One of the things that makes audio journalism different from regular journalism is visuals. With audio journalism you cannot make any judgement’s about a situation or an individual person. What is unique about audio journalism is that the only sense you can use is hearing. This is important because it may make you see a situation differently and think in a different way. For example, if you are listening to a journalist talk about victims of a murder, you cannot judge anyone because you cannot physically see them. You have to think about the situation more and think logically about who the murderer is. I enjoy audio journalism because I like to listen to a journalist tell a story through their perspective and to listen to how they see the world. I think audio journalism has an impact on many people and it is something that needs to continue to grow.
One of the most important aspects of being a journalist is getting factual content for your readers through interviews. In this chapter Filak talks about interviewing as a journalist and discusses important elements. I feel like one of the most important elements of an interview is understanding what your purpose is for the story you want to write about. Understanding your interview will help the interview with flow and it will make you your source think you know what you are doing. For example, if you go to a car crash or a place where there is an emergency, then you should first interview the witnesses and then higher authorities like police officers. In this situation if you are not prepared for the worst then you will not get a successful interview and will not have a story. One of the things Filak mentions is live tweeting what you are reporting about. This will provide your readers with information and lets them know that there will be a story. This chapter made me think about interviews more and how important they are for a story.
In chapter 6 of Filak, the interesting section that caught my attention was Twitter. Twitter today is used by so many people and it is a great way to share news from any area such as sports, politics, fashion, and many more. When I think of Twitter I think of politics because today Twitter is used for politics a lot. Filak talks about five different points about Twitter that I thought was interesting. The first point is tweet to be read. I agree with Filak when he says to avoid abbreviations because the reader should be able to understand what you are saying easily. And people might take an abbreviation differently than you, so you want to make sure you are on the same page and that it looks clean. The second point is spelling and grammar count. Some times when I get on Twitter I see grammar errors from companies that are professional. Whenever I see this it makes me think that they are not responsible and I am less likely to trust them. So it is important to make sure you can spell correctly for your readers. The third point is tweet for readers. Filak is right when he talks about how a company should tweet what your niche is so like travel or politics. People go to your twitter page to see specific tweets and if they see random things it will most likely turn them away. The fourth point is twitter is dangerous. Filak describes the how twitter can be a negative platform and when you send a tweet you have to make sure that you are not accusing someone of something or coming off as negative. Twitter watches tweets heavily especially if it is from a large company. The final point is drive traffic to your outlet. It is important for your viewers to know more about you other than from Twitter such as adding a website to your profile. This will help engage a larger audience and people will know who you are more.
In chapter 2 of Briggs, the section that caught my attention is when he was talking about Twitter and the different meanings on the platform (DM, @, Tweet, RT, Hashtag). Everyone who has a Twitter account uses these but it is important to understand what they mean. DM is a direct message used to share something with an individual privately. I use this sometimes with my friends to share something that I found on the platform. When you use the @ icon you are most likely mentioning someone in the tweet. Usually when I do this is when I tweet about someone or if the person relates to the tweet. RT is retweeting which means you are sharing someone else’s tweet that you think is interesting or something you relate to. I usually do this when I see a tweet that i can relate to or that I think is funny so other people can see the tweet. Finally, the hashtag is used when something is a topic. So if you post a picture of the beach you might use #beach. Hashtags can also be used if something is trending so people can search the hashtag and see all the post with the hashtag.
With technology getting better and becoming more complex, as a society we live off of data. Whenever we get on our phones to check the news or our social media sites, we use data. Communication is so important in society today because we have to know what is happening all the time. We also need to know something in only just a few seconds because we are impatient human beings in today’s society. Communication through social media and news sites are just two examples of using data to provide information to audiences. Information is important because it tells a story and tells a story to the reader. One of the things in the book was how BreakingNews can send alerts to emails, push notifications, and personalized streams. Not only can BreakingNews do this, but they can do this in a matter of seconds, all because of metadata. “We’ve engineered our content management system to estimate the metadata–make intelligent guesses–and then our editors can quickly make tweaks on the fly. We’re able to do this in a matter of a few seconds,” Bergman says. Metadata also allows them to give details about an incident like location to better inform the media. I thought this chapter was interesting because it made me realize how important data is for information and communication with daily life.
When I was younger, I loved when people would take pictures of me. If I saw someone who had a camera and was about to take a picture, I would give whoever was taking the picture a huge smile and then carry on with my life. As I got older, I started to love being behind the camera more. The beauty of being a photographer is being able to see the beauty in everything around you. For me, it’s looking at the world in a unique and different perspective. When I live my life, I look at nature and think to myself, “Woah, this would be a great picture.”
