This web site is primarily used for coursework from Northwest Missouri State Univerisity's Introduction to Web Publishing course. It tracks current issues related to blogging, podcasting, dynamic publishing and citizen journalism.

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Thursday, May 19, 2005

Newspaper (and other media company) podcasts

Podcasting for Papers – Much More than News, Posted by Rob Runett, Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Papers turn to 'Podcasting'
In Bid to Draw More Readers
, By DAVID KESMODEL , THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ONLINE, May 13, 2005

Newsroom veterans debut a new online voice in San Diego
A former columnist at the Union-Tribune has joined with a venture capitalist and a dot-com veteran to launch a new online newsroom for the city.
By Sarah Colombo, Posted: 2005-05-1

Podcasts by Media Companies:
Denver Post
Columbus Dispatch sports podcasts
Philadephia Daily News "Philly Feed"
San Francisco Chronicle podcasts and blog
Ventura County Star
Newsweek
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Lawrence (KS) Journal World
Forbes OnRadio

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

How to post a video to your blog

Freevlog.org: A very good tutorial for the basic steps of uploading a video to a blog.

Location of uploads:
Archive.org
OurMedia.org

Wikicities comments on your class project

Click here for Angela Beeley's summary of our class blog project. She is vice president of Wikia, the company that owns Wikicities. Angela co-founded Wikicities with Jimmy Wales in October of 2004. See how she's quoted some Intro to Web Pub students.

Monday, May 16, 2005

Setting up your RSS feed

To establish your RSS feed in blogger, visit this "Working with Blogger" page first:
http://help.blogger.com/bin/answer.py?answer=290&topic=36

Click the FeedBurner link that begins the process of establishing a FeedBurner account. The first step is to enter your blog URL. Then check which services you want, which are for most of you going to be only SmartFeed. Some of you broadcast majors may want to also sign up for SmartCast which allows for podcasting from your blog. Once you've selected the services you want, click "next," where you'll be asked to set up a free FeedBurner account. Once you set up an account, you'll see a "feed service confirmation" where, if everything is correct, you'll click "acitvate my feed."

Next, you'll want to launch your plubicity tools. This page will give you the code that you can copy and past into your blog post that will tell your users that your site is syndicated. I recommend clicking the "Chicklet Chooser." When you click the "radio button" to the left of an icon (for example, the Yahoo logo), the corresponding code appears in the text box below. So, all you have to do is copy that code, go to your blogger account, create a new post, title your post "Syndicate this site" and paste your code into the message box of your post. (It's also courteous to tell your users something about the logo that will follow, like "Click the Yahoo logo below to syndicate the content of this site into your MyYahoo account.")

You're done with syndication!

RSS explained

RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication, by most accounts. And it is just that: it allows web sithttp://www.blogger.com/img/gl.link.gifes to re-publish its content on user's personal RSS readers (like MyYahoo). But more than a form of syndication, it's a means for a web site to publish its content and market itself. That's why you'll see sites like NPR.org and SearchEngineWatch.com using RSS.

Here are some resources with more information about RSS:
Internet.com's Introduction to RSS
Wikipedia's RSS entry
ZDNet's Blog posting: Feeds by the Dozen
Feedreader.com's description of its RSS reader product
Turning the Web into 'sushi belts' -- article from the BBC

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Articles about blogging

For a story that encompases the entire scope of social publishing: The Age of Egocasting, by Christine Rosen, published by New Atlantis

Blogging, as in Slogging
By DAVID GREENBERG , Published: May 15, 2005, The New York Times
If you think you want to start a blog, read this first!

"Blogs Grow Up: Ads on the Sites Are Taking Off,"
Wall Street Journal, By Marcus Lillkvist, March 15, 2004
Posted at: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/03/15/financial0818EST0021.DTL

The Blogfather's Hit List: The bookmarks that turned a mild-mannered law professor into an Internet rock star, Wired magazine, February, 2004

Podcasting articles and resources

Podcasting articles:
Audience With the Podfather, By Xeni Jardin, Wired News, May 14, 2005 (This guy is from the Netherlands!)

Podcasting resources:
iPodder.org
PodcastingNews.com
PodCastAlley.com
American Podcasting Network
Podscope.com

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Blog resources

Blog searches:
Technorati: find who links to your blog
PubSub.com: searh blogs in real time
Blogrolling.com: a link list manager
Blogdex.net: tracks "contagious" blog information
ScriptyGoddess.com: for script help
Bravenet.com: lots of free blog plugins

Blog events:
BloggerCon Conference

Blog tips:
How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else), posted at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, www.eff.org

Blogs in Business

NYT.com article about a blog that blogs corporate blogs. Wikipedia's Fortune 500 blog list.

Blogs:
Business Week's Blogspotting, a blog about how blogs are being used in business

Articles:
Controlling the Conversation by Tim Manners, published at FastCompany.com -- a good summary of what to do, and what not to do, to develop a blog to "connect with your customers."

Blogs will change your business, BusinessWeek.com -- lots of details here on which businesses are using blogs, and why.

"Blogs Keep Internet Customers Coming Back"
Wall Street Journal, by Riva Richmond, March 1, 2005
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Business blog sites:
General Motor's Blog: Fastlane
American Business Media Blog and commentary

Newspaper & Community Blogs

Media Companies and Weblogs, a blog post by Jupiter Research's Michael Gartenberg

Community Blogs:
Voice of SanDiego
Boulder News citizen news
Denver area citizen news site

Articles relating to social publishing

Business 2.0 has an excellent story about Al Gore's new TV project that runs in cooperation with Google. Read this for a look into tomorrow's social publishing.

Open Media Network: This new effort shows how readily information we publish can be shared and distributed.

