What have I become.

When I signed up for J2150, I thought that it was going to be another typical journalism class. That it was not.

When I came into the class, I had some experience shooting video and recording audio, but not to the extent that this class covered. This class taught me so much more than how to present media through different technologies. It taught me how to use video, stills and audio in ways to create a full-blown story. It taught me how to fine tune photos, learn how to use different types of shots and use the different styles to tell a story.

It was a fun 16 weeks. Class was never boing and what I am going to use in the future to further my career in journalism.

I think the best thing that I gained was this class was the ability to shoot photos. While anyone now can pick up a camera and go and shoot photos, I learned how to shoot at different angles and to tell a story through photos than a text story with some visual aids. Photos are one of the most important aspects to a story. Photos grab peoples attention and draw them to the story.

Good video, audio and stills is what makes a story more than just words. What I gained from this class I will use wherever I go because these are not only fundamental principles, but it is ways of getting your product out to your audience. Multimedia journalism is the new standaard and is going to be the way that stories will be told.

I know as I progress in the J School, the skills that I learn in this class will come into play and as I advance further in my career as a journalist. I also know that the work is going to get harder, but the reward is going to be much sweeter.

Pyeongchang 2018 reveals official Games logo. How do they compare to others?

After taking a school related hiatus from blogging, except for class, I am back to posting about other worldly issues. Todays topic is the Olympics. I am a big olympics buff, trading sleep to enjoy the 2008 Summer Games when they were halfway around the world in Beijing. I camped out in my basement to watch the 2006, 2008 and 2010 games and I locked myself in my apartment over last summer to catch the 2012 games. Not to mention that I like to stay up-to-date on all the latest news concerning the bidding cities and other important news.

On Friday, May 3rd, in the wee hours of the morning in the Central Time Zone, the fine folks in PyeongChang South Korea (which is actually the name of the county that the games are hosted in. Most of the events will take place at the Alpensia Ski Resort in  Daegwallyeong-myeon and the ice events will take place in Gangneung), have released the official logo for the 2018 games.

For those of you fine folks who don’t understand this process quite well, I will explain it to you. When the city applies for the games, in their candidate file is a logo for the bid they are presenting. This logo serves as a temporary logo until 2 years later, when the winning city presents the logo that will be seen at the games, put on all the merchandise, and other sorts of things as well. Many cities have done this logo reveal, which is why I am here to critique some of the more recent ones. While I will never be as creative as the companies that develop these things, I have every right to praise and chastise the good and the bad.

I will review the logos starting from the 2000 games in Sydney and go on up until the 2018 ones. The first logo presented will be the bid logo, while the second one will be the official logo.  Let us begin.

SYDNEY (2000): 

Job_sydney_olympic-_bid Now, I was just born when the bid was announced (Bids are announced 7 years before the games are set to take place), but I have a feeling that this logo could have been created by a newborn. The logo has the 5 olympic colors, which I will give some style points, but I am not seeing what this is representing.

GRADE: C-

2000_olympic-logoThis is much better. This represents Australia perfectly in many ways. The legs that are in the shape of a boomerang shows part of the history of the country, as a boomerang was an old aboriginal hunting weapon. The person that the  logo seems to represent an athlete running, or maybe an aboriginal warrior. And the blue streak above is the sky, representing the vast space of the country. Good logo, good idea.

Grade A

SALT LAKE CITY (2002):

301px-Salt_Lake_City_2002_Olympic_bid_logo.svgAgain, what is this? Are the buildings supposed to represent something about Salt Lake City or winter sports in general? And what do those even represent? I am not sure we can call those buildings, even though that’s what the organizers had in mind, besides bribing the IOC into giving them the games. Should have spent more time on the logo and the bid and not bribing the electors.

