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Addario Blog Post #2

MCOM356 Writing Assignment: Addario Blog Post #2

Fall 2017

In-class exercise: You will be revising the first draft of blog post #1. BRING YOUR ADDARIO BOOK AND GRADED DISCUSSION QUESTIONS TO CLASS

Due: End of class on Thursday, September 28.

Revise Blog Entry #1 that you wrote in class based upon the first reading assignment from the Lynsey Addario book, “It’s What I Do.” Keep your original theme but expand your blog entry to include the chapters from the second reading assignment and beyond.

Remember this about writing blogs. Blogs should be easy to read because many online readers like to skim through content. Follow these rules to do this:

  • Use short paragraphs and short sentences.
  • Make the width of the published post about 80characters wide, including spaces
  • Select Verdana for the typeface.
  • Choose a font size that is large for easy reading.
  • Do not use italics.
  • Use bold for emphasis but don’t overdo it.

Directions: Revise and expand your first blog entry to 500 words. Further develop the focused theme that you started in the first blog entry. You must use the same focused theme that you used in blog entry #1. Here’s the list:

  1. Why does Lynsey Addario choose to be a conflict photographer?
  2. What did Addario mean when she said that she “just saw the door and went through it?” How did she demonstrate her commitment to this philosophy?
  3. What were some of the most important lessons of photography that she learned?
  4. Discuss the cultural diversity that she experienced and how this helped her as a reporter.
  5. What skills does Lynsey Addario, the photojournalist, share with the news reporters who write news features as they travel through areas of conflict?


Introduction: When you begin any writing assignment you should always choose your audience. In this blog post, we will expand our original audience from our Feature Writing class to any journalism student.

Start your blog post with a detailed incident or two from the book that briefly summarizes the topic and supports your main point. This is your attention grabber.

Your main point must clearly answer the blog question you selected. You should be able to write a one sentence focus statement that sums up your answer to the question.

Hook your readers in these first few paragraphs.

Body of Blog: The body elaborates on the theme with deeper analysis and with the perspectives provided by Lynsey Addario in her memoir. The body should also provide your unique perspective on the theme.

Conclusion: The conclusion wraps up your post with a brief statement to sum up what your readers have learned. Make one last point that you want your reader to remember. This is a take-away message. End with a call to action that directs the reader to another website. In this blog entry, this call to action should provide a hyperlink to a website that has information or photos relevant to your theme.

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