Sasha Stewart, Miss Teen Ontario 2013

Sasha Stewart – Miss Teenage Ontario 2013

Live blogging!  Heads Up Delegates, your mom or dad or brother’s best friend cannot help you complete Blog Assignment #3 because it happens Sunday night (you have till Weds 20th night) in a live blogging exercise where you must chronicle, in your own words, the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada Opening Night Party. This party is a real life spectacle where there’s good food and drinks set out on tables and there are free gifts from sponsors’ laid out all around a grande ballroom.  Meet your new best friends for the first time. All sixty five delegates, freshly arrived from all different regions of Canada, will assemble here and take lots of pictures of themselves in a parade of shareable moments alongside Sponsor’s products. Yes, we expect to see these pictures in your blogs later that evening.  That’s because after 9pm you’ll be recording for posterity all the good stories that happened downstairs while sequestered away upstairs in your rooms (so you don’t have to bring laptop to the party – you’ll have enough time afterwards esp if you use Hotscript* below.

Citizen Journalism – Beat the Press

Rob Campbell with Sierra Bearchell - 2009

Rob Campbell with Sierra Bearchell – 2009

The mark of a veteran blogger is their speed and attention to detail.  In our fast paced world, citizen journalists have even less time than mainstream news portals to make valuable media. As a relatively unknown blogger looking to capture an online audience, you need to be first to publish and promote the big stories BEFORE they become big stories in the press. And so attending live events and then rushing home to write up a post and publish the details is a common practice among lifestyle and events bloggers all over Canada.

Let’s not forget ‘attention to detail’. As a professional blogger, not only do you have to race to publish first, you have to get everything right the first time as this is often what’s cached and sent to readers that subscribe to your blog’s RSS feed.  And haters always subscribe. If you’re a big social media ‘influencer’ and you have a real live audience, then you feel obliged to write something everyday to keep your feed URL active. It’s stressful, and suffice to say that in the daily grind, unless you are very attention detailed, you’re probably going to make some mistakes. And people will notice.  The more successful you are, the more actively your haters will appear and haunt you with screen-grabs of every grammatical error or spelling mistake or every misplaced quote you’ve ever made. Bloggers need a second and third pair of eyes they often don’t have.

So Timely and Accurate Citizen Journalists use Hotscript!

Rema's Family - Miss Teenage Canada 2010

Rema’s Family – Miss Teenage Canada 2010

In the Advertising Agency world, when digital marketing account managers send niche Bloggers and Influencers to live events, they prepare something called ‘hot script’ which is html code or live text (text with active hyperlinks and pics already coded in) that have the Who, What, Where, When, How and Why already charted out along with details like the names of the speakers, for example, and links to their websites and their books for sale on Amazon etc. It’s all prepared in advance.  IMPORTANT – this is not a full solution, but merely correct ‘suggested text’ bytes and factoids. The bloggers are encouraged to rewrite the text anyway they like, and especially important is that we expect them to ADD CONTENT to the outline and ‘take ownership’ and make it their own story.

MTC 2012 Sponsor Party, S-Trip Shout Out

Hotscript is what all veteran event bloggers prepare in advance BEFORE they attend time-sensitive events. The best such writers have the article almost completed before they even walk in the door, so all they have to do is post their original pictures from the scene and add some anecdotes to the copy.  SNAP Upload Publish.

Blog Assignment #3 – Hotscript DRAFT

So the Hotscript being prepared for Sunday 17th July 2016 might start like this, but of course your blog post will look nothing like this – this is just suggested text from which you will compose your own brilliant expose of the evening starring YOU.

2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada has officially begun!

As a Regional Delegate from______. I arrived in Toronto at ______ ,

At 6:30 pm we entered into the ‘ballroom name* at the Airport Holiday Inn in Toronto to attend the Opening Ceremonies of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada.   I was feeling  ______

The party was … describe the room. Pictures pictures pictures

ARCHER DENTAL

archer dental logo There was a good selection of high quality Oral B traveler’s toothbrushes specially monogrammed from Archer Dental because they care about our oral hygiene when we’re away from home competing for a crown.

NUVANGO

Nuvango logoNuvango created a shareable moment center by offering up some designer clothes and a full length mirror. This is a girl party mainstay. Later in the week our ensemble will be making a visit to the Nuvango headquarters (Tuesday July 19)

https://ca.nuvango.com/

#nuvango #nuvangostyle

magic mirror at Nuvango clothing station MTC2016

V.P.I. CANADA

VPI Canada logoThere were free designer sunglasses from V.P.I. Canada, one pair for each regional delegate.

