Our class website from the spring 2011 semester is still online. You may want to take a look at it to see what kinds of beats previous students covered and how they covered them. Look for “Student Blogs” on the right-hand side of the site.
As I said in class, your beat will only account for about half of what you write for your blog. The other half will consist of assigned topics of various kinds. For Thursday’s class, please try to have an idea of what your beat will be as well as where you will find good information related to it.