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If it’s one thing I know about this class, it’s ‘preparation is everything’, and it really is. The tasks that we were assigned over the course of the semester really aren’t that hard  if you have all of your ducks lined up. The storyboard and other methods of planning really make things a lot easier when trying to find story ideas during crunch time.  Just simply having an idea of where you are going and who you might talk to  can make even the most elaborite modules seems a little less intense.

As with my first time around, my biggest issue with the class is the blog posts. I’m carrying 18 credits this semester and  it was to a point where i literally had to set an alarm on my cell phone to try and remind me to do the posts every Friday. Big projects were a no brainer, they were completed successfully and on time, but boy those blog posts. That is why I say preparation is key. Knowing what you’re doing and where you’re going ahead of time is so important.

Technically speaking, I learned more about html  and  photoshop which I love. I am a journalism major and honestly at this point I really wish I would have went into something else, not because of this class but more like all of my mass communication classes. I would rather  have studied something more like graphic design or website  design or business. Overall, this class was a good experience, technology-wise and I really cherish what I learned about the internet and the Adobe programs.


Here’s the links to all my comments! Enjoy!

1. http://rachelciarleglio.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/research-3/#comment-37

2. http://rachelciarleglio.wordpress.com/2009/11/06/reporting-post-on-tattoos-in-the-job-world/#comment-38

3. http://rachelciarleglio.wordpress.com/2009/10/22/reporting-post-on-trendy-tattos/#comment-39

4. http://courthammond.wordpress.com/2009/09/17/first-interview/#comment-38

5. http://courthammond.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/cats-and-dogs-aren%e2%80%99t-the-only-pets-being-kicked-to-the-curb/#comment-39

6. http://courthammond.wordpress.com/2009/10/20/obsession-with-small-pets/#comment-40

7. http://daniellekoch.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/reporting-post-3-newlywed/#comment-35

8. http://daniellekoch.wordpress.com/2009/10/07/research-post-2-12-reasons-to-go-to-grad-school/#comment-37

9. http://daniellekoch.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/research-post-7-top-ten-jobs-for-recent-grads/#comment-38

10. http://lilymlee.wordpress.com/2009/10/02/45/#comment-39

11. http://lilymlee.wordpress.com/2009/10/30/vroom-vroom-or-is-it-zip-zip/#comment-40

12. http://lilymlee.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/green-is-the-new-black/#comment-41

13. http://lilymlee.wordpress.com/2009/11/20/i-drink-green-i-see-green-and-i-feel-green/#comment-42

14. http://arabe1.wordpress.com/2009/10/29/odd-job-number-six-high-profile-nanny/#comment-31

15. http://arabe1.wordpress.com/2009/10/16/a-very-grave-job/#comment-32

16. http://chrisreilly425.wordpress.com/2009/10/23/keeping-the-fun-in-sportswriting/#comment-23


Multimedia presentation, the Science of Sex, is a thoughtful and provoking collection of images, interviews and a brief background of information regarding love, dating and of course, sex in the year 2009. I could tell when I first went to the site that this was not going to be a simple overview of where babies come from. Students at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism interviewed over 100 people for the project. Each section of the project is just as clean as it is inviting. The elements of color and arrangement of photos and use of flash are easy to navigate through and keep you interested at the same time. 

There is well-created page that is devoted to the three authors, with their pictures and biographies. 

Much of the presentation is devoted to rising virtual world network, Second Life. There is a special page for it as well, which tells the readers how to meet, date and eventually have sex in the virtual world. Having sex in the virtual world takes specific steps, according to the video that is available to the reader as well. We are also shown how to get married and cool places to visit, through a convenient slideshow.  

The authors quickly shift the lighthearted focus, and we are emerged into science mode as the science of dating and finding a mate is discussed. This page has multiple videos offering real accounts of dating and relationships, along with an interactive quiz that measures your dating symmetry. Again, this project is so impressive because it combines all of the necessary angles needed to give the readers a “nutshell” of an idea of what they are reading about. 

Finally, the authors give us information on the current use technology to ‘engineer’ unborn babies to be the best, and to help infertile couples. 

