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A Blogger’s World

February 10, 2011 Leave a comment

With the age of the internet comes a new age of interactivity.  Blogs are a perfect way to connect with people and to get information readily available to the public. The audience for blogs are generally other bloggers as they share information with each other through these sites. Professionals are even using blogs to connect with their audience and aspire to connect and reach out.  Journalists often use blogs to post their articles and to describe their experiences in the field as they gather information.  Blogs are booming and it seems like the only place it can go is up.

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Online news writing

February 8, 2011 Leave a comment

Writing for online is a whole other experience and skill set.  The web is a new plate-form and it shouldn’t be treated the same as print. Online should have its own style that should be tailored to the audience.  Online writing should include the following.

-Understand your audience wants fast and up to date information.

-Update the articles constantly.

-Write headlines that highlight the story and is easy to search from google.

-Encourage participation from readers on blogs, comments and submissions.

-Get to the facts quickly because you don’t have much time with your audience.

-Make sure the article is easy to read and is broken up with visuals.

-Use short, descriptive sentences to get the information out there more quickly.

-Try to drive traffic with your content and the way you present it.

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The revival of the news industry

February 1, 2011 Leave a comment

The biggest problem facing the news industry is that their product is everywhere and it is not properly regulated. News is the business of the industry, it is that simple. If gas companies had a platform were gas could be easily distributed for free then the same decline would happen that we have seen with the news industry. News is not dead, it is transforming and in the few years it will reach a point of revival.

This change will start with The New York Times as they are considered by many to be the flagship of the newspaper business. This year, the Times decided to charge for some of their online content and they have been a pioneer with updating their site with video and other multimedia content. I think that more newspapers will decide to hold out content and charge for more access to their websites. This would allow them to control their product and make more of a profit off of it.  With the internet, the news was distributed across the world for free and now the news industry will have to play catch up to control their products distribution.

Newspapers and stations will still use their ethical standards, but they will increase the amount of viewers and readrs that will be involved with their coverage. Fox 2 News in St. Louis is an example of a news source that encourages its readers to submit photos and other information on what they see. Having this sort of involvement engages the readers and it allows them to get involved with the journalistic process. I think more of this involvement with the news will help news sources become more popular with their communities.  This has already been started, but I am predicting it will increase in the future.

I think in the next five years, more newspapers will transition to telling more stories on multiplatforms. CNN is one news agency that has had success in this area.  This news source is able to peak the interest of their readers and viewers allowing them to tell their stories in an effective manner.  I believe this will be the way of the future is to have news told in a variety of ways.

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How will the news stay new?

January 30, 2011 Leave a comment

Will our children know a newspaper?  As our society continues to adapt to new technologies, we are coming to a new realization in the news industry; we might not always have a paper.  Our way of consuming news is rapidly changing and so far, the news industry has been slow to keep up.

I have been studying journalism since my sophomore year of high school and I have been consuming news since I could hear.  The news is not dying, it is transforming. As Jonathan Landman of The New York Times wrote, we need to understand our market and change our ways according to our readers.  We need to accept that this new way of news might not include a newspaper in print.

Technology such as the IPad have made it possible to have the same feel of a newspaper without the paper.  I think that in the future the news will be written into an interactive newspapers on these devises. People like the look and organization of a newspaper and that is why I think that newspapers will never truly die out. As journalists, we have to understand this changing market and adapt along with it.  In the future the news will be instant, it will be told in multiplatforms and it will continue to be told with the same ethical guidelines as the newspapers had in the past.

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Class Topic Presentation-Jonathan Ernst

January 24, 2011 Leave a comment
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Blog assignment 1

January 20, 2011 Leave a comment

After searching over many projects, I found one titled Beyond the Barrel that was of particular interest to me at the Arizona Daily Star.  I chose this project because it tells a great story about how recyclables are taken to the factory and the multimedia allows the user to walk through and see each step of the process. I really like the information that is provided and the use of video, clip art and facts to tell the story. This package is very clean and it tells me a great story.  I would be interested in doing a similar tracking project for our class project.

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