My Online Journalism Experience

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Health article nightmare February 22, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — aljones87 @ 11:19 am

This week saw me begin undertaking the task of Health Correspondent for the UCE news website and what a week it has been.

With all the sites given to me to go onto and look for inspiration for original story ideas, I thought I would have no problem finding something I could use. However it turned out to be the exact opposite.

Being advised to look more specifically than just at blogs on health in general, I tried looking for Doctors or Nurses blogs to see what they had to offer.

Well apart from the fact that the majority were not even related to what I needed, they didn’t offer alot really. I found it quite a tedious task searching through hundreds of blogs, especially not finding what I needed, but it gave me an insight into the sorts of things you will have to do to get an original story.

Being completely honest, I could have spent more time looking and maybe I would have found something, but it got to a point where I just gave up. Luckily for me I already had a back up idea, which is the one I produced in the end.

This, I feel for a first attempt is OK, however, I will definately need to improve and research more in order to progress. If the story had not have been right on my doorstep then I would of had to, but as it was, I did not as the majority of my information was there for me already.

Looking ahead to future stories I know what to expect in the searching for a story and researching it and I will definately leave myself plenty of time to do it.

Lets just say, this has been a real eye opener.


Online Journalism February 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — aljones87 @ 2:55 pm

The internet. Love it or hate it, you cannot escape it!

It is now, more than ever, a major part of the world in which we live. For you budding journalists, even more so than others.

You may ask why? and all I will say is Online Journalism.

In order for you to compete in the intense industry that is journalism, you need to be able to offer something different.

So, we can all write a 500 word sensationalized news story for The Sun, but how many of us, given the opportunity could adapt that to make it appropriate for online?

Online Journalism skills are becoming more and more essential wihtin the journalism industry, as the internet becomes a major, 24 hour news source for the public.

The immediacy of online news, is what has made it so popular as a news source, but also so difficult as a skill. This is why it is so vital for up and coming journalists to obtain online journalism skills, in order to be able to compete in a market that is forever changing and progressing.

The majority of major news organisations already have online versions of their publications or broadcasts and this is where the market is constantly improving and creating opportunities for those of us lucky enough to be multi-skilled.

This is where the industry is going, along with the majority of others, so online journalism skills are essential if you want to keep up with the times and improve your chances of getting a job!

Mindy McAdams, a university lecturer, explains ” At a bare minimum, an online journalist should know how to produce a simple Web page and put it online.”

Could you do this? The answer from the majority of us will be no, this is why online journalism skills are so important. If you cannot do this, then i’m sorry to say there is no hope for you in the world of journalism as it forever moves more and more towards the internet.

Do not feel down heartened though, as there is still time to learn and plenty of places to do so. I will see you there!  



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