After I take the picture, I have it forever. When I was younger, I was shy and didn’t like talking to people. Sometimes I had to deal with anxiety, and still do to this day. I have realized that photography has opened me up in many ways, physically and mentally, and there are many ways being a photographer has made me healthier.
Photography is a gift. We are all photographers in some way. Even if you do not like taking pictures, you probably have taken plenty of photos. Photography brings me incredible joy in my life, and it has also helped me physically. I have found myself being more active in my everyday life by walking around campus, going hiking to get that amazing mountain picture, or even going to the beach to capture a wave. As a photographer you must go the extra mile to get the shot you are wanting, which in the end gives you some exercise. When I am shooting, I don’t really think about the physical exercise because I am focused on the camera and the picture I am trying to capture.
With photography being beneficial physically, it is also beneficial mentally. Anxiety and depression are two disorders that are becoming more common in society, and it is hurting lives. According to Psychology Today, 60-70 percent of people who have anxiety also have depression. Photography helps me with my mental health by putting myself in a place I want to be when I am shooting. Usually when I have anxiety, the cause is because I am worried about something. When I am in nature and shooting photos, I feel calm and relaxed because it feels like I am away from the world – it’s just me and my camera. Being interested in what I am capturing also takes my worries and throws them away for awhile because I am not thinking about what I am worried about. Photography helps with anxiety, but it also helps with depression. Have you ever been so busy with school that you feel distant from your friends or significant other? Feeling productive about something you are passionate about is very important to your mental health and photoshoots can help with this. From my experience, doing photoshoots with my girlfriend is fun. It is something we both enjoy and we both feel complete outside of school and the chaos it brings sometimes.
Photography is my escape from society and the worries life brings. It forces me to get out into the world and allows me to think in a different perspective. I can shoot what I want in a blink of an eye and have the memory with me for as long as I want.
I really enjoyed this read because photojournalism is something I have a huge interest in. I love taking pictures and sharing them with other people, but I love having a story behind them. This chapter did a good job of getting the point across of why photojournalism exist. Writing is something I enjoy but words are just words. I like to have something physical for people to see to express more in detail what I am talking about. This also gives more of an emotional response to the readers because when the reader can see what is going on in the picture it can tell the reader the mood, atmosphere and even color of things. I also liked how Briggs, the author, explained how you can post your photos online, especially for people who do not know how. There have been many times where I have read journalism without pictures and it’s great but sometimes I picture things in my head that are completely different from what the journalist wants me to think. When I do read journalism with photos I know exactly how the journalist wants me to feel and think what the journalist is thinking. I love photojournalism and I hope to use it in my career one day.
While reading chapter 6 in the book, Dynamics of Media Writing by Filak, I thought it was helpful reading about how to write effectively in digital-media. The section that caught my attention was, Keys to Good Digital-Media Writing, page 95. Filak gives five basic keys to write successfully on the web or digital-media. The first key Filak talks about is offering quick reads. I can relate to this because when I search for something on the internet, I want the information right away and not something that I have to look forever for. I think this is important because it will help keep the reader focused on you. “Use short bits of information to give people the most important information first and then move on,” Filak said. The next key Filak talks about is being timely. I thought this was important because people want to know what is happening now and what happened weeks ago doesn’t matter anymore. Filak does a great job with talking about time as a writer, “Give your readers information they can use immediately or inform them about something that just happened.” The next key Filak explains is promoting content. As a writer on the web, this is important because if people are interested in you then you want them to know who you are more by providing social media links like Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Being detailed in your writing or as Filak puts it, don’t just react. This is important because some people want more information about something that happened and not just your opinion about something. For me, when I search something on the internet, it’s because I want more information about facts and not someone’s opinion. The final key Filak talks about is being updated with changes. So, as things are occurring, stay updated with what is going on so you always have new information. This is important because people want to know what is new and what is happening right now. I learned a lot from this chapter because social media is one of my concentrations as a career after college.
In chapter 2 of the book, Journalism Next by Briggs, Briggs talks about blogging, which I thought was interesting because I am a blogger and love to do blogs when I have time. While reading this chapter I learned many things about blogging and how to blog professionally. I liked how Briggs showed how to create your own blog and the different things you can add to make your page to look professional. For example; name, theme, page elements, fonts & colors, edit HTML, new templates and the overall appearance. I think this is good for someone who is just getting into blogging to help them get started. I thought this chapter was very helpful for people who want to become journalist because Briggs talks about how you have to have a Twitter and blog to even be a decent journalist. I think everyone who wants to be a journalist one day should read this chapter.