Archive for June, 2011

Camp Blog 2011 brought new lessons to my life.  Lessons, not just in terms of what I learned to improve my writing skills as a blogger, but more on how to value what I have in life.

And I learned a lot during our lecture on Video Production and Photography.  It was simply awesome!

One big realization dawned on me when we had our photo session in Baybay City Public Market last Friday.

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An old newspaper from examiner.com

It has been an amazing journey to see how journalism has evolved over the years or more appropriately, over the centuries. From crude scrolls and papyrus to typewritten newsletters to broadsheets and tabloids produced in printing presses… And now to a whole new level – electronic.  How’s that?

Let us take some time to look back and see how it all began…

I found this article, “A Brief History of Newspapers” while browsing the net and I’d like to share a part of it with you.  (Source:   http://www.historicpages.com/nprhist.htm)

“The Origins of Newspapers

The history of newspapers is an often-dramatic chapter of the human  experience going back some five centuries. In Renaissance Europe handwritten newsletters circulated privately among merchants, passing along information about everything from wars and economic conditions to social customs and “human interest” features. The first printed forerunners of the newspaper appeared in Germany in the late 1400’s in the form of news pamphlets or broadsides, often highly sensationalized in content.  Some of the most famous

A very old newspaper (Courtesy of ophelias-flowers.com)

of these report the atrocities against Germans in Transylvania perpetrated by a sadistic veovod named Vlad Tsepes Drakul, who became the Count Dracula of later folklore.

In the English-speaking world, the earliest predecessors of the newspaper were corantos, small news pamphlets produced only when some event worthy of notice occurred.

The first successively published title was The Weekly Newes of 1622. It was followed in the 1640’s and 1650’s by a plethora of different titles in the similar newsbook format. The first true newspaper in English was the London Gazette of 1666. For a generation it was the only officially sanctioned newspaper, though many periodical titles were in print by the century’s end.”

So you see, the modern writers and publishers have come a long way from the news pamphlets or broadsides of the 13th century and the handwritten newsletters of the 16th century.

As the adviser of the SLS Eye, I am quite happy to know that through the electronic form the humble works of our student writers out here in our small  corner of the earth can be read by people from all walks of life all over the world at any time of the day. 

everything on line…(photo courtesy: obamapacman.com)

And as a writer, I am quite privileged to have an avenue where I can publish my humble writings.  It is such an honor to see another blogger has read an article that I have written and, in a way,  has listened to my heart.

Shakespeare would drool over the wonderful opportunities the modern-day poets and writers  have at their fingertips. 

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I first met WordPress in 2009.  It was in far away Pampanga when we had Camp Blog 1B.  And looking back now, it seems a long, long time ago and quite far, far away…

The ischools logo back then…

And in a way I feel nostalgic for it was such a memorable camp blog.  It made such great impact on me as a blogger for many reasons.  First, it was held in luxurious Mimosa Leisure Estate where we stayed in villas for eleven (11) days and enjoyed fine dining day in and day out.  Second, it was the most challenging camp blog ever because it was my very first.  Third, WordPress was an alien I had to conquer, tame and take home with me.  And I waged the biggest war in the history of blogging in my life.  I turned this alien into an ally in the end, in God’s grace.  It even earned my humble blog a small recognition.  What a conquest!

Anyway today, we met once more – WordPress and I.  Were there surprises?  You bet!

There were new things to learn about WordPress. Blogging took on a new dimension for me simply because we met again today…

WordPress gave me fresh ideas how to make my blog more appealing to readers.  It showed me what articles most online readers look for and enjoy reading.  It even presented new techniques to me so that readers will find my blog  a lot easier and more fun to visit.

So you see, meeting my ally again was worth it!

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Entry #1        What I learned from the lecture on online newspaper   –   EVSU

The opening program...

(Written 6/21/2011 6:35 p.m.)

I headed for VSU this morning feeling so excited to learn how to make an online newspaper.  So did I learn something today?

 Let’s see…

If I can remember the most important points given in Sir Joe Torres’ “tele-lecture” (skype lecture as they put it) then maybe I did not live in vain in the past few hours.

But first, let me share with you how it was…the “tele-lecture” that is.

In this age of technology explosion, it’s a little funny to say that this is the first time I got to attend a workshop with the speaker miles away (out there in Manila) and we, the participants, were out here in our dear Baybay City, Leyte.  We listened to Sir Joe with all our being even if it seemed he was a mere silhouette on screen.  But wonder of wonders, sans eye contact and all we were able to really understand the things he was saying and to respond (hopefully) in the way he wanted us to.  We were even able to enjoy and laugh at his usual verbal antics.  Such is the ‘magic’ of technology – bridging not just the digital divide but the geographical divide as well.

We could hear Sir Jo but this is all we could see…

So going back to what I learned…

I actually wrote a lot and noted almost everything he said.  And if I put all those here I’m afraid I might quote Sir Jo word for word.  So let me put it as concisely as possible.

First, I learned about the difference between the print and online publication – the linear and the not linear thing, the finite and the infinite, the interactive thing, etc .   I was also enlightened about the history of the internet and the world wide web.  It was quite interesting to note that educators started it all. Hurray to the teachers!

Then, he emphasized that relationship is the core of online writing.  It’s all about sharing and linking.  One more important thing to remember when writing online is to consider the users’ demands.  And also there is this beauty of online writing in which both the old and the new information have their place.

Finally, he pointed out the lessons  writers should learn and take note of when writing online.  Among those that I remember most are the following:  

  • online publication must be well-organized and clearly explained (Everything included is useful to the users.)
  • writing must be done in an enjoyable and conversational manner but direct to the point
  • tell the users directly what you offer and be clear about it
  • make it easy for the users
  • adapt your writing and presentation to the screen and
  • write in a way that helps search engines index your site.
All in all it was a very informative and  interesting  session!  Great job, Sir Joe!

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Blogging Again!

Hi there bloggers!

It’s ‘de ja vu’ all over again…Chad and I are doing our writing tasks again in another camp blog.  We’re in Visayas State University (Baybay City, Leyte) now attending the Camp Blog 2011…no wordpress to pressure us, no LO’s to keep us from having a good night sleep but this time we will be racking our brains to create a ‘sensible’ online newspaper for our school.  How’s that for another camp blog challenge?

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