Tag Archives: Journalism

What is a Multimedia Journalist?

Nowadays, journalists are beginning to do more than just report or film a story. They have become a “one man show.” Multimedia journalists, like Blayne Alexander from 11Alive News, take on the task to film, report, and edit a news package. The multimedia journalist does not require a videographer or editor.

Here is a link to a good article about becoming a multimedia journalist: onlinejournalismblog.com.

Multimedia journalism has been around for years, and it is only now becoming popular. It is important for the journalist to be a good story teller, know how to film and edit.

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Using Technology

Chapter 9 in Briggs’ book was titled “Data-Driven Journalism and Digitalizing Your Life” talked about bringing technology into your work, whether it’s email, like Yahoo!, digital calendars, or a word processing system like Microsoft Word. Briggs provided a list of things to consider when purchasing a tool: the cost, whether it has to be online or offline, and the compatibility with other programs.

How does the use of technology affect journalism? According to Briggs, every story contains usable data. Stories contain “fielded data,” data that can be inputted into a spread sheet. Briggs explained how to create a spreadsheet in Journalism Next. He recommended including as many fields as possible.

According to Briggs, maps were another important tool used in journalism. Google Maps was an example he used in Journalism Next. Maps can be used in the news and breaking news stories. Another way maps can be used is to map data. Briggs concludes that electronic devices like smart phones changed hows maps are used.

In conclusion, I did not find this chapter very helpful. Most of the information in chapter 9, “Data-Driven Journalism and Digitalizing Your Life” is taught in secondary education.

Good Blog, Bad Blog

A topic covered in Mark Briggs’ book was blogging. He listed ways to make a blog stand out.

Good Blogs:

The Pioneer Woman‘s blog is eye-catching and well done. The layout provides easy access to her recipes, with each recipe categorized at the top of the page. She provides humor and photos in each blog post, making it easy to read her blog. As Briggs mentioned in his book, those are ways to draw in readers and keep them interested.

The Taylor Swift Style blog provides a look at the fashion of recording artist Taylor Swift. The blog is clean and organized. Each article of clothing worn by Taylor is categorized by type of clothing, occasion, or album era. It makes it easier for visitors to Taylor Swift Style to locate their favorite outfit. One feature I really enjoy is if a piece of clothing is available for purchase, the blog owners post a link to where a person can buy it.

Bad Blogs:

An example of a bad blog is celebrity gossip site TMZ. The red header stands out to readers when they first log onto the website. I think TMZ is a bad example of a blog because of the content and the comment section. Based on Briggs’ book, I do not think TMZ’s blog is very well organized. It could be better.

Oh No They Didn’t celebrity gossip blog is another example of a bad blog. The website is clean, something Briggs suggested a blog should be. Oh No They Didn’t uses Live Journal. Live Journal causes the website to not run as well as a site like wordpress.com or tumblr.com. Using a site like Live Journal is why I believe Oh No They Didn’t is a bad blog.

The Beginning of Digital Journalism

Mark E. Briggs provided an introduction to the importance digital resources and applications are to journalists in chapter one of Journalism Next. Chapter two focused on how the blog became an important tool in journalism and what makes a good blog. Chapter one focused on a lot of technological terminology.

Briggs spent a lot of pages on Really Simple Syndication (RSS). He believed it was very relevant for people to access news through RSS. He focused most of the chapter on RSS. Readers were given an introduction to basic computer terms like megabyte, gigabyte, and terabyte. Briggs explained what the internet was and how it worked. The chapter later goes into things to know when wanting to set up a website. Briggs believed journalists should have a little knowledge on computer programming.

Chapter one provided step-by-step instructions on creating an HTML and other important parts of a webpage. Blogging was the focus of chapter two. Briggs provided information about news organizations and journalists using blogs to connect with readers. He said it was important for student journalists to start a blog.

The chapter provided a look at the two main blog sites available, blogger.com and newspress.com. Instructions were provided in creating a successful blog. It began with creating a name, something catchy, and went through the process of customizing the font and background. According to the book, the computer programming knowledge would help with customizing the blog. At the end of the chapter, Briggs listed tips to keep the blog running and what should be done to gain and keep readers. I found the chapters interesting and informative.