Citizen journalismOpen Source Publishing<br />Writing for news sources and blogs<br />
What is journalism?<br />the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news.<br />writing ...
What is journalism?<br />Journalism is the first rough draft of history.<br />Journalism is concerned with events, poetry ...
Characteristics of Journalism<br />Date and time sensitive<br />Usually focused on reporting information(who, what, why, w...
What is a blog?<br />A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;weblog&quot;) is a type of website, usually maintained by an ...
Characteristics of a Blog<br />Posts are connected to a particular date and time.<br />Posts are typically short<br />Refl...
What is a blog?<br />A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;weblog&quot;) is a type of website, usually maintained by an ...
Journalism<br />Blogs<br />
Things you would have learned in journalism class if you had paid attention. <br />Offer balance<br />Be accurate<br />Cit...
Inverted Pyramid<br />
Arguments Against Inverted Pyramid<br />The inverted pyramid, its critics say, is the anti-story. It tells the story backw...
Knowing Form Is Important<br />Press Release<br />The Header<br />Inverted Pyramid<br />Quotes<br />
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br />CONTACT:<br />Rev. Jay Voorhees<br />Antioch United Methodist Church<br />Voice: (615) 832-6248...
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Lead = main point of information
Background / History
Quote #1
Quote #2
Additional information and contact information</li></li></ul><li>A Quick Introductionto Internet Publishing<br />
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Hosted Services<br />
Hosts<br />
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Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />The focus is less on creating a page and more on creating a feed tha...
Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />Internet publishing is by nature a participatory media, so writing s...
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  1. 1. Citizen journalismOpen Source Publishing<br />Writing for news sources and blogs<br />
  2. 2. What is journalism?<br />the occupation of reporting, writing, editing, photographing, or broadcasting news.<br />writing that reflects superficial thought and research, a popular slant, and hurried composition, conceived of as exemplifying topical newspaper or popular magazine writing as distinguished from scholarly writing:<br />
  3. 3. What is journalism?<br />Journalism is the first rough draft of history.<br />Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.--Archibald MacLeish<br />Journalism is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space. --Rebecca West<br />
  4. 4. Characteristics of Journalism<br />Date and time sensitive<br />Usually focused on reporting information(who, what, why, when, how)<br />Disposable<br />Usually short form, (1,200 words or less)<br />Attempts to be balanced, but often has an editorial perspective<br />Opinion allowed, but attributed <br />
  5. 5. What is a blog?<br />A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;weblog&quot;) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.<br />
  6. 6. Characteristics of a Blog<br />Posts are connected to a particular date and time.<br />Posts are typically short<br />Reflects the perspective of editor / publisher<br />No rules, but “successful” blogs usually maintain a structure<br />
  7. 7. What is a blog?<br />A blog (a contraction of the term &quot;weblog&quot;) is a type of website, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. &quot;Blog&quot; can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.<br />
  8. 8. Journalism<br />Blogs<br />
  9. 9. Things you would have learned in journalism class if you had paid attention. <br />Offer balance<br />Be accurate<br />Cite your sources<br />Don’t plagarize<br />Avoid conflicts of interest<br />Maintain a healthy skepticism (check facts)<br />Keep good records<br />Use the “inverted pyramid” <br />
  10. 10. Inverted Pyramid<br />
  11. 11. Arguments Against Inverted Pyramid<br />The inverted pyramid, its critics say, is the anti-story. It tells the story backward and is at odds with the storytelling tradition that features a beginning, middle, and end. Rather than rewarding a reader with a satisfying conclusion, the pyramid loses steam and peters out, in a sense defying readers to stay awake, let alone read on.--Chip Scanlon via http://www.poynter.org/column.asp?id=52&aid=38693<br />
  12. 12. Knowing Form Is Important<br />Press Release<br />The Header<br />Inverted Pyramid<br />Quotes<br />
  13. 13. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE<br />CONTACT:<br />Rev. Jay Voorhees<br />Antioch United Methodist Church<br />Voice: (615) 832-6248<br />Cell: (615) 310-6530<br />FAX: (615) 832-8723<br />E-Mail: jay@antiochumc.net<br />ww.antiochumc.net<br />Antioch, TN  March 6, 2009<br />
  14. 14. <ul><li>Tease
  15. 15. Lead = main point of information
  16. 16. Background / History
  17. 17. Quote #1
  18. 18. Quote #2
  19. 19. Additional information and contact information</li></li></ul><li>A Quick Introductionto Internet Publishing<br />
  20. 20. Hosted Servicevs.<br />Self Maintained Host<br />
  21. 21. Hosted Services<br />
  22. 22. Hosts<br />
  23. 23. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />The blog is not dead, but changing<br />The rise of Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, has changed the way blogs are read and used. <br />Whereas the focus in the early days was on short form, today blogs are reclaiming longer form articles and commentary.<br />
  24. 24. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />The focus is less on creating a page and more on creating a feed that is syndicated a variety of ways. <br />Most blogging programs are in fact RSS feed generators, which allow folks to subscribe to your content. <br />More people probably read your feed in some sort of reader than visit your page directly<br />
  25. 25. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />Internet publishing is by nature a participatory media, so writing should allow space for questions and conversation<br />Comments are not an afterthought, but a chance to communicate with your audience. <br />Don’t publish on the internet if you are uncomfortable receiving critique. <br />Success in the Internet space isn’t necessarily about high traffic, but passionate participants.<br />
  26. 26. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />Successful (high traffic) Internet sites are generally focused in a general topic area. <br />Brand development requires placing one’s self in a particular category.<br />Once one develops a reputation, there is more room for commentary on other areas. <br />Readers generally like to have a sense of what to expect when they visit a site. <br />
  27. 27. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />Internet Publishing requires one to be both writer and editor<br />Learn how to edit on the fly <br />But edit!!!<br />
  28. 28. Random Thoughts on Effective Internet Publishing<br />Write regularly (daily if possible)<br />
  29. 29. My Sites to Check Out<br />www.methoblog.com<br />www.onlywonder.com<br />
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