Author Archives: Cameron Verona

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Audio journalism is a lot different than video and reflects difference a message in certain situations. Sometimes an audio clip as opposed to a face speaking will prevent people from judging whoever is speaking actually take the time to listen to their anecdote. This is seen in the Podcast series “Serial”.  To avoid the audience judging people for their Middle Eastern look or heritage only a simple audio clip of their and give you is play and I need to get an emotionally attached to the characters. It is a much more effective way to tell stories in certain situations and correctly elicit the right emotions from audience members.

Natural sound is a type of audio clip that is used to a greater effect than it is in videos. It allows the audience to imagine what is actually going on and titillate the senses instead of being fed directly what is going on. This can allow people to simply close their eyes and be immersed in the situation left to their own thoughts and devices, kind of like reading.  In this respect audio is a lot more effective in telling stories and can also be extended into a Podcast series to properly get all the details of the situation, while a documentary must limit say 12 hours of footage into an hour 1/2 to 2 hours.

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Interviewing is such an integral part of journalism. So many factors surround it, but one thing trumps them all: Being a genuinely nice, respectful and considerate person. You’ve heard of the Golden Rule? Treat everyone the way you would want to be treated? Well, this is exactly how reporters should approach an interview.

Each factor should be met with the utmost consideration. An interviewer should be prepared by having questions ready beforehand, and already have an understanding of how they want the interview to flow based on the order of questioning. The interviewer should understand their purpose and what information they need to gather. Bearing this in mind, the source should approached by putting your credentials first, and asking for the person in particular you wish to interview (Ex. from textbook: “Hi, this is Bill Johnson from the marketing department. Is the head of the finance department here?”).

Next, a location should be decided. To allow the interviewee to be at their most comfortable. After all, in order to get the information you want you must to accommodate your source. It is best to make sure that any recording or videoing that is done is of the consent of the interviewee (we return to comfort being the highest priority). Sometimes video or audio is the best way to convey a story, because text may not do it justice or provide the emotions heard and felt during the interview. Be mindful of your facial expressions, as some may provoke further questions without you having to even say a word. Silence is just as much of an ally as preparation.

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Both Briggs and Filak claimed that the use of Twitter as a microblogging platform is essential to modern journalism.

This statement is truthful, but the recreational use of Twitter often takes precedence over the professional side of it. The network itself is an extremely useful place to generate more interest in your company’s content as well as allowing to see it via hyperlink.

I would say that news/media outlets such as the Washington Post and the New York Times use Twitter very well to make a message powerful using Twitter’s character cap of 280. With limited space, it becomes increasingly difficult to provide every detail, so a simple hyperlink and headline in a Tweet becomes as powerful as an entire article. Donald Trump is one of those users who I personally believe used his Twitter well to generate a big following during the 2016 campaign. Since then, though, his Twitter has been a place of poorly created nicknames and degradations towards others and since has become more ineffective than it was before.

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We live in a society today that is based off of consumption and redistribution of data. People can’t get through their day without perusing some sort of information in regards to the news or current events in the world. Often, these events are portrayed as accurately and as quickly as possible, even if all the finite details are not readily accessible. This is due to data collection and its representation in a spreadsheet. This way it can be clearly organized and put out into an article to be read by the public, one that contains all the statistical information in displayed in a very organized manner. Data can be represented in many, ways including map mashups. These are groupings of maps that usually are interactive and contain information about an area recently affected by a natural disaster or well organized public entertainment (and everything in between). A good example of this is a map that showcases all the focal points of earthquakes in a recently affected area. They are able to do this through location aware devices that allow people to voluntarily submit their location to a server that records said data from a person’s phone, and banks it into a larger a storage unit that is later tapped into for deeper knowledge. The world today is a scary place, anybody can know anything about anybody at any given time given the right tools. Let us hope they continue using this technology for good, instead of evil.

Use Your Head

In recent years, a lot of sports have come under fire for causing unnecessary brain trauma due to the severity of some collisions or actions performed with the head. Soccer has not been immune to this criticism, since soccer players on the field use their head quite a bit during the game to win 50/50 balls and regain possession for their team or score/defend goals.

