I believe

New I believe…… (updated for April) Reflection below

  1. That visual storytelling is a very powerful medium.
  2. That scientific stories should balance accessibility with accuracy in data.
  3. That the future of news is virtual and interactive.
  4. That there are stories to be told everywhere around us.
  5. That my greatest strength as a journalist is my ability to ask probing questions.
  6. That my greatest challenge as a journalist is finding new angles on stories.
  7. That the best journalism is thorough in the research and due diligence it presents.
  8. That the biggest problem with journalism today is it is dogmatic in its representation of issues.
  9. That the biggest opportunity facing news organizations today is how to attract and transition a younger demographic into consistent readers.
  10. That a great idea for a new way of delivering news is info-graphic video.
  11. That interviewing people about news provides a look at how stories to be published are chosen.
  12. That writing for the general public involves appealing to different sensibilities; of personal stories and of hard statistics.Reflection:
    My perspectives on the field of journalism as well as the way to tell stories has developed greatly this semester. I have learned about how the field has evolved and journalists have sought out new ways to tell stories. For example, visual story telling and the development of apps for news. I have also learned about important networking and building relations are in the field. It is a really exciting prospect to think about freelancing.
    I also really appreciated how we were able to visit sites like the EPA, Channel 4 and the Detroit Free Press. These excursions gave me a better sense of the working environment and way news companies are trying to innovate in their content to remain relevant and interesting.
    My experiences in this class have also given me a deeper understanding of the work that goes into quality reporting. This includes doing extensive research, being at the scene, collecting statistics and interviewing knowledgeable people. Another important facet of reporting on public health and environmental topics I was glad to see highlighted by speakers was ethical reporting. This means not sensationalizing scientific stories and making sure to represent the scope of data accurately without appealing to ‘scare’ statistics.
    All in all, my experiences this semester have opened my eyes to the possibilities of journalism and how I can be a responsible and skilled consumer and contributor to the news.

    Article chosen from readings: http://www.poynter.org/news/media-innovation/189313/how-journalists-can-turn-their-stories-into-conversations/
    This was an interesting piece about merging social media content and comment participation from readers in a way that prompt intellectual thought rather than disparaging commentary. The writer also says being a 21st century writer means having to curate the comments section. I think there is potential for dialogue on issue in comments sections, but too often that potential is lost when people forget there are people at the other end of the screen receiving their words.


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