December 02, 2005

Blog Portfolio 4

Here it is, folks - the final blog portfolio of my college career!

We the Media (Intro, Ch.1 and Ch.2) - Coverage
We the Media (Ch. 3-5) - Coverage, Depth
We the Media (Ch. 6-7) - Coverage, Depth, Interaction
We the Media (Ch. 8-10) - Coverage, Depth
We the Media (Ch. 11, 12 and Epilogue) - Coverage, Depth, Interaction

Katie Aikins - Newswriting We the Media 6&7
Bethany Hutira - Where Do We Go From Here? Informal Presentation
Andrew LoNigro - Tribune Review (Nov. 29 Edition)

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We the Media (Ch. 11, 12 and Epilogue)

As I write this last blog entry, I must say that I enjoyed this book. It really opened my eyes to online media and really made me think about the virtues and faults of online and print journalism. While I know I will not be a "real journalist," the skills I have learned in this class will certainly help me in my chosen field of book publishing, and my newfound awareness of the blogosphere will keep me up-to-date with the current trends and technology.

I really enjoyed Ashley's presentation. It was extremely informative and really helped clarify the cookies problem; I am still confused, however. I had a vague idea of cookies before this section - mostly that they were bad. But now I know that some cookies are good as they help speed up our searches and save our preferences. I did a search of the cookies on my computer, but they really didn't give any clue as to what each cookie did. I would like to delete the "bad cookies" but am reluctant to delete the "good cookies."

Regardless, great job, Ashley!

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We the Media (Ch. 8-10)

In these chapters, Gillmor discusses some of the dangers of online journalism, most notably the copy and paste method or reporting. Here, someone can easily paste selective parts of text into their own, possibly misleading the reader. While I agree that this is a valid issue, I do not think that it is unique to online writing - it is just easier online.

Back in high school when we first learned how to write essays, I remember my English teacher warning us about inappropriate use of quotations, and the sins of not giving context to a quote, or only using a small and unrepresentative section of a quote. This was also reinforced in News Writing when we learned about interviews and quoting sources - while quoting a statement may be true, the omission of its context may be misleading.

While the copy and paste method of reporting may be easier and more prevalent in online journalism, it is a problem that all consumers of any form of news need to be aware exists.

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We the Media (Ch. 6-7)

Journalists aren’t some exotic species, they’re everyone who seeks to take new developments, put them into writing, and share them with others.

I really liked this quote because one thing this course has taught me is that you don't have to be a "journalist" to report the news. With the advent of blogging, anyone anywhere at any time can produce and report news. Mike Sichok proved that point when he reported on an accident that occured outside of his apartment.

Now that blogging has become so widespread, people have the ability to report what they see, know and hear. We are not limited to the stories published by our local papers - we can find news from any part of the world. We can also correct news that we read on others' blogs. If someone has misreported an incident, we have the ability to correct that mistake. With print journalism, any mistakes have to be addressed through a letter to the editor and a formal correction. This process usually takes a while, and not everyone can witness the correction. With online journalism, those corrections can be instantaneous.

Because the repercussions to making a mistake in print journalism are so much greater than in online journalism, I feel that print journalists are more cautious about making mistakes. They have editors and fact checkers, and are constantly making sure that all bias is eliminated. Online journalists don't have that - they need to rely on their own internal editor and the span of readership their site may receive.

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We the Media (Ch. 3-5)

CEO blogs are useful. Even better, in many cases, are blogs and other materials from people down the ranks. For journalists, some of the most valuable communications from inside companies come from the rank and file, or from managers well below the senior level. Why not let them communicate with the public, too? (Gillmor 74)

Before reading this chapter, I didn't realize just how extensive the blogosphere has become. Even though I have used blogs as a classroom tool, I still held the misconception that they were used primarily as a tool for teenagers and editorialists to express their thoughts and opinions. The idea that CEOs or corporate companies used blogs never would have crossed my mind.

Because of this, I have done a little blog searching, and I found a blog that is very informative about the publishing world - GalleyCat. It posts news and events, deals, job listings and freelancers. On a geekier note, HPANA is a blog that regularly posts Harry Potter news and events.

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We the Media (Intro, Ch. 1 and Ch. 2)

In the beginning chapters of We the Media, Dan Gillmor reflects on the journalistic changes our culture has undergone, and begins a debate between online journalism and print journalism.

While my experience blogging has given me new respect for web-based reporting, I am still distrustful of it as a completely reliable source, primarily because it is so accessible to so many people. I'm sure as time progresses and the market develops, online journalism will become more and more reliable and be turned to much more frequently than print journalism. Why do I think this? Our culture is getting progressively lazier and it takes less energy to read the news while at the computer than it is to pick up a paper.

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