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Students blog on online skills

Paul Bradshaw, who teaches online journalism at the University of Central England in Birmingham, asked students to blog on why they felt they needed to learn online journalism skills.

The results are interesting, show an awareness of the medium and well worth reading. Remember, these students were at the beginning of their online module.

I am just puzzled by one thing. Bradshaw says he asked them to write an “op-piece-style blog post”. What on earth is that even if you insert “-ed” after “op”?

This is a great way to get new students involved and I will copy it. Thanks.


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  1. Azeem Ahmad says

    As one of the students in Paul Bradshaw’s class I was surprised to hear that somebody from Canada noticed what we were doing. I was one of the students who didnt know much about online journalism (and i’m still learning!), and i certainly didnt expect any of my work to get noticed. I certainly have more faith in my work now, and will be presenting my work as professionally as possible. Thankyou for taking the time to have a look at what we were doing.

  2. Mike Magee says

    Professor of Journalism?

    Shorely an oxymoron

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  4. garlicsmack says

    As a former student journalist, Op-Ed is generally perceived to mean opinion & editorial by pretty much everyone my age. I feel like a raving pedant to ever point it out that it doesn’t.
    I think given the decline of the editorial and the expansion of opinion, it won’t be long until ‘Op-Ed’ will entirely take on the new meaning.

    Then again, my grandfather still tells me off for incorrect use of the word ‘decimate’, so I suppose there will always be room for pedants. Apart from Lynne Truss. No room for her.

  5. Paul Bradshaw says

    Sorry if I wasn’t clear in my description – I mean I asked them to write a blog post in the same sort of spirit they might write an opinion piece – that is, impassioned, persuasive, and, after editing, informed (I’m not sure how much editing most of them did to add the informed bit)