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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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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.

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Audio journalism is just as powerful, if not more powerful, than written journalism. When an audience tunes in to a podcast or NPR station, all they have to focus on is spoken words and music. There isn’t any visual aid to go with the sound, so what the audience is listening to needs to keep their attention at all times. This aspect can be extremely powerful, or extremely detrimental to journalism. The journalism written for audio has to be written in a way that captures the audience’s attention and keeps them hooked until the very last word.

Audio may not have visuals, but the audience creates a picture of what they hear in their mind’s eye. This gives them the freedom to picture the event how they see it, rather than focusing on a tv screen. In my opinion, this is more effective than watching a video on tv, or an anchor talk about the news. Personally, listening to something and creating a picture of it myself helps me to focus more on what I’m hearing and I am able to take more in this way. Audio also allows the audience to actually hear a tone of voice, rather than just reading off the page. Hearing emotion in someone’s voice is more effective than reading it for oneself. Audio journalism is more deliberate with a tone of voice because it has to be. If a story is told in the wrong tone of voice, the audience reacts differently than they would have if the story was told a different way.

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Interviewing is a major key in interviewing. Interviews can expand your understanding of a person or topic, and answer any questions that you have. Asking questions is very important in interviews. You should try to stay away from open-ended questions, as they can lead to boring and short answers. It is important to ask ‘why’ following questions. This can help elaborate the interviewee’s response and build a good story.

Being able to conduct a good interview is an important aspect of being a journalist. Some interviews require proper preparation. Asking the right questions can turn a bad interview into a quality one. Asking follow-up questions can broaden the interview and connect the dots.

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In this chapter, we learn about microblogging and how Twitter has become a very common medium for microblogging. Twitter can be a great way for accessing news, politics, sports, and the latest trends with such ease. However, anyone can post anything on the website/app, and like that rest of the internet and blogging mediums, the information can’t always be verified. Also, since you can’t hear the voice of the person blogging, the tones of some posts can be taken the wrong way.

Twitter is a widely used medium for it’s many great features. For instance, the direct message (DM) feature can be used almost as an SMS. You can send messages, share tweets privately, and share multimedia among anyone that follows you or has the feature enabled. You can use the hashtaging feature to connect with certain topics or discussions. For instance, you can search #NLCS and catch up to see who is winning the series, read peoples opinions, or watch highlights.

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In the reading the author talks about to importance of interviewing. Interviewing plays a big part in being a journalist. Being able to conduct interviews properly and building those connections with reliable sources can help you out in the long run of your career.

It can take time to find those reliable sources and finding the right places to get your information are some of the building blocks in becoming a sufficient interviewer. Each interview can be conducted in different manners. Some could take one meet up and some could take several. Some may be more more causal and others more formal. And some interviews you may have to prepare more for which could be one of the most important parts of conducting an interview.

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Filak and Briggs talks about the new form of blogging by the way of Twitter.

Twitter is now used for a news source. People use twitter to understand what is going on around the world. Also, you can use to put out your own personal information and opinion.

Verified sources post are valued the most on Twitter. Although just because one is verified, does not mean that their information is correct. Sometimes Twitter is used by Trolls. This causes conflicts on timelines across the world. Twitter also has a limit on how much you can type. The character cap is 280, this allows tweets to be more specific.

Twitter is used by many people around the world. Also on Twitter you can make it to where you follow and see what you only want to see. Twitter has done a good job with their algorithms. This allows users to stay within their own world.