Should You Believe in Blogs?

No one is sure of the numbers but current estimates suggest that as many as 50 million people are now blogging. Why? One reason is that blogs engage people in the sharing of knowledge, encouraging debate and the exchange of ideas. Blogs provide writers and readers with an opportunity to express their ideas and their reactions in a public dialogue. Some blogs contain high quality information and meet and even exceed professional, journalistic standards. Others are personal rants that are long on opinions and short on facts. What are some of the clues and red flags to help you decide which blogs and bloggers you can trust? Should you start your own? In this workshop, we will discuss the successful blogs, looking at such powerful ones as The Huffington Post and TMZ as well at influential niche blogs like Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn and The Root. We will also discuss the dangers and pitfalls of blogs–where content may be biased or inaccurate and sources falsely attributed. And we’ll look at what you need to know
before you launch your own blog.

In this workshop, we will discuss the successful blogs, looking at such powerful ones as The Huffington Post and TMZ as well at influential niche blogs like Only The Blog Knows Brooklyn and The Root. We will also discuss the dangers and pitfalls of blogs — where content may be biased or inaccurate and sources falsely attributed. And we’ll look at what you need to know before you launch your own blog.

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