Journal # 2 – The Topic Blog

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The Topic Blog

“Choose a topic of focus for this class, or what journalists might call a “beat.” It is VERY IMPORTANT to choose wisely, so put some serious thought into this. Choose a subject you are interested in and passionate about, personally or professionally. This could be anything from bowling to city/county school consolidation to local bakeries to the Memphis hip hop scene to the aviation industry to a particular company, industry or cause you are interested in promoting and/or understanding. Consider your post graduation goals, but be sure you genuinely care about the subject. It will be critical for you to narrow your topic as much as possible.

“Choose a topic of focus for this class, or what journalists might call a “beat.” It is VERY IMPORTANT to choose wisely, so put some serious thought into this. Choose a subject you are interested in and passionate about, personally or professionally. This could be anything from bowling to city/county school consolidation to local bakeries to the Memphis hip hop scene to the aviation industry to a particular company, industry or cause you are interested in promoting and/or understanding. Consider your post graduation goals, but be sure you genuinely care about the subject. It will be critical for you to narrow your topic as much as possible.

Anybody can “use Twitter” or “use Facebook” – it is technologically very easy to do. The trick is to use it productively when you have a specific professional goal. One of your goals will be to develop your ability to create interesting and informative content around a particular subject. But a bigger goal will be your ability to cultivate a community around this topic, to listen to what others have to say and engage your audience.

Write up a short description of this topic of focus or beat on your journal blog. Be as clear and specific as possible.”

 

My Topic Blog will be titled TN Libertyand will be a forum in which to share information about news, events, politics, and laws concerning the state of TN. All conservative and liberty-minded activists, students, campus and community leaders, and voters, will be encouraged to contribute.

TN Libertywill also be a location for resources concerning bills up for approval, TN Congressional representative’s contact information, statewide and county events, activism advice, mentorship, and grassroots training, among other issues as needed and requested.  TN Liberty will serve as an extension of the TN and MS Leadership page on Facebook and may ultimately be followed with a MS Liberty blog.

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2 thoughts on “Journal # 2 – The Topic Blog

    • Thanks! I love designing certain things – like layouts for magazine, blogs, books, websites, etc – I just can’t draw worth a damn! And I love doing it on my time since I have such a tendency to be OCD about 1 extra mm of space or if something is lined up perfectly. LOL. I just hope that I can make this blog worth something – I would love to have it be the next “TechCrunch” but in the Liberty-verse. I want to add a forum, connect it to Eventbrite, and several other things in order for it to have more chances to meet people’s needs and get the hits that will then make it sellable for advertising. And there is something I would love to learn more about this semester. I had never thought I could make money off of doing something that I love – like providing resources, news, and a forum for the liberty-verse, until I read Mark Brigg’s “Entrepreneurial Journalism” and “What Would Google Do,” by Jeff Jarvis.

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