September 22nd

22 Sep

Today’s readings really broadened my mind to all the different types of journalism and ways to tell a story there are.  In The Buttry Diary, Steve Buttry explains – in detail – all the different aspects of building a story.  In my opinion, the key to achieving all of the requirements he lists is determination.  He encourages us to become very analytical of the news and our communities, all while finding the perfect information to support the story.  He describes the exorbitant amount of ways to acquire information on a story: news, people, social media, paper, data, Internet, theft, and following the money.  Ways of analyzing the information are looking at how the story we have written will impact the community, checking if other communities are experiencing the same thing your story is about, examining the conflict within the story – whether it’s a conflict between groups, or an internal conflict – analyzing how technology is changing your story, being the voice for the people that do not have one or choose not to speak out, researching how the story compares to other stories around the nation.  His pointers overlap with the other reading assigned for today – considering visual elements, audio elements, and interactive opportunities.  The breakdown in the tutorial of which type of media to use for certain stories was extremely helpful and informative.  The tutorial explained which type of media best conveys the message of the story.

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Assignment for 9/15 – “We The Media”

15 Sep

In Dan Gillmor’s “We the Media” introduction and Chapter 1, he chronicles the transformation of journalism and how current news has been delivered to the public.  Journalism in America has been shaping history since the Federalist Papers were anonymously written and dispersed.  Following the pamphleteering years, newspapers became extremely popular.  Muckrakers soon wrote novels exposing many scandals (such as The Jungle, which unveiled the secrets of the meat-packing industry).  His reflection on this metamorphosis ends with the TV and Internet.  He continues to discuss how advertisers and financial backers often control what we may read in newspapers and see on TV, but the Internet allows for anyone to report the news, unbiased and unfiltered.  I found this the most interesting aspect of the reading.  We recently covered how advertisers and the government control mass media in my COM240 class.  We discussed how General Electric, Walt Disney, Viacom, News Corporation, Time Warner, and CBS own most of the media.  Here is a link to a list of Walt Disney’s assets: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_assets_owned_by_Disney.  Because large companies like these have control over most forms of entertainment and media, the information we receive can follow a certain agenda or be extremely biased and filtered.  The Internet allows for the constant flow of information.  Bloggers and journalists can report news without having to worry about a financial backer forbidding a story to air or be printed.  Wikileaks is a fine example of how the Internet has benefited the common people by providing accurate news that is unfiltered and suppressed by big media corporations.  Gillmor closes the chapter with his recollection of the events that occurred on September 11th, 2001 – how the Internet was an outlet for American citizens to read and release information on what happened and why instead of repeatedly viewing the plane attacks on the television.

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15 Sep

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