“Rouhani has yet to deliver on press reforms in Iran” CPJ Committee to Protect Journalists. March 13,2014. Web. April 6 2014.
The final bibliography article I’ve chosen to use, is a continuation of the last. Written eight months after its predecessor, this article goes into quite some detail about the extent of human rights violations made by Iran, and about the as of yet unfulfilled promises by new President Rouhani, to reopen the 4,000-member Association of Iranian Journalists. According to CPJ (Committee to Protect Journalists), they found that Iran was the “second worst jailer of journalists” and ranked “first among countries from where journalists have fled into exile over the past five years.” Now considering the article I am reading, is one written by CPJ, I will surely do a little digging to find out what their credentials are that back up the data they’ve found, but if their methods are solid, this is quite a scary set of data for Iranians and any other countries looking to emulate Iran’s successful attempts at stifling its citizens ability to speak out.
Rather than restoring some normalcy and rights to Iranian journalists, as he promised, Rouhani has continuously resorted to new repressive tactics. A common charge amongst the accused is “propaganda against the regime.” The article goes on to list a handful of the many Iranian journalists who have been arrested, jailed indefinitely, and “suffer from severe health problems caused by torture, poor prison conditions, and lack of hygiene and medical treatment.”
Having earned my first degree, an Associates in Journalism, stories like these are incredibly humbling. Were I an Iranian student, it is quite possible I would have turned my journalism degree into a career speaking out against the regime, and in so doing, sealed my fate as I fall apart in prison. Stories like this make a person so incredibly grateful to be born in a country where idea of freedom of speech and press is relatively protected, at least from atrocities at the level they see in Iran. This article will work very nicely with my paper. It gives me several personal directions I can take my study in, and somewhat of a timeline to work with. I believe the key to bringing my whole paper together lies in the story of one or two Iranian journalists stuck sadly watching Rouhani break the promises he made during his election, from prison. By following Rouhani’s actions in his short time (so far) as President, I may be able to make predictions on whether or not he ever intends to ease up on the anti-media hatred.
Palis, Courteney. “How Essential is the Internet to the US?” Huffington Post. Thehuffingtonpost.com, inc. Mar. 20, 2012. Apr. 6, 2014. <http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/03/20/internet-economy-infographic_n_1363592.html>
This article explains the importance of the internet. It includes infographics, which are probably the most vital information. While it’s not very lengthy, this article is good because it provides links to information expanding on certain facts such as the amount of people that use the internet, the amount of things bought online, etc. The infographics also compare the internet to other industries with regard to the economy and spending money. This is an important article because it establishes the importance of the internet and the online world. It shows that people are moving to the internet for everything. And while the popularity of the internet was already obvious, there are now facts to use. This will set the groundwork in my paper for why any business would benefit from having an online presence and why they should have a blog.
Blogging for businesses is absolutely essential. However, if you do not have any time to dedicate a lot of time to your blog, but still want it to be updating more frequently, then outsourcing is perfect for any business owner. There are many ways to use outsourcing. When a business owner decides to outsource, they have to either pay a person for their service or you can have a person who is very passionate about your products/services to blog for free. There is an opportunity cost between time spent blogging and time spent doing something else more productive for your business. You need to make sure that the person who is running your blog is able to stay focused and on task. You do not want to sacrifice quality on your blog. There are different risks but sometimes the rewards outweigh the risks.
Evans, Angeline. “5 Steps to Turning Your Blogging Hobby Into a Job.” The Daily Muse. Daily Muse, inc, 2014. Web.
This source was unique in that it offered another way to becoming a blogger as a career: writing for a corporate blog. Of course, a huge draw for becoming a professional blogger in the first place is that you can be your own boss, but sometimes it just doesn’t work that way. As a freelance writer, you could write for multiple jobs either regularly or sporadically. A personal blog could be a good way to improve on your resume and portfolio so that you can land a corporate job. This can show that you’re not only a good writer, but that you know about the other elements that make up a good blog–like layout, media, customization, etc.
