Audio Journalism sounds like an oxymoron when you don’t know what it means. Journalism is a written media like for newspapers and journals, right? Well, nowadays it seems that journalism can be over any medium, wether it be audio, visual, or even over social media. Writing purely for audio is much more different than writing for a newspaper. Audio is written more simply and conversationally, while journalism written for paper is much more expansive in how it is written.
Twitter os a very useful tool in the recent journalistic scene. It helps to both create and report news, thanks to controversy that is often started on the website. I honestly rely on twitter more than traditional journalistic media for news for one reason: there are always both sides to the story present. Think about it, when was the last time anybody on twitter agreed about anything? It is a place known for its discourse, which is part of the reason I love it so much. No matter if you want to or not, you will see peoples opinions on both sides of the matter, and if that isn’t fair journalism then I don’t know what is.
Data serves a very important role in journalism. Not only is it nearly everyone’s main source of information, but the interpretation of data is, a lot of times, how people form opinions about different subjects. The way that reporters use and show raw data can not only effect what people see in data, but effect their opinion of said data. This data is mainly accessed through modern tech like the internet, so every side of the story is available, but it is up to the readers which side they take to every story that comes out of data.
Anyone that has met me knows that I am a little weird. There are many reasons for this, but it’s mainly because of my love of anime. Many people nowadays are becoming familiar with the exploding cartoon genre known as “anime”. The term “anime” is usually used to describe soley Japanese animation, but some have broadened the term to include other cartoons with a similar art style. This art style has become extremely popular in the United States, with shows like Netflix’s “Voltron” or the popular web series “RWBY” by Rooster Teeth gaining an explosion of popularity over the last couple of years. This sudden burst of popularity leaves this writer with one key question: is this sub-culture of anime lovers still considered weird?
It seems to me that many things that were once considered “weird” or “nerdy” have now become mainstream. The most prime example of this would most likely be the recent popularity of movies that are based on comic books. In fact, some of the most well sold Marvel comics, such as Avengers, which made $1.519 billion in the box office, have been turned into movies. Who’s to say the same thing can’t be done with Japanese comics? This shift in the public view is part of the reason why media that had a small following in the past, like comic books and video games, have been thrust into the spotlight thanks to the increase in movie/tv show adaptations of comic book characters.
Suffice to say, as a fan of both anime and Japanese comics in general, I am happy that less recognized media is becoming more mainstream. It gives people a look into a form of media they may have never seen before. Liking anime is becoming less and less “weird” and becoming much more common thanks to the recent increase in interest in new media. Though anime and manga might not be the most well-known way of telling stories, it is quickly becoming more recognized as a legitimate medium, which makes this anime fan happy to be a little weird.
One key transition that defines our digital age is the current transition of mostly paper news to almost completely digital outlets. Most, if not all newspapers now-a -days, have at least one digital counterpart to their print production. This increased influence of digital media on print is exactly what Filak is telling readers to adapt to in order to succeed in writing. Digital and print writing are both very different fields, and each requires a different style in order to be seen as appropriate for their mediums.
Filak specifically mentions blogging when speaking of digital writing, and I think that blogging is a great comparison to how print media is seen. While print is more detailed and extensive, blog posts tend to be more opinionated, personal, and short form. Overall, writers have to adapt for their audiences. This is par for the course with a changing medium, and thusly changing writers.
Especially in this day and age, how a company is represented in the public eye is extremely important. This representation is left up to one person, the PR representative. While most journalists have a main goal to tell the news as it is, PR Reps have the unique task of trying to only look at the positive side of whoever they are reporting on, which is usually the company they are hired by.
However, this is a very thin line for a PR rep to walk. Like Filak says, “The more you hide, the worse it is.” Therefore it is a PR person’s job to shape the public’s opinion of the company they work for while also being fully honest with them. While it may be hard to talk bad about the company in charge of you, PR representatives not only have to deal with issues going out to the public, but also have to try and explain to the public exactly what the company is doing to resolve these issues.
All in all, PR might be one of the strangest areas of journalism to write for, but it is also one of the most important.