I found my pair of (link brand name and model of the sunglasses directly to the exact specific estore page that sells that make and model – try to get a picture of yourself wearing the glasses BESIDE the link under name – the make and model of glasses) for sale online for $   plus shipping and handling. Thanks VPI Canada – I’ll make you proud.

teens trying on VPI fashion sunglasses

Anyone can find the round frame vintage style sunglasses at VPI Canada sunglasses e-store, and there are over eight styles to choose from … these fit my face perfectly.

 

Here’s a pic of me wearing my shades at the party with friends. *Throughout the week please do Tweet pics to @VPICanada so the good people at the company can read your post and see their sunglasses in action.

RIMMEL LONDON

RIMMEL LondonRimmel London provided a surplus of products for the girls’ welcome bags. They set up a make-up station with lots of extras. A lot of fun happened here throughout the evening. Find the team on Instagram & Twitter: @rimmelllondoncan, and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RimmelLondonCanada

HASHTAGIO

social media ggregator hashtagioHashtagio is a Social Media Aggregator and User Generated Marketing Platform that was at the show collecting all our social media tagged with the #MissTeenageCanada2016  and then projecting it live at the party.  Even better, they make a single feed URL to which our parents and friends can subscribe to follow along in real time as we experience all the different activities here in Toronto.  And the mass of spontaneously issued images and text from all 65 delegates will be archived on this page in the Miss Teenage Canada main site and on the Miss Teen Canada Blog Network / Search for Miss Teenage Canada 2016.

SWEETS CANADA

Sweets Canada logo - new 2016Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada was at the party doing chocolate tastings. Sam made a very informative and delicious chocolate tasting exhibit – after each sampling he generously gave out gourmet chocolate bars , and or edible flower chocolate bars, depending on each delegate’s individual preferences, as discovered during the tastings.

(Only link to each sponsor ONCE – in this case make the link either gourmet or edible flower chocolate bars depending on what you selected at the party. Describe the bar – closeup pics)

Sweets Canada is on Twitter @SweetsCanadaCA and so is their parent company Q Foods Canada which tweets from @QFoodsCanada

 

Sam Dhutia from Sweets Canada dispenses Gourmet Chocolates to MTC Regional Delegates 17July2016

Sam Dhutia fropm Sweets Canada dispenses gourmet chocolate

One highlight of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada was the opening night party where Regional Delegates from across the nation were showered with gifts from Sponsors. Busy corporate CEOs like Sam Dhutia of Qfoods Canada appeared in person and dispensed gifts.

SALLY HANSEN

Sally HansenSally Hansen provided products for gift bags and dispensed products (describe in detail) at a make-up station at the welcome party.

Website: https://ca.sallyhansen.com/

Instagram & Twitter: @sallyhansenca

BRADLEE RYALL GOLF ACADEMY

Bradlee Ryall Golf AcademyAnother fun exhibit at the Opening Night Sponsors’ Party was from Bradlee Ryall Golf Academy which teaches golf lessons at six golf courses west of Toronto.

On Weds July 20th we’re all going to the golf academy to play a one-hole golf game for two ladies golf jackets (which are prizes from SWING active wear) at the end of our group lessons on two different courses.  Here at the party there was a live mini golf attraction set up for us to practice our putting.

Bradlee Ryall Golf Lessons for all 65 Regional Delegates

ARCHER’S ARENA

Archers Arena logo At the party there was a bow and arrow (with a giant marshmallow on the pointy end) and we all took turns trying to hit a paper target that was setup in the ballroom.  We’ll ALL be playing Archery Tag in Toronto at Archers Arena on Thursday July 21st 2016.  On that night, look for the hashtag #archerytag.

BATA SHOE MUSEUM

Bata Shoe MuseumWe’ll be visiting the Bata Shoe Museum on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:30 a.m.

www.batashoemuseum.ca.

@batashoemuseum   and they collect images marked #batashoemuseum

Fishd By EDO

instagram/twitter/facebook: @fishdbyedo

 

YOGEN FRUZ

Yogen Fruz logo

Provided $15 coupon which we will be giving to the Miss Teenage Canada 2016 prize pack

http://www.yogenfruz.com/

https://www.facebook.com/yogenfruz

https://twitter.com/yogenfruz

https://www.instagram.com/yogenfruz/

Storia PR Inc.

