Don’t leave your assessments for the last minute

Although the deadline is a month from now, it’s always better to start earlier for some reasons:

  • You can get feedback
  • You have time to make adjustments
  • You don’t need to struggle to meet the deadline

For my Multiplatform Fashion Journalism assessment I chose a topic not related to fashion. I thought that it would be a challenge for me to write about something else. So, I ended up writing about equality in sport.

The task required to choose a target publication, write an in-depth feature and an online version of the same feature, and audio/video element that complements my feature. Lots work, right? No, if you ‘don’t leave it for the last minute’, as my lecturer Danilo uses to say.

Don’t act surprised I’m all done! I’ve interviewed three people, two female (of a different age) and a male to have a different point of views regarding this matter. My article for The Guardian is ready, so is the online version, and the multi-media element. Fortunately, I had no problems with the word count this time.

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The vox pop was the toughest part in my opinion, because it requires a long time to edit it, concentration and a quiet environment.

Now I just need to submit it!

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The first impression is the best impression

Before I started this course I thought that a good blog post was a well-written one. Two months later I realized that although it’s important, it’s not enough.

When writing a blog post we must take into consideration few things. First, people get annoyed by long paragraphs. That’s why it’s important to be brief and keep the paragraph short. It wasn’t showed in one of the blog posts I’ve considered ‘How I Got 6.2 Million Pageviews and 144,920 followers’ by Ali Mese. Secondly, always keep in mind that your followers may read your blog post on the phone. As a follower, I wouldn’t bother too much to slide down the page. Indeed, to be honest I’ve just read half of the blog post.

Sincerity is another important element. It helps you to establish a good relationship with your followers. It’s essential to meet their expectations, and this blog post has definitely failed to meet mine. I felt disappointed as it starts with the sentence ‘I will get straight to the point’ but he actually doesn’t.

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Most important, never underestimate the importance of images, keywords and/or hyperlinks. Although it’s a quite long blog post, thanks to these elements Ali Mese managed to make his blog post more engaging for the readers.

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