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HOW TO WRITE AN EFFECTIVE BLOG

Calling all wannabe bloggers! Learn how to tell your story to the world with "Ten steps to citizen journalism online", hot off the press in English, Spanish and Arabic.

Find out how to get started, from which sites will best host your blog (like those that allow you to write in languages other than English) to how you can remain anonymous. Then get some handy tips on how to say what you want effectively - and get others to listen. All this, while learning your blogger rights and how to avoid breaking the law.

The guide, prepared by journalist and media trainer Stephen Franklin, also includes links to "bloggers who have made a difference" (Arabic version only) and some of the best Internet sources on blogging around. Franklin spent four months in Cairo, Egypt working with bloggers on behalf of the independent media group International Center for Journalists.

The English and Spanish versions are hosted on the International Journalists' Network website, at:
- English: http://tinyurl.com/yp7n5d
- Spanish: http://tinyurl.com/ywvurh
Read the guide in Arabic on the Arabic Initiative for a Free Internet website: http://www.openarab.net/faq/2007/icfj.shtml

The Arabic guide has also been issued as a CD, which includes resources from established Arab bloggers and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF). To get a copy of the CD, email Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (HRInfo.net) at: [email protected]

(3 July 2007)

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