Posts Tagged ‘Journalism’

Chrys Wu Q&A

I e-mailed Chrys Wu a couple of weeks ago to ask her some questions I didn’t get to ask in class and here are the responses:

>I am the student that is applying to law school and you said that was a smart move, I was wondering why you said that.I remember you mentioned that you took the LSAT’s as well, did you want to pursue a law career?What skills do you find the most useful?What do journalism jobs look for when it comes to skills?<

A little bit of everything, really, and a lot depends on the job. Here’s a roundup of places that list journalism jobs:

Most hiring editors I know say the skill most important to them is newswriting ability, whether it’s in the form of blog posts, articles, multimedia features, or video/audio scripts.

If you’re going to work online, you’ll need to at least know some HTML and CSS, and basic Photoshop editing (cropping, color correction, sharpening, exporting a Web-optimized jpeg).

If you’re looking to become a video journalist, you’ll have to develop skills in recording and editing sound and video. If you want to really get into it, you might want to learn motion graphics software too.

If your interest is data visualization and information graphics, you’ll want to have a solid grounding in statistics, and know how to really use Excel. Also helpful, if you want to go that way: knowledge of Javascript, ActionScript 3 and Flash, or R (it’s statistical analysis software used by mathematicians, but also used by newsroom specialists to make really interesting static and interactive graphics — search for Amanda Cox on http://nytimes.com some time to see examples).

>My last question is do you love what you do and why do you love it?<

I like turning ideas into reality. I like helping people feel like they’ve done something good for their organization and for the people who depend on them for information. I like thinking about big questions and seeing what kinds of answers I can come up with. (For example: What are the coming trends in information consumption? How does any company meet the needs of its various constituents and make money at the same time?) I like the technical part of the job as well. And I like that I’m always finding new things to learn and really interesting people to talk to.

I’m glad I’m taking the opportunity to go to law school because I think that it is a great experience to have and it’ll give me some time for the economy to get better. If I decide that journalism is my route then I’ll pursue it, but until then I’ll gain some more knowledge and skills so I can keep my options open.

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Text advice/Online advice

Journalism Online by Mike Ward

Journalism Online by Mike Ward

Does anyone else find it funny that Mike Ward’s textbook, Journalism Online, is in print? I just thought that was a little ironic. Regardless of the irony, Ward’s advice on online journalism has some key points to helping a journalist new to the online media get a jump start on their career. Specifically I think that chapter five, Online story construction, was a good chapter to understand how to maintain a good story. The five tips given by Leah Gentry are constructive and useful to keep the reader’s attention. Follow the guidelines, figure out the strength of the media, deconstruct and reconstruct your story, and don’t take the technology aspect out of context. Each tip makes you keep with the objective of the story, makes you incorporate the important aspects of online writing, makes you keep the attention of your reader to make sure that they just don’t click to a new story.

The online resource I found helpful was the What not to do on Twitter beat-blog. I know for a fact that I forget why twitter is actually there. It is about content and not about the count in the amount of words you use in your “tweet”. It reminds you that unlike facebook, twitter is straight to the point. You can’t dilly-dally around what your main idea is when you have a limit on words. People follow you because you have a purpose not because you’re telling a 140 word story. Keep to the point when using new social medias.

It’s apparent that online journalism is different and you need to stick to advice given by professionals to try to have a profession. The tips are simple, you just have to follow them.