Monthly Archives: February 2012

Use of Crowdsourcing

The article I have chosen is a report on the London tube strikes from the BBC.

Fits the categories because?

-It is a report that’s main source is through crowdsourcing – it is a prime example and is from 2010 showing crowdsourcing has actually been around for a few years.

What can student journalists and future media creators take away from this?

-Can be really useful, I was apprehensive about “anyone” being able to be a journalist, why am I in college, but this is a great example.

-The source is from all over London, there would be no other way to get this sort of information.  

-Crowdsourcing can be used for all types of media.

What did news outlet do right?

-Highlighted which information was from BBC journalists and which was from other sources.

-Different categories from different modes of transport.

-Pics, videos, reports

-Tweet info to report

Do Wrong?    

How to submit info, sites details were small, should be large so when someone first looks at the page they think/know how to submit info.

Changing the game?  

Especially with mobiles you can now get this info while you are out, tube lines open and close during strikes, travelling is a nightmare, this type of reporting is so useful.

-Instead of employing people to go see what is going on they have a live twitter feed with images, info and videos coming in.

Cool about this example?

Old example

-One of the most effective types of crowdsourcing. If the tube is closed it’s closed.

-Not opinion based.


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Informational Interview Question

1)Where did you go to school?

2)What was your degree in?

3)Did you have a lot of experience in radio by the time you finished your degree?

4) What has been one of your favourite things about working in radio?

5) What has been one of the worst things about working in radio?

6)How old were you when you got a job in an area of radio you wanted to be in?

7)What qualifications/experience did you have at this time?

8) What is one of the most valuable things you have learned in your career?

9) When you first started out in radio what kind of salary did you have?

10) Did you always want to be in Radio?

11) What other career paths did you look into?

12) Why radio?

13) What are some of the things you do on a daily basis?

14) What other places if any have you worked in?

15) What type of position should I be looking at when applying for a job?

16) Should I try an intern with a company/station before applying for a job?

17) What is impressive on a resume in this field of work?

18) A lot of talk about “dying radio” is it the wrong field to be heading towards?

19) What qualities do you think radio presenters absolutely need?

20) Do you think being from a different country would hinder someone’s chances of getting into American radio?

21) Is having a masters degree a great advantage over someone without one?

22) Have you interviewed people for positions at a station?

23) What impressed you about candidates?

24) What was something that put you off candidates?

25)How much experience do candidates with only a few years out of college have?

26) Is radio what you thought it would be before you really got in to it?

27)What surprised you when you first started out?

28) Do you prefer working alone or with other people in the studio?

29) How many hours do you work a day?

30) What types of things does your day consist of?

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Article Blog: Chicago Tribune Eyes Price Tag For Online News


About the Article

The article I have selected is about a newspaper, the Chicago tribune, and its move to start charging readers for reading their online content. This has not really been covered in the textbook yet but it has been a topic for class discussion. Online Journalism is now one of the main sources for news and while it is currently, for the most part, free, it won’t be like this for long. News organizations are beginning to start charging their users, and the Chicago tribune has joined the movement.

Making Changes

Online advertisement is currently a major money-maker for websites but this may change. In class we discussed how websites would start charging users. In this article Gerould Kern, the editor, said they “will begin to charge in a selective way.” The news come after a rival paper, the Chicago sun-times, has started charging users.

Reduce Costs and Increasing Income

The article also talks about ways the company has been trying to reduce costs and boost income. To reduce costs they have been making job cuts. This has been a topic I have touched in many of my communication classes.  We talked in class about how they would charge, perhaps a monthly charge or by page viewed. In the article they gave example figures from their sister publication the Baltimore sun. Users can pay either $2.49 per week or $49.99 for six months.

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To my Surprise

One thing that surprised me about this article was that Kern said advertisement revenue was decreasing. With more and more people seeking the internet to get their news I thought this may have been on the rise. He said it “now makes up only about 65 percent to 75 percent.” It used to make 80 percent.  His reason for this change was that advertising companies have more choices with regards to where and how they advertise.

For Students

It’s important for Journalism and communication students because no matter what type of media industry we decide to work in, the Internet is going to be a big part of it. Even with regards to keeping up to date with news, as online users we will have to start paying for a majority of online sources in years to come.

Second Article   

A related article I found was on the BBC website. It is titled “Murdoch signals end of free news.” There are a lot of comments made by Rupert Murdoch but one that stood out to me the most was: “quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting.” I think this sums up online media right now. So far almost all online news has been free to anyone with access to the internet and with news papers and news stations sharing almost all their content online they have been offering readers the chance to pay for news or get it for free.

The article covers an international perspective speaking about how different news organizations across the globe have been looking at tackling the problem of charging users while keeping visiting numbers high.

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Why Blog?

Because blogging is available to practically anyone, reasons for blogging can be very widespread. For the confused, heart-broken teenager perhaps it ‘s a way to publicly share your feelings. For the angry peace core protestor it’s a way to shout your message to anyone who wants to read it it. For me and many other aspiring Journalists it’s a start. You are your own publisher and each blog you post is a new piece of work for someone to read. The internet is quickly taking over the world and employers are looking for people who really know how to use it. Blog to show future employers your ideas, your desire to keep updated with current information, your writing ability. It’s a way to talk about things you care about. Have your opinion out there. I’ve had my blog for the grand total of three weeks and I’m pretty sure Professor Wheatley is the only person who reads my work, but, as I move into a career in Journalism who knows who could end up following me. It’s a way to start a community of people with the same interests as you or who like your work. It’s a way to get feedback on your writing and register other peoples ideas. You can add pictures and videos to your work, even style up your blog page. With the right information and style a blog can be a professional tool to showcase your work, share your ideas and show people you are serious.

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MO Primary


Chesterfield Mo-Traffic on interstate 64 could have suggested a busy day in this St. Louis suburb but outside the Lord of Life church only four cars sat in the parking lot. Considering this was a polling station and today was the Missouri primary election it was by any means a surprise. It wasn’t just people that were missing, however, there were no posters or banners outside trying to sway voters. It could have been questionable driving into the parking lot if this was in fact a polling station.

Inside a table with tea and coffee stood deserted. The registration table had a line of four voters with five poll workers sat helping those in line. One poll worker said to a voter  this was the busiest they had been all day.  It was 2:30P:M. Another poll worker said it was quiet all day with a steady stream of voters. The poll worker also said he had worked at numerous polling stations in different areas that were usually much busier than he had experienced today.

The smaller location perhaps? Republican voter Rebecca Hodges, 22, was at the primary. “I think because it’s a primary and Missouri is using the Caucus vote in March people weren’t really interested and didn’t come out to vote,” she said, “last time I voted here the line was out the door so it was funny seeing only a few people here.”

There were no protestors or campaign workers outside the building. Hodges said “it’s nice not having people shout who to vote for when you walk in the door but it’s also sad, it makes you think it’s not worth it.”

Voting was simple. The station had three paper ballots and five electronic ballots. Voters had the choice of how they wanted to vote: a luxury that will not be offered by the caucus on Mar. 17.  Large touch screens gave voters step by step instructions. One poll worker said the electronic ballot was preferred by most voters. He said it was a favourite to all age groups. Poll voters were available to help voters with any problems encountered.

Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said in an article in the STL Today “Even a lightly attended primary election has more turnout than a caucus, which requires voters to dedicate time on their weekend to gather and select a nominee.”  What could this hold for the Chesterfield Caucus?

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