January 26, 2010

Test Embed Video

Posted in Assignments at 9:35 am by ahonan

Saw this funny clip a while ago but thought it’d be a good one to share as a test

Response to Blogs, Wikipedia…

Posted in Reading Responses at 8:55 am by ahonan

I thought this reading was harder to get through than the last two. There were a couple of good points that I really agreed with, but I thought a lot of this was repetitive, almost going to far to explain these ideas.

I do agree that “distinctions between producers and users of content have into comparative insignificance.” When is anyone just a user or just a producer? One minute your the user simply scanning an article and the next your the producer adding a comment or posting a reply. I don’t think you can be one or the other all the time, there is a constant shift between producing content and using content.

I believe this line from the text sums it up perfectly:

  • Using the Internet and its communications technologies … implies no longer simply active but silent interpretation, however: it implies also the active

For example: Watching television is no longer a silent act of one-way communication. If the viewer doesn’t like where the plot is heading they can use the internet to post a remark on that station’s website, changing into two-way communication. This way the viewer can also see what others are saying about the show, and if their point of view is shared.

January 21, 2010

Response to 10 Things…

Posted in Reading Responses at 12:58 pm by ahonan

There are some points that I don’t agree with this on this list but the ones that I do believe are important are:

2. You are in Control – It’s easy to get lost in the internet, the different links that are on any given page drag you away from your original purpose. You start out looking at one article and an hour later you aren’t even looking at articles anymore. It is really important to be able to keep on task and to remember that you have control over what you are looking at. It is your job to make sure that what you are looking at pretains to the information you are looking for.

5. Core Journalistic Skills are still Crucial – If an article isn’t interesting no one is going to read it. If the research is shoddy or the story is dull, no one is going to want to read it. With the internet it is easy to see which journalists are being read. If no one is reading your stories, you’re not going to be writing them any more.

I do agree with a lot of the other points but I like these two the best. The points I disagree with the most is 4. 4 is about not relying on your employees brand, but without that brand a journalist is going to get picked up.

Original Story: 10 Things Every Journalist Should Know in 2010

January 19, 2010

Response to We the Media

Posted in Reading Responses at 2:48 pm by ahonan

I didn’t like this reading as much as the other one, for me it was harder to read and I kept getting lost, having to re-read a lot of sections. There was one line that really pulled the two readings together for me:

  • “RSS suddenly makes the Internet work the way it should. Instead of you searching for everything, the Internet comes to you on your terms”

From the first reading there was a statement on how online journalism is “eliminating incidental learning.” I had originally disagreed with this statement. However with the mention of RSS feeds I may be able to agree with it.

Having information pushed to us through these feeds will decrease the number of ‘extra’ links that we go through. We already have want we want: a list of stories that we are already following. We are more likely to click on the next story instead of a link in one of those stories that will bring us to elsewhere.

I am not a fan of the RSS feeds, maybe it is because I haven’t really used them, or I don’t see a problem with going to the site itself to see if it has been updated. For now I am happy with going to news sites and seeing what stories I might want to read instead of having to choose in advanced which stories I want to be updated on.

Response to Reporting for Online Journalism

Posted in Reading Responses at 3:35 am by ahonan

I really liked the first chapter to this, I enjoyed being able to compare different benchmarks in history. Seeing the different Journalist techniques that were used throughout the years and how far journalism has come.

There were a couple of lines that proved to me that online journalism is truly different from print journalism. One of those lines was:

  • “Audiences first came to expect photos with their news, then film or video footage and eventually live coverage”

This is really true. When I am reading stories online, more often than not, it is the picture that captures my attention to a particular story. I love reading stories that have slide shows and captions underneath. I tend to avoid the video stories, unless that is the only way I can learn about a particular topic.

The second line that really stood out to me was that online journalism helps

  • “create an audience of people who know a great deal about a few subjects and next to nothing about others”

I really disagree with this statement, when I am reading an article that interests me I always get lost in the links that are at the bottom of the page. I think online journalism has just as much “incidental learning” as print journalism.