October 17, 2006

A Look at Seib: More Evidence of the Changing Face of Journalism

I had wanted to include my entire portfolio in this post as well. Also, the excercise two, a link to this entry and everything else will be posted on turnitin.com. Under media lab portfolio there will be my lab entry, my high school contact information, my agenda item, and a link to this entry. Excercise two will be posted on its own under Ex:2 Media Analysis. Here, in the entry body of my blog, i will post my richly linked blog entry, complete with links to my blogs on Seib. Inside the extended entry will be all of the long text: My high school contact information, my lab entry, excercise two, and my action item.

Moving onto Seib and how he is further evidence of the about-face of my career. For another class, EL236, i presented a richly linked blog entry about objectivity in relation to Journalism. I feel as though Seib is further physical evidence of this phenomenon known as: The About-Face of Objectivity..

How Seib represents this change:

Chapters 1 and 2: Seib discusses the phrase "too live" and whether or not aspects of the truth or aspects of censorship are to be the first and foremost concern of journalists. My take: Show me the gore.

Chapters 3 and 4: I was really only interested in a small segment of what Seib had to say in Chapter 3. Chapter 4 i didn't find anything worth discussing in further detail. Both of these chapters were a little dry for me thus resulting in a small blog entry on the delivery of the news locally vs. wordly, the dissatisfaction of viewers and a question to ponder: What is the definition of "bad news?"

Chapter 5: An Adventure of Emotion. The title and small blurb following it explain the entry. I covered alot of quotes/topics in this entry. Seib had me on an emotional rollercoaster ride.

Seib, especially in Chapter 5, made me feel as though i were losing my job, which is a little bit worse than i felt in my about-face, when it was simply being reformed.

Information regarding the rest of my portfolio is contained within, due to its lengthy context.

First and foremost:

My high school contact info: Kiski Area High School- 724-845-8181

Lab Entry:

The first issue of the Setonian presented problems for Lori Rupert, and prior to this issue she “just hoped things would improve.”

“I don’t think that last time I demonstrated how crucial it was I be assigned an article or photos,” Rupert said. “I am very busy and therefore my contributions must be things I am able to do on my own time such as online work or something actually being placed into the print issue.”

According to Rupert, after last issue, she had gone to Evan Reynolds, online editor, and presented herself to help. She had explained her issues with time and explained how quick online stuff that could be processed on her time, within a deadline, of course, would be the best way for her to participate. Reynolds had emailed her some articles; she wasn’t able to make it to any of the events scheduled.

Thankfully, Valerie Masciarelli assigned Rupert an article on family day. Unfortunately, She had issues with this article. “I ended up not able to write it for lack of information. I had to work the day of the event and wasn’t able to attend and thus had difficulties finding students and families who were there,” Rupert said.

According to Rupert, prior to accepting the article, she had informed Masciarellil of my situation. “Lori told me from the very beginning that she might not be able to be present for Family Day, so I had no hard feelings that she was unable to cover the event. The paper had a lot of content, and so even though it would have been nice to have her article, there wasn't too much of a problem. I'd rather people be honest with me,” Masciarelli said.

Again, Rupert has not had much success this time around. “Third time is a charm,” Rupert said. She hopes to catch some online writing prior to next issue, but hopefully she will also acquire the authorship of the Brian Blasko follow-up article. “ I did bring it up to Amanda again, but she had said all of the political stuff was going in the next issue closer to the elections. I will make this request of her again,” Rupert said.

Exercise 2:

1. http://www.usnpl.com/ This link enables a user to find any newspaper in the United States. There is a list, by state, and the user can click on any of the states (which are links). This is important to me because it enables me to read worldwide news. I can therefore be more aware of what is going on in the world outside of where I am. A journalist should always be world savvy and know what is going on around them as they write. This can help them determine what content to cover, or that which maybe would be better off not published.

2. www.news.google.com Google news has a few interesting features that may provide useful to a journalist. First, a journalist could go to google news and search for a particular article via the search bar at the bottom of the webpage. Also, a reader/journalist can put news articles on alert. Then if any new articles pertaining to that subject pop up, a reader gets an email. This could be useful to journalists who are looking for coverage ideas, or maybe even looking to see if the topic has already been covered by an opponent. Also, if a journalist needs to read up on a certain topic, surely they can read the articles relevant to it and then be notified if anymore are placed onto the web.

3. http://www.usu.edu/journalism/faculty/sweeney/resources/ap.htm I had tried to go to the AP stylebook website, but turns out you have to be a member to actually get into it. This is an article by a professor and he discusses the tactics of the AP stylebook and includes some style guidelines within his article. Very informative, this site would be important to any Journalism student just starting the major, or even maybe a help to a stuck Journalism student who doesn’t have their AP stylebook. It is important and relevant because a journalist must live and breathe AP style.

4. http://www.foxnews.com/ This link could be important to Journalists if its blurb does as it claims, revealing breaking news and new coverage/content. A journalist would be able to stay up to date and on the utmost end of the information spectrum by using this site. Any site with current and constant coverage and updates, respectively, would be of good use to a journalist.

5. http://news.yahoo.com/ This link not only offers breaking news, good for those journalists seeking the news, it also offers current events and the “latest headlines.” There is also an analysis and opinion page on top stories. This would be a good thing to study, maybe to have more of a chance to define what news worthy content is.

College Newspapers
http://www.pittnews.com/ I really liked Pitts homepage. I like how the top story is featured in the very center of the page, although it is just a short blurb, there is also a photo and a link above the photo. The well written blurb and interesting photo make me want to click on the link and to read more. Also, they very plainly list all of their sections on the left side, along with an area to contact them. They have named it “interact”. I think this is a much more cozy word than contact. It is also a little bit more updated. Also, I really like how on the right side they list their most popular articles. These are all components of a good website. I think maybe we should try the top story center thing. That is the only thing they have in the center and causes the reader to focus solely on it.

http://www.pittnews.com/ Although we were supposed to pick two sites we would emulate, I chose this one because I would not take ideas from it. I don’t like that there are ads all over the page, practically hiding their “most popular articles” section. Also, they list all of the articles down the center, with links included. This makes scrolling very necessary. The sections are separated on the side, but why are they also listed down the center than? I don’t think an “issue summary” is necessary, it only causes for a reader to have to scroll more and I think all readers are smart enough to know how to use the links provided on the left side of the page.

I think we should revise the sidebars. For example, on the left, include a link to either course blogs, which than lead to other people’s blogs or a complete list of everyones blog organized in some manner. Then, perhaps, place the recent comments section on the right. I don’t think we necessarily need to know what is new on all the blogs. It is kind of irritating to see the same people’s names or blog names over and over again in a list of links. I would rather just have access to all blogs and pick and chose on my own.

Action Item

My action item: For my action item I would like to revise the website for my high school. If this would be acceptable that is. I really got frustrated with the website. Pretty much each page was the same and didn’t offer me what I needed: The contact information for the Professor in charge of the paper. I think that their site needs revamped. It did nothing but take me in circles to another page with the same information. I am going to work on a list of things I would change about it, discuss it with them, and see if maybe I could help with the implementation of those changes. I think it would be a good incorporation of my online html skills and also my contribution to a high school newspaper.

Posted by Lori Rupert at October 17, 2006 03:51 PM
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