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.