Starting your social media journal

You will make posts every week in this public online journal. The rationale and the audience are explained on the Required Work page. Grading is also explained there.

Your journal must be written in a Tumblr blog. Start a new, named Tumblr blog for this purpose. Do not use a Tumblr blog that you had before, and do not use the default Tumblr blog (be very aware of this difference, because you don’t want to post for your journal into the wrong Tumblr blog).

Create a new Tumblr

Step 1: Open Account menu. Select “New.”


Step 2: Name and create a new blog.


Meeting the deadline for the assignment

To allow me and others to find your journal, reply to this post (“Leave a comment”) with the complete URL of your journal. Do this before 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13. PLEASE press Enter/Return after the URL to make it clickable. Your comment/reply URL will look similar to this:

NOTE: It must NOT look like this:

That second link can only be opened by me, the owner/author. That is useless to the rest of the world!

Change your theme

There are two ways to enter the theme editor.

From the Tumblr editor:


From the live Tumblr blog page:


Add Google Analytics

Do this as soon as possible to start collecting stats about visits to your blog. Here are the instructions:



Week 2 recap

Newsroom shifts begin next week, Jan. 19–23. Monday is a holiday, so no shifts on Monday. Some details about the shifts will be given in class on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

A schedule of all shifts can be seen here.

The Twitter Scavenger Hunt is under way from now (Jan. 15) until midnight Sunday. Find the link to the assignment on the Course Schedule under Week 3. Please do not forget your deadline on Monday, Jan. 19!

Follow WUFT News on Twitter: @WUFTNews

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Have a great weekend!

Next up, week of Sept. 1

Monday is Labor Day. No school, no shifts.

I am still hoping someone will drop/add and change his/her shift to Tuesdays (section 03DG).

Shifts: We’ll discuss briefly in class on Tuesday. Shifts this week ONLY will be half-length, 10:40 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. with NO BREAK. Starting Monday, Sept. 8, full-length shifts, always. 

PLEASE complete the form I sent to you (a link to the form is in an email I sent Tuesday morning, Aug. 26). If you lost it, email me, and I’ll send you the link.

Tuesday’s class: Read all the assigned stuff before class, and write down what you’ve learned from it. If you don’t write it, will you remember it? No? So write it.

Twitter Scavenger Hunt: Sept. 4–7 activities. Read the assignment! Start thinking! But DO NOT do any of the tasks until after 10:40 a.m. on Sept. 4. Tweets sent before that time will NOT count. 

Twitter analytics: What I showed in class. How cool it is: TechCrunch article.

How many of your followers on Twitter are fake? Find out (as seen in class).