This is IT!!!

Posted On May 9, 2010

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I cannot believe this is it! This is my last blog post for my Journalism Tech class at WKU!

 Looking back at my first blog post, my only goal was to feel like I’ve been “technologically updated” by the end of the semester. GOAL ACCOMPLISHED! At the beginning of the semester I was skeptical about the “technology side” of journalism. Fresh off of a high school newspaper and yearbook staff, where everything is still done in an old fashion way, I had no idea what to expect from this class or myself.  I enjoyed completing every project that I was assigned. I even impressed myself with how quickly I caught on to using the programs taught. The skills that I am taking away from this class are going to make projects and work so much easier for me. Leaving this class, I do agree that when it comes to journalism technology is very important and my generation is doing an awesome job of keeping up with it! This class has made me excited about my career future as well as the upper level classes in my major. This course was encouraging and very enjoyable.

Reporting What Sells!

Posted On May 2, 2010

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Do I think the pressures of “the bottom line” (need for revenue) on news organizations are affecting journalism?

I definitly think that the need for revenue affects journalism.  In order to make revenue journalist have to write, publish, and broadcast stories that will bring in revenue. In order to bring in revenue, people have to want to buy the newspaper, watch the news channel, or listen to the news station. Therefore, journalist are somewhat forced to report the kind of stories people WILL read, listen to, and enjoy. Many of these stories now consist of headlines like the infamous “What is Brittney Spears going to do next?” and different human interest stories that aren’t all that important. Today journalists have to report what sells, not just the “here’s what’s happening in the world” stories.

A Decision Has Been Made!

Posted On April 18, 2010

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For a while now, I’ve been going back and forth between either an Advertising major or an Elementary Education major. I graduated from high school originally wanting to go into education and didn’t become interested in Advertising until coming to Western Kentucky. This very decision has been torturous having to make! Many days I’d sit in my journalism classes and lean toward Advertising then go home and think about teaching. I am so excited to say I have officially made my decision and I am sticking with Advertising. Just knowing that I have made this decision makes this experience of getting my degree much more fun and it feels as though graduation isn’t that far off! I hope I can keep this attitude going and get the thought that we only have about 20 days of school left out of my head!!! STAY FOCUSED MANDI, STAY FOCUSED!!

The Most Important of the 8!

Posted On April 11, 2010

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With journalism changing at the rate it is today journalists are having to change as well. The most recent assignment in class was to read 8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist and give my opinion as to what the most important of the 8 is. These 8 traits are important to have. All of the traits are changes that have developed online journalism futher. The most important trait for a journalist of tomorrow to have, would be fundamental journalism skills. A journalist is simply a writer if they do not have journalism fundamentals. This trait classifies the “writer” as a journalist!

A LITTLE TIDBIT – The Easter Bunny

Posted On April 4, 2010

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While buying my husband’s Easter basket and the goodies to fill it (that’s right I said my husband’s) I couldn’t help but wonder how the idea of a bunny delivering goody filled baskets on Easter morning got started. Needless to say I came home and did a little research. I went to Google (when in doubt GOOGLE) and searched “the origin of the Easter Bunny,” clicked the “I’m feeling lucky” button, and this is what popped up…

The origin of the Easter Bunny dates back to Anglo-Saxon tradition. The Anglo-Saxon’s use to worship the rabbit, Eastre’s (the goddess of spring and fertility) earthly incarnation. This tradition took place around the same time of Christ’s resurrection. Therefore when the Anglo-Saxon’s converted to Christianity the traditions were combined.

Reinventing Journalism

Posted On March 28, 2010

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The latest assignment in class was to read an article called Dave Winer on Reinventing Journalism.I love to think that the year 2010 could be year zero for journalism. It’s exciting to think of the many ways journalism will be spread in the future. I look forward to the different developments in technology geared toward journalists that will make their job a little easier. Knowing that blogging and backpack journalism is on the rise the technology should be unbelievable. I agree with Dave when he talks about a way to matter in media would be through Computer Science. Computer Science is where new developments for journalism happen. Any new development in Computer science in some way helps to reinvent and grow journalism a little bigger. The way technology is developing at such a rapid speed today it’s going to suprising to see just how big the field of journalism gets! I can’t wait.

The iPost!!!

Posted On March 21, 2010

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It’s amazing how many different ways there are to recieve news today. So many different gadgets have been developed and news resources have established ways of getting their news to the high tech gadgets. What use is the news on the high tech gadgets if people aren’t using them though? It seems many of the older generation and most of the new generation aren’t yet familiar with the new technology. I do believe, however, that as the years go by and as more advanced technology is developed, people will catch on. Using a moblie phone to watch tv, news, or to get on the internet will be just as popular as watching a tv or getting on the computer. Tv, radio, and paper may not exist in the future! It can almost be guaranteed that anything phased out will be replaced by something else. This has been proven through the years. As long as there are new inventions and new developments in technology there will always be something making life a little easier and a little cooler for consumers. I predict that in the future Apple will probably develop something called the iPost! An electronic newspaper! It will be somewhat like the iPad but, will be able to fold out, expanding like a newspaper.

Photo slideshow in Portfolio

Posted On March 8, 2010

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I’ve uploaded a photo slide show in my portfolio! Check it out!

Design… a.k.a “HEY YOU!”

Posted On February 28, 2010

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Does design matter?

Design is anything creatively brought into existence, that grabs someone else’s attention. Design is very important. It is the reason expensive name brands are bought over the cheaper no name brand things. It’s the reason money can be raised for charities and important events. It’s inspiration, emotion, and self-expression. Colors, fonts, shapes, and sizes can be the difference between selling something and making a few bucks or selling it and making millions. The design is the bit of a product that makes the sale. It’s the one element that makes something significant and different from everything else like it. The distinguished design captures the audiences’ attention. Without design we would live in a bland world where only price mattered. If design didn’t matter, artwork wouldn’t matter. Design IS artwork.

When answering this question, I definitely agree with Garr Reynolds, “Good design changes things.”

The Importance of a Snapshot

Posted On February 22, 2010

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Yesterday, I drove 45 minutes to my home in Gallatin, Tennessee to stay the night at my parents house and visit with my family who I hadn’t seen in a couple of weeks. I was sitting at  my mom’s computer, with my blog pulled up, trying my best to figure out how to start my newest post. The assignment in class was to relate the expression, “A picture is worth a thousand words” to news outlets. After realizing that I had incurable writer’s block and feeling defeated for the time, I logged out and pushed the keyboard back into the desk. I walked over to the couch and plopped down frustrated. My grandmother, who was sitting across from me, asked what was wrong. When I finished explaining my trivial problem, she responded by explaining the effects that photography had on people (and her personally) during the Vietnam War. The photographs allowed people to see the terror, suffering, and battered for themselves. My grandmother showed me pictures of my grandfather who was in Vietnam that he had sent to her. It’s amazing how seeing a facial expression and the surroundings of a person can make a story real.

 Aaron Siskind, a photographer, once said, “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever… it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.” I love this quote and think it says it all for the question asked. A photograph is a glimpse of history that, like Siskind stated, is captured forever. Stories, facts, and history can be passed down from generation to generation, but the stories are simply words until they are illustrated. Showing an audience a picture taken during that period of history or relating a piece of artwork to the story told, makes everything actual in their minds. Seeing a person emotionally touched or while viewing something beautiful that has been ruined, a person can’t help but to relate it to themselves initiating the “what would I do” question. Because sight is such a powerful sense, I’d agree that photographs are very important when communicating information.

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