In lecture this week we were talking about multimedia.  Unfortunately I wasn’t able to really learn anything new so for this blog post I am showing an audio slideshow from the LA Times.

My next assignment in class is to create an audio slideshow.  I however struggled with just getting audio.  And earlier in the semester I wasn’t the best at capturing pictures either, so this should be interesting.  

This slide show is very moving.  Not only is it an important topic, it makes you feel and sympathize.  Unfortunately my subject isn’t as important as this, but I am going to try and use this slideshow as well as others on this website for inspiration.


60 Minutes

60 Minutes

In lecture this week we discussed what exactly makes a good story and how we as journalists can form a good story.  Though the techniques of good storytelling are used in all the different types of pieces, this week we seemed to focus more on broadcast.  

The link I posted above takes you to a story posted on 60 Minutes Overtime.  60 Minutes Overtime is sort of the left overs/extras from the stories that were aired on 60 Minutes.  Whenever I think of good broadcasting and storytelling on television I immediately think of 60 Minutes.  For some reason their stories didn’t seem to bore me when I was younger.  Granted they sometimes have entertainment stories, but even the news stories are very well told.

This link will take you to an Overtime piece that is unique.  The clip starts out mentioning that it is the reporters first time reporting for 60 Minutes and actually interviews the interviewer.  Then they draw connections between her and the main subject of her first story.  This is a very interesting way too show a little extra bit of a story.

I stumbled upon this website The Daily Beast on Facebook.  I decided to check it out and was amazed.  This is an excellent idea. It gives the gist of articles about news.  If you’re a busy person, too busy to read all of the newspapers, this website could be your best friend.

As a future journalist I think it could be your best friend too.  It will keep you informed to the bare minimum and make sure you don’t miss something important.  I’m not saying that you  or others should only read this, but if you are short on time it could help.  

Websites like this could become more popular as time goes on.  I’m sure they have some sort of app for your phone or tablet and you can just read what you need to know without shifting through the other stuff.  This is sort of a scary thought.  Who is going to want to keep reading long articles in a news paper when they could save time by just reading websites like this?  I think the original articles are just as important because they do give some important details.  These details aren’t necessary for a story but they do add to the story.  I hope that websites like the Daily Beast don’t completely replace real articles, but they are handy.

91 Journalism Blogs

91 Journalism Blogs

It’s a little ironic that I have posted a link on my blog that takes you too a website containing more blogs, but in lecture this week we had three different speakers one of whom talked about convergence journalism.

When I first started out here at Mizzou I didn’t really know what convergence journalism was.  It now seems to be pretty much a combination of everything in journalism.  It’s basically what we are learning in this J2150 class.  

Blogging is one of the new ways to get out news and opinions.  This link shows “91 journalism blogs and websites that you will love.” Websites and blogs are used in convergence journalism.  Convergence is coming up with new and interesting ways to get news out too people.  Creating a website that is more interesting for people to view, so they remember what they read.  Making sure people understand the news and become interested in it is important.  Journalists should want people too want to be informed (if that makes any sense).