Reflective Analysis

I’ve loved exploring the world of multimedia journalism over the course of this semester. I feel as though my eyes have been opened to the vast amount of creativity and imagination that can be applied online nowadays in the form of blogs, multimedia websites and many other pages on the internet.

As I’ve always been a blogger myself and I liked that a lot of the module focussed around that, allowing me to put my creative stamp on the work I was handing in, enabling me to write freely about certain topics. When looking through other ‘more famous’ blogs, I had a look at a lot of different topics but I found commercial blogs like Dooce and Go Fug Yourself interesting.

With regards to Multimedia Websites, this section of the module really fascinated me. That features like One in 8 Million are achievable online, to me, is still amazing. Even though the layout and the concept is quite simple, the technology behind it is more complicated. I loved that feature and did a little review of it. I’ve showed many members of my family and some of my friends too by sharing the site over email.

The amount of opportunity in the world of online journalism is vast for any budding journalist, and learning about all the different aspects, and the ways in which you can leave your virtual footprint online has really excited me. In a world were people keep telling me journalists are dying and I’m never going to get a job, multimedia journalism has made me realise that journalism is not dead, but is merely shifting to a vaster platform were more innovative ideas can be achieved.

 

Twitter

I signed up to Twitter about a year ago when everybody was hyping about it before I came to university. At that point, I hated it. I felt that it was pretty much dead compared to Facebook, where me and my friends could socialise and talk. Twitter at that point, to me, felt too ‘grown up’ I think.

During last summer though, when I was getting ready to come to university, I tried to start using it more, and started to follow people that were more involved in the media industry, but I still focussed on things that interested me. I started to follow magazine editors like Cosmopolitan’s Louise Court and Glamour’s Jo Elvin and publications like Kerrang and MTV, not realising still the importance of the news media on the site.

Looking back now, I don’t really know where I got my up to date news information from. Whenever I check Twitter during the day now, I have the big news companies right there, informing me of any breaking news or linking me to a bigger, more informative story. The New York Times, BBC Breaking, and The Guardian, are just a handful of the news media I follow.

I started to follow Paul Bradshaw after he replied to one of my tweets featuring one of his quotes, and have since read his blog post on ‘How Journalists Can Master Twitter‘, which has given me quite good ideas when looking at who to follow. He makes the point ‘The more people you follow on Twitter, the more likely you are to come across a lead or a useful contact,’ and highlights the fact that now, most news stories break first on the site.

I found the whole of this blog post very interesting and quite useful when looking at who to follow. I don’t now view Twitter as a poor attempt to be a social networking site (although I do sometimes use it for that purpose), but as an open door to making contacts and a constant updater of news.