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They Need You!

So you think you got a story that someone more then your co-workers need to hear? Well if you think your story is news worthy to society, then  submit your story  to a website Like NPR , or just keep exhausting your peers with them. One awesome thing technology has allowed us to do is communicate and share more ideas in society. Journalist also benefit from your stories and input by corwdsourcing.

Crowdsourcing is not a new idea. It has been around for centuries. NPR especially has used it for quite a while, constructing much of their content out of stories and information submitted to them by their listeners and readers.

Survivors of the Great Depression Tell Their Story is such an article. The author crowd sourced, by finding and using the subjects’ stories in their own words to really capture their experiences. Mainly because the generations that did not live through the Great Depression are very removed from the suffering and hardship that kind of financial collapse caused, knowing of it mostly through textbooks. Though textbooks don’t provide enough personal experience generally. By reading peoples personal experience it can create a better empathy from the reader, which I feel is huge in stories that involve social boundaries. When an author helps their audience empathize with their subject, the article has more  purpose. Their audience will be less likely to forget what they read if they connect and have a better understanding of  the story.Crowdsourcing is a huge tool to help authors create empathy for their readers, especially with how technology has made reaching out for sources very convenient and easy.

 

Also crowd sourcing allowed the author to provide a more in depth story. This allowed the author to provide a story that is based on actual experience and not assumptions from facts. Which contributes to richer context in such an article and a better perspective for their audience.By having people put forward their own stories the author not only got the added impact of their readers knowing that the story was coming from the mouth of someone who had lived it, but also was able to include small details that someone who had not lived through the Great Depression might not have thought to add. The author was clearly aiming to draw the reader in which authentic stories. While it was a good article, I feel like it was hurt by not having one strong voice. The author started the article with a mention protests and the spread of unionism, laid out some hard-hitting facts about unemployment and widespread poverty. They even used a story from a man who had been deeply involved in the labor movement. But instead of following through on their message, they switched to other story submissions that, while being an interesting look at the past, dropped the union message. They also chose to end the story with a story where the theme seemed to be that the younger generation doesn’t understand the value of money. I believe the article would have been more effective if they had both chosen their stories better and used more of their own material, perhaps drawing attention to current state of America’s unions.

Thats a Blog?

So what is a blog exactly? Like an online diary of someone’s opinions and views? Well that’s what I thought before I entered the blogging world a few weeks ago, yes that could be a blog because any informational site posted on the world wide web with posts is considered a blog. I was already a blogger and didn’t even know it! Well only because my twitter game is on point, and that is known as microblogging! There are so many different forms of blogs and different types of blogging communities, but what else would you expect it’s the World Wide Web. Writing blogs or reading blogs have became a part of our everyday lives, so it’s vital to completely understand and navigate your informational consuming habits on the Internet. Which will have an impact on your own blogs if decided to be an online information pioneer.

So anyone can be a published author now or in a less fancy hence a blogger, which can draw the concern of false information being spread. Especially with the speed information can travel on the Internet, which can be Scary in all cases! The spreading of false information in society has always been a negative ladder. Especially when the world views the Internet as the most reliable source of information over radio and news, As you can see in a chart on Farida Vis’s blog The Conversation. Farida Vias also has many great examples of the damage of false information being spread on the Internet in her blog post. In a high degree that can be avoided, by learning how to be an educated reader! A few ways you can be an educated reader and information gather is by always checking your sources, knowing who the author is, checking for copyright, making sure the content is recently updated, and look for contact information. Those are just a few ways to check the source of your information. Also being an educated reader can stop the spread of false information, as bloggers when researching information and having the skill to know how to find valuable and truthful information is essential. For one it’s a vital for as bloggers not to spread false information. Second it will make your blogs credible, which is a huge foundation as a new blogger.

