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800 Words and to the Point!

Jonathan Dube has eight great bullet points for Writing News Online. First you need to know your audience. Are you writing for sports fans, foodies, fashion, mom’s, tweens, bieber fans; make sure to know the habits of your readers. Then, what would be the best way to go about reporting the story? For sports fans you would want audio and video, for example. How can you compliment the story you are reporting? Possibly a great lead in? Write tight and passively and stick to one idea per sentence. Do explain! Not just what happened but why it matters to your readers. Where’s your lead? Don’t bury it! No mish-mash here! The story needs to make sense, to EVERYONE reading it. Finally keep it short but sweet. Dube explains that Roy Peter Clark has written a wonderful essay arguing that any story can be told in 800 words — a good guideline for online writing.

Will we always want to hear what our friends had for breakfast?

Steven Johnson’s article “How Will Twitter Change the Way We Live” paints a hopeful picture that Twitter will be here to stay. Will we always want to hear what our friends had for breakfast or what celebrities are doing for fun? Twitter is a one stop shop for all the information you want, based on who you follow.
Johnson explains that injecting Twitter into a conversation fundamentally changes the rules of engagement; it adds a second layer of discussion and brings a wider audience into what would have been a private exchange. Yet will Twitter meet its fate like Friendster and MySpace, when the tweens and those using Twitter get bored, and move onto the next social media invention? But Johnson think that in the coming years every major channel with be Twitterfied with News & Opinion, Searching, Advertising and End-User Innovation.
I think Twitter is a catchy, easy, social media tool to get your message out to a broad audience, and fast. I do think there will be another social media tool in the coming years that Twitter has to contend with.

NewsU tutorial

1) Why is proper attribution so important?

Proper attribution is important because it gives credit to the author of the work and allows readers to follow up on the legitimacy of the story and where the sources are from.

2) What is a primary source and why is it important?

A primary source is a person that is closest to the material being studied or needed, and they are important because s/he gives a first-hand accurate account of the information.

3) Which story building block makes the most sense to you and why?

A story wouldn’t be a story without all the building blocks. You need the invite to lead into the story and to inform the reader why this story is news. Then you need to illuminate to give the reader a clearer picture of the story, and finally to connect to your reader with a nut graph, so as to entice the reader to read YOUR story.


Are We Conforming for Reading Online?

I think print is almost out the door, most newspapers have converted to online, and magazines, even though I love to get subscriptions in the mail-will only be available online eventually. The article What’s Really Wrong with Newspapers discusses how the public is distracted by celebrity gossip and gets its “news” from blogs, television and talk radio. I am one of the guilty ones. I’m not sure what the fascination is with celebrity gossip, but I like to get my dose of it, daily. Maybe it’s the fact that celebrities seem inhuman-like nothing goes wrong in their world-and then when something does, it makes they seem not so invincible. I go to gossipy celeb sites such as Life & Style, In Touch, Star and US Weekly. I also like to pursue celeb, food, travel, dining and shopping blogs. This article also explains that newspapers are being consolidated into large, publicly held companies, where the BIG Execs can keep on raking in their bonuses. This is true for local newspapers that are owned by Hearst Corporation.

The article No More Free Content explains that because of the loss of classified advertising revenue, today’s newspapers are smaller, both the number and size of pages. This is so true. I feel like I can rifle through a copy of Vogue in no time because the 300+ pages are mostly filled with advertisements and little substance. For other magazines nowadays they seem as thin as a ruler!

Newspaper economics: online and offline explains that higher income households report even larger numbers, making online news readers a potentially attractive audience for advertisers. This could potentially be because those with higher incomes are logging more hours at work because these are the executives of companies and they have less time to sit down and read, so they just scroll through online news, blogs, etc, throughout the day. Yet, I think this is true for students too because many of our days are spend logged onto a computer.

Yet the Wall Street Journal is turning to new technologies such as the Apple iPad — but is taking a distinctly old-school approach to the new device, saying it’s planning to change $17.99 a month for the newspaper on the iPad as written by Mathew Ingram in What Does the Future Hold for Newspapers? I definitely wouldn’t pay for news, because I think that there is so much competition to get news to readers, that readers could easily find free outlets for news. Could this be a conspiracy to keep us dumb, as is written in What’s Really Wrong with Newspapers?

My Expectations

To learn still photography to incorporate that into  digital journalism.

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