Monday, February 02, 2009

New Media Tools for Journalism: Class Notes 02/02/09

Here are links to some of the things we covered in today's class, Creating a blog.

THERE IS NO PLAN - The Adventures of Johnny Bunko is America’s first business book in the Japanese comic format known as manga – and the last career guide you’ll ever need.

There's a Social Media Meetup at WBUR on Thursday.
Time and Place
Thursday, February 5, 2009
7:00pm - 10:00pm
890 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
You're all invited and it's a great place to make contacts with the staff at WBUR.

Social Media Meetup at WBUR: Facebook event listing

NECN Weather Blog
CBS Boston Internship Program
Gil Santos LIVE streamed video report on

Very nice blog, The Selby.

Your favorite blogs tagged JO540 on delicious

QUESTION: Do they know you were there?

Leave Comments. Leaving comments on blogs that you are interested in is a great way of helping others find your blog. It's also a great way of giving feedback to bloggers about their writing. Everyone loves comments.

Example of embdedding a photo from flickr in a blog:

Click Share This on Flickr and copy and paste the the HTML code into your new blog post.

WBZ TV Analog Control Room

Then duplicate the code and replace the IMG tag with the TITLE information:

WBZ TV Analog Control Room by stevegarfield, on Flickr

Additionaly, you should note the Creative License.

In this example it's CC BY-NC-SA.

This is how you add a photo to an existing post that you are working on. If you are starting a post with a photo, there's a Blog This button on flickr that will automatically post the photo to flickr if you've previously told flickr about your blog. It's a good thing to do.

Class Websites are here: A1 and B1, C1.

Class Blogs are here: A1 and B1, C1.

FYI: Facebook Platform Application Terms of Use. Here's a look at all the information that can be made available to Facebok application developers when you choose to use their applications.

Quick mention: Twitter is micro-blogging with permalinks.

Choosing a theme.

You can choose to become a thought leader by focusing your blog on a specific topic and writing about it regularly. Politics, sports, weather... You choose. Thanks Chris Brogan.

How to: Create a Blog using blogger and select a custom template.

Feedburner provides an RSS feed for your blog that you can take with you if you ever choose to move to another bloging platform like Wordpress or TypePad.

Choose 'Get Started', paste in your blog URL, check 'I am a podcaster' and click next a bunch of times. Then paste the feedburner feed URL into blogger.

Email Subscriptions
You can set this up for your blog at feedburner. Choose the Publicize menu, and select Email Subscriptions. The select Use as a widget in Blogger and pres [GO!].

The next page will come up with your blog and a title for hte widget as it will appear on your blogger blog. Edit the title if you like and press ADD WIDGET.

Your blog Layout page will be displayed and you can arrange where the widget shows up. Press SAVE.

Subscribe Monster
Subscribe Monster by stevegarfield, on Flickr


Creative Commons:
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry.

Custom Domain
On blogger you can go to Settings/Publishing and buy a custom domain for your blog from Google for $10.

For more flexibility, you can use Dreamhost to buy a domain for the same amount and have the ability to add lots of hosting options at a later time. On Dreamhost we used the redirect to redirect traffic from to

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