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The Blogger’s Audience

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

One bloggers audience is most likely another blogger. For instance, there are those niche blog sites that have moms post and upload things like on Moms Like Me. This way moms can glean information from each other. It’s not just regulated to moms, however, as it can be members of a specific blogging community sharing ideas.

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Web Writing Made Easy

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Some simple things to do for web writing are:

  • Know your audience – know how they read (reading habits)
  • Get to the point of the story in the first paragraph – readers most likely won’t read the whole article
  • Headings are important – keep them relevant
  • Break up the story with subheadings
  • Use links to outside sources
  • Interactivity – allow for your audience to comment on your story
  • Write in an active voice using descriptive sentences that are short
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Free Online News for Everyone?

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment

EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT! (Online and for a price)

So, the New York Times think they can charge for their online news? Well, it sounds like a bad idea to me. Newspapers with an online supplement may start to charge for their online content to try make some money on that platform, like what Hulu is doing with Hulu Plus. I think if the newspapers can make the online content worth while it might work, however, if they can’t do that, they will drop charging online customers and may do what the St. Louis Post-Dispatch is doing with their website.

If they make new platforms, they (journalists) will come.

With the release of new technology, it’s apparent that journalists have to adapt and move to those platforms quickly, as we have seen with the internet and mobile phones. Recently, Apple released the iPad, a tablet computer. With News Corp. launching an iPad only app, the news is going to move to these newer platforms quicker and in large strides.

The Social Media Empire

As society places more importance on social media, like Facebook and Twitter, those social networking sites are going to play a bigger role in news reporting, especially with startup news outlets. After all, CNN has its own Facebook page with news updates.

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The News doesn’t need defibrillation. It’s evolving.

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

At first, news was distributed by newspapers, television, and radio. Now, news can be found all over the internet in the form of online blogs, videos, and stories. Online social networks are also playing a part allowing common people to comment on news like the Huffington Post. This era of news reporting is allowing for everyone to put in their two cents on an issue or to even be the first to report on a breaking news event before the traditional news media has a chance to report on it. Traditional news outlets utilize online social networks to allow online readers to comment, share stories with their friends, or to even communicate with the reporters like KSDK in St. Louis.

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St. Louis University: The Unauthorized Edition – Dawit Bekuretsion

January 25, 2011 Leave a comment
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Blog Assignment #1

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

I found a site that contained a video about a musician known as “Blind” Willie Johnson. The ¬†video told his life story in under a minute and a half effectively as an animation. The video included musicians, past and present, that his music inspired. The one thing that stuck out to me was that the video was silent. At the bottom of the video had text that gave the details of his life. The music was simply a track, presumably Blind Willie himself, playing guitar and humming. The creators of the video effectively did a biography of somebody without spoken words and only included the most important facts of his life. I believe that it would be interesting to do silent video stories for the class as like a gallery, similar to what the¬†website that I found the video on did. That could yield some creative and interesting results.

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