Grade D+

200px-2002_Winter_Olympics_logo.svg This is an nice rebound. This is short, sweet, simple and to the point. The logo looks like a snowflake to show the symbolism for the winter sports, and the colors show the combination of the winter activity in the area, combined with the dry desert region that surrounds the city. Could have spent a little more time on it to give it some more pop, but the organizing committee had bigger fish to fry.

Grade A-

ATHENS (2004): 

imagesNice concept and design. The logo is the torch with the flame as the A for  Athens. Also, Athens was the home of the first modern olympics and the ancient games as well. Very simple logo again, but most of the bid logos are simple and the official ones are more complex. Still looks good.

Grade: B

2004_olympic-logoThis is probably the simplest logo with the biggest meaning. The picture of the wreath is a symbol of what the Ancient Greeks used to put on sports champions and political figures as a sign of power. The fact that the games and the Athens Olympic Committee recognized this and want to embrace the tradition and history is superb. The colors are blue and white, representing the colors on the Greek flag.

Grade: A

TORINO (2006):

200px-Turin_2006_Olympic_bid_logo.svg The big and official logo are the same thing, except that the big logo is a little more detailed and less winter like than the official logo. The logo represents the Mole Antonelliana, one of the biggest buildings in the city and is a landmark. A novel concept, as to make the logo about the city and tie it in to whatever season it is. This one doesn’t really do that, but its the bid logo, so I will give it a pass.

Grade: B+

images-11 This is just a more simplified version of the bid logo. The crystals represent the snow and the sky. The web represents the emergence of new technologies and the Olympic spirt. Lets be clear, every logo is going to display the “Olympic Spirt”, but this one is clear and simple. You have to know what the logo is representing, otherwise you will be scratching your head.

Grade: A-

BEIJING (2008): 

6944The logo is a dancing man created by the 5 colors of the Olympics. It is a fun and festive look, but what does it represent? I understand the typical athlete movement, excitement for sport and the olympic spirit monologue, but even the big logos have meant something as well. Some not as obvious as others (2000 and 2002), but I am still wondering what this means. Still a good logo though. Just leaves you wanting more.

Grade: B-

images-1The logo was named “Dancing Beijing” because it looks like a dancing man, depicting the chineese character, Jing, part of the name of the city. The logo gets a lot of thumbs up from me because it is itnertwining culture with sport. There really was no way that these games were going to go on without embracing chinese culture. From the Mascots to the opening ceremonies, we were taught so much about Ancient China and some of their traditions. It would be criminal to not include some culture in the logo.

Grade: A

VANCOUVER (2010): 

images-2 This looks like a “Come to Vancouver” tourism poster than an olympic logo. Of course they would have the Maple leaf somewhere in the logo, but couldn’t have been saved for the official logo? And the sailboat would sell me if it was for the summer games and not the winter games. It actually could look like a mountain with ski tracks, which would make more sense, but why have the confusion? When all is said and done, the organizers could have sold this template to the City of Vancouver for a new advertising campaign.

Garde: C

images-3This is a representation of an Inuksuk, a statute that was created by humans of the Inuit tribe, and many more tribes in the region North of the Arctic Circle. It is a great way to show the history of the tribes in the region, and it was created to symbolize friendship, hospitality and teamwork. The name of the statue was even named “Ilanaaq”, which means friendship in Inuit, however, many of the tribes did not see it that way. Despite the controversy, I though the logo was a good way to dig into some Canadian history, but why no Maple Leaf? Doesn’t everyone think about that when they hear Canada?

Grade: B

LONDON (2012)

images-4The London logo is the name of the city with a band with the olympic colors weaving through the words in the shape of the River Thames. I only have one word to describe this: BORING! Reactions are more vocal for the official logos, and the bid logos are rarely seen by the general public, so thank god that they didn’t have to see this one.

Grade: D

images-5 The reason why I like this logo is because of the expression that is in this logo. London fashion and pop culture is always known to be out of left field, and this logo represents that. Its also the first logo to start the new craze of abstract logo’s, with hidden meanings in too. Now, there were some problems with the logo when it first came out. Despite the basic “WTF does this mean”, there were some more notable ones that I will explain.

