Blog Guidelines

Building a puzzleFilm and Digital Media is a multi-author blog featuring weekly posts by the 15 participants in a seminar on the impact of digital technologies on the content, practices and organization of creative industries.

The blog is intended to provide a space that will allow us to accomplish several important goals:

  1. To respond — thoughtfully and publicly — to issues raised in the weekly reading.
  2. To explore and develop connections between the weekly reading and areas of individual interest pertaining to the seminar topic.
  3. To gain experience writing in a digital space that is at once academic and (pre-/semi-/para-)professional.
  4. To develop/refine the skills for presenting ideas in ways that make advantageous, appropriate and effective use of digital elements such as hyperlinks, images, embedded audio and/or video, etc.
  5. To participate in an ongoing, online, asynchronous learning community in which each member:
    • helps the other seminar participants to broaden and deepen their understanding of both the seminar material and of their own projects;
    • carefully reads, thoughtfully comments on and engages others’ posts;
    • Teamworkidentifies potential strengths, opportunities, challenges and/or obstacles of the seminar projects undertaken by individuals or groups
    • contributes to and expands our shared knowledge of how digital technologies are affecting creative industries.
  • The earlier into the week that your main post is published the better, but all main posts must be published no later than 8:00 pm Tuesday night.  This will:
    • give everyone time to read each other’s posts;
    • increase the likelihood and the opportunities for us to comment on and/or respond directly to other posts;
    • ensure that the facilitators for the week have ample time to gauge everyone’s reactions to and sense of the reading as they finalize their plan for our seminar meeting.
  • There is no length requirement.  However, posts are expected to patiently and thoughtfully engage the reading, and to develop a meaningful connection between some portion of the reading and an area of your own interest pertaining to the seminar topic.
    • If you find it helpful to have a specific word count as a target, aim for around 700 – 1,000, recognizing that some posts may be slightly shorter and others may be slightly longer.
  • Posts should be substantive, clear, focused and proofread.
  • Citation: Follow standard conventions of citation, taking care to give credit where credit is due and to identify any outside sources.
    • Providing proper attribution for any images, tables, graphics, etc. in the caption area.
Digital elements and formatting
  • Every post needs to include a featured image.  The featured image does not appear in the actual post; rather, it functions as a cover image for your article on the main page of the blog.
  • In addition, posts should be formatted in a manner that takes advantage and makes effective use of appropriate digital elements such as hyperlinks, images, embedded audio and/or video and the like.
    • NOTE:  photos or other original images must be include attribution to the creator and the source.
    • Respect copyright at all times.
      • Images found on Wikipedia, Wikimedia, Wiki Commons, etc. are safe to use.  Also, see the Creative Commons search page, which will allow you to search for commons images, music, videos, etc. on a number of sites
      • Any image taken before 1923 will be in the public domain.
  • When using an image, video or graphic element in your post, we should be attentive to sizing, placement and alignment/text wrapping.


* Portions of this post were adapted from 2013-14 WIIH Fellow, Abby Skelton, who usefully summarized the basic principles the students in Digital Culture used to guide them in shaping their blog posts for that course.


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