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Lecture for Florida Atlantic University Journalism 4342-00.

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  • Your goal is become an expert in your topic. You want to know the latest news, views and commentary on it. Your readers come to you for that purpose. You are doing the work for them, sifting through all that is written on this topic and serving up the most important and interesting. Ideally, you are doing that with your own voice. How can you become an expert and know everything on this topic? Become an expert user of the Internet.
  • 1. The title: The first line of any search result is the title of the webpage. 2. The snippet: A description of or an excerpt from the webpage. 3. The URL: The webpage's address. 4. Cached link: A link to an earlier version of this page. All these features are important in determining whether the page is what you need. The title is what the author of the page designated as the best short description of the page. The snippet is Google's algorithmic attempt to extract just the part of the page most relevant to your query. The URL tells you about the site in general.

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  • 1. Tools for bloggers Multimedia Journalism
  • 2. Basic search: How to read Google results
  • 3. Using cached pages
    • Your key words are highlighted at top in colors
    • You can quickly scan page to find where those keywords appear.
  • 4. Narrowing your search
    • A phrase search. Use of "quotes" -- you are telling Google to consider the exact words in exact order without any change.
    • Terms you want to exclude. Use a minus sign. Example: Dolphins –football
    • Fill in the blank or wildcard. Example:
    • Linsey Lohan loves *
  • 5. Advanced search
    • You can search within a specific site
    • The query iraq site:nytimes.com will return pages about Iraq but only from nytimes.com.
    • You can do this via Advanced Search or use site: from regular search/
  • 6. Google News
    • Different from Google web search
    • Automated news aggregator
    • Service covers news articles appearing within the past 30 days on about 4,500 news sites
    • Best source of timely and topical blog items.
  • 7. Set up a Google alert
    • Google Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Go
    • Six types: News, Web, Blogs, Comprehensive, Video and Groups.
    • Allow you to determine the frequency in which checks are made for new results. Three options: "once a day", "once a week", or "as it happens."
  • 8. Other great tools for bloggers
    • Craigslist or E-Bay
    • Use Google advanced search or site search
    • It's craigslist.org -- not .com
    • Example: cockatiel
  • 9. You Tube
    • Example: cockatiel
    • Copy the embed code
    • Paste it into the “html” view.
    • You can adjust height and width within the code.
  • 10. flickr
    • Search this large community of photographers.
    • Note that there are groups devoted to specific topics
    • You can also tag and find photos by place.
  • 11. Respect copyright
    • You do not have the right to use all photos on Flickr.
    • To find photos you CAN use, go to advanced search and choose to limit search to Creative commons.
    • There are many sources of free images. (See list on my blog.)
  • 12. Many resources
    • But it takes time to explore and find the right photo to illustrate your blog.