  • Iranian Dictator…I mean president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad lambasted the LOGOC  and called the logo racist for saying that the logo spelled out “Zion”. While you can kind of see the word Zion in it if you look hard enough, the word was not put in there intentionally. This was just a unfortunate coincidence. 
  • One of my good friends here at Mizzou pointed out that the logo looks like Lisa Simpson giving Bart Simpson head…I’m just going to leave it at that
  • As we can see,  people with epilepsy might have an issue with the video that was part of the official unveiling ceremony. This video was removed, but faced sharp critisim.

Grade: B-

SOCHI (2014): 

images-6I like it. Star on top represents a snowflake. On the bottom there is a mountain range highlighted by a red streak. The snow, mountain and sky are like the colors on the Russian flag and  it is short, sweet, and simple. Probably will do something bigger for the 2014 official logo.

Garde: B

images-7When I first saw this logo, I thought to myself “This isn’t the official logo”. Unfortunately  it is. There is nothing cool what-so-ever about this logo and what does it represent? I don’t know? Next, why do we have the .ru at the end of the logo? The organizers said that it was making a new logo for a new age. By doing what? adding a domain name at the end of it? The website takes you to the russian version anyway, so most of the olympic fans in the US would put Sochi2014.com. Jacques Rogge, current IOC president, said that the logo should “inspire young people”.  Cut the crap Jacuqes. How does this inspire me? Can you personally tell me, or are you reading some pre-written statement that is read after every logo is released? Whatever, this logo sucks, but what can you do? The only cool part is the 2014 kind of looks like the reflection of Sochi, but that is screwed up too.

Grade: F

RIO DE JANEIRO (2016)

images-8Obviously I have some negative bais coming here. I am originally from Chicago and was a huge supporter of Chicago 2016. Never-the-less, the logo is still on the abstract trend here. The hearts representing the sugarloaf mountains as the symbol for the bid logo, as they are shaped as hearts and represent their high passion for sport and peace. As well as having a good time in Rio too. The only thing that I don’t like about this is that it looks like it was made with Kid Pix.

Grade: B+

images-9WOW! Just WOW! The logo is still resembled after the sugarloaf mountain in Rio, one of its many landmarks. The colors of the people represent the colors of the Brazilian flag: Yellow, blue and green. The three people connecting arms and look like they are dancing represent the energy of the Brazilian people, the harmonious diversity and the Olympic spirit. This logo just makes me want to go to Rio so bad. As much as I would have wanted to have the games in Chicago, this logo is just everything Brazil. The font of the logo too is just amazing. Everything about this logo is amazing.

Grade: A+

PYENOGCHANG (2018):

images-10This is the bid logo of the most recent olympics. By recent, I mean recently announced. The logo has three main parts to it. The curve represents the boards and slopes that are used in the winter games. The curve also represents the dynanicism of the winter games and for the athletes to pursue their dreams, and the snow flakes at the top and the blue represnet the winter scenery in the region durning the season. That was taken from the games official website, Pyeongchang2018.com . The last part at the end is the part of the Korean flag, probably thrown in there for national pride. It is a nice and simple logo that works. My mother pointed out that it looked like a maxi pad, so there is that, but if you can get past the part where it looks like a feminine hygiene product, you realize that it isn’t a bad logo.

Garde: B

images-12At  first I was ready to knock it. It was a big bunch of nothingness and it made no sense. It was almost going to receive the Sochi treatment until I had some help from a good friend in Seoul. Scott Thompson, a copy editor and hosts a news show for Arirang news network, an english speaking network in Korea, sent me some basic info based on my confusion.

  • The first symbol, ㅍis “P” sound in Korean (for Pyeong)
  • The second symbol, ㅊ which makes “ch” sound in Korean (for Chang).
  • The colors represent the colors of the olympics, along with the Korean spirit, Obangsaek (오방색).

