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The Global Observer Guide Or HOW TO BE A PRODUCTIVE AND INFORMED MEMBER.

Table of contents

1 - Who are the Observers?

2 - THE WRITERS

a. 1. Before starting: book on Trello

a. 2. Publication Guide

a. 3. Wordpress Guide

a. 4. How to write my article?

a. 5. List of non-adviced topics

a. 6. Tool-Kit of the Writer

3 - THE EDITORS

a. Presentation

b. Fluency and plagiarism

c. Tool-kit of the editor

3. THE MEDIA TEAM

a. The different roles

b. Instagram as the esthetical vector

c. Tool-kit of the media team

4 - THE REPORTERS AND VIDEOMAKERS

a. Before starting: book on Trello

a. Role and mission

b. The Youtube Channel

c. Tool-kit of the Reporters and Videomakers

5 - THE PHOTOGRAPHERS

a. Presentation

b. Tool-kit of the Photographer

c. Gallery

6 - CREDITS ATTRIBUTION

7 - COVID-19 SECTION

"Transcultural. Curiosity vector. Incessantly growing." is the motto of The Global Observer.

WHO ARE THE OBSERVERS?

Founded in 2017 by Global Governance students with the intention of creating a platform where thoughts could stem from and be shared on, The Global Observer is a blog that stands for diversity, curiosity and involvement. Living in an increasingly globalized world, where we all are constantly inter-connected one with the other and where the local clashes with the global, often giving rise to conflicts. The Global Observer gives voice to our reflections, as students, aiming at building an online community that believes in debating and exchanging opinions as ways of wearing down those conflicts rather than enhancing them.

Today, we are all constantly exposed to a barrage of news and opinions from all over the world, whether we like it or not. The advent of social media does nothing but increase this dynamic, and many people – especially students – feel lost in this vast and chaotic sea of information and uncertainty.

Yet, our aim is not to give people the news. We do not want to be a source of information. We want to be a food for thought. We want to take a break from the chaos and just stop for a minute, to think. We want to give our perspective but we also want to challenge it. We are the observers, but not passive observers. We are not here to whine. Rather, we think the analysis, reflection and exchange of ideas are the first steps towards an actual and effective change, that can take place in a multitude of ways.

After all, it’s the power of ideas and thoughts that has always been the world’s one and true leading fuel.

HOW DO THEY WORK?

1. THE WRITERS

BEFORE STARTING : BOOK ON TRELLO

TGO uses Trello (click to open the explanatory guide) as an editorial and organizational tool. It allows to visualize the topics taken per team, every week. It is of the responsability of every writers to :

1) Check the topics booked on Trello before starting to work on a subject. The priority will always be to the one who respect the rules. If you wrote an article that someone was already writing because you did not check Trello, the person having put the card on Trello will publish about the subject.

2) Book the topic you chose, adding a card under the Team list you belong to.

3) Regularly follow the evolution of topics-booking.

A WORDPRESS GUIDE

How to write my article ?

Here is the structure to follow:

The title

He has to be clear and striking. Long title will make your reader tired before even having started reading : avoid it. It has to be informative, explain what you will develop in your article, and not a poetic blurry evocation of it. Plus, it is important for search engine classification to get the essential words within the title. Think also that when you share the article on social media, we only see the title. If you are stuck, follow this simple model : "subject : stake, topicality or other followings".

Feature image

The feature image will have to be carefully selected using the free banks links provided in the guide, and illustrate at best the topic you chose. Try to take an image as esthetic as possible, not too childish (no drawings or poor designs) and that represents the principal topic of the article. You will have to insert it in Wordpress in the sidebar at your right, below "feature image".

The sub - title

In TGO, the presence of a sub-title is not mandatory. However, it is a common technique used in digital format of articles to expand the referencing of your article, and give more wish to the reader who is starting your article. It has to be STRIKING, SHORT and ATTRACTIVE. Example below of the title and sub-title:

Introduction

That will be completely fundamental in your article. The first phrase has to be a "hook", to attract the reader and make him understand he will not be bored if he continues reading. It must answer to the following demands : Who? What? When? How? Why? How much?... Always try to date precisely, when referring to a date, because someone may be reading your work in some years, still.

Body

After introducing duly your article topic, you will start developing it. Classify your arguments, ideas and facts by parts, to which you will give a name. There is no minimum number of parts for a good article, but an equilibrated post has at least 3 different sections composing it.

Make short sentences, logically connected with the due vocabulary. We must feel a flow, a fluidity within your text body. Long sentences are very discouraging for readers, especially if english is not their mother tongue. Do not try to make phrases starting by "And" or "But", this is not correct, and there are so many other words ! You can use for example: however, yet, nonetheless, despite, then, indeed, consequently, in addition, also, .... Be aware also to the format of your headings. Typically it gives:

< H1 Title

< H4 Sub title

< H2 First Heading

Development: Argument, example, explanation.

< H2 Second Heading:

Development: Argument, example, explanation:

etc...

Conclusion and opening

Conclude your article by a recall of your findings, ideas or arguments. It has to be fluid, short and dense: that is what the reader will mostly remember (sorry). At the very end, an opening to a transversal topic will be appreciated.

