Entries from February 2011 ↓

Chapter 5: Going Mobile

Summary: Technological advances have made it essential for a serious online journalist to go mobile, meaning he or she can be anywhere and quickly gather, report, and publish their own story. In becoming an effective mobile journalist, you need to have the right tools in with you when the story breaks. What a mobile journalist […]

Chapter 4: Microblogging: write small, think big

Summary: Microblogging has provided a great way for journalists to build a reputation for themselves using social media. Micro-blogs arose from the evolution of  instant messaging, text message and internet relay chat. It has exploded in popularity since 2006, by limiting messages to 140 characters and easily upload images and video, users can quickly post […]

Chapter 3: Crowd Powered Collaboration

Summary: The way news is gathered and published is moving away from the reporter centered model to the “crowdsourcing model.” This model relies on collaborating with a network of individuals, not necessary journalists, through electronic and internet based media to gather information and provide insight that is not otherwise available to individual journalist. Terms: Crowdsourcing: […]

Chapter 2: Advanced Blogging

Summary: Every college journalist should have a blog, according to Briggs. Blogs allow publishers to broadcast information, develop a community of readers and provide the opportunity to interact with the blogger. Interacting and leveraging the relationship a blogger creates with his or her readers can make or break that blog. Effective blogs require discipline, hard […]

Chapter 1: ‘We are all web workers now’

Summary: Briggs dedicates the first chapter to explaining internet fundamentals; utilizing an RSS feed, using FTP to transfer files as well as understanding HTML, CSS and XML. The chapter emphasizes basic web coding comprehension, encouraging the reader to expand their knowledge if they want to be an effective online journalist. How the Internet works Digital […]