Considering the previous post discussed my thoughts and opinions on the ‘blogs worth monitoring’, I thought I’d dedicate my last post to my thoughts and reactions on the multi-media game in general.
Firstly, I can’t believe how behind the times I’ve been.
In a previous blog post, I’d wondered if my newspaper bosses had their heads stuck in the sand, but my tune has since changed.It’s more to the ring of, “I’m the one that needed to see the light of day.”
At the beginning of this unit, I was so unmotivated to learn, thinking it was going to be the most mundane subject I’d ever studied.How wrong I was.
I’m walking away armed with important knowledge on the ‘new media’ era, and it has catapulted me into a whole new direction as to where I stand as a ‘print’ journalist.
I’m fully aware I need to grab this multi-media knowledge with both hands, ensuring my media employment opportunities remain open.
–“Thanks Stephen Quinn, I owe it to you for empowering me!”
I notice Mr Quinn uses Twitter as his latest tweet is displayed – off to Malaysia to teach journalism! Seeing he’s my lecturer, it makes me wonder what platform of journalism he’ll teach to other students in Asia.My bet is, it won’t be print.
The mobile journalist is an interesting concept. These journalists generally don’t get a desk in the newsroom. Their desks are more like what ever they can find while out in their travels.
Here’s a citizen journalist who calls himself a mobile video journalist. Check out his amusing YouTube video, explaining how he livestreams by using internet site Qik.
My photo editing knowledge generally stops at a limited edition of Adobe Photoshop.
But after this week’s readings, I decide to venture out of my comfort zone and head into the land of Google’s Picasa.
After a few problems with internet connection speed, I finally manage to download Picasa’s photo editing software and then find a Youtube demonstration , giving me a quick run down on how to get started.
I must say, I’m impressed.
The user-friendly software has loads more features and makes my projects look professional.
I play around with the basic fixes, tuning and effects functions, and find it entertaining to say the least.
Not only can I change photo colourings and add text, I can miraculously wipe out blemishes on people’s faces.
Hmmm, now I know exactly what it means when someone says,”that model’s been air-brushed!”
I wonder if I can swipe a few pounds from my midriff? 🙂
A few issues cropped up, including having too many photos on my hard drive. This meant I had to wait nearly 30 minutes for Picasa to download them all.
Secondly, I had problems trying to sign in to create web albums, because apparently, I already had an existing google account, which I can’t remember creating.
Twitter – I’d never heard of this concept before today and don’t think I will use it in the future. But here is a run-down on Twitter.
del.icio.us – Another new tool for me and I’m not sure how to use the bookmarks, something I’ll investigate when I have more time.
– Out of curiosity, I re-visited my newly established RSS reader a day after setting it up. One click of a ‘update feeds button’ and I had pages of new headlines from my Yahoo news website – that simple!
South Korea’s fame was once associated with the 1988 Olympic Games. But more recently, the country is known for being a world leader in digital technology.
With three out of four households connected to the internet, it has the highest number of broadband connections per capita world-wide.
So, it’s not surprising that one of the nation’s most popular on-line news websites, Ohmynews, attracts 700,000 repeat visitors per day.
What is surprising though, is that the website’s content is mostly supplied by citizens.
The stories seem well-structured, follow journalistic rules, and make good use of multi-media, but that may have something to do with qualified journalists running the show.
Watch the video below to understand the concept of citizen journalism.
I decided to investigate citizen journalism beyond the cyber walls of Ohmynews, and firstly stubbled across a blog from James Farmer, a journalist from The Age.
He blatantly despises amateurs being called journalists, and has some valid points with his criticisms.
Why should amateurs share a professional title that us ‘true’ journalists have studied hard to obtain?
I have no problems with citizens supplying content, and in many cases, providing leads that journalists most probably would not have gathered. But I do feel that citizens, who supply content for news stories, need another title.
An interesting video by Broadcast journalist Dave Heathfield, ‘Reporting on citizen journalism at war’, shows the rise in citizen journalism on the Iraq war.
The rise of King Camp Gillette, the guru who invented disposable shavers among a variety of other products, is nothing short of intriguing. Considering it was the 1800s, his instigation of the ‘free business model’ initiative – give away a free product to endorse another – proved to be the golden jewel in his crown.
Many have since followed this economic model, and scored equally attractive jewels.
The free business model is firmly entrenched into our economy, most notably, the digital economy.
A regular scene when surfing the net these days is on-line businesses giving away free products.
Interestingly enough, yesterday, I came across this little marketing manoeuvre.
After reading a news article on yahoo on-line news, which explained that tigerairways.com was giving away free interstate flights and had already sold in excess of 50,000 seats, I decided to delve further.
What happened next?A few phone calls back and forth to the hubby and we were booked on a holiday to sunny Queensland.
What a smart move by tigerairways.com.
But you see, it wasn’t really free for us.We forked out $250 for airport charges, taxes and baggage.However, it was still very cheap flying for four people.
But it is not as though the flight company is losing money. The airline just snagged our business, which it otherwise would not have had, and will now showcase the service it has, something we otherwise would not have seen. We generally stick to the one airline company.
On closer inspection of the tigerairways.com site, advertising revenue for the company is streaming in from a variety of businesses wanting to flog their products, from car hire places to hotels and airport parking firms.
Other income tigerairways.com is generating is from other travellers who would have missed the free deals. A percentage of these potential customers would go on to book low fare seats.