There have been questions raised as to whether or not heading should be allowed to occur in the sport. Some people want to ban it altogether, while others just want soccer players to wear mouth guards and soft, protective head guards to reduce trauma. This is absurd. There is no need for this. Using your head in soccer is such an integral part of the game and has been a part of its rules and regulations since the game’s inception. People have attempted to validate studies that link headers back to brain damage. While some cases of trauma could potentially point back to heading the ball, the amount of times one would have to head the ball to generate a severe amount of trauma that causes damage is a steep climb.

I’m not going to stop hitting the ball when I play, nor is anyone else going to stop initiating such contact. When one is in the heat of the moment, and possesses all the competitive fire needed to win, they will do anything to succeed. If that means putting their precious brain on the line to help their team win, so be it.

Removing headers from soccer would not only ruin the flow of the game, but it would remove the need for players to be explosive in their vertical ability. It is such a wonderful feeling when you go up for a ball and get a clean connection with your forehead and smash the ball into the net to score the game-winning goal. It’s exhilarating when, as a defender, you go up for a header inside the box and send it downfield with a satisfying crack heard by all watching as you put your head straight through the ball. Taking away this aspect from the game would not only reduce its quick flow, but also decrease the amount of competition seen present on each pitch. In a world without headers, players would have to wait for the ball to come down, resulting in a much slower game; it would become less interesting to watch and less fun to play.

There is a correct and proper way to head the ball that causes the least amount of pain and damage to your head. Players are supposed to connect with the ball right across the middle of their forehead and follow through to properly put the right amount of power on the ball to send it going in the right direction. It is easy to fall victim to the more commonplace idea of softening contact sports and slowly destroying said games. Soccer players are intense competitors, instead of eliminating a key component of the game, players should be educated about how to properly head a ball.

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Briggs was very informative as always, detailing the exact information needed to correctly use a camera and photoshop to take and edit photos for the best quality effect in journalism.

It is not about the best picture, or the most aesthetic (it does help, though); a perfect picture for news will tell the story behind the words laid out in front of the reader. Some say a picture equals a thousand words, and that very effect is what journalists seek to recreate when picking or taking shots for their story.

I will once again leave the step-by-step process to Briggs on how to maneuver these devices and programs since it is the overall use and message that journalists should remember here: a picture is a thousand words, and every feeling imaginable can be created via a well-placed or well-taken photo. The best photos are snapped when the photographer has the most time; a rushed picture is a picture that communicates fewer words and feelings than it should under normal circumstances. Pictures will support the story, and even tell one of their own if they are taken with time, and care, and with the utmost importance.

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The majority of the chapters in both books referred to the importance of blogging; not just how important it is, but also how to generate readers for your blog, how to create your blog, and how to write for a blog in such a tiny confined space. Now, what I just said is very contradictory to the infinite space procedurally generated on the Internet, but it is true. While working in print one has to be mindful of the fact that they only have so much paper to print on, and therefore should be able to generate a predetermined word count to help them base their writing off of the inverted Pyramid Style; however, on the web one has to write tighter than the space allows. A good rule of thumb is to take what you have written and cut it in half because any media writer can get carried away with how much space they have and forget to really drive home the point.
While it is important to be as detailed as one can to not leave anything out, it is more so important to do so in as few words as possible. This is because readers on the Internet have a very short attention span and, if you were to list 3 sources, the reader may tire before ever reaching the 3rd source and either move on to another portion of the article or exit out of the page altogether. It is essential to engage your readers via social media, and advertising your blog with the microblogging capabilities of Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and so on. Obviously, not everybody has time to sit down and write a blog that is very detailed and caters to every type of audience for a media outlet. This is why the app Twitter is very popular. Limiting space to only 140 characters makes the writer really think about what they want to get across before putting it down. There is no blank canvas with a limited space anymore, everything is confined and the point has to be driven harder than a nail into a piece of wood.

Going into the journalism next book, I was not expecting to find such a detailed chapter on how Twitter works and how physically to set up and organize a blog. I will leave the technical side of things to that chapter, but I will say if one was looking to set up a blog then that book is as far as they need to look to find every step needed to create one that is both engaging and pleasing to look at. To recap, blogging is an art that can really help springboard people into the world of journalism and create a new platform for people to look at news who are not necessarily trying to browse it in a corporate environment. Blogs are typically personal and are very engaging to the reader. They are edited very minimally each day over and over to at least initiate some type of change to keep readers circling back to the blog. They ask questions, they provide answers, and they provide the news. Blogs are an essential part of any media outlet and have skyrocketed since their inception thanks to social media and to the growing digital world.