Posts Tagged ‘Beat blogs’

Beat blogs & editing

September 29, 2010

I’m requiring my editing class this semester to maintain a topical beat blog, where they provide a weekly post with “blog edits.” Much the way a traditional print newspaper wire editor searches the AP wire for the best state, national and world news to share with his or her readers, the students in my editing class are expected to scour the Web and the blogosphere to provide their readers with the best blog posts around.

From alternative healing to alternative cultures, from environment and sustainability to food, the student beat blog editors point you in the right direction to timely blog posts with links to the blogs and short descriptions of what the post is about. Since their interests run the gamut, the beat blogs have something to offer for niche readers across a variety of subjects.

The beat blogs can be accessed below:
*Beats and Carrots

*Healthy Living

*Obatty’s Environment and Sustainability blog

*An Nguyen’s Movies, Movies and more movies!

*Brooke’s Health & Wellness blog

*Lovely Textiles


*Megan Swanson’s Yoga blog

*Tightfivebind (Rugby)

*Misfits: Modern Day Alternative Cultures

*Georgia Bulldawg Football News

*Natural Healing

*Relevant Religion

*Rachel G. Bowers


Blogging to a different beat

April 7, 2010

I was thrilled to hear Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Deborah Blum’s advice to Grady journalism students last week. 

One of her main messages was the importance for journalism students to develop a national following writing about and to a specialized audience, primarily through the use of a blog. This has been a recurrent theme I’ve echoed throughout my introductory to news writing and reporting labs over the past year.

One of the largest assignments that the students work on throughout the semester are specialized beat blogs.  Students identify a niche topic they’re interested in, then follow other bloggers and write blog posts on their specialized beat.  They are also expected to promote their work and to build an audience to follow their work.  You can see last semester’s work under the “Resources” tab.  My current students’ beat blogs are a work in progress but they all should be active now.  Feel free to read, comment and follow along on topics ranging from women’s liberation to cancer awareness.  Their blogs are below:

Health Note_ Rebecca

Venir como adqua de mayo_ Melanie

VolunteerChangetheWorld_Christina D



Recession Trickling All the Way Down_ Alison

Serving Athens_ Nancy

Women’s Libber_ Kyle

Campus Candy_ Christina S

Cody’s Food Blog

I Beat Cancer, You Can Too_ Kaylea

The Daily Bread with Brooke

Szene der Katastrophe _Jonathan

Holly’s blog

Bulldawg Blawg_ Mitch

Bloggamundo_ Natalee