Intrepid English instructor Samantha Walder is teaching her journalism students at Deuel High School in Clear Lake the joys of blogging. Even more daringly, she’s inviting me to come to talk to them about blogging. On November 9, I’ll talk a roomful of eager young journalists about what makes this South Dakota blogger tick.

As I prepare for the talk, I’ll link a few articles here that Mrs. Walder and her journalism students (and the rest of you!) might find interesting. If nothing else, I’ll use this page as an example of using hyperlinks and citing sources!

  1. Robert Wright, “Privacy vs. Profits,” New York Times: Opinionator, 2010.10.19. Wright mentions that in 1996, he made $2000 per monthly column for Slate. Now such fees have dwindled, due to the deluge of online content and the inability to reach the same big audience chunks with advertising. It’s hard to be heard when everyone has a megaphone; it’s even harder to make money through advertising (and ads pay the bills, journalists!).
  2. Cory Allen Heidelberger, “Blogging as Invitation to Participate,” IgniteSD talk, Brookings, SD, 2010.04.21. If a whole class period of me is too much, try this five-minute dose.
  3. Cory Allen Heidelberger, “Pipeline Through the Heartland: TransCanada on the Farm,” Madville Times, 2009.09.04. Best original online journalism I’ve done. This post tells the story of farmers Mike and Sue Sibson and their experience with the TransCanada Keystone oil pipeline.
  4. The Dakota Day. Produced by Sam Hurst and based in Rapid City, The Dakota Day bridges the news magazine and blog genres. Hurst, a freelance journalist, writes articles that are much more like feature essays in Harper’s than the usual quick-shot blog post.
  5. Academic uses of blogs: I’ve used blog technology for teaching parliamentary procedure in speech class, distributing review materials for spreadsheet class, organizing notes for a future research project on the South Dakota blogosphere, and sharing articles for an upper-level business/IT class.