Reflecting on online journalism

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Since the Web 2.0 offers us an unlimited platform to express our opinions, to make our views known and to get in touch with a lot of people across the globe, journalism is permanently converging. Lately, we have witnessed a significant growth in online journalism because it’s instant and therefore it’s better. However, it has lots of disadvantages as well. First, a journalist today must be able to multi-task rather than being a simple reporter as journalism is a very competitive field. Second, it makes you spend all your time in front of the computer and this is a huge danger for your health. This is what I don’t like about it: because it’s so instant you have no time to properly research your stories and because it’s online you have to sit on your desk and type into a computer all day long.

Notwithstanding, there are more advantages today. The module gave me a better insight into the blogosphere, as it was a totally new world for me. I started up my blog and tried to post something regularly. I am quite satisfied with its progress as I managed to get a lot of comments, views and even a couple of subscribers. Also, the blog is the perfect platform to gather all my journalism activities and a great opportunity to increase my writing skills. I do want to keep it and to develop it into a news and current affairs blog. In our multimedia classes we went through a lot of useful stuff and tricks for making your blog better and unique, so I am fully prepared to have a competent news blog.

Another significant achievement was to acknowledge the power of social networking sites, especially Twitter. I understood that Twitter is an utterly necessary tool for journalists. Instant reporting and great news source. You get the chance to follow big people from all around the world and to stay tuned with the latest news about them. Twitter has also discovered a lot of talented journalists that made their way into the industry via the 140 characters tweet.

Overall, I can see that journalism is heading towards one single direction that is online, because the dot.com pages hold a wealth of information that is now more easily accessible than ever before.

Twitter

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This post is totally dedicated to our closest friend in journalism – Twitter. Before coming to London, I didn’t even know what it was. As you can guess one month ago I opened my Twitter account but still, managed to get used to it.  I followed some nice people like David Cameron, Piers Morgan, Victoria Beckham and some organisations like WikiLeaks, Al Jazeera, BBC, ITV and many more. And it’s great fun !! The only thing that I don’t like about it is that you can ‘Follow’ some people without necessarily being followed by them.

As far as I could see Twitter today has a big role in generating and providing news. It mixes the pleasure to chat with your friends and get some news at the same time. You have only 140 characters to express your concerns or summarize a story. That’s why a big friend of Twitters’ is bit.ly that shortens your 1000 characters long URL to just 20 characters.

We’ve acknowledged the power of Twitter in the Middle East revolutions and in every news website. There are various ways you can use Twitter and I would suggest you to have a look at How journalists can master Twitter an extract from Paul Bradshaw’s Online Journalism Blog.

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Good luck and start tweet-ing now !!!

PS: you can follow me on Twitter @TanaiaD

What you didn’t expect to find on the Web

This post is supposed to look at various innovative multimedia journalism projects. When I looked through the list, I didn’t expect to find so many websites that have a lot of good stuff. In the competitive industry of media, each organisation tries to find new ways of attracting more audience. Multimedia journalism projects tend to host all media practices on the same allotment and make it attractive and useful for people. Here is a little suggestion where you can find a hell of a lot of amazing projects: follow the link to Regina McCombs  interesting multimedia projects in 2008 for Poynter Online.

I found some really useful stuff for me as a journalist in multimediashooter. On the main page, I saw ’25 Books every visual journalist should have in their shelf’. After going through the list, I realized that I don’t have any of those books, sadly enough, but I should buy some soon. I’ve moved forward to look through other interesting pieces about iPhone: a storytellers valuable tool, funny journalism videos, the power of story and so on. I immediately added it to my RSS feed, because it’s a significant source for improving my journalism skills. You can even find a ‘JOBS’ section, with lots of internship opportunities.

Moving on, I found another interesting project on the Spokesman-Review website, that created Storm Stories. Spokesman- Review is a daily broadsheet based in Spokane, Washington.The project aims to involve the community to contribute with video, photos or stories about weather disasters or about nice neighbourhoods.

It’s fun looking through the satellite or hybrid map and click on the highlighted area to see a picture or to read a story.  Moreover, it has a help section where you can register to ask for help or volunteer to help someone.So far, a great way to support a real and at the same time virtual, friendly community and engage people to share their best and worst experiences.

Egypt in Crisis

In Brussels, leaders of the European countries are meeting for the first time since the Middle East protest, to decide about the future of th crisis country, as they have had a lacklustre response so far. The summit is supposed to call for ‘an expeditious and orderly transition‘ to democracy in Egypt.

 

Meanwhile, a radical change in the Tahrir Square: tens of thousands people who are praying.  Egyptians are taking part in ‘the day of departure’ as President Mubarak is wanted to resign today. The crowd is waving Egyptian flags and chanting the words of the Egyptian national anthem. An Egyptian blogger commented on Twitter: ‘The scene of Tahrir right now is incredible. Millions of people praying. Reverence. Very powerful. It looks like Mecca in haj’

You can watch online the latest news from Cairo on BBC News and The Guardian.

(Source: The Guardian)