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Week 9 - Pitch and Title Workshop with TLS

Submitted by dnavon on Wed, 04/05/2017 - 10:31

Hi everybody, I hope you enjoyed having Evan and Lian join our class this week as much as I did.  Hopefully you found their feedback useful.   For anyone who missed it, we took the pitches everyone wrote for homework last week and annotated them for jargon and assumptions.  Each pitch was read by four different people so that you all could get a few different perspectives on your work thus far.  We also went through an activity where people wrote down their potential blog title, then the next person had to draw that title, and the third person had to come up with a title based on that drawing, and so on.  It was basically broken telephone with titles and drawing!  Sometimes, information got lost or added in strange ways.  Sometimes what came through was not what was intended.  Picking the right title (engaging, informative, exciting, but not clickbaity) is really difficult! 

You all will need to develop these pitches into a full-length post, which I will edit.  If you decide to revise them, you can submit the revised version as a guest post for TLS!  I am not making the submission to TLS a requirement, though.  Your full-length post is due in 2 weeks.

This week, your homework is to develop a presentation on your favorite STEM blog.  So please, if you haven't already, email me a science blog you'd like to present on!  First come, first serve - no repeats!  You should have three slides: 1) title, 2) screen shot the home page, 3) screen shot a recent post.  Be prepared to answer the following questions: 1) what works about this blog, 2) what doesn't, and 3) how would you make it work/fix the flaws?  Practice your presentations!  Send me your slides by Sunday night so I can compile them into a single presentation.