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The Audience of Blogs

February 9, 2011 Leave a comment

Generally, the audience of blogs are most likely other bloggers. This effect had lead to a “twitter trend” in the blog world, where you have bloggers telling other bloggers to follow them on their blogs. When online, people are attracted to subjects that they are interested in, allowing the blog world to be a melting pot of different people and views. Though each person has a different view, the audience of blogs all have in common the tendency to keep up with blogs, so it is important to have enough time to dedicate to a blog in order to not lose the audience.

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Tips for Writing Online

February 5, 2011 Leave a comment

KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid)..

I learned this phrase in my News writing class. Although it was taught as a tool for news writing in general, I believe that it best fits with online news, more so than regular print.

  • Headlines should be relevant to the story.
  • Make stories as to the point as possible. Most people who read online only read a small percentage of the story. They look for the point of the story.
  • Encourage participation… Add a discussion board or lead the story into further discussion.
  • Use short, descriptive sentences. Since the readers cannot see/hear you, descriptive sentences allow for engagement.
  • Don’t be afraid to use additional links! People generally do not mind clicking links when you’ve followed the simple steps of keeping things simple, to the point and engaging readers.
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Journalism Predictions from a Journalism Student

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Social Networking sites will become credible sources and openly available to newsrooms…
It’s no surprise that in the future, social networking sites, such as Twitter and Facebook, will become places where people go to get news, and in some cases, search for facts to back-up claims. But, I have a notion that news station will one day be allowed to obtain administrative-type accounts on these social networking sites that will allow them to pry into people’s Facebook or Twitter accounts to find out more about them or to find out more about an incident. This is evident with the Arizona Tucson shooting. The suspected shooter, Jared Loughner’s MySpace and YouTube accounts were removed because people were flocking to it for evidence of the shooting. Granted his page was not exactly set to private. It is still in my opinion, an example of how news stations and journalists are turning to personal social networking profiles to find information.

Employment openings will become slim in newsrooms, due to contributions (videos, photos) from the public (viewers).

Stemming from the effects of social networking sites, I believe that the ability for viewers to easily contribute their work to news stations will lead to decreases in employment openings in newsrooms. When you have viewers/reader taking their own photos and videos and them being able to contribute them to news stations- via Facebook pages for example- it knocks out the actual need for a photojournalist or video journalist. For example, FOX 2 KTVI’s Facebook page has many photos, news alerts and other beneficial information contributed free of charge, by “fans” a.k.a. the viewers. I believe that this, in the long run, will hurt future journalists who will enter into the field. They just won’t be needed. The producers and news directors won’t see the point in paying someone to do what thousands of people are gladly doing for free.

A Journalism Degree will not be a necessity for the news career field… Only an accessory. Experience is what will matter most. Therefore, anyone will be able to do it.

I could actually be taking a leap of faith of being wrong on this one, but I believe that it is so. It seems as if the world of news is putting more emphasis on having experience in the field, versus actually having a journalism degree and courses to back up the experience. As I struggle to find my spot as a broadcast reporter, I am finding more positions that are looking for people with actual newsroom experience, versus a journalism degree. Is that not experience as well? I found news anchors and reporters here in St. Louis that have had an abundance of experience in the career field, but no journalism degree. Browse through the list of small market news stations and check out some of the job opportunities at the small market level. One would think that being in the small market, stations would welcome entry-level journalists. But even they require at least 1 year of experience in the field. So is a journalism degree really a necessity? Or is experience beginning to overrun the power of a degree? For the future, I think it will show that experience is what will get future journalists hired. Not a degree.

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The Future of News

January 29, 2011 Leave a comment

I’ve always found it interesting when I read the many views of the declining future of news. Most of the time, it is said that traditional news is fading due to the rapid increase in technological changes and how people retrieve their news. I have yet to believe that the future of news is dim, not because I am a journalism student, but because the statistics show that news is still alive. Even if it has declined over previous decades, television news and newspapers are still what the public wants. Though there are newer, technologically advanced ways to retrieve and contribute to news as stated in The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives– internet, video blogs, etc- traditional news remains steady. Certain advances, especially things such as social media, seem to lead to the complete demise of previous popular ones. For example, at one point Bebo and MySpace were extremely popular social media sites, that is until Facebook opened it’s door to people all over the world. Now Bebo and MySpace are like memories of what “used to be”. But with news, advances have only made it more interesting. People have not strayed away from news until it is nothing more than a memory.  News will just have to continue with their traditional forms of distribution, while emerging into the newer ways of the digital era- social being an important channel.

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Class Topic Presentation

January 22, 2011 1 comment
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A “good” Multiplatform Journalism Package

January 19, 2011 Leave a comment

I believe my example represents a good multiplatform journalism package because it consists of a complete story (text), a photo album of the events that took place, and video footage from the scene of the incident. Each of the mentioned aspects contributes to the story by tapping into different senses of the audience, keeping them interested along the way. I was able to shadow one of the reporters from the Post who helped compose this story and learned a bit of what multiplatform journalism consists of. This story inspires me to possibly do a project on an humorous topic because of how the chain of events occurred during the investigation of the incident.

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