After getting a brief explanation from Scott, my mind cleared a little. The logo is giving tribute to the Korean script, Hangul while it combines the spelling of the name with the combination of the sky and the dreams of athletes with the land and the competing nature of the games within the square, or in this case PyeongChang. You can go to their website to read the full details of what the logo means. Overall, you need to read about what it means. I like it, but it could have used some more bang.

Grade: B

So there we go. If you have any comments, or if I missed something, feel free to comment or contact me on twitter @Juliandouglass. As of Sunday, May 5th at 10:30 P.M. Central standard time, there are 277 days till the opening ceremony of the 2014 Winter Games.

Infographics: How they can help newspapers.

In the past election, there was a possibility that both candidates, current president Barack Obama, and his challenger, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney could end up each with 269 electoral votes and thus, send the election into the House of Representatives. How could this happen? Well, assuming that both candidates won the states that they were supposed to win, the election would be decided in 9 states. The states were Florida, Ohio, Wisconsin, New Hampshire, Virginia, Nevada, Colorado, North Carolina and Iowa. The next question would be who would have to win what to win. Writers could type out all 512 posible combinations, but in the interest of the readers, they did not because that would be way too time consuming, for both the reader and the writer as well.

The New York Times though about this dilemma as well, so they created an interesting interactive infographic to help out voters and political news junkies as well.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2012/11/02/us/politics/paths-to-the-white-house.html?_r=0

This is a great way for newspapers to get more people to visit their sites and read their product. There is no question that one of the reasons the newspaper business is failing is that they are not adapting to the fast paced society that we live in. Graphics like these are helping the newspaper comeback. Not only do they provide the same amount of information that a print story can offer, but it also lets the reader fell as if they are in control of what they want to see.

Gone are the days of the writer presenting the news and nothing else. Today, people can consume the media in many ways and in many forms. Many newspapers who are struggling to get readers back can utilize this tool to attract people who want to consume a story, not only by reading, but using visuals to free up some chatter and let the audiences interact with the story.

Getting it first vs. Getting it right.

The story of the Tortoise and the Hare is applicable to a lot of cases in life. But one of the most important areas where it applies is in the profession of Journalism. A lot of news organizations want to be the first to get the story out, the first to get their stories on the airwaves and the first to have everybody watching their news station. But at what cost?

The week of April 15th will be most remembered for two things: The Boston Marathon bombings, and the amount of incorrect and conflicting news reports that was put out by all of the cable news networks, because they wanted to be the first to break the stories.

This led to a lot of well-deserved bashing for theses news networks (CNN, FOX, MSNBC) because they were the Hare in the news gathering business, getting the story first, without having time to check it. Other organizations, like the local network stations, or the Boston Globe, were the tortoise. These organizations took their time to report and check the facts before publishing their findings.

This is an ongoing problem in journalism. We all want the publics attention. While it is easy to publish the first report as truth, we need to slow down and take our time to make sure that we do not ruin any ones lives or report on false information to scare the public even more than they already are in times of crisis. Libel and slander cases arise all the time because of this type of reporting.

Another type of journalism that people need to be careful of is knowing what is news and what is speculation. A new technology that was widely used during the manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombings was the use of Police Scanners. The scanners were used to help journalists locate the criminal and to figure out what was going on. The problem that arose however, was that people were using the scanners as if it was the official word of what was happening. These same people were also dogging CNN and such for their inaccurate reporting.

The moral of the entire Boston Marathon bombing sequence is that we should not rush to judgements and we should not be rushing to the story out first. It should be about getting the story right.

Jon Stewart ripping CNN: 

Storytelling: How to do it to get your point across.

The key to a successful news package is how to tell a story. Some of the best in the business do this over and over again. Not by making their packages some mundane cookie cutter “5 shot sequence” piece, but integrating sound, audio and visuals masterfully to tell a 1-3 minute story that will capture audiences attention and keep them wanting more.

