My Online Journalism Experience

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March 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — aljones87 @ 5:29 pm

Sorry about the belated post about my progess, this relates to  the story I wrote on Sunday.

After the fiasco of  in trying to find an original story from bloggs and other sources, this time I was slightly more successful.

I found a very small clipping in a national newspaper on the maggots being re-introduced. It was only a small piece but it grabbed my attention and thought it would be useful for me to write a piece on this.  I did not have much to go on from the artcile, just the basic facts about the MPs voting for it, so I began my research into this method of healing to gain some background information.

It was really interesting to find out about how it used to be used and the succeses of it. I found this website inparticularly helpful.

http://www.zoobiotic.org/intro-to-maggot/history/view?searchterm=Maggots

This was great to get background information about the maggot method and I realised how useful it will be for me in the future for other health stories and issues.

 I also wanted to see if I could find anything that proved that it worked, so I searched and I found this site, that explains how a women had the maggot dressings used on her wound and it healed very quickly.

http://www.worldwidewounds.com/1997/october/LarvalTherapy/LarvalCaseStudy.html

Although I had all this information, I somehow needed to localise it to Birmingham. So my initial thought was as it was going to happen within the NHS, relate it to Heartlands hospital and other hospitals around Birmingham. I did manage to do this, but I also managed to get a quote from a student nurse based in Birmingham who has been learning about it from University and also on work placements in Birmingham hospitals. So I used this to help localise it aswell.

I also decided I would write a sports story for the site as well as a health story. Being the health correspondent for the site I should try to keep focused on health issues, however I am a huge sports fan and felt it would benefit me to produce a sports story to gain some experience in writing for that area.

I realised that the Sports correspondent had not written an important story on the success of a Birmingham athlete at the European championships. I felt I should write it, in order for it to be up to date news still.

I informed the editor to ensure it was ok to move away from my corresponded area and he agreed to it.

I did however, encounter some problems with this though, as I found a royalty free image to use, but it was the wrong size for the site, however on my computer I cannot change the size, so I had to leave it as it was as I could not find another suitable one.

I will change it tomorrow though as I don’t want to let anyone down and we are still chasing the awards!!!!!

I am pleased with how this week went and am gaining confidence in writing for the web and using blogs and other sources to help find original material.

Lets see how it goes next week though, don’t want to get ahead of myself.

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