Reading your blogs

As you can see, I’ve added links to your blogs on the class Web site. I’ve also plugged them in to Google Reader, so I’ll be notified whenever you’ve updated them.

In reading your posts last night, I was impressed by the overall quality and by the extent to which many of you really get what a blog is supposed to be. I encourage you to read each other’s work and to post comments if you are so moved.

I sent an e-mail to each of you. If you haven’t received it, please let me know, along with what e-mail address you prefer to use.

Although there are many different types of blogs, the classic format is to link to outside content, quote a relevant excerpt and tie it all together with your own writing and commentary. The writing style is generally looser, and it’s all right to include some opinion. But you still want to offer your readers clear, solid writing, and if you’re going to indulge your opinion, you need to back it up with facts.

I would like you to follow the rules of AP style as closely as possible. If you kept your Fedler textbook from Journalism 1 and 2, you will find a section at the end that is as good a guide to AP style as I have found. It tells you 90 percent of what you need to know in a half-dozen or so pages. It would be a good idea to photocopy it and stick it inside your AP Stylebook. There are also some worthwhile short guides to AP style on the Web.

On Wednesday we’ll talk about some fine-tuning, including how to find photographs you can use without violating copyright law.

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