Using blogs in journalism education

Writing at MediaShift, Alfred Hermida discusses the process of incorporating blogs into a journalism class. He notes:

The challenge becomes explaining that the blog is not a platform for students to pontificate about what they think about a particular issue. Rather, it is to provide a critical perspective on issues in the news within a student’s specific area of expertise. In some ways, the blog is similar to op-ed writing. The value of blogging in a journalism course is as a tool for reflection and critical thinking about events in the headlines.

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