I really liked this presentation because with all of the information that is given, the authors had a way of not making the reader feel overwhelmed with so much copy. There were efficient videos and images to back up each point. The images and video were especially helpful during the Second Life section because though it’s very popular, many people have no idea of it or how it works. Once again, the additions of images, video and interactive elements to a story today are not only enhance it, but are completely necessary in a society that has a hard time paying attention.

I took some time to look over the interactive maps at 10,000 words and I was immediately drawn to the map of London. Not only are the colors vibrant and inviting, the font is easily readable and the map itself is easy to navigate through. I feel there is nothing worse than interactive media that is hard to use and/or understand. There are multiple flags  that correspond to different areas on the map and that offer blog information, video and additional images for the viewer. By far, it was my favorite one.

Probably the worst map I viewed was designed for Wrestling fans. The map is designed for high school’s whose  students can log on and make votes for their school. The map is designed like a Google map and you can click on different dots in map to see which school has the most votes. The map itself is efficient, it serves its purpose. However, I found it boring and uninviting. The colors used were lame and didn’t catch my eye at all.

The third map I viewed depicted New York and New Yorker’s views about the city’s government services. It includes a virtual map of New York divided into the major areas like Staten Island and Brooklyn. Overall this map was efficient and definitely better than the wrestling map.  There were contrasting colors which helped it to stand out more. The only issue might have been with the way the results were displayed.  I actually had to read over it a couple of times to understand the data, and if I, a college student, had to reread, I can imagine it possibly being difficult for someone older and not as used to the technology.

For me personally, chapter 2 in Mike Ward’s book, Journalism Online, has given me the most insight about our tasks as writers so far. The chapter, The Core Journalism, basically gives us a run-down of the journalistic process. After having a three month break in between classes and not having to write anything, a chapter like this is crucial to getting back into the mode of writing for online media. The chapter teaches us how to find and identify news, and decide what news is actually newsworthy. I feel like this is so crucial to our class considering the time and preparation that goes into deciding on a semester topic and putting all the pieces together over the 15 or so weeks for the modules.

As for our online readings, I preferred ‘When, How to Tell Stories with Text, Multimedia‘ by Jeff Glick. He explains the importance of easy navigation, when to use multimedia and ways to use interactivity.  Honestly, this is the bread and butter of what we are learning. We are being taught how to make stories shine the best online and through various multimedia. His section about considering the user is also valuable because it is such an integral part of designing a web page. One should want their webpage to be as easily viewed and navigated through as possible, and by knowing your audience you can figure out how to do that in the best way.

As Paul Bradshaw teaches us his 5 basic principles of journalism, the one that I can appreciate the most is the ‘I‘ for interactivity which emphasizes the importance of giving the audience a ‘hands on’ approach to news. He teaches us that the audiences has a need to be in control and is more susceptible to interactive websites. I feel that this is so true. People love things that are tangible. We want to be able to touch and explore. With interactive news we are able to do this in front of the computer screen.

I also feel one of the most important qualities in a journalist, especially in recent times, is the ‘A’ for adaptability. The way of relaying news to the public as we knew it is on its way out, if not already gone. People want their news easily, quickly, and on-the-go. The Adaptability section emphasizes how important it is to be versatile in all mediums used to relay information.  The people that have a variety of skills are more likely to be hired.

Overall the articles were most definitely necessary for our class, considering the journey we are about to begin with these modules. I’m glad I read it.

For this post I decided to review Gawker blog. I liked it because it’s my MSN.com and TMZ .com put together. Usually I would have to go to both blogs to get the deets on my favorite celebrities and a briefing on the day’s worldy events. With Gawker I can get both at the same time. Gawker remains reliable for all audience through its attempts to include current events like nuclear testing in Iraq and manages to throw in a story about America’s ‘favorite father of eight’,  Jon Gosselin.

When I first got into blogs I was mainly interested in sites like PerezHilton and TMZ. I pretty much ignored all other types of news blogs. As I’ve gotten older and as current events have began to affect me personally, I’ve gravitated more to blogs like Gawker. Today consumers are all about integration. We can do it with our electronic devices and gadgets most certainly will when it comes to our news.