 

Now that I have started a my own blog, I have noticed when seeking news information more then likely you will end up on a blog and may not even know it. Online media has been demising print at a rapid rate and blogs are one of the biggest contributing factors. I also was surprised to see how many well-respected journalist had blogs. . Even though blogs have received harsh criticism from the public and even the news media frontiers, Blogging is a huge part of the journalistic world today. Blogging has a huge positive on the journalist world. As a news seeker you have the ability to find way more news from different sources, different bias, and read unfiltered information. The audience can also be easily directed to other information along the subject they are reading by when bloggers link information to other sources and blogs. Also as a writer you can gather and find information at the click of a button, communicate with other sources, and deliver raw information to your audiences. One of the most beneficial things for a writer on a blog is not to have to be the one who breaks the story, with no deadline a journalist can strive to get the most in depth story, this allows a writer to get all the facts correct, digest the information they have gathered, and be able to write a more conversational piece. Most importantly writing with pure voice on the subject.

One-way news has converged by technology is that most news today on the Internet is arrgregated news, which is Lots of different news collected from different sources made easier for the audience to digest in one place. Technology has made news habits easier for its audience. Most blogs are just a writer covering aggregated news, providing the audience with more digestible news. This has forced more news companies to be more blog efficient. Most of your favorite News outlets have blogs full of aggregated news, and you may not even know it. For example, when seeking live news streams, you might not be aware that it’s a blog stream, for example on ABC.com. Furthermore your favorite news outlets may have designated blogs for their website. Which I found on a huge sports news website: BleacherReport.com. Which is aggregated sports news. Bleacher Report has an awesome blog including many different posts from there writers including topics like how they get there stories, Tips on being a writer in the sports in industry, which is all in there Writers blog.

Now that I am officially apart of the blogging world! I am excited to dive in. I was not aware of the amount of blogs, especially by the vast amount of information available in blogs. Blogs are vey important, mainly because it’s a way to get information which is obviously very valuable in our everyday life’s, nether less blogging is also a great way to share ideas and get your voice out there. Yes, anyone can have a blog and there are thousands of them out there! Blogging and blogs aren’t going anywhere they are just growing as a huge information outlet, so get involved and hop on board.

 

Whats the beat?

As I aspire to start my own blog, the most confusing and troubling part for me is narrowing down a beat to write about consistently. I feel the topics I would like to cover are so different and abstract, that I would not gain readers or even lose readers I gained quickly. When your whole life you had to usually write on an assigned topic, and  like me whatever I wanted to write in my journal, which I should probably never share with the public, especially the internet. So however does a new blogger decide what to write about?

In Felix Salmons Blog Notes on blogging for journalists. In his notes Felix goes over what to blog.  He said he blogs mostly about financial journalism because that was his niche and expertise, also blogging about his expertise would also advertise his strengths. I understand that being passionate about what you write in your blog is key in being a successful blogger. So my question is what if you are new to the journalistic writing and blogging world. Also are interested in many subjects and haven’t found your niche yet?  Would it be better to right about multiple subjects and see where you get the best feedback? Or narrow down to one and run with it. With not being very familiar with blogging,  It can be concerning  that blog topics may be to abstract.  For example if one were to  talk about sexism in the work place on one post, then the next post being on how your fantasy football team did that week , could be very distracting for your followers.

Further more Felix also says in his blog “Don’t censor yourself” I think that’s the most exciting thing about blogs!Rather then filtered Media, there is not middle man telling you what you can write about or cant write. This is one of the greatest aspects of blogging. As writers we always like to exercise our freedom of speech, and now we can in a community of writers. Raw articles make society think, if there were more opinion articles being read, and that could result in more thinkers being inspired.

As I was reading through my peer’s blog posts, I cam across an excellent point that may help narrow down blogging subjects when you are first venturing into your journalistic blogging. The point brought up by Daniel Miller is reminding us that any one can have blogs. Also in his post The True Meaning of, “Freedom of press he mentions that blogs are the most free, and  most unfiltered form of journalism. So remember that anyone can write about any subject.Therefor creating  an audience that  wants to read about subject that you have a real view on, and can be very detailed and back up the truthfulness of your point. Also that people will seek out for what topics they want unfiltered news on. Which could lead them to your Blog, and possibly to read more then one most. Therefor start blogging about stuff that you can add a real value to with educated opinions, and valuable information.

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