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Elaine Ford from ABC Online spoke to QUT Online Journalism students about online news.

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Is the hit worth the cost?

By Elise Eyears and Simona Varga

 

Dancing Bean Espresso barista Meg has today increased coffee prices to be on par with campus competition.

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Dancing Bean Espresso at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus.

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5 tips for blogging like a pro

Do you want to blog like a pro?

Well listen up because you don’t become a pro by instinct. It takes time, research and some well-thought-out decisions.

Here’s my top 5 tips that’ll have you on the path to blogging like a pro.

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Ariana Grande ‘one less problem’

American pop artist Ariana Grande is sooooo hot, hot, hot right now.

With her hit ‘Problem’ exploding at over 183 million views and counting, it seems everyone wants a piece of her. (more…)

1 reason why killer stats aren’t everything

Let me start by saying, seeing great stats from your content is great. Most people post on their blog because they want others to read, ‘tweet’, ‘share’ and ‘like’ their work. So of course, it is important to blog with your audience in mind.

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But may I suggest that even above this, you should write for yourself.  

Write about your interests and write using your voice.

If you want your content to standout from the sea of sameness, be your unique self. By being consistent to who you are, your followers will get to know you and they will respect you too.

Of course it’s important to know who your followers are, what they like and what they will read. But by keeping your posts true to who you are, people will follow you for your unique content and they will keep coming back for more. So, you don’t have to be chained to the stats. The ball is in your court.

 

What do you think is now important when blogging?

Read my related post ‘How often should you blog?’.

 

Demand for university threatened as tuition fees set to sky rocket?

The grounds of Australian universities are filled to overflowing with students scurrying from class to class like crabs in shells of aspiration. The country’s top research universities, Melbourne, Sydney and Australian National University (ANU) are huge by world standards – typically enrolling 40,000 students, in comparison to American counterpart Stanford University with just under 16,000 filling their hallowed halls. With the Australian government’s budget cuts to higher education and plans to increase per-student contribution, some are concerned demand for degrees may drop and see the robust university sector fade to a skeleton.

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4 reasons you should use social media to study

I would like to propose a new way to study.

As I was sitting in my Online Journalism lecture today and tweeting using the hashtag #qutoj1, I thought to myself… why am I taking lecture notes in my laptop or on paper? The information is recorded in front of me in real time!

A great way to compliment this is to revise and record my notes in a blog post.

Why?

1. It’s fun and easy to use.

2. I can access my notes online from anywhere

3. I can signpost relevant tweets and thoughts from my peers and lecturers.

4. It’s interactive and creates conversation; I can share my posts and learn from other people too.

What do you think about this? Do you tweet or blog your lecture notes?

Keep a watch out for my next blog post, where I will use this study blogging technique!

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Note: this post is an example of an online story with the use of embedding images, maps and video clips. This is not a real story.

 

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Is extended childcare hurting our kids?

We all know women are able to take maternity leave and get paid for it with the current system allowing a mother to be paid at the minimum wage ($622.10) each week for 18 weeks. Australian employers are required to provide 12 months of unpaid leave to employees who have worked for at least 12 months prior to the parental leave period.

But is this enough?

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