List of non-adviced topics

  • Highly scientific or technical subject that you do not master
  • Plotting and mysteries
  • Gossips and celebrity
  • Advertising content (article about a product)
  • Persuasive opinion article
  • Subjects that may lead to prejudices and distortion

TOOL KIT OF THE WRITER

Making free screen capture: Snagit (https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html)

Discover and work on the web trends: Google Trends (https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US)

Visualize trending topics in the world: NewsMap (http://newsmap.jp/)

Follow the live evolution and news about a subject: Cur.to (https://cur.to/)

To get the precise data of any picture (location, date, material): Gbimg (http://gbimg.org/)

Remove pics background to create a vector: Removebg (https://www.remove.bg/)

Read illimited articles on monetized newspapers and navigate web anonymously: Tor Browser (https://www.torproject.org/download/)

Cleaning and extracting the news feed on Twitter to get the essential: Nuzzel (https://nuzzel.com/)

Get inspiration and publish your most successful articles: Medium (https://medium.com/)

Checking the grammar and ortograph of an article: Grammarly (https://www.grammarly.com/)

Free stock images

Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/)

Unsplash (https://unsplash.com/)

Pixabay (https://pixabay.com/)

CC Search (https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/)

iStock (Getty Images) (https://www.istockphoto.com/it)

AllTheFreeStock (http://allthefreestock.com/)

2. THE EDITORS

3. THE MEDIA TEAM

THE DIFFERENT ROLES

INSTAGRAM AS THE ESTHETICAL VECTOR

TOOL KIT OF THE MEDIA TEAM

Create a single webpage for a project: Adobe Spark https://www.adobe.com/products/spark.html

Create an online magazine, brochure, catalog: Issuu (https://issuu.com/)

Discover and work on the web trends: Google Trends (https://trends.google.com/trends/?geo=US)

Visualize most covered and spoken topics in the world: NewsMap (http://newsmap.jp/)

Videomaking (professional): Adobe Premiere Pro

Photography (professional): Adobe Photoshop (Express), Adobe Lightroom

Create brand or content creation (presentation, documentary, video, animation…): Racontr (https://racontr.com/)

Create video content, documentary, interactive formats: Klynt (http://www.klynt.net/)

Create a dynamic and original presentation: Prezi (http://prezi.com/)

Create media content (Facebook & Instagram post, Banners, Videos, Infographics): Canva (https://www.canva.com/)

Software to edit videos (level intermediate): Open Shot Video Editor (https://www.openshot.org/)

4. REPORTERS AND VIDEOMAKER

BEFORE STARTING: BOOK THE SUBJECT ON TRELLO

TGO uses Trello (click to open the explanatory guide) as an editorial and organizational tool. It allows to visualize the topics taken per team, every week. It is of the responsability of every videomaker to :

1) Check the topics booked on Trello before starting to work on a subject. The priority will always be to the one who respect the rules. If you make a video that someone was already doing because you did not check Trello, the person having put the card on Trello will publish about the subject.

2) Book the topic you chose, adding a card under the videomaker list you belong to.

3) Regularly check the evolution of subjects.

ROLE AND MISSION

YOUTUBE CHANNEL

TOOL KIT OF THE VIDEO MAKER / REPORTER

Create a website for punctual event or project: Strikingly (https://www.strikingly.com/)

Create a single webpage for a project: Adobe Spark (https://www.adobe.com/products/spark.html)

Photography (professional): Adobe Photoshop (Express), Adobe Lightroom

Create video content, documentary, interactive formats: Klynt (http://www.klynt.net/)

Create brand or content creation (presentation, documentary, video, animation…): Racontr (https://racontr.com/)

Videomaking (professional): Adobe Premiere Pro

Free screen capture: Snagit (https://www.techsmith.com/screen-capture.html)

Create a dynamic and original presentation: Prezi (http://prezi.com/)

Create media content (Facebook & Instagram post, Banners, Videos, Infographics): Canva (https://www.canva.com/)

Create audio or musical track for a video or podcast: N-Track Studio 9 - App Android available (https://ntrack.com/digital-audio-workstation.php)

Create audio or musical track for a video or podcast: Audacity

Software to edit videos (level intermediate): Open Shot Video Editor (https://www.openshot.org/)

Video editing software for beginners: Filmora from Wondershare, Pinnacle Studio, Apple Final Cut Pro X, iMovie, Lumen5, Corel VideoStudio

5. PHOTOGRAP-HERS

TOOL KIT OF THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Easy and efficient photo software: Polarr (free)

Other free softwares for beginners: Wondershare Fotophire, Autodesk Pixlr, Fotor, GIMP, Fhotoroom, Picsart, Photofiltre7

Photography softwares (professional): Adobe Photoshop (Express), Adobe Lightroom, Corel PaintShop Pro, Exposure

Create a website for punctual event or project: Strikingly (https://www.strikingly.com/)

Create a single webpage for a project: Adobe Spark (https://www.adobe.com/products/spark.html)

Create an online magazine, brochure, catalog: Issuu (https://issuu.com/)

Create media content (Facebook & Instagram post, Banners, Videos, Infographics): Canva (https://www.canva.com/)

Remove background of a picture to create a vector image: Removebg (https://www.remove.bg/)

SHOWROOM

6. CREDITS ATTRIBUTION

7. COVID-19 SECTION

You now know everything. Welcome to the Global Observer family.