Online Journalism

Guest Speaker: Jon DeNunzio

March 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Guest Speaker: Jon DeNunzio

“Journalism is constantly changing.”

This is how guest speaker Jon DeNunzio, user engagement editor for, started off his presentation that was given to our Comm. 361 class.

DeNunzio gave us some interesting background information about himself to begin:

  • Worked for a few small papers after college
  • 1994: Started at The Washington Post
  • 2000-2007: Covered high school sports at the Post
  • 2007-2010: Web sports editor
  • April 2010: User engagement editor for

He gave a very good list as to WHY we use social media that included:

  • It’s where the users are
  • It helps our reporting
  • It allows us to build a relationship with users

A very bold statement that he said in conjunction with Marshall McLuhan‘s very famous “The medium is the message” quote in stating:

“It’s not the media, it’s the social.” – DeNunzio

His point to that statement was to be social with your users whenever you can.

Examples of this are:

  1. Running a poll
  2. Paying attention to comments
  3. Asking for ideas
  4. Asking for photos
  5. Hosting a debate

Bottom line is to make it clear how you utilize programs to connect with people.

Here are some helpful websites DeNunzio presented to us:

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Briggs chapter seven

March 4th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs chapter seven

This chapter goes in deep about how to make sound… more than sound… but making it visible. At first I thought I already knew the answer to such an amazing question… video!

But I was sure wrong.

As somebody who is really into recording and audio stuff, It was kinda neat to see different ways I could take what I already know, and use it on the field when reporting.

These three things that are important to audio journalism made a lot of sense;

-Presence, Using your voice and overall persona to entice the audience

-Emotion, Tone of voice and deep pauses can enhance what ever your trying to tell your audience.

-Atmosphere, using natural sounds, like screaming people and bombs in the background, can make your story much more interesting.

This chapter also made me realize the importance of podcasting (something I’ve never gotten into, but probably should to help my reporting).

I didn’t like how it tried to sell you different devices in the book, there are plenty of better equipment out there that would be much cheaper and easier to use… unless your trying to record a metal band or something. or an iphone. The end of the chapter seemed like a commercial, I mean… I already bought the book!

Now enjoy these sweet photos

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