Online Journalism

Briggs Chapter 4

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Chapter 4

Microblogging: Write Small, Think Big
News in 140-characters

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The twitter chapter! Basically I’m going to break it down for you in a few basic points.

Real-time uses of Twitter:

  1. Evacuations
  2. Tradgedy
  3. Trial Coverage
  4. Broadcast news

Start using Twitter, Tweet!

  1. Establish your goal
  2. Have a topic
  3. Make a network
  4. Perhaps build personal brand

Twitter lingo-

DM: Direct message

@: For a reply, it precedes a Twitter ID in a reply. Are you reading this? Tweet me a reply! @Lyndseymercier

Tweet: send a message on Twitter

RT: Retweet, copying someone tweet, and posting it so your followers can see it.

Hashtag: Common label for a twwet that should be tied together with others’ tweets, preceeded by a # symbol.

What is there to do on Twitter?

  1. Post
  2. Read
  3. Reply
  4. Direct message


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Briggs Chapter 3

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Chapter 3

Have you ever heard the phrase, two heads are better than one?

Briggs moved on in “Journalism Next” to crowdsourcing. What is crowdsourcing? “It is a relatively new term, coined by Jeff Howe in a 2006 article for Wired News. Think of crowdsourcing like outsourcing, the term it spun off from. Crowdsourcing harnesses the sustained poer of community to improve a service or information base” -Mark Briggs.

Incase you are curious, here is the front cover of Howe’s book:

Popular crowdsourcing sites:

  1. Wikapedia
  2. Facebook
  3. InnoCentive
  4. Mechanical Turk

The concept is important because sites can receive thousands of contributions. Blogs can turn into news stations and the coverage these sites get would never have happened without crowdsourcing.

Mark Briggs went on to describe beatblogging. I found a really great site, ironically called BeatBlogging.Org, with an article written by Jay Rosen that does an outstanding job defining and elaborating on what a beatblog is, what they look for, and how people can help.

Links are also a huge way to help power the web. They build readership and viewers usually come back for more. Take Google for example!

Briggs ended the chapter off by lying explaining that newspapers still tap the power of a crowd and that print is still unbelievably a powerful tool. Maybe next edition of Journalism Next, Briggs will update Chapter 3.

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Briggs Chapter 2

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Chapter 2

Advanced Blogging

The rules are different with blogs. Blogging reporters play off other information they find online, even linking stories and blogs that might have been thought of as competition just a few years ago.

Three characteristics define a blog:

  1. Frequently updated (recently updated stuff on top)
  2. Entries are called, “posts” and each have a headline and body. Entries include links, photos, and graphics
  3. Contains a link to allow readers to comment

Question: When and why did blogs change web publishing according to Briggs?

Answer: After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, blogs become a way for people to share their responses and experiences during that day, along with thoughts on where the country was headed.

Blogger Language:

Post: Entry of a blog

Permalink: Link available of each post that provides direct access to that post

Trackback: Mechanism for communication between blogs, so bloggers know who is linking to their material

Blogroll: Collection of links found on sidebar of blog

Vblog: Blog that features video commentary

Moblog: Blogging from a mobile device

Top 10 blogs according to Briggs?

  1. The Huffington Post
  2. TechCrunch
  3. Mashable
  4. Gizmodo
  5. Engadget
  6. The Official Google Blog
  7. Boing Boing
  8. Lifehacker
  9. Ars Technica

Source: Technorati. October 2009.

Where is on that list Briggs? Very complete list.

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Briggs Chapter 1

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Chapter 1

We’re All Web Workers Now

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…Says Mark Briggs.

This thirty some page chapter dove straight in describing the basics of how the internet works and the technical contruction of web pages .

Briggs had a graph like picture to help teach about Bits and Bytes. A comparable image I found was on a Discovery Company’s blog: HowStuffWorks. Check out Marshall Brain’s graph! The table shows the binary multipliers.

“Basic knowledge of HTML, CSS, and XML will enable you to see more clearly the opportunities for your journalism in the digital world” - Mark Briggs.

The text gave a basic tutorial on how the internet works and the difference between the Internet and the World Wide Web. Then Briggs went into detail about Syndicated content with RSS and how to set up an RSS reader and subscribe to feeds. FTP (file transfer protocol) was described, along with how web pages work.

Briggs explained how to build an HTML page quickly, and thankfully explained what CSS (cascading style sheets) is. Once you have a basic understanding of CSS, which was over my head when I first started reading about it, it was easy to be able to add CSS to HTML. Finally, the chapter wrapped up all the definitions with a final section on XML (essential markup language).

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My Media Pyramid

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on My Media Pyramid

What is a media pyramid?

Basically, it’s an illustration of where you get your news from.

For me, it’s basically comprised of:

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Significant Other
  • Facebook/Twitter
  • Comedy Central
  • Time Magazine
  • Fox News

To each his or her own, I say. But whether you get your news from Twitter or The Washington Post, always make sure to read the other side. Remember, as a journalist, our job is not to tell people what to think, it’s to tell them what to think about.

Happy reading.

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Hello world!

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Hello world!

Welcome to onMason. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

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Briggs Ch. 3

February 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 3

As anyone can have their own blog, it’s only fitting that news itself has become a much more collaborative process given all the new technology that bridges the gap between citizens and the media elite. Even sites as prominent as CNN now rely heavily on readers submitting news stories and videos. This global sharing process, dubbed “crowdsourcing,” creates a more transparent news environment, so the cream rises to the top.

I don’t necessarily agree with the “everyone can be a journalist now” mentality–it takes a certain amount of skill and more than just finding news to qualify for that title in my view–but I do like this new collaborative attitude. With so many avenues of news and distractions, it makes perfect sense to connect with readers by involving them in the process.

Similarly, news organizations are utilizing a more open-sourced method of reporting that, while not entirely transparent, allows readers to have a more thorough part in the process, from providing news to commenting on it. Just about any YouTube comments page will showcase the dangers of allowing audiences to share their thoughts on content, but readers tend to appreciate the possibility of being heard.

Any organization that does not embrace collaborative publication will have difficulty maintaining reader interest. In our fame-obsessed culture, there’s nothing like seeing your name attributed to a story.

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