The key is not the video. Believe it or not, what is shown on the screen is not the number on thing that captures the audience’s attention. What does the trick is sound. Using a natural sound open is an effective way to capture audiences attention and to keep them from changing the channel. But it is just more than sound. Audio is important too. Finding the key clips of what your sources say make al the difference too. We want to hear something that is not only relevent to the story but that can keep the conversation going even after the piece has aired.

Video is another key component. The thing with video is  that you cannot have the same old shots in your piece. You need to have many different angles and ways to view the world so that it is appealing to the eye. Anyone can see the world from a normal stand-up shot. What captures people’s attention is the close-ups that shows the fine detail in the subject. A ground level view looking up on an object, to show its complexity. A bird’s-eye view can also give you a new perspective on the way things are viewed.

So video, audio and natural sounds all can enhance the video’s quality and the attention that it can get. These techniques make the way we view the world different and captivating. The skill of storytelling is one of the biggest skills need to succeed in the profession of journalism today.

Ethics: What are they, why journalists need them, and my own personal experience.

Every profession needs ethics. From doctors to lawyers, people need to act in a way that will make their product natural and their own.

Ethics are designed as a moral code to make sure that journalists, as well other professionals as well, follow a certain set of rules and are truthful about the product they produce.

I would love to sit here and say that no journalist has ever been found guilty of an ethics violation, but that would be false. Journalists have been found all over the country in violations of ethical codes that have cost many of them their career. Ethics is no laughing matter. It is important that all the stories produced are truthful and that the material is not made up.

People make excuses on why they commit ethics violations. They wanted fame, they could not think of a story in time for a deadline, they wanted to be done with a project so they cut some corners. The list goes on and on. But here is the harsh reality: Journalism was never meant to be easy.

Reporting on made up information. Creating stories that can have a big impact on communities. Changing the photos to make a story seem like something else was going on. All are part of the laundry list of violations that have cost journalists a job because they wanted to cut corners.

People seem to think that the higher up you get, the more you learn and the less likely you are to make ethical violations. That is a false notion:

  • Stephen Glass, a former writer at the New Republic was fired from his job because of making up information and stories to report on. His story was chronicled in the movie Shattered Glass.
  • Fareed Zakaria, host of “Fareed Zakaria GPS” and a contributing editor of TIME magazine, was suspended for stealing paragraphs from Jill Lepore’s New Yorker column on Gun Control. Zakaria was suspended while CNN held an internal investigation on him. Zakaria was suspended but is still hosting his show on CNN. Zakaria was lucky. Even something that small can get journalists fired.
  • Jayson Blair, a reporter from the New York Times was found to have plagiarized in a majority of his stories that he reported for the Times. Blair was dismissed from the paper and they issued a 7200+ word apology, citing the affair as a low point in the papers 152 year history.

People may ask “What is the big deal”?

The big deal is that journalism’s first obligation to the citizens is to tell the truth. If you do not tell the truth, how can someone take you or your publication seriously. No ethics violation is worth getting an extra hour of sleep, a Pulitzer prize, a promotion to a bigger news publication. If you love the profession, you will do whatever it takes to get the story done the right ethical way.

My own personal story:

Last November, in my news writing class, my professor assigned us a personal profile story that we could either do in Columbia or where ever we would be for Thanksgiving Break. Since I did not know any interesting personal stories here in Columbia, I asked my family members in New Jersey to see if they knew of any interesting characters that I could profile.

For this assignment, I had to interview the man I was profiling and another person who knew enough about the source to speak on his behalf. Both interviews had to be done in person, or else it would be a 20 percent (ten point) deduction. I interviewed the main source in-person no problem. The only issue was the next person I had to interview did not show up to the scheduled metting place. An easy mistake. It was the Friday after Thanksgiving and the lady who I was going to interview had a family. So, I contacted the person I profiled and asked him if he knew anyone else.

