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