Storia PR

Delegates are especially advised to seek out and introduce themselves to Daphna and Karen Nussbaum from Storia PR in Toronto. Karen Nussbaum from StoriaPRThese ladies are part of the 2016 Search for Miss Teenage Canada experience and will be retweeting and amplifying much of the media we make, everywhere we go.

https://www.facebook.com/storiapublicrelations
@StoriaPR,  https://twitter.com/StoriaPR
https://www.instagram.com/storiapr/

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logoIt might help some of the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Regional Delegates prepare for Toronto and the Grand Finale on Sunday 24th July 2016, by visualizing the event signage in the lobby for the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Exhibition Place.  And maybe you could try your hand designing a ‘trade show banner’!

rollup banner

 

 

 

 

 

This is Blog Assignment #2 where we challenge our blogger’s graphic design skills.  We’d like to see you incorporate the MTC logo (you can use the existing logo above or design a fresh logo) inside a new and original design that you have created / embedded right here in your blog post.  Simply make a picture that we can use to make a new ‘Rollup Banner’.

DIMENSIONS: The image will be need to be expanded to 33 inches wide and 80 inches in height.

Sign Source Solution, logoThe good people at Sign Source Solution are donating a roll-up banner to the Miss Teenage Canada organization. This versatile printing company specializes in making all types of business signs and event signage and that includes trade show style roll-up banners. They are located right here in Toronto and they think it would be neat to help this event get more eyeballs on the 24th of July and in the future.  Someone from the company will be at the big show to pose with the winning designer beside their winning design come-to-life as a Roll-up Banner in the theatre lobby.

Here are some examples of Roll-up Banners that the company has created. Can you picture what a winning design would look like for Miss Teenage Canada?

standard banner

Trade show displays are typically very modular and portable systems. They are easy to assemble, and easy pack up and put away too, and they travel well. The winning design will be,

Simple and attractive. You can use pictures (like the cougar or the bus you see above), but keep it simple and clean.

Have no dates  (this banner will be used on the 24th of July 2016 here in Toronto, but it was also be used all next year and forevermore, so it should NOT have any dates on it.

Fit the dimensions of 33 x 80 inches. You can see the size.

Have a logo and other design elements so that it compliments the existing signage but adds another dimension or visual idea to the mix. logo

When you finish your amazing design please don’t hesitate to tweet out the image with a blog URL (to your Blog Assignment #2) and include

And if you really want to go the extra mile you can LIKE the Sign Source Solution page on Facebook where , who knows, your image may be part of the Story of the MTC Sign in August 2016.

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Introducing the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada – Official Blog Assignment #1

Tell us why anyone should want to visit your city, town or region of Canada?

map of Canada

Every destination across our great nation has at least one special thing to offer the public that more or less defines that location. Its the one thing people say most when you tell them where you’re from… “Oh isn’t that where ‘X’ is?’ And you could substitute X for anything from a Big Apple monument alongside the hwy, to a Zoo for wild buffalo.

Here’s a picture we snapped at The EX here in our region, downtown Toronto.  This is a good picture to use to show you all what we expect here at MTC Blog Network Admin concerning this assignment.

event photography

The task requires the author create a lifestyle / travel blog post that highlights a popular tourist destination in their region, and please do put the name of the attraction in the blog post title (along with Assignment 1). Then follow a journalistic approach describing the best parts of the hot spot.

Where is the place exactly? Who owns the joint? What do people do there? How do they do it? When do they do it? and WHY?  The best blog posts have been well researched and share rare tidbits of knowledge and little known facts.  Give us the history of the area and be sure and relate any myths or legends that make the setting extra cool.

exploring tourist attractionsThe article should also have some personal accounts; how did the place make you feel when you last visited?

Also, and perhaps most important, what little secrets can you share? Being as how you live in the area you must have some rare insider knowledge of things like the maybe the best menu items? Or the best places to park your car? Or the best place to sit to watch a show, or the best deals on souvenirs or even drink specials. Spill the beans on the situation.

Bonus points for bloggers who can make videos at the location and host them on YouTube and then embed them into their blogs by copying and pasting the embed code (in the html editor) into the blog post.  That’s advanced.

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What are the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Blog Assignments?