He gave me the phone number of another person who knew of him. I contacted her and asked her if I could do an in-person interview for 15 minutes. She lived in the town that was right next to my grandparents and it would only take 20 minutes total. She told me that she was having company from Canada over that night and could not leave her house, but would be able to do a phone interview. She would have been able to meet the next day but I was returning to school as well, and we would not have been able to meet.

I conducted the phone interview, seeing that it would be better to have an interview over the phone than no interview at all. While I was conducting the interview, I devised a plan. Why not tell this lady that we had an in-person interview. My professor would contact all our sources to make sure that we actually interviewed them and not made them up.

As soon as I thought about that, I told myself no. That would not be the right thing to do, and I would receive a zero on my assignment, and I would never be trusted in the J-school for a while. I contemplated doing that for a long time too. The woman who I interviewed seemed nice and wanted me to do good on this assignment. But, I though about all the stories that my professor had told me about kids lying to her about sources, and, as my Dad told me later, my conscience would have been a train wreck.

I wound up getting a 31/50 on the paper, less than stealer, but certainly better than a 0/50 and a black mark on my permanent record. My Grandparents tried to argue that it was unfair that I got 10 points off for something that was out of my control. Never-the-less it didn’t work, but it was the right thing to do and was better than being in some serious trouble.

People may say that this is just college, the stakes aren’t high here. While it may be true that getting a zero on a paper is better than losing a job, what does that really teach you? It teaches you that lying cheating, and making stuff up out of thin air is alright if you can justify it. That is 100 percent false. Good ethics start when the stakes are low, so that you can get this programed into you that it is not alright to commit journalistic and ethical violations.

In this game, it is all about your reputation.

Sub Zone: A new idea to an old tradition.

Big sub shops like Subway and Jimmy Johns are making their impression on mainstream American culture. But for one owner, his idea is different from the rest.

Josh Markovich, one of the owners of SubZone a new sub shop in downtown Columbia, said that his shop is different because of where the products come from.

“We do everything in house” Markovich said, “We make our own sauces, our own spreads. We cook our own meats and we have a couple big ovens downstairs that we do everything with”

Markovich started this store down at the Lake of the Ozark before wanting to move to a bigger market. Columbia seemed like the right place to do business in, given the large population and the growing number of residents.

Starting and finding a location was easy. Markovich explained that he didn’t have to look a lot to find the current location. “One of the guys who owns the other store, his buddy owns the building that we are in, so we didn’t have to look around, we just jumped into the first thing we saw downtown”.

The first store opened down in an abandoned Quiznos store, where all the materials for making sandwiches were given to the owners. All of the recipes and other things are all homemade and original recipes, which is a nice change from the big national chain stores.

1) Some of the machinery to make the sandwiches at SubZone in Columbia Mo., on April 8th, 2013. All of the materials are made locally

2) Some of the names of the sandwiches at SubZone in Columbia Mo., on April 8th, 2013. The names of the subs are all after sports themes and icons in American culture

3) The best sub in the entire shop at SubZone in Columbia Mo., on April 8th, 2013. The Chicago style dog is named after “da coach”, Mike Dikta (I did not eat anything, I am basing this off my Chicago bais)

4) The entire menu at SubZone in Columbia Mo., on April 8th, 2013. The theme to SubZone is sports and the menu looks like a typical jumbotron at an average stadium.

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Interacting With Your Audience.

Back in the early 1900’s, a lot of newspapers had a lot of text and a picture or two to give the whole story. The audience picked up the paper, read what the journalist wrote and then the people went on their way.

Today, with many innovations in the industry and the invention of many new technologies, journalism is now a two-way street. Writers still go out and report, get the facts and present their media among different mediums, but now the audience also has a way to talk back to the writer and to other members of the public through many different and unique strategies.

