This is my Concordia University blog. It will contain various journalistic posts and assignments and hopefully will help me go through the semester unscathed. Enjoy your stay and be nosy!
A Blog for the Frog
“On fast-moving stories, live blogs give the ability to post significant developments quickly – more quickly than editing and re-editing a news article,” said Matt Wells in his article in The Guardian. Wells takes into account the fact that technology in our society has evolved, and so have our media platforms. We live in an era of globalization, which is the increasing interconnectedness of the world. The huge network that is the internet (that is contrary to popular belief, fairly recent) helps information circulate continuously and incredibly fast. If, as a journalist, you cannot keep up with that, you will drown. Journalists have to catch up with the fast paced world, and blogs (or Live-blogs) are the way to start. Blogs will help journalists be updated on the news while allowing them to update their audience every minute.
Furthermore, one cannot hop into the journalism field without critical thinking, and a blog gives just that. Kelly Clay explains that freedom of expression is one of the major reasons why a Journalist should blog. As you leap into blogging and finish up editing your page full of multicoloured frogs, you create your own virtual world where your words come from your mind only. People scrolling through your blog can clearly seize your opinion in your postings on news stories or articles. Not all blogger journalists have to conform to the norms of newspaper or a TV News stations, it depends who they work for. It is important for amateur journalists to read the newspaper, listen to the radio or watch something more newsworthy than reality TV on their television sets. However, the aspects of blogging Clay pushes forward in her article makes blogs an entirely different and personal media platform.
Then come the more personal reasons for a journalist to own a blog. I am currently discovering how to write like a blogger. The only indication I am having troubles with is “write casually”. Honestly, who would want to write casually for an assignment?
But it isn’t all that bad. Owning a blog as a journalism student is like having a whole world screaming out at you “BE YOURSELF”. This is what your audience wants you to be.
Being yourself makes you more human, and allows you to interact with your audience better. Paul Bradshaw mentions in his article “When Journalists Blog: How It Changes What They Do” in the Nieman Reports that “The audience remains able to comment on the content and regularly provides information which updates it (the blog).” Bradshaw makes us realize that the blogger journalist is directly connected with the audience (unlike other types of journalists). Journalists can then become popular through their blog and become successful thanks to the relationship created between them and their audience.
Not only that, but journalists have the privilege to use many different types of documents such as text, audio and video files or pictures to better report the news. Joseph Stashko explains in Martin Bryant’s article how photos and videos allow his audience to “build a live picture” of his coverage. This would obviously explain why the blogs are competing with newspapers and TV and radio stations: they’re all in one!
If you are a nosy journalism student, here are a few blogs I fished out of the pond:
- The Online Journalism Blog to help you with digital journalism a.k.a this class.
- CNN iReport Blog to help you keep up with the latest news from around the globe.
- Poynter the super original suggestion (not) to help you out in Journalism courses in general