Last week we were given our big Journalism assignment – “Journalism and Current Affairs” with just a week to complete it! I actually thought this was good practice as I know there’s always deadlines to work around when in the industry.
The whole assignment was split into three parts –
1- News and Current Affairs
2- Interview and Practice
3- Writing a Review
We were lucky enough to had already done part 1 and 2, so all we had left to do was our report which was on News and Current Affairs. This was actually the key part of the assignment as it was based on everything we had done with Anna and Anthony in this unit. In my work I talked about why history, current affairs and politics is so important in a role of a journalist and and how doing that little more than the basic research can improve your story. I also discussed the important things you need to make sure every story includes; Who, What, Where, When, Why and How? I also discussed how the internet and social networks plays in a role of a journalist and how important it is to gain as much information from these sources as possible.
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!