WorldBuzz Workflow

Here is the workflow you should follow when posting a story to the World Buzz website:

1. Think critically about what you want to post. Your work will be shared with your team, school, community and the world at large. Your post will be a reflection of your academic ability. While it is quick and easy to post, know that this post will live as a reflection of who you are as a debater, student, and person.

2. Log into World Buzz at the bottom of the website.

3. Click on “Add a New Post” at the top of the page.

4. Write a headline that captures the meaning of the story. It should be pithy, engaging, and meaningful.

5. Provide at least one opening paragraph that summarizes the issue and gives necessary context. It is your job to educate the reader and this is the key place for that. You must also provide a paragraph of commentary, either at the beginning or the end.

6. At the end of your introductory paragraph make sure you identify the source you are summarizing and provide the direct link to it. Failure to identify your source is plagiarism and failure to provide the direct link is copyright infringement.

7. Using the ” ” icon to identify the source you are quoting, paste the article you plan to use. Do not include the entire article since the reader might as well read the full article on its original site. Instead, quote parts of it. At minimum provide a full paragraph since you should never cut evidence without the context of the whole paragraph. If you use separate parts of the article then you should have a tag line in between each quoted paragraph. (See example below) The best posts will summarize multiple sources covering the same topic.

8. Click on the “Add Media” button above the editing tools and then “upload file” to add a picture. Once done, click on “Set Featured Image.” This will ensure that the picture is in your article and appears as the icon on the main page. You must use a photograph that is in the public domain.  For photos in the public domain please use the links at the bottom of the website. Failure to do this is a violation of copyright law.

9. Pick an appropriate category for your news item. Each post should have one of the four main categories (World News, U.S. Political News, U.S./Canadian News, or Debate News). You can also select one of the subcategories below your main category. However, do not label your article with more than one main category, otherwise your article will appear in multiple places.

10. Proof read your article since the world will have access to your work.

11. Click “Publish.”

Basic Example

Budget Cuts Hit Military 

With congress still trying to find a solution that will avoid spending cuts to the military, CNN reports that videos and letters produced by members of the Marines are urging their commerades to conserve amunnition and other supplies.

Here is what CNN say in Desperate times: Marines told to ‘save every round’:

Marine Corps Commandant James Amos urged personnel in a video posted online Friday to “save every round, every gallon of gas,” and to “take every single aspect or opportunity in training to get the most bang for the buck,” a reminder of the cuts’ immediate effect on the U.S. military.

The Marine Corps and other branches are being forced to cut billions from their budgets as the result of the spending cuts, which were triggered March 1 when Congress and the White House failed to strike a deal reducing the federal debt. In a letter to all Marines dated March 2, Amos said his branch would cut $1.4 billion in 2013 and $2 billion in every ensuing year for nearly a decade.

Here is a more specific idea of where the cuts will be:

State-by-state reports produced by the White House indicated the military slashes would be seen in delayed maintenance for military equipment and canceled air shows, along with furloughs for civilian defense personnel. Salaries for enlisted personnel are exempt from the budget cuts.

However, CNN points out that the Marines do not resent congress:

The primary goal of the Marines going forward will be to preserve the corps’ readiness, Amos said, including initiatives to “recapitalize” and “modernize” the institution. But for now, Amos indicated Marine leaders will be focused on “moving money around” and looking at more ways to reduce spending.

“This is going to require all of us to take a different perspective on your piece of the Marine Corps, and it’s going to require all of us to take a look at how we sacrifice for the good of the institution,” he said.

And despite the cuts originating from a stalemate between the White House and lawmakers, Amos described Congress as “our best friends.”

“The Marine Corps exists today because of Congress,” he said, saying in discussions with congressmen and senators it’s clear that lawmakers want to help counteract the automatic spending cuts. CNN reports that even though the Marines face steep spending cuts, they are embracing the opportunity to become more efficient.