Rewriting news on social media

A good example of how social media has changed the way in which news is reported.

THE NEW NEWS_ _NOT WRONG FOR LONG

The recent incident of the ‘train racist’ typifies how anyone with a phone camera can record and upload an item to YouTube that goes viral and in turn becomes a news item.

The train racist

The New York Times digital media policy

Watch the Gruen Transfer episode ‘The decline of print’.

Summarise the main points raised during the show.

More information regarding the New York Times and Digital Publishing and the death of the print newspaper.

Interesting post about why adults need to stop lying about print journalism’s potential.

Having watched Front Page and reading through the blog post and the PDF answer the following questions:

  • What repercussions do the interviewees in Frontpage feel this has for the future of investigative journalism?
  • Why have advertisers deserted print newspapers?
  • What advantages do social media offer over print?
  • How would you suggest that print media reinvent its business model?

Infographics

We hear a lot about Infographics and that they are increasingly popular in data driven journalism.  But how do you make one?

This worksheet will guide you through the process of creating visuals to represent data.

Resource
infographics Unit Plan
InfographicsStudent InfoSheets

Additional Resources:
lynda.com – Creating Infographics

Requirements:
Illustrator CS6

Digital journalism interactive

An update from the 2014 journalism interactive conference.

http://www.collegemediamatters.com/2014/04/04/100-things-im-learning-at-2014-journalism-interactive/

If there was ever a reason to think that Australia lagged far behind European and American journalists then this link might offer an explanation.

Australian universities should be offering equivalent courses with these sorts of conferences that emphasise the skills needed in the digital realm.  Nonetheless we have social media to thank for keeping us informed if we can’t attend these conferences in person.

Here is a link to some to the recent Journalism interactive conference held in Florida.

http://collegemediamatters.com/2013/02/08/100-things-im-learning-at-journalism-interactive-2013-a-somewhat-live-blog/

2012 in review

Marketing departments may be the next ones to fall prey to the digital revolution. Who needs a department of number crunchers when wordpress now collages all the information you need into an annual report. I’m impressed, now I can check the most popular posts of all time and like I’ve mentioned in class it is celebrity that sells!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,900 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

Gruen Transfer and Print Media

On last night’s Gruen Transfer there was an extensive discussion about the decline in print media. They viewed several advertisements that are trying to reposition print media including one from The Guardian and the Sydney Morning Herald. The episode is well worth viewing as revision for the upcoming media exam. Go to Iview and watch the episode (though there is a 14 waiting period).