Online Journalism

Kevin Anderson

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Kevin Anderson

Doha- working with algezeera arabic.

Using the sources that you can rely on, people can tell their own story and be their own witnesses. “Know your sources before things start” He knew most of the bloggers in Egypt before the chaos.

How did he get contacted by the group?

In 1996 he tranfered from newspaper to an online journalist. Then he moved up along the hierarchy to become a bbc online journalist, the first, to be out side england.

what tools must we have in our journalism skill “case”?

Major diff between when he was at school and now is that he had to work hard to get internships and build up your clipfile. The other thing is that you will land that first job if you take the initive now, start doing multimedia story telling. Have it ready and start practicing for what employers are looking for.

He also summed it up that basically need another Iphone 4… still bummed someone stole mine!

Storify can be useful, but make sure you add context. VERY IMPORTANT

Role of SM in today’s society:

Network journalism… content must be available and take content to where people are congregating online.

Covering the middle east… from the middle east

“this is the asian century”

“its going to be interesting to see how we navigate this next generation of journalism”

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Skype Session with Kevin Anderson

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Skype Session with Kevin Anderson

There’s no question that the job description for journalists often involves   travel. Covering a good story can take you to the other side of the world – just ask seasoned journalist, Kevin Anderson.

Although is was born and raised in the U.S., his work at the Gaurdian and the BBC has taken him to London, UK, as well as all over Europe and Asia. With his newest conquest taking place at Al-Jazeera, Arabic, Anderson has found himself in the Middle East covering politics and conflict. Despite the change in media outlets, Anderson says that he uses many of the same skills that are used in traditional journalism, only with a digital twist.

For more information about Anderson and his experiences in the media, click here to access his Linkedin information and blog, the Strange Attractor.

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ZeeMaps – a priceless tool for geographic journalism

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on ZeeMaps – a priceless tool for geographic journalism

The beauty of the new media age is that it can take a simple concept, such as a map, and use integrative technology to encourage user interactivity. One of the newest and most useful examples of this type of technology is the ZeeMaps program.

By simply entering information into the entry boxes, one can easily create an interactive map for their online needs. Not only is ZeeMaps user-friendly, the best part is, it’s free! (Great for struggling journalists).

To see an example of an in-progress ZeeMap, click here.

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Kevin Anderson Visit

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Kevin Anderson Visit

Kevin Anderson spoke to our class Today March 24. He had a very interesting and different perspective compared to other speakers.  He gave the class good advice, and shared his own personal experiences which were fascinating.

First word of advice: Be knowledgeable of your sources

How he got where he is:

                1996: newspaper journalist. Online journalist.

                2 years later BBC journalist outside the UK. Washington correspondent.

Tools/ skill sets needed to have as a journalist:

  • Build a clip file
  • Early initiative
    • Set up blogs
    • Take pictures
      • Much easier to do these things this day and age.


Video Interviews:

  • Natural sounds
    • I want to hear the games. (With regard to my groups project on the special needs hockey team
    • It puts you in the middle of the story


His take on storify: Can be dangerous without context. Make sure you bridge the social media with the story.

Role of social media in journalism today:  Network Journalism

  1. Content on website must be taken to where people are congregating online (ex Facebook)
    1. Don’t expect them to come to your site
    2. Use networks to find sources (Ex. Twitter)

Student Question: What’s experience preparing for overseas

A. “I can demine a field with a Bic pen”————————-AWESOME

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Tech Blog #10: Guest Speaker Kevin Anderson

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #10: Guest Speaker Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson, a digital strategist and freelance journalist, spoke to our class today via Skype. He has worked for BBC, Al Jazeera English and the Guardian.

Check out his personal Twitter account , his Muckrack account, and some of his work with Al Jazeera English here.

When asked what tools are needed for a journalism skill set in the real world, Anderson  says an important part of landing a first job is to take the initiave now by setting up a blog, taking pictures, and doing multimedia journalism. Anderson says to also start thinking about the best way to tell stories through this type of social media.

Anderson also notes that Zeemaps is a great tool for projects as well. He suggests that when doing video recording, make sure to get some of the background noise from the setting where you are reporting to make the audience feel like they are in the middle of the story. Audio is one of the most important things when shooting video, but often is forgotten the most. Shaky video is forgiven, but terrible sound quality is not.

“Social media without context doesn’t do the audience any favors,” says Anderson. In other words, make sure that when using platforms such as Storify, you are able to explain the various social media content that is being used.

With there being an increase in more citizen journalists, it can be hard for trained journalists to make their mark. Regarding this situation, Anderson says, “If we amplify every voice, it just becomes noise.” It is still important to make editorial choices when dealing with articles and newsworthy items.

“We’re entering a fascinating time, and how we navigate that is going to be very interesting, especially as journalists. It’s a tough time in journalism. You’ve got to start somewhere. Where you start doesn’t determine where you end up,” says Anderson.

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Skype Conference: Kevin Anderson

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Skype Conference: Kevin Anderson

Anderson’s approach towards journalism: “People can tell their own story and be their own witnesses. For instance, know your sources before something happens.”

  • Anderson was a BBC Washington DC corespondent when he was 26.

Important to be sources you are using in context.

Don’t paintball a bunch of twitter updates and call it a news story.

Network to journalism is the role of social media today. Use networks to find sources.

“Can de-mine a field with a Bic pen”

  • If we amplify every voice it just becomes noise.

