Reflections

•May 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Out of all of my classes this semester, I feel that what I have learned in this class will be most applicable to me and what I want to do in the future. I felt that all of the activities had a useful purpose, and I am proud of the knowledge I have gained in the subject of Electronic technologies in journalism. Back in January I posted that “During this class this semester I am hoping to gain website-creating literacy, to publish my work online, and to learn up-to-date information about how journalists are adjusting, and (hopefully) thriving in this new technological world of journalism.” I think I can safely say that all of these have been accomplished. This class was “right up my alley” and felt that I did well overall. I learned to do things such as make a blog, use InDesign, post to YouTube, and many other things that I wanted to know how to do, but never really knew where to start. As far as my impressions about online journalism and the technical side of publishing goes, I can’t think of anything that has really changed, but my knowledge on the topic has greatly expanded, and my ideas about what I can do in the future related to this industry have broadened. I am very glad I took this class and I look to build upon what I have learned in the future, both in and out of class.

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The Bottom Line

•May 7, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Long gone are the gravy days of big-money journalism. When a single local newspaper was the only way to get news, there was a lot of money to be made in this monopoly. Today, that money is much more spread out, and in some forms such as internet, is hardly revenue producing. Today, almost all print media entities are in a sticky situation financially. With a struggle to survive in todays industry, the question must be asked, does the pressure of maintaining the bottom line have an effect on the journalism? With newspapers and magazine cutting staff and going under, the reality is that there are people’s well-being on the line. Does this lead to a lack of quality or values? In my opinion, no. Subscription journalism knows that it can’t compete strait up against the internet and TV, so they realize that for them to survive they have to be different. One of the biggest complaints of internet news and journalism is that it is often unprofessional, unethical, or simply lacks quality. Newspapers and magazines must hold on to their core values and hope that the consumers can differentiate journalistic quality. Anyone who says “it’s not about the money,” really means, “it’s all about the money.” So while bottom lines are extremely important for survival, I believe that right now there is the biggest transition in the history of journalism, and that there are growing pains right now, but that it will all even out in the end. The organizations and people who can survive for now and come out on the other end with all of the same quality and value that they have always had, will once again be more concerned about the journalism instead of the bottom line.

Podcast Project

•April 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

For my first ever podcast I sat down with my musically gifted friend Mac and talked about the many instruments he plays and also got to hear a few samples of his skills. Have a listen.

My First Podcast

My Professional Idol: Rick Reilly

•April 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

I think that it is valuable for every college student, no matter what their major or concentration, to have a professional idol, or role model, in their field of choice. Someone that they can look up to for the way in which they do their work, the quality of their work, or even just the person that they are. For me in the last few years, that person has been Rick Reilly. When I decided that I wanted to pursue sports writing about half way through high school, I began to look for people in the industry that I wanted to emulate, or draw from the way they wrote. I looked for stories that broke the mold, that approached issues from a unique viewpoint, and most importantly, that made me feel something. That is exactly what I found in Rick. He can write about just about anything and make me laugh, cry, and be intrigued. And yes, I have cried at a story of his. He often takes on stories that won’t make the headlines on ESPN or even a small town newspaper, but are nonetheless stories that need to be told. He’s not afraid to take a stand, to be honest and real, or approach controversial or touchy issues. To sum it up, he is the most genuine guy in the sports writing world today in my opinion. He is someone who I do not want to copy, but someone I respect and appreciate. I feel that there is a lot about his writing to be learned and emulated for aspiring sports journalists. Ok I’ll stop gushing about Rick Reilly and leave you with one of my favorite pieces of his that he did for ESPN around Thanksgiving time last year. Hopefully you can see and hear a little bit about why he is my professional idol.

John Wooden’s Love Letter

Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalists

•April 11, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Of all of the articles I’ve read in relation to my Journalism 232 class, I feel that this one is the most relevant to the class topics thus far. The currently failing business model of the long-static journalism industry is a reality that must be dealt with. This article outlined the 8 most vital skills/traits that journalist in this new age must possess in order to be competitive in the current job market. The author says that “News companies are seeking journalists who are jacks of all trades, yet still masters of one (or more).” I imagine that this is very true. While many of the 8 traits listed involve technology, I believe that the most important trait will remain to be fundamental journalism skills. However, this is not enough on its own anymore. For a journalist to make it today, they must be multi-skilled, being able not only to produce a journalistically-sound story, but also possess the ability to communicate/deliver/distribute it in a multi-media format in many cases. The industry has broadened dramatically, but it is important for every journalist to remember what they are in the simplest form, a journalist, a story-teller, a voice of credibility. This is more important than all.

Laptop Killer?

•April 5, 2010 • Leave a Comment

As this week marked the release of the new Apple iPad, I felt it appropriate to write on the debate that is swirling around it. I read an article/review on the iPad, and what it means for the industry overall. The writer asks the question: can this replace a laptop? As with most things in life, there are advantages and drawbacks with the iPad. However, he finds that the iPad is much more than a e-reader (Kindle), or a big iPhone. The reviewer found that the more he got comfortable with the iPad, the less he wanted to crack open his laptop. His final verdict was: the iPad can indeed replace a laptop for most data communication, content consumption and even limited content creation, a lot of the time. But it all depends on how you use your computer. He also found that if you’re mainly a Web surfer, note-taker, social-networker and emailer, and a consumer of photos, videos, books, periodicals and music—this could be for you. If you need to create or edit giant spreadsheets or long documents, or you have elaborate systems for organizing email, or need to perform video chats, the iPad isn’t going to cut it as your go-to device. I don’t know if I’ll ever get an iPad, but this article definitely cooled me off on some of the criticisms of the iPad. And hopefully I will never be in a profession where I need to edit giant spreadsheets. (At least I hope so.)

Project #3

•March 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

RUF Summer Conference