One of the biggest ways that audiences can interact is through interactive info-graphics. Maps that can tell you where a certain location is can help you visually locate your audience to a cool restaurant or a unique attraction that you want anyone to see. Also, papers and other news outlets are now allowing views to share and comment on the products.

Other items that help companies not only get more views, but also reach new audiences is the ability to share stories through different mediums such as Facebook, Twitter etc.

Journalism is changing, if it isn’t obvious already. Journalists are now trying to interact with who is reading and they want to get their product out to many people many different ways. I will always remember what a professor said to me when I was visiting Marquette University before I chose Missouri. He said that “There will always be a need for Journalism, we just need t change the way we present it”

Through interactions with the audience and ways to help get the word out through many mediums, Journalism will still be solvent and interesting for many more years to come.

Journalism and Social Media.

The power of social media today has also been a new way for companies and journalists to reach their audiences. With many mediums to be used, it can be easier for people to find content and connect with other connect with journalists and news organizations on a more personal level. Twitter is more of a journalist friendly medium that allows professional journalists to connect to fans and other journalists on a more one-to-one basis. Facebook is used as a way for open discussion and debate. Many newspapers and TV stations use these as a way to present their information and allow citizens to express their opinions in an open arena. Other social media sites have their own ways of expressing the products as well, which is becoming the new medium to get content.

With all this new technology and ways to communicate, it is becoming easier for a people and employers to search for prospective employees, and it has also led to limiting what you post on your personal page, as it reflects on who you are and who you are representing.

A common joke about social media is that friending you parents on any social media site, like Facebook or Twitter, is like having them around you 24-7 because your parents can check up on you, see what you are doing, make comments on any activities that you should not be doing, and so on and so forth.

However, the widespread use of social media today has led employers to scanning potential employees on Facebook and Twitter to make sure that they are hiring the best employees that will not make their employers look bad. It is also a good reminder to be careful f what you post. Keeping a clean social media profile is just as important as the professionalism that you exhibit in the real world.

Social media is also an important way to reach new audiences and potential sources as well. Having a clean social media profile can earn respect from other people to get your product that you present, and can be a potential plus for potential employers. Tweeting and posting good clean content is a way to earn respect in the professional world and is a great way to preserve your job and not have you fired.

Social media is a great tool in the evolving age of interacting with people and greater ways to spread our product. However, we also have to be careful of what we post and what we say, because we are now trying to impress employers and our audiences, along with our personal friends

 

Sarah Hill and how to be a better reporter.

Last Monday in J2150 lecture, Sarah Hill, a reporter at KOMU spoke, or made a video that was presented to the class on being a better reporter. I have had some opportunities to pick up a few tips and tricks, not only form being in this class, but spending time at KOMU and learning from other students who are in more advanced stages of obtaining their Journalism degree. However, like hearing my parents hound me over and over about treating my diabetes, it is always good to hear reminders of what to do in this business, especially from people who are actual professionals in the business.

One of the biggest things that Sarah explained to us was to interact with the audience and try to make the story interesting for someone who is just watching the news to be pulled in. This is one of the fundamental keys in Journalism. If you have no one watching your product, or no one is paying attention to your piece, then there is no point in reporting it. It can also have a negative impact on the station that you work for because no one would be watching the station and they would be losing money.

Another thing that she said was to write to your video. It happens all the time where you go into reporting a story about one thing, and after you report it, you have a completely new story. It is always better to make you script after you take a look at all of your clips because it will be a whole lot easier to come up with what you want to tell the audience than looking through all of your clips and trying to find what matches your script, with the possibility that you may not have shot anything related to your original script.

I think the most important thing that stood out though was the use of natural sound to capture the audiences attention. In journalism, it is always important to make the final product more focused on the subject instead of the reporter. If people constantly hear you as the reporter talking non-stop, people will tune out and not pay attention to what you want to show. Let the sound and the what the sources have to say tell the story, with you talking as little as possible.

All of the tips were helpful, and this is not the last time I will hear these tricks in my carrer.