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Tech Blog #10: Guest Speaker Kevin Anderson, Al Jazeera English

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Tech Blog #10: Guest Speaker Kevin Anderson, Al Jazeera English

Al Jazeera English, the world’s first English-language news channel headquartered in the Middle East, has a young employee, Kevin Anderson. He Skyped with us in class today! :-)

Headquartered in Doha, Qatar, he chose Al Jazeera English because he “is trying to cover the Middle East from the Middle East.”

ZeeMaps is a Web site that Anderson highly recommended.

Regarding sound in video, Anderson points out that bad camerawork is forgivable, but bad sound is not. Always make sure that you have good, if not great, sound.

Regarding the usefulness of Storify, make sure that there’s content. Just make sure that it makes sense. Put the sources in context.

The major role of social media is “networked journalism”:

  • It’s not enough to build a Web site anymore
  • You must congregate people online
  • Some of it’s about distribution
  • Use networks to add sources and voices to the story

I know how to de-mine a field with a Bic pen,” said Anderson, commenting on his “journalism bootcamp” training.

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Guest Speaker: Kevin Anderson

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Guest Speaker: Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson, a journalist for Al Jazeera-English, chatted with us via Skype today from Doha, Qatar.

Anderson started out as a newspaper journalist and gradually moved onto online journalism. He was BBC’s first online journalist outside of the U.K. and was also the Washington correspondent for the BBC website. In 2010, Anderson took what he calls a “leap of faith” and joined Al Jazeera-English.

“The work I‘m doing now is as exciting, if not more exciting, than the work I’ve done in the past,” Anderson said.

He believes that Al Jazeera-English is doing something that no other news organization has done before: covering the Middle East from the Middle East.

“In the past, the Middle East has been covered by the West, and the purpose [of Al Jazeera-English] is to cover the Middle East from the Middle East,” Anderson said. “It’s definitely coming with a radical point of view… and it’s a fascinating point of view. You’ll see things from Al Jazeera that you won’t see anywhere else.”

The current trend in journalism that Anderson is talking about allows people to be their own witnesses and tell their own stories. Anderson thinks that the trend in social media gives the voiceless a voice.

“We are just the beginning of a very fascinating, exciting time in history,” Anderson said. “We’re entering a fascinating time, and how we navigate that will be incredibly interesting, both as citizens and journalists.”

Aside from discussing his thoughts on journalism in the Middle East, Anderson provided tips for journalism students.

Advice #1: Take the initiative NOW.

Set up a blog, start writing, start taking pictures, start doing multimedia storytelling,” Anderson said. “If you’ve got a mobile phone, just take pictures and capture sounds… It’s going to make that first job or that first internship so much easier because you can walk through that door and show that  you didn’t wait to take the initiative.”

Advice #2: Audio is extremely important.

“It’s one of the things that people forget the most… people are pretty forgiving about shaky video these days… what they won’t forgive is sound.”

Remember, 70 % of video is audio.

Advice #3: Don’t forget to weave a story together.

Storify is amazing – it tells stories through pictures, Tweets and Facebook comments by the audience. However, journalists need to remember that they must help in making sense of the contributions from the audience.

“It is still important to have the narrative to weave the story together,” Anderson said.

Advice #4: Network journalism requires journalists to be social.

It is not enough to just build a website. Journalists must “make sure the content is available and take it to where people are congregating online,” according to Anderson.

Journalists are responsible for “using networks to find faces and add faces to journalism” and for “taking journalism to places where people are at online and engaging them on the sites.”

Advice #5: Look back and smile.

It is a tough time in journalism, but journalists must start somewhere, even if you end up at small papers, television stations and/or websites.

“You’ll look back on them [your past experiences] and think they were the best, most exciting times of your lives,” Anderson said. “Don’t work about where you start because it doesn’t determine where you’ll end up!”

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Steve Buttry and how I’m becoming friends with Twitter

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Steve Buttry and how I’m becoming friends with Twitter

I have to admit Steve Buttry has inspired me. It was something he said: Feeling uncomfortable should be a red flag that you have to jump in I admit Twitter makes me uncomfortable. Twitter makes me afraid. And after hearing Steve say those words I realized I had to jump in. So I have. I […]

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Briggs Ch. 8 and 9

March 24th, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 8 and 9

With the advent of YouTube and other sites that allow users to easily share video, the format has become an essential part of journalism. There are several avenues to utilizing video, from comprehensive edited stories to raw footage of a story highlight.

Briggs provides several tips on how to make the most of your videos:

  • Mix up the shots – concentrate on steady shots rather than trying too many techniques
  • Build five-shot sequences
  • Pick the right environment for interviews to ensure quality audio and lighting
  • Use voice-overs

He also provides a checklist of items you will need before any shoot if you can help it:

  • Tapes and batteries
  • Microphones
  • Tripod
  • Headphones
  • Lights

As a film student with a particular interest in editing, I highly recommend shooting more than you need–sure, it can make the editing process a little longer and trickier but it’s far better than the alternative of not having all the footage you require.

Want an example of the prototypical news video? The BBC’s Charlie Brooker created one for “Newswipe”:

Click here to view the embedded video.

The next chapter focuses on using data to tell stories. Since online news offers virtually unlimited space and content, it’s now critical to include facts, graphs, charts and databases that provide an easily navigable way of examining lots of information that would otherwise be unpublishable (such as athlete salaries, census reports, etc.). It’s also quite easy to use Google to create spreadsheets and maps to help this purpose.

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