Miss Teenage Canada Blog Assignments

No other teen pageant in the world offers contestants their own WordPress blogs, and no other competition on the globe measures each teen’s skill at communicating in their public blog.

Winner of the Most Popular Blog on the Miss Teen Canada Network, June 1012Adding this digital dimension to our dramatic live event, sixty-five Regional Delegates are tasked with completing three official blog assignments in advance. These commissioned posts are designed to test the authors’ abilities to write comprehensible stories.

The Blog Assignments measure how well each delegate uses the available technology to post pictures, embed videos, and how well they can harness Facebook and Twitter to promote their freshly published content. Their skills are individually appraised in late July and can add as much as 10% to each girls’ final score – one especially talented blogger will receive the 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Social Media Award.

Screen-Shot-2014-07-08-at-8.34.52-AMThe sixty-five different regional Miss Teenage Canada blogs are therefore uniquely cool; this is a totally awesome network of teen voices that originate from all across Canada. Each portal is authored by a young female blogger age 14 – 19 who uses her domain to articulate her platform, and dream out loud her career ambitions, and detail her plans for school as she reflects upon many other elements in her life including her sponsors, summer job, family, pets, passions and her quest for the crown. In July, each teen author must tackle three official blog assignments,

The 2016 Miss Teenage Canada Blog Assignments are,

  1. As an official Miss Teenage Delegate, do your duty and describe your region’s most compelling tourist attraction (or your own personal favourite place). Include original photos, videos, facts, quotes and personal anecdotes. Tell us why the place is your worth visiting.
  2. Design a new logo – two or three colour graphic image for vinyl banner  to be displayed at upcoming Miss Teenage Canada shows – more information on specific size / dimensions will appear in a subsequent blog post.
  3. Event blogging the Sunday July 17th ‘Sponsor Night’ party‘ with original photos and links to sponsors. There will be a bullet form email (and Facebook group post) with names and links to help you get the names and stores straight as you pose with products that seek more exposure in the Canadian Teen marketplace.

Please identify and enumerate the posts as official Blog Assignment responses in the titles.

There will be more information on all of the Blog Assignments here later and on Facebook

Good luck and happy blogging!

 

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Hello Miss Teenage Canada Regional Delegates from Blog Network Admin. We thought perhaps it might be time to add some fresh content to the Blog Tutorials here.

Its almost time for the big show…

Miss Teenage Canada

As each year develops, the Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network gets busier and busier (the official blog assignments will be coming down the pipe shortly so stay tuned) and in July the traffic spikes up right before the grand finale.

But of course we are always reading the blog entries, all year long. Its true we really start paying attention in March, April, May and June as the new Delegates introduce themselves. We really enjoy reading about each new delegate and seeing pictures of their surroundings, and learning about their regions – we hope you’ll all continue to use your blogs after the grand finale on Saturday July 23rd 2016 to tell the world your stories. You’re each building a unique legacy, and in the future, other Miss Teenagers from all across Canada but especially from your region will surely read your posts and be impacted by your journey.

Have you ever wondered what makes a good blog post?

There are a bunch of factors, the first of which is having a great idea. The best blog posts are loving handcrafted articles that transcend time (which means they are relevant next year, and the year after, etc)  The best posts are rare and precious because they are written by a young person and they communicate her thoughts and feelings and not just a lot of data and interesting information (which is also important). Writing great blog posts requires doing some research and we like to see delegates visit the setting or the location of the story and take pictures.

Length  – between 600 and 1000 words

Embed Original Photos and Videos even if you have to record the media on your phone – the iPhones today have great camera and Android phones are okay too but often its hard to get the media off the phone. Make sure you know how to do it before doing any ‘live blogging’.

Use original photos. Crop and touch up your best images to use in your posts. One or two is good, but three or four pictures are GREAT. Make sure you remember to add proper Image Titles and Alt Text attributes and even Captions if you dare (they can really mess up your formatting – TIP add them at the end, the last thing you do before you post).

Quotes – If you’re talking to somebody who is somebody then record a quote and either put it in quotes or use the block quote function and attribute it to them.

“Blogging is character building.”  Rob Campbell  Toronto SEO Expert

This is real citizen journalism, and its what people notice and what really good writers use to shape compelling arguments in their editorials, especially in opinion pieces (like good blogs).

