Irish newspaper, is the best example of my spontaneity in blogging.