Blog Brief

The School of Medicine is keen to support the development of digital communication skills. For this reason, we would like to encourage and facilitate students to blog about their experience of the SSC Showcase Event.

We want you to contribute. We want to hear about what you think. We want you to share your experiences of this event. Please listen, chat, talk, focus your thoughts and write.

This is a learning experience. It’s supposed to be a bit fun too. Despite everything below, don’t worry too much.

The purpose of the blog coverage is to:

  • Identify highlights of the event for students and staff
  • Identify good practice on the part of students delivering high quality content.
  • Provide feedback to organisers of positive experiences and areas for improvement.

Thus, the key audience for the Conference coverage is School of Medicine students and staff. HOWEVER, ALL CONTENT WILL BE PUBLIC. Students are expected to be act responsibly to protect their own reputation, the reputation of the School of Medicine and Cardiff University.

Students should submit content by email.  The will be edited as appropriate by student and staff Editors and put on this blog. The content will be visible to the public and will be delivered in the students’ names. Alternatively, Editors will prepare the material and post it on behalf of students.

Conference Editorial Board meetings will be held to co-ordinate coverage. Ideally blogging students will be allocated assignments. This does not preclude students from writing about any talk or workshop they attend. Editorial supervision will be provided by student Conference Organisers and by the Conference Academic Leads.

Students are encouraged to share their posts through social media using their own accounts. An appropriate Twitter hashtag is encouraged.

Students are encouraged to try to make their content as engaging as possible. The following points are recommended:

  • Use simple, clear content – no jargon
  • Tell your story – use “I”
  • Be positive and constructive
  • Include pictures where possible

Some more key points are available here:

http://sites.cardiff.ac.uk/thinkdigital/sections/tips-on-writing-good-blog-posts/

This is an interesting perspective about blogging:

http://www.becomingminimalist.com/15-reasons-i-think-you-should-blog/

Final word: remember we want you to write and share you thoughts about the conference and what you learn. Please have a go.

Email for submitting blog posts: sscshowcase15@gmail.com

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