Journalism tips for those who need them

I found an interesting post by Spencer Critchley who posted 10 tips for bloggers, podcasters and e-writers about journalism. He gave tips on how journalists do good work to hopefully help bloggers, podcasters and e-writers do the same. Some of his tips include respecting the value of people’s time, using plain speech, identifying sources and fact checking. He goes in to detail discussing regular points in the journalism world like how important the lede is, adding human interest to a story and getting your details right.

In my opinion, I think these are essential things for internet writers to follow and be well vested in. I think fact checking is one of the most, if not the most, important one on the list. I think accuracy in anything you write is essential to be a quality writer and to have credibility behind anything you say. This list provides internet goers the ability to have a platform on how the platform of journalism should be applied to everyday blogging!

Digg, other sites transforming journalism

I came across an interesting blog on digg and other sites transforming journalism and I thought it was pretty interesting. It brings up the point that these sites are now where consumers go to get their information. The blog puts a split between news gatherers and news filterers and says that sites that filter the news like digg is a primary drive to people as opposed to the New York Times and other famous newspapers. It says  that people will tune to the news for the actual information but that these sites are the primary target to seek out the news. It also states that  “people are more and more realizing that editors aren’t necessarily the best ones to be filtering what’s the most important news,” said Tech Crunch editor Mike Arrington at a panel on”User-Generated Content and Trends for 2007″ at the Online News Association conference.

I dont agree with this because I think people will always use places like the New York Times and others to actually find their news. Not only that, Google and other sites do a great job of filtering news for people and organizes it for people to go to better than social media sites.

Iphone and Citizen Journalism

An interesting article by Fast Company begs an interesting question: Is the iPhone 3Gs speeding citizen journalism?

The answer seems like a yes. The article delvs into the discussion of phones and the ability to upload videos to YouTube, but it talks especially about the iPhone. It talks about the good quality it shoots in video and how easy it is to upload that video to YouTube. An interesting statistic in the aritcle provided that “In the six days since the 3G S’s launch, YouTube has reported an incredible 400% increase in mobile video uploads.”

That stat alone shows to me that iPhones have increased the users ability to actively take part in citizen journalism due to the new generation of technology with cameras and the ease of uploading it.

For me, I think this article is important to see that technology, specifically the iPhone, has continually impaced journalism. It has enabled users to more actively participate in journalism and provide them with the tools to in an instant impact the world. The phone also allows you to edit right on it, something useful for a citizen journalist. This technology really could change the way journalists operate as well, allowing them to take video off their iphone as they go.

Digg and Journalism

Digg, an interface like Twitter, has continued to improve the journalism industry and further improve how users get their information.

Here is an article on how Digg helps improve the journalism industry and, like Twitter, has the features to help journalists and bloggers bump their stories and information. Digg uses an interface that helps readers get immediate information, something essential in today’s world. It is a way for people to stay up to date on their information and to stay in tune with their stories.

Soundslides Class Example

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Blogs and Journalism: A Discussion by Journalists

Mike Heika, Bob Sturm and Greg Wyshynski all break down the use of blogs as new media in today’s Journalism.

They all talk about the use of blogs and new media in their own platforms (Yahoo, Dallas Morning News and 1310 AM) and how they see the use of blogs and where it’s going. In here the article makes a good point when talking to Wyshynski he says that bloggers shouldn’t be seen as unethical and that it’s a matter of perception. I agree with that statement because I feel that it accuratley portreys the majority of bloggers. If a person is seen as journalistic and has ethical values, that will be reflected and he/she will have a better perception that people will have for that person. They also talk about the access to players for online media and if they read any hockey websites on a regualr basis.

I feel this article is good and I agree with many of thier points because I feel they accuratley depict today’s “new media”. A lot of credibility is starting to rest in bloggers and there is a new need for online content. I feel that even though these guys are used to the traditional media, they have learned to accept and adpot to the new form of how people are getting their information.

ESPN and Cover it Live!

The USA vs. Canada game drew record-setting ratings on television, but was using a new tool to try to get viewers more involved in the game. They used a tool called Cover it Live, which is a real-time blogging system that allows fans to follow blogs instantly and also comment in.

For the game, they used the blog to have fans follow and also comment in on the game. It was a great way to bridge the gap between writers and fans. They had four different reporters write for it and send in thier thoughts on the game. Fans were then allowed to comment back and put in their own opinions, which prompted the reporters to respond.

I think this is a great system and should be used more in the future. It allows fans to become interactive with the game and gives them their own medium to get their ideas out there. I think they should extend this past the olypics and use it for more sports, especially big games like the Super Bowl, World Series or NBA Finals.