While reading chapter 1 and 2, I learned many things I did not know about as far as the journalism world is concerned. Although we talked about several points in class from the “Introduction” section in the book, I still gained much insight on the evolution of journalism and its importance. Examples of the points we discussed, as well as what I read, were about the many jobs that are available for journalist in this day and age. Seeing as how the print business is a declining market, I was quite surprised to find about successful independent companies like “Voice of San Diego,” “ArtsJournal,” and “paidContent.org”
Chapter 1: We Are All Digital Workers Now
Moving further into the chapter, I gained knowledge on several computer components such as “cache,” and “RSS” uses and essentials. I also found it interesting to see how modern technology like “apps,” have help innovate Internet use as well as further aid printing business’ and its transition into the digital community. This in itself is a huge contributor in creating a long-lasting relationship between consumers and their favorite magazines, and newspapers. Co-founder of Storify, Burt Herman, made a great point by explaining how for the first time in history, everybody has free access to the press through the Web. The possibilities that are presented in the virtual community are almost limitless. In addition to reading the “web-design basics” section in Chapter 1, I was completely blown away by how extensive web design code is. As an aspiring journalist, I was not aware that learning web code would be essential to my career.
Chapter 2: Blogging for Better Journalism
When reading through Chapter 2, I gained a much better understanding of blogs and their contribution to publishing. Blogs not only bring together a community of like-minded individuals with certain types of interests, but it also helps journalist find an outlet to hone their skills, as well as way for them find their niche market and audience. In addition, Briggs talks about how the creation of blogs have changed journalism for the better. I found it interesting how he related the tragic terrorist attack on September 2001, to the growth of blogs and user interaction. At the time this was a great way for those to vent and share their thoughts about the incident, thus creating a much wider participation in independent blogging.
According to Briggs a good blog is ..
1. One that has a great appearance
2. One that knows its audience and puts the reader first.
3. One that has links , and organized summaries
4. One that posts often and stays updated
5. One that has a catch title
6. One that has photos and videos