Social Bookmarking: Getting started with Diigo

Step 1: Take the Diigo tour

Step 2: Join Diigo

Step 3: Research, share and collaborate

Step 4: Join the group “Digital Media UCT”

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Citizen Journalism in Africa – Photo competition

Citizen Journalism in Africa is hosting an exciting photo competition! Find out more about the competition here. “Send us a picture that shows how you live, learn and work with ICTs and, along with it, forward us a brief description of the idea or project that sets the backdrop of your entry…The story behind the pictures will be published in the eLearning Africa Newsletter, which is distributed to thousands of people in Africa and all over the world”. Prizes include a Canon PowerShot S90 photo camera, a Flip UltraHD Camcorder and a iPod Nano 8 Gb. Participation is free and the deadline is 26 April 2010.

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Citizen Journalism next week…

Browse this interesting site about Citizen Journalism as part of your homework:) The YouTube link is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58iZpMRclwI if you want to download the video below:)

Things to pack for your journey into the blogosphere…

Here is an interesting Technorati report on the state of the blogosphere. Technorati examines the trends and themes of blogging, among other things. The second page includes quotes from leading minds on the Blogosphere about where blogging is headed. If you’re interested, here’s a sample chapter from “Problogger: Secrets for blogging your way to a six-figure income” (2008) by Darren Rowse and Chris Garrett. In the sample chapter they discuss what blogging is and how you can use it to make money. You know you want to…eventually…

Take it easy! It’s a journey not a race. You may also want to have a look at blogging guides for beginners, especially the article on starting your first blog which will be beneficial to the majority of the class:) Also take some lessons from the blogger who blogs about personal blogs.

Seminar Overview

Using digital media to study digital media

This seminar aims to introduce a range of digital media from a critical and theoretical perspective as well as encourage practical application. We will not only be learning about participatory media (such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, YouTube, etc.) but we will also be engaging with these existing platforms as part of the seminar’s learning environment. Seminar members will be responsible for their own WordPress blogs (linked to our seminar blog) and will be encouraged to share ideas and resources.  To support an ethos of sharing knowledge online, you will also be introduced to social bookmarking (Diigo).

Aims and Outcomes

The structure of the seminar and range of assignments has been chosen to support media students in several ways. Firstly, students are challenged to use their knowledge of new media forms to generate creative projects such as digital stories about aspects related to the World Cup 2010 aimed at tourists, as well as mobi-soaps and m-novels aimed at a South African youth market. These projects can be added to their portfolios if they wish to apply for entry into one of the production streams. Secondly, students will be exposed to guest speakers who work in various areas of digital media. These speakers are invited to share their experiences and offer inspiration to students. Thirdly, the seminar places an emphasis on writing and honing one’s editing skills (such as writing for the web) while bearing in mind the affordances of digital media and shifting notions of ‘the audience’.

Seminar Leader: Nicola Pallitt (PhD student, Centre for Film and Media Studies, UCT)

Email: mz.pallitt@gmail.com

Cell: 073 818 0089