So this was our last session in Journalism. We started off doing our usual editorial meeting and with our Facebook group open, our discussions have become much more interesting with everyone contributing views and opinions. We talked about different headlines and the most popular news that week was about a child kidnapper. We talked about which genre’s to put the story under and how. We discussed how to make the “perfect newspaper” talking about considering who we are writing for, and making sure we only write what we’d like to see in the newspapers ourselves to get a better perspective!
In cultural studies we had a lecture on Futurism and Constructivism. We after discussed John Bergers “Ways of seeing” in groups.
Spending time with Anna is giving me a further understanding of Journalism. Our main focus this week is Social Media and how much of a platform it now is for everyone. We have been asked to open accounts with Twitter and Facebook and start fimiliarizing ourselves with both. Of course I use both these sites on a daily basis so found this really easy to use. We now have a private Facebook group for the class where we can post our favourite stories. We discussed how much impact these sites can have, and as journalists how much these could help us. In my opinion they are sharp, and because they limit you on how much you can write, you can pretty much get the vital information out for your readers. On both sites people have to subscribe to your page by either “Following” you or “Liking” your page, so it garuntees reads! In my opinion Twitter can be stronger as you can use hashtags that others will usually search for if looking for certain news. You can get anyone’s attention, anywhere in the world.
In conclusion, if we want any story to be successful we need these key features;
Time – This is so important to readers, anyone reading will instantly want to know when the incident took place. Topics that are current are more likely to be releavent.
Prominence – The story really needs to be noticable, it has to have a catchy heading, and has to be of interest to readers. If you pick a story on Barack Obama it’ll always get more coverage than your next door neighbour.
Proximity – The story should be near you and have some sort of relation in order top actually interest you.
And of course make sure you have your “Where, what, why, when and how?” awnsered. As long as you have these points covered you’re good to go!
These first couple of weeks at LCC were basic introductions for the Media Communications course.
From visiting the Tate Modern Gallery, not once but twice to put our creative caps on.. working in different groups with the Design class on fun ice breaker activities… and exploring media platforms.
We received time tables for our class – Which is 2 days at uni, one day at home (Makes sense seeing as we have to do a lot of things with a laptop)
For Journalism on Wednesdays we were given a task called “My relationship with words” which I really enjoyed as it was a sort of introduction about what you’re into as a individual and what you would like to explore more of. I thought the exercise was a good intro for everyone. We also looked at things like different types of communications like TV, Newspaper or Blog and current affairs which every individual should be aware of. We also explored the differences between tabloids and broadsheets including the type of text, the price and how they reach out to their readers. Also, we spoke about how we get our information and our main networks. We went through news agenda’s and how every story comes under a different listing from Culture to world news. After going through Social Networking such as Twitter and Facebook – We have actually created a secret group for the people in our course where we can post anything related to what we are doing! It’s actually a great way to stay connected and really interesting to see the different types of things individuals are posting.
On Fridays we are doing Contextual Studies with the design group which is fun because we get to work with the others and the team is much bigger! We’ve gone through what the unit will consist of and have started of with “Discovering Arts & Culture” We spoke about the different movements that have happened such as Dadaism and Surrealism. We looked at different pieces of art and in groups discussed which culture movement they were a part of and why. We worked in groups to present a brainstorm of the ideas we came up with. Visiting the Tate Modern and doing research on two pieces that we were interested in was really fun for me because art isn’t something I’ve worked a lot on so I’m learning so much. Lastly, we were advised to read John Berger’s “Ways of seeing”. The book is a great introduction to art/photography or in fact for any creative. It really explains the history of it all and how seeing things changed! I read a couple of chapters and found it a great read.