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KSDK And RFT On Facebook And Twitter Provide Newsworthy, Local Information

<p><a href=””>KSDK Channel 5 News</a> and <a href=””>The Riverfront Times</a> (RFT) newspaper are both news sources that post their most interesting or hottest stories on social media sites. For the past two weeks, I have been following both organizations on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Most of the content from both news organizations contained local posts. On KSDK’s page, I was clicking on stories that involved mainly hard news stories, such as the Pulaski Bank hold up, the middle schooler bringing a gun to school, etc. On RFT’s page, I was still reading about crime stories, but I was also reading stories about the local music scene events, interesting stories–like a goose attacking a Shrewsberry Officer, and information about the Cardinal’s opening day. I prefer to follow KSDK and RFT on Facebook as opposed to Twitter because on Facebook I like to read comments from other viewers/readers. I also like how fans can post questions on Facebook pages and the news organization replies to the comment in a timely manner. As far as delivery and story selection go, the delivery was very fast and updated frequently on KSDK and RFT and the story selection was good, but I would have preferred to see more national news being updated on both KSDK and RFT. I prefer following news on social media because I can get stories instantly whenever and where ever I want as long as I have my laptop or iPhone with me, even though I do enjoy watching the news or picking up an RFT paper to read every now and then.

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The Blogger’s Audience

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Most people who blog today are professionals, and it is also common for bloggers to have a graduate degree. Most of these professionals write about their area of expertise in hopes that other professionals in their field or individuals interested in their topic will read it. Most bloggers have started posting on social media sites, and using a social media site like Facebook allows a wider range of audience. For example, if I am a fan of a blogger on Facebook and “like” their post, that will show up in my news feed which all of my friends will see, which my other friends may read and “like” it as well, which could potentially have a snowball affect by expanding the audience.

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A Few Tips for Online Writing

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Based on what I’ve read, the following information is what I thought was important.

Keep your writing short and brief.

  • Long complex sentences can be confusing for the reader.
  • Write at the lower reading level. It will be much easier for reader to understand.
  • Break up the article in smaller paragraphs–usually with 3-4 sentences.
  • When using a lot of information use bullet points so the reader can quickly scan through the article if they wish.

Put all of the important and interesting information first.

  • Having an interesting lead will capture the readers attention and want them to keep reading.
  • Avoid putting important information at the end.
  • If the beginning information doesn’t attract the reader’s attention they will not keep reading.
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Journalism 2011: The New Trifecta

February 2, 2011 Leave a comment

“Social media will establish itself firmly as something that every media company will need to have a strategy and staff for. This isn’t a fad.” -Jim Brady, former general manager, TBD
This is where I found the following statement. I agree with this statement. I believe that social media will play a huge role in how people receive and report the news. I see media companies establishing strategy and heavily utilizing the social media sites Facebook and Twitter. When the companies start this strategy, it will open up new opportunities for jobs that weren’t once available before.

Michael Andersen, editor of Portalnd Afoot, made this “wild” prediction that “2011 will be the year of media initiatives that serve poor and middle-income people.
I somewhat agree with Anderson’s “wild” prediction. Anderson’s prediction deals mainly with mobile internet capability. When smart phones and mobile web on cell phones came out, it was a luxury to have one. Now as the mobile web and popularity of smart phones are rising, the price of owning one or having mobile internet capabilities is going down. Since almost everyone owns a cell phone these days and the cost for having mobile internet is going down, media companies will start  producing more news that way.

“2011 is the year of The New Trifecta: the convergence of mobile, social and video…” -Ken Doctor, analyst, Newsonomics
I completely agree with this prediction. The convergence of mobile, social, and video is a vital new platform that eventually all news and social media companies will be using. These are three elements that are growing in popularity among the public. Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and smart phones will eventually converge together into a big “hub” where people can go find their information.

The traditional newsroom will become a virtual newsroom.
I could see this happening, maybe not in 2011, but definitely in the near future. The beauty of a virtual newsroom is that journalists and reporters could do all of their work in the field, instead of meeting back at a central location to write and do research on a story. With mobile technologies on the rise, this gives journalists and reporters the ability to do all of their work in the field.


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The Future for Journalism is Bright

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

I think that the change in how people are acquiring their news today is a positive one. As technology advances, the news becomes more accessible and quicker to find. This is nothing new to us though. Fear of losing the news has happened with every new advancement of technology after the printing press. With all of the new technological advancements like smart phones, iPads, ebooks, etc., the future of the news is in for a change. Mark Glasser explains ten reasons as to why this change is a positive one.

Based on what I have read about the future of journalism, I think that change we are experiencing is for the better. I think that in the future all news will be digital and will be acquired from online media. Before people were limited to what news they were getting, now when people get their news from online the possibilities of what they want to know are endless. As far as broadcasting the news goes, I think that eventually everything will be available to view online. With everything being available online, their will be a bigger opportunity for jobs. The web is a huge place which can be accessed from basically anywhere with a numerous amount of devices like smart phones, computers, etc. Because of this I think that journalists will have a better opportunity to write for multiple sources instead of just one newspaper. Even though the future of journalism does have it downsides, like the possible end to print news for example, the track that it’s on looks to be a positive one to me.

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January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I found my example from BBC News. I picked this story because it contains all of the aspects a reader is looking for when reading their news online. It contains an article, video, a picture of a map, and links to related stories. I don’t think that our class should do our research on this specific topic, but I do think that this type of story is interesting  piece of news. It’s not a story that you hear every day, which is something I think our class topic should be about.

Another project that I was interested in was on Media Storm. I think it would be a good idea to compare the ’60s youth with our youth today.


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