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An opinion on blogging – part two

Watch the second part of Dr Hill-Vinson’s interview above. What kind of person decides to blog? Why do they do it? Is the process a difficult one to maintain? Post …

An opinion on blogging – part one

Watch the first part of Dr Hill-Vinson’s interview above. Think about the relationship between professional and personal blogging. In what ways might the writing or audience differ? Where does objectivity …

Blogging

What follows is an interview with Dr Summer Hill-Vinson, journalism educator and blogger. Dr Hill-Vinson teaches journalism writing to university students. She also blogs professionally for an organisation working for …

Writing tips

Writing a good opinion piece is similar to writing a good news story or a feature: it requires clear thinking, communicating an unambiguous and simple message, and all in an …

Ways to present your argument

The video discussed three different ways to present your argument in opinion writing. Here are some examples of each type of writing. The one-sided message vs. two-sided message Here is …

The process of writing your opinion

Paula Murray, columnist for the Scottish Sunday Express, writes a weekly column where she tackles current news and issues that attract her attention. Watch this video of Dr Petya Eckler …

Theories of persuasion

How does persuasion work? Is structure as important as style when it comes to convincing your audience? Watch Dr Eckler’s video above where she describes the intricacies of influence and …

The Blackout: day four – ‘an opinion’

Please read the following (fictional) opinion piece on ‘The Blackout’. Déjà Coup? Dr Steven Jones, Cybercrime Lecturer at the University of Science and Technology, writes for The Californian Globe. Yesterday …

Thank you to the course team

While Michael Higgins, Petya Eckler and Eamonn O’Neill have been the public face of the course it has been developed and run by a much larger team and this video …

What will we learn?

Writing your opinion is in some ways similar and in some ways different from writing news or features. It is similar in the research and preparation needed for opinion pieces …

Ask Michael

Thank you for all your questions over the past six weeks. I have responded to the results of the week 5 Poll and the week 6 ‘Ask Michael’ questions below. …

Investigative Journalism: An Expert’s Opinion

Watch Dr Eamonn O’Neill’s interview with Mark Daly, a BBC Scotland Investigations Correspondent and Panorama reporter known for his undercover work. Does an expert’s definition of investigative journalism differ from …

Tools, tips and recommendations

Basic journalistic kit ranges from pens and paper to laptops. Ensure access to the right tools. Use the right tools for the right job. Be flexible. Store your work safely …