Facts – Do some research. Find out cool stats and share them in your posts and its also standard practice to link to the source of the information if its rare and special and not so much if its common knowledge or Wikipedia page.

Promotions – After the piece has been published, its good practice to tweet the blog post’s URL (permalink) and add it to your Facebook page to widen your audience.  Be sure and include @TeenageCanada in your tweet, and we’ll be quick to retweet.

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The entire team at S-Trip! would like to wish each delegate the best of luck in the upcoming July 20th Search for Miss Teenage Canada.

student trips, student charters The student travel company is very impressed by the volume and quality of blogs in our Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network, and they have have asked us to harness the troops to talk about their organization in a very creative way.  They are helping us create a Social Media Queen award to be dispensed at this year’s pageant. The winner of the award will be going on a Grad Trip!  If you haven’t already done so, we suggest you watch the Official Grad Trip Trailer and there you can glimpse good people having maximum fun in the sun.

Student Trip, Grad Trip experience

In turn, S-Trip! is asking you to write a blog about your dream vacation and then promote the blog post on your Facebook page, and in your Twitter stream. The new Social Media Queen award will be granted to the ‘best blogger’ as determined by your talent writing this post, combined with your track record of good blog posts thus far. The ability to promote posts on Facebook and Twitter is also important.

DESCRIBE YOUR DREAM VACATION WITH FRIENDS – BLOG CHALLENGE
Bloggers, please go to your keyboards and write about your ideal getaway with your friends. Where are you going on this dream vacation? (You can go anywhere in the world.) Why did you select this destination? What is it about this place that makes you want to go there? Who are you going to take with you? You may decide to include the names of the friends you would choose to bring along. What do you want to do in your destination? What do you think your friends would most enjoy about the trip? Maybe you want to relax on a beach, or shop or climb a mountain or see a famous landmark or try new food or learn a new language. The possibilities are endless. Be sure and tell us what do you think it would be like to travel with all your friends?

Please include the following in your blog:
Title – My Dream Vacation with S-Trip!
Tags – S-Trip!, Student Trip, Travel, Trip, Dream, Vacation, Grad Trip, High School, Friends
Pictures – Add images – you can borrow pictures of your dream destination from somewhere else on the web – but remember, professional bloggers credit their sources.

Also this paragraph MUST be in the blog post somewhere:

For over 35 years S-Trip! has been a leader in student travel providing life-changing trips to over 40,000 students annually in over 40 destinations around the world. S-Trip! travelers are encouraged to become global citizens; opening their eyes to new cultures, languages, and experiences. Recently named Profit Magazine’s 25th fastest growing company in Canada, and recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies by Deloitte and CIBC, S-Trip! is a leader in student travel in North America. Find out more at www.s-trip.com.

Also, you can copy and paste the following blurb at the end of your blog,

  • S-Trip! takes student travellers on unforgettable adventures around the world. Celebrate the exciting conclusion of high school in the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba, Costa Rica or Bahamas with all your friends on Grad Trip. Spend a weekend skiing or snowboarding at one of Canada’s premier mountain resorts on Ski Trip. Experience culture, sightseeing and events in Montreal or Quebec City on Busaway. Make a difference in an underdeveloped country on an impactful student Volunteer Trip. Explore the culture and history of Europe on Euro Adventure. For more information visit www.s-trip.com.

Please complete the following on Facebook

Like S-Trip! on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/studenttrip
Post your blog URL on Facebook and tag @studenttrip in the post
Post a personalized message on the S-Trip! Facebook Fan Page (see examples below)

Please complete the following on Twitter

Follow S-Trip! on Twitter – http://twitter.com/studenttrip
Post your blog on Twitter and tweet @studenttrip
Post a personalized message on Twitter and tweet @studenttrip (see examples below)

Example Posts for Facebook & Twitter (make up your own – these are just examples)

*I can’t believe it! S-Trip! is giving a Grad Trip to the Miss Teen Canada Social Media Queen. I hope they pick me. Grad Trip looks awesome!!
*All high school students seriously need to go on S-Trip! I just watched their video and it looks amazing!
*My next vacation is definitely going to be with S-Trip! It would be so much fun to travel with all my friends.
*When I think about my dream vacation I think about traveling with all my friends on S-Trip!
*OMG have you seen how awesome S-Trip! Grad Trip looks?!?
@tweet/facebook (your friends) We seriously all need to go on S-Trip! Who’s with me?

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