No one Owns Journalism, by Jay Rosen, posted as a precursor to BloggerCon

Blogs and journalism need each other, By J.D. Lasica

DUREX BUYS CONDOM PRODUCT PLACEMENTS IN PODCASTS
Cites Cheap Cost and Circumvention of FCC Decency Rules
May 12, 2005
By Jack Neff

Media Companies and Weblogs, a blog post by Jupiter Research's Michael Gartenberg

Newsroom veterans debut a new online voice in San Diego
A former columnist at the Union-Tribune has joined with a venture capitalist and a dot-com veteran to launch a new online newsroom for the city.
By Sarah Colombo, Posted: 2005-05-12

Citizen-Journalism Sites: Don't Be Boring
Posted by Steve Outing, Poynter Institute, 10:24:09 AM

How to Blog Safely (About Work or Anything Else), posted at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, www.eff.org

Brain Food for BloggerCon, by Jay Rosen, for PressThink

OhMyNews
(Excerpt from PaulConley.blogspot.com)OhmyNews, the citizen journalism project based in South Korea, is going international. There's been an English-language version of OhmyNews for quite some time now. And I've been urging journalism students and others to get involved. Now that process is much easier. It seems to me that the opportunites here are limitless. OhmyNews is growing at a remarkable rate. Yet prestigious beats in business, sports, etc. are wide open. Back when I was starting out as a journalist, I'd have killed for a chance like that.

Poynter Institute Related Articles
Bloggy Journalism
Reporter + Citizen = Better Journalism

Blogs and articles about citizen journalism

Blogs:
Dan Gillmore
BOPNews.com
BusinessWeek Magazine's Blog, Blogspotting
Dan Gillmore's Bay Area/Personal Publishing blog, Bayosperer
Scott Rosenberg's blog on Salon.com.
Alan Mutter's blog, Reflections of a Newsosaur
GetLocalNews.com, the Citizen Journalism starter site
OurMedia.org
Paul Conley's B2B blog
Jupiter Research Analyst Blog

Articles:
Citizen-Journalism Sites: Don't Be Boring Posted by Steve Outing, Poynter Institute

Brain Food for BloggerCon, by Jay Rosen, for PressThink

Excerpt from PaulConley.blogspot.com: "OhmyNews, the citizen journalism project based in South Korea, is going international. There's been an English-language version of OhmyNews for quite some time now. And I've been urging journalism students and others to get involved. Now that process is much easier. It seems to me that the opportunites here are limitless. OhmyNews is growing at a remarkable rate. Yet prestigious beats in business, sports, etc. are wide open. Back when I was starting out as a journalist, I'd have killed for a chance like that."

Poynter Institute Related Articles Bloggy Journalism Reporter + Citizen = Better Journalism

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Media blogging

EPIC
An 8-minute presentation of one group's interpretation of the future of social publishing. Will Google and TiVo really take over the world??

MediaBloggers.org
Jim Romenesko's media blog at Poynter.org
Washington Post's Media Notes
Business 2.0 blog
Business Week blog, Blogspotting
Paul Conley's B2B media blog
American Business Media blog
Wired magazine's blog, Beyond the Beyond

Friday, April 22, 2005

NWMSU Blog Final Assignment

303 - Introduction to Web Publishing
Final Project: Blogs and Self-Publishing
Due: Thursday, June 2, by 10 a.m.

This final assignment will allow you to research several important web-related topics. You will be posting your analysis of the topics on your class blog. In addition to this research, you also will be adding features to your blog, as outlined below.

You should email me at jplamer@gmail.com only AFTER your blog is completed per this assignment. Your assignment grade will be emailed back using your original. I will begin grading these at 10 a.m.; ensure that your postings are uploaded and complete at this time.

Your assignment requirements:

1) Analyze each of the following topics, and create separate posts to fully answer each question:
o Search Engine Optimization: Research this topic using the articles and links on our class blog.
1. Describe how search engines crawl web sites to “read” them for content.
2. Describe a human-powered directory, how it works, and which search engines may use this approach.
3. How does a search engine rank its results?
4. Explain in detail what a location/frequency algorithm is. Describe which locations on a web site are relevant to this formula.
5. What are off-the-page factors?
6. What is a link farm, how does it work, and should web sites subscribe?
7. What is the Open Directory Project? How do web sites submit to this directory? Which web sites are accepted into this directory? How does the Open Directory help web sites in terms of search engine optimization?
8. How should a web site go about choosing its most important keywords? How many keywords should a site choose to optimize?
o Privacy Research this topic and answer the following questions:
1. What is the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)?
2. How old are “children” according to this act?
3. Which web sites must comply with this act?
4. What services does TRUSTe.com provide to its clients?



o The worst web usability Using what you learned about web usability, find an example of a web site that has very bad usability. Provide a link to the site. Pick the three areas of usability that need enhancement, and describe how you would change the site so that it follows better usability principles. (For example, your three areas may include: navigation, use of photos, page design, site design, e-commerce, headlines, subheads, etc.)

o I'd like each of you to post a blog entry at the following post. A class in Maastricht is building a blog to tell you about their IDM-like major, and about their university and their lives. I'd like you to send something to them, as well, but I'd like each of you to use the same blog. I've emailed information to you regarding where this blog is, the user ID and password.

2) Set up your blog so that it can be syndicated using RSS. Use any appropriate chicklet, but ensure that it is clear and visible and in an appropriate location on your blog.
3) Set up your site to accept and run Google AdSense ads. This request takes several days, so you should make this request early. Once you have been accepted, begin running the Google ads on your blog. If Google rejects advertising on your site, forward the email Google has sent you to me at jplamer@gmail.com, ensuring that you include your name in the email.
4) Add a photo to your blog that is relevant to any post you've made; or create a post in which to add your photo.