Online Journalism

Briggs Ch. 9 – ‘Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life’

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 9 – ‘Data-driven journalism and digitizing your life’

Organizing your digital life was the focus of this chapter. There are many free or trial programs that can help you organize your digital self. Since these programs are online, they are easily edited and can be accessible to others.

The Cloud

The Cloud

Some examples:

  • Backpack
  • Zoho
  • MS Office Suite (Outlook, etc)
  • Dropbox
  • Basecamp

Databases are helpful in for news organizations because they allow their readers to have easy access to certain material. Charticles are also another way to please data-hungry readers. Readers like to see the trends and the information can allow journalists to see trends they might have missed.

Maps and spreadsheets are also helpful for many of the same reasons.

MS Office

MS Office

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Briggs Ch. 8 – ‘Telling stories with video’

March 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 8 – ‘Telling stories with video’

Camera

Camera

Video storytelling was the concept of this chapter. Now anyone can use the digital equipment around them to create video storytelling, it just takes a lot of practice. Thanks to YouTube, the quality of the video doesn’t have to be very high. What’s important is authenticity.

The most entertaining videos get re-posted over and over. The New York Times’ David Pogue creates videos to follow this entertaining format. However, they are also very high quality.

Just as entertaining is Walt Mossberg’s videos for “The Wall Street Journal”.

Tips for video storytelling:

  • Be comfortable with the equipment before you start.
  • Pick the right approach for the project — breaking news/highlight clips or documentary-style.
  • Organize your story in a storyboard, if possible.
  • Take a variety of shots but not at the same time.
  • Prepare before you interview (pick the right environment, pre-write questions, etc.).
  • Don’t buy more camera than you need.
  • Give your best material and keep it short.
  • Avoid zooming in and out to get shots, instead hold the shot for 15 seconds then stop recording. Record after you have adjusted to the next shot.
  • Wireless mics can help when capturing interviews, built-in mics are good for environmental sound.
  • The editing process can be helpful because you see what you need to improve on and if you need to reorganize.
  • Many computer already come with preloaded video editing software but you can always buy more,
  • Certain sites, like YouTube, will compress your video and then post it.
  • FTP sites allow you to email larger files.
  • Viral distribution is a goal, sites like tubemogul help to spread your videos.
Video Editing

Video Editing

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Briggs Ch. 10 – ‘Managing news as a Conversation’

March 1st, 2011 · Comments Off on Briggs Ch. 10 – ‘Managing news as a Conversation’

Interactive discussion and online news was the focus of this chapter.

Comments

Comments

Responding to comments can help journalists seem transparent but many journalists are reluctant to do so because some comments are personal attacks.

Angry Comments

Angry Comments

One journalist — Doug Feaver, former editor at washingtonpost.com, has created a blog, dot.comments, on the Washington Post’s website that responds to reader comments. Some of the site has even been a resource for articles.

Participating in the conversation helps journalists to stay technologically up-to-date and allows them to have access to more sources. But journalism standards and values need should be upheld online and in social media. Many journalists are creating blogs or Facebook pages to respond to reader comments.

There are even some online journalism social networks:

Many online news sites have rules regarding social media. These often include:

  • Setting guidelines for participants
  • Being careful who you expand your network to
  • Monitoring offensive posts
  • Knowing legal responsibilities
  • Correcting errors
Social Networking Sites

Social Networking Sites

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