Welcome, students! Use this blog well

It’s time to start blogging! For those of you who have blogged before, you know the drill. Short, tight and lively prose laced with meaningful links, photos, maps, embedded videos — all those extras you have come to expect in good blogs you read.

Students edit on computers in class.

Students in the fall Journalism 200 class were happy bloggers, as you can see. with AP Stylebook in hand, no less.

Because this blog is now entering its fourth semester, there are a lot of examples of student work represented here. I suggest those of you new to blogs — and even the rest of you — take some time to look at what’s been done. You’ll see where students have shined when writing about a freaky veggie or MSU’s organic farm, and where they have limped by. The more effort you put in, the more you will be rewarded.

At the end of the semester, two of your blogs will be graded, and they will be worth 10 percent of your grade. So practice now — and get the kinks out. You’ll be a lot better and smoother when it counts, and you’ll end up a blogging pro!

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