Coming up with something good

27 01 2010

Becoming an interesting writer is what this business is all about. Whoever can find the most amazing story that can relate the most amounts of people, will be the most successful. We found from this reading assignment for week three, that choosing and brainstorming a correct story idea is critical. There are numerous ways to go about generating a great story idea, as mentioned in the text. Finding a local spin on an international story is always a good choice. People like to see how they are connected to the world. A lot of the news coverage in Buffalo during the Haiti crisis revolved around local people affected by this tragic situation. Also, profiles on newsworthy people were mentioned as well. People love to read about people and I find other people’s lives fascinating. I am a lover of biographies and other personal stories where intimate details are shared. It is all about the geometry of the right angle, as mentioned in the reading. You can either revisit an overdone story or you can put a great spin on an old topic, which will bring more readers as well as inform. Any story can be made uninteresting, but it is up to us, as the journalists and reporters of tomorrow to keep vivid information alive. Choosing the right story idea may be the hardest task you have in creating a great media package or article. But one thing is for sure, no matter what you are writing about, someone cares and someone is interested. It’s all about finding the right audience for your work, in order to make it successful.

In response to Online Journalism Chapter 3 (Generating and Focusing Story Ideas)

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Advice for Journalism students from Janet Coats

21 01 2010

Journalist’s Top Ten

21 01 2010

A response to Ten things every journalist should know in 2010 by John Thompson

1. How to monitor Twitter

2. You are in control

3. You are a curator

4. Your beat will be online

5. Core journalistic skills are still crucial

6. Journalism needs a business model

7. You are your own brand

8. You need to collaborate

9. Stories do not end once they are published online

10. Technology is unavoidable

Tips like this for budding journalists are priceless. Not only can we use this to our advantage, we may even break and newsworthy story of our own. I agree with Thompson that Twitter is where it’s at for fast information. (Follow me @katprz). Controlling the content and interpreting it in a way that is interesting to your readers also makes a great journalist. Being able to know the business you are working in and branding yourself correctly is great advice to help you succeed. Collaboration and content that can be constantly updated is such a great innovation. We have great tools available to us that journalists before us never had. Editing content while it is in the hand of the reader is mind-boggling. But in my opinion, what can be viewed as the most important thing for journalists to know is that technology is avoidable. With all the great things we can do online and with social media, it’s exciting to think what is to come in the future.

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Excuse me while I lead the way

21 01 2010

Collaborative creation is the new way to produce. While we used to have media and news delivered to us from a singular source, we are now faced with a multitude of numerous venues for information. It is no longer a way one street. Produsage has turned media into a 10 lane highway with people coming and going as they please. Brun explains, “User-led content creation in this new model harnesses the collected, collective intelligence of all participants, and manages-through in some cases better than in others-to direct their contributions to where they are best able to make a positive impact”. Blogs and sites like Wikipedia have turned the internet into a widespread collaboration for large group of users. Consumers are no longer forced to accept what they are told and they can now tell the producers what they want. We are experiencing a continuing paradigm shift. What is fascinating is that consumers can now communicate and engage directly instead of going through any sort of medium, while bypassing producers and distributors all together. This phenomenon does not only affect an elite group of people either. Trendwatching suggests that anyone with even a tiny amount of creative talent can, and most likely will, be part of this not-so-exclusive trend.

In response to Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life & Beyond by Axel Bruns


Tips from Bob Woodward on Investigative Journalism

21 01 2010

The magic of instant news

19 01 2010

Online journalism is like magic. If something happens on the other side of the world and everyone does not hear about it within hours, there must be something wrong with the journalism system. But this thought of instant news was never even thought of 20 years ago. In 1901 there were only a few hundred reporters in the United States; it was a tight group of elite news reporters. Now we are all part of the media. There is only a fine line of separation left. The proximity, prominence, and location of the reporters used to be the biggest problem with news reporting. Now that is not the case. Web blogs can be updated instantly over a cell phone, passing along information from an event in China, to the rest of the world at one time. Just like that! The job of online journalists is to feed and share information for a new generation of informed citizens. Combining journalism experience and online experience gives you the best advantage to make it in this field. The use of interactivity between the reporter and the reader has made both parties closer than ever before.

In response to Online Journalism by Richard Craig


I’m the media, You’re the media, We’re the media.

19 01 2010

Do you own a cell phone? Do you own a computer? Then you my friend are a journalist. The definition of  a “journalist” may have changed over the years, but with the rise of citizen journalism all over the world, this is not necessarily a bad thing. The future of news is coming from non-standard news sources, leaving the media at a slight disadvantage. Ground breaking stories and worldly events are uncontrollable. In some instances, this means that an “average Joe” is the first man on the scene, with his camera phone, twittering updates. Technology has played a great role in this as well. Those who used to listen to the news are now realizing that they are a part of it. Broadcasting and journalism have become interactive and we are all minor players in this multimedia game. This balance of traditional and contemporary ways of covering the news has changed the way the world becomes informed. There is so much power and flexibility available to non-professionals that journalism has become an “everyman profession”. Dan Gillmor has summed up this phenomenon perfectly. “Yesterday’s news was a lecture, today’s news is a conversation”.  

In response to We the Media by Dan Gillmor.