Coming into this semester of Online Journalism, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had never taken a class with Jill, but I’d heard lots of stories…mostly good ones.
After I read the syllabus for the first time, I will admit I was a little nervous about what was to come this semester.
The first objective we were supposed to learn was how to publish text and media online. There are lots of different ways to do this, some of which I was unaware of before the semester.
In class, we learned about different blogs like Tumblr and WordPress. We also learned about phone apps like Instagram. We took this a step further in ways to publish multimedia online.
Another objective for this class was how to be proficient in social media and different blogs.
Whether it is Facebook, Twitter, or Google+, it was a must to understand these social media outlets in and out.
Here is a link to an article explaining the importance of social media. To view the article click here.
Next, it was important to know how influential Journalism is and the current industry trends at the time.
One way to achieve this is by following major Journalism titans on Twitter. This keeps your feed updated with important news that pertains to Journalism and its inner workings.
This was the first journalism class that I’ve had to work in multimedia into my stories in a major way. This was very new for me as I have little to no experience with multimedia.
I was skeptical about how important multimedia was to stories until we read an article in the New York Times called Snow Fall. This article showed me that multimedia does matter, and can add a whole different dimension to a story.
To read the Snow Fall article and see the wonderful multimedia aspect click here.
After reading this story, I put more time and effort into trying to make the multimedia in my stories better and make sure that they have a positive effect on the story.
For another article on how multimedia in Journalism is important click here.
Lastly, the stories we did write, we had to publish on WordPress.com. This was a huge process that took a lot of time, but paid off in the end.
This process helped me understand the importance of getting the parts of the stories uploaded correctly and in a visually pleasing order.
The upload process is almost as important as the actual writing of the story because if your text and media aren’t uploaded right the whole story could be compromised.
We also learned how to upload photos to WordPress as an alternative to other websites like slideshare.
For a tutorial on how to use the different aspects of WordPress click here.
Overall, the objectives of this class were at some points overwhelming. But, in the end all that hard work payed off. I now believe I’m ready to enter the Journalism world because I know how to make my stories multi-dimensioned.