Fenza, David. “The Centre Has Not Held: Creative Writing & Pluralism.” New Writing: The International Journal For The Practice & Theory Of Creative Writing 8.3 (2011): 206-214. Literary Reference Center. Web. 6 Apr. 2014.
This article focuses on the idea that creative writing becomes much more democratized through the medium of blogging because it opens the door for a plethora of people to be able to enter the writing community for better or for worse. The sphere of creative writing opens to aspiring writers as well as established ones to form a community that was hardly possible even about 30 years ago. It gives access to media in a way that has never before been available, as well as has let writers play with content, form, and overall craft because of the accessibility to the internet. Blogging has produced new styles of writing that are at once innovative and rapidly changing.
“The 15 Best Blogging and Publishing Platforms on the Internet Today. Which One Is for You?” TNW Network All Stories RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.
This website I have listed gives an account of the 15 best blogging platforms and it is dated in 2013. The first one on the list is WordPress. This site gives a description of each blogging platform along with a list of pros and cons. This site will be useful to me because now I will have a sources like this from 2012, 2013 and 2014. They all list WordPress as first, so this will be good evidence to my theory that WordPress is the best and most popular blogging platform. It also helps show that WordPress has been popular multiple years. Like the other sites, it lists other blogging platforms and gives reasons why people like them as well. This site will be very useful for my research.
“Which Blogging Platform Should I Use?” Lifehacker. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.
This website I have listed here is a site where they have a reader asking which blog platform they should use, and the site, Lifehacker, responds with which blog platforms are the best, why they are good, and what makes them different from one another. This site also gives questions bloggers should answer to help them pick a blogging platform. This will be useful for my research because it tells me what bloggers ask themselves to help pick a blogging platform, what goes into a good blogging platform. From there the site gives descriptions on different blogging platforms, listing pros and what makes them different from other blogging platforms. The only thing I will need to take into consideration when using this source is that is dated in the year 2012. Even though 2012 is still relatively recent, I will have to make sure I use it properly. I can use this to back up my argument that WordPress was popular in 2012 and that it is still currently popular in 2014.
“THE Best Places to Blog (Updated 2014 Edition).” Dear Blogger RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Apr. 2014.
My topic for my research paper is why WordPress has made blogs more popular in general. Part of my research is going to be looking into information on websites that host blogs, other than WordPress. This website I have listed here helps me with that. It is an updated 2014 list of websites that are great for holding blogs. Along with that, this site provides an “About” for each blog and a set of statistics that include things like “recommended for,” “founded,” “founder,” “total users,” “total employees,” “pros,” “cons,” “costs,” and a personally opinion on the blog by the author of this site. This website will be very useful to me. It gives information on multiple blog hosting sites. This will make it very easy for me to compare other sites to WordPress and prove my theory that WordPress is currently the most popular blog hosting site.
Website Link: http://www.make-a-web-site.com/wordpress-best-choice-website-2014/
Zaborszky, Pete. “Why WordPress Is the Best Choice for a Website in 2014.” RSS. Webmaster Resources, n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2014. My topic for my research paper is again, why WordPress has made blogs more popular. In order to make that argument I am going to need to conduct research on WordPress. The website I have listed above is a website using WordPress and this particular post gives reasons why WordPress is the best choice for a website platform. I think this is a useful source because I am receiving insight from a site that uses WordPress and getting an inside perspective on why current WordPress users like using WordPress. It also lists specific features and reasons that I can do more research on. I can take those and see if other blog platforms have those same features and make some comparisons to other blog platforms. This will definitely be a useful source for my paper!
Barrs, Myra, and Sarah Horrocks. “Educational blogs and their effects on pupils’ writing.” London Connected Learning Center. n. page. Web. 6 Apr. 2014. <http://www.cfbt.com/en-GB/Research/Research-library/2014/r-blogging-2014>.
This article talks about how students felt more encouraged to write with the educational blogs. Students were found to have an increased interest in writing, more awareness of an audience, produced their own voices, and more.