Paul Bradshaw’s Blog is Relevant to a Journalist

Online Journalism BlogAfter reviewing several blogs I targeted in on Paul Bradshaw’s work titled,Online Journalism Blogto pick as my topic of interest. The link to his blog is http://onlinejournalismblog.com. In 2008 Paul wrote a series titled Model for the 21st Century Newsroom. The concepts in his  model were used by news organizations around the world, and in 2012 Paul was commissioned by the BBC to create  a short ebook of his work. Paul Bradshaw constructed this blog to also promote his books “Data Journalism”, “Heist, Scraping for Journalists” and “The Online Journalism Handbook”. I found The Online Journalism Blog contained some useful and revenant information, but its display has room for improvement. Still, when looking for information, the pictures are good for initial attention lures but they won’t keep me on a site for long if there isn’t substance behind them.  With that being said, in my view the content is more relevant than the way it is displayed. Of course, there are people that will disagree with me. The useful portions of the blog are as follows:

  • His blog gives its readers food for thought on how to form a good story.
  • He shares his views on multi media skills that are necessary to survive the industry.
  • Paul informs the reader about the ways journalism has changed from a specialized medium to a broader spectrum occupation
  • He includes his Model for the 21st Century writings which were commissioned by BBC.

Paul  states that first a person needs to have a good story to work with, second the creator of the story needs to be well versed using online tools and mediums. Paul lets us know It’s not good enough to be an expert in one area, a journalist needs to be proficient with many areas of communication, and these areas are constantly changing. He wrote, “ What complicates things further is that, for many of these platforms, we are inventing the language as we speak it. For those new to the platform, it can be intimidating. But for those who invest time in gaining experience, it is an enormous opportunity. Because those who master the style of a blog, or Facebook, or Twitter, or addressing a particular group on Flickr, or a YouTube community, put themselves in an incredible position, building networks that a small magazine publisher would die for. That’s why style is so important – now more than ever, and in the future more than now.” Paul has an introductory section which gives good advice to people who are contemplating online journalism. He breaks up the information in a bullet format and explains with details the reader can easily understand. For example he states,“The multimedia journalist needs to be able to spot those opportunities for multimedia to play a role – and develop the skills to see them through. Here are some questions to ask, Does the story involve complex concepts that might be better illustrated through visual or aural means? Does the story require a response from someone, or a description of an event, where non-verbal cues such as their tone of voice or facial expression may be key? Are there different positions which would suit a discussion to flesh them out?” The list goes on and can be viewed in more detail by clicking this link. II found his list thought provoking, which is why this blog is relevant. These are pertinent questions that anyone presenting a story, imagined or real should ask themselves. The fact stands that in-spite of all the technology and wonderful resources we have at our fingertips to showcase our work, if you don’t have a good story, you aren’t going to want to go through the time vacuum that is required to learn the technology (which incidentally, is changing as you are reading this) necessary to make your story available to the general public. Once a story is formed in your mind or typed, you then need to decide the best media method to present your thoughts. You have to ask yourself, “Who is my audience? What medium would they use to get my story?“ Then work backwards from there. Paul also included two links that I found useful, one to David McCandleess’s Visualizaton work and the other to Travis Fox Films.  I have them listed in the order that I found most relevant:

  1. David McCandless’s visualization work or the discussions about best practice on Flowing Data.  This top-notch website is for those  possibly leaning towards Graphic Arts as it could be used as a template if you will, of a way to showcase your work, while snatching up the viewers interest. http://www.davidmccandless.com/design_work/
  2. Travis Fox films link leads the viewer to a menu of nifty videos or films. This is an appropriate example for anyone who is looking to focus on video production displaying of their work. http://films.travisfox.com

I recommend this blog to anyone who is contemplating journalism as an occupation. Indeed, due to the explosion in technology, journalism is changing rapidly (as are many other occupations), so the information he presents is valid to journalists.

Good to Know–Media Art Locations at Lane

Have you ever heard the saying that you get a new wrinkle in your brain whenever you learn a new fact?  Well if that’s true…I got a new wrinkle in my brain doing this activity. I thought I was somewhat Media Arts savvy since I had all Media Art classes in building 17 last term, however the scavenger hunt assignment that our class was given to find specific locations on Lane’s campus proved me lacking. I’m glad I did this activity as I learned where quite a few locations are that I did not know a couple of weeks ago.                  20150409_151014

#1~ First on my list was Theresa Hughes office. As you can clearly see she has a lot of pictures on her door, which is great since she is a Media Arts instructor. I bet she has some gluten free cookies and cheese flavored pretzels in the top drawer of her desk. I’m glad she shares them with her students! Yum…need I say more?

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#2~The studio with the Bright blue wall was easy for me to locate since I had two classes in that room Winter term. Photoshop pictures are much easier to edit if this blueness fills the background. There are also a lot of ceiling lights for us to use in that room. It creates a professional setting for photography.

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#3~ Next is Lanes equipment checkout counter where we Media Arts students get to checkout Cannon T5i cameras (which are expensive), and recording devises. We learn how to use these tools and are required to use them so we can be professionals some day. I frequented this area last term. Matt is the expert behind this counter. It is beneficial that we get to use all this paraphernalia. The door looks a lot like Theresa’s office door because they are both located on floor one in building 17.

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#4~Fourth on my list of places to find was the Main Art Gallery at Lane. I have not had classes in this building yet, but I did attend a Photography talk and display in that building so I found it easily.

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#5~The Art-o-Mat was a new item to find. I have walked past it before but never even noticed it. It looks like a juke box from the 1960’s. It’s nice to know I can get some treats when I’m in a pinch. I’ll use my cell phone and headphones to hear some tunes though.

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#6~The library is easy to find at Lane because there are signs and mock footsteps pointing students in it’s direction. I took a picture of intelligent looking statue heads which appear to be keeping watch over the books shelved around them.

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#7~The large silver sculpture that is positioned outside of the Health and Wellness building is large and quite beautiful. Can you see my reflection while I took the picture in it? It’s really tiny.

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#8~Mary Jo Kreindel is the Arts Division Office Specialist. That was information I did not know. A new wrinkle in my brain at this location.

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#9~The bus stop is quite visible from the front of Lane Community College. I like the clock that was placed here

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This is Christina Salter’s office. She is the counselor assigned to Media Arts so if you haven’t met her yet, you probably will. Her office is in Building 1 which is close to the bus station and has many brightly colored flags dangling off the high ceiling. I need to go and see Christina to figure out my schedule next term. Lane has great staff in the Media Department.

#12~The flags that decorate the ceiling in Building 1, otherwise known as the Students 1st Building, depict various countries and cultures. I believe they are a representation of Lane’s vales of embracing differences and inclusion.

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And last but not least is the construction that seems to be never ending here at Lane. Even if we want to we can’t miss it! Anyone for dumpster diving?  It’s almost a straight shot down from the balcony.

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A Small Chunk of My Life

This is me.

Lynne Nelson

Are you ready for this? I am going to attempt to open my life up to you in about three hundred words. Of course it started out form me about the way it did for you-I was six lbs. and cried a lot. I guaranty that we differ after about my first two years of life though.  At the age of two my dad, who was a Captain in the Army, got a position that required us to move often, which enabled me to live in Oklahoma, New Mexico, Germany, California, and Utah.  By the time I was 11 my father retired from the Army and we relocated to beautiful, green Oregon. In Oregon it rains most of the year, just like the city in Germany in which our family resided. Germany offered us some magnificently tall mountains, youth in leaderhosen, castles, and lots of snow. Here are examples of the beauty there. I did not take these photo’s as I was 4 years old when we arrived and 6 when we departed. I credit Google for displaying them.

These apartments are in Frankfurt which is the city my family was stationed.

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We moved 13 times in 11 years.  We became proficient at packing and labeling boxes.  My brother who was two years older then I, was my very best friend since we had to leave all the friends we made.  Below is scenery in Walla Walla Oregon.

lAaFCtUAs to my reason for attending Lane, I am in the Multimedia Design program.  I also plan to get my 1 year certificate of accomplishment in Website Design. I have learned a lot, made several friends, and I’m looking forward to another term. My goal is to become proficient in many areas of design so that I will have the ability to bring a lot to the table in the job market.