Our Top 5 List from the Readings

Your Top Tips:

  1. Demand for journalism is high right now.
  2. Stay relevant, current, and clear.
  3. Use a wide-range lens when viewing the world. Journalism needs fresh perspective.
  4. Feed your journalism curiosity.
  5. Create a blog for your work. Update your blog frequently.
  6. Organization. Keep ideas organized on blog.
  7. Subscribe to the 80/20 rule. 80% of your posts should add value to the community. 20% of your posts can be self-promotional.
  8. Crowdsourcing and building community. Collaborate with people outside your team.
  9. Create a blog for your work.
  10. Create your own brand.
  11. Know your audience.
  12. Learning to code opens many doors for media creators.
  13. Use a web host.
  14. Learn the search engine optimization.
  15. Blogs changed news.
  16. The importance of RSS for journalists.
  17. Subscribe to news alerts.
  18. Taking breaks is also important!

My Top 5 Things:

  1. That this class exists to help you prepare for that first internship, for that first job out of college, and for that job in 20 years from now. How does this class accomplish that?
    • Encourages technological curiosity.
    • Encourages storytelling curiosity.
    • Instills experience and confidence in getting your feet wet and muddling through.
  2. More than 1/4 of all websites use the WordPress content management system (CMS)! This is a very important skill to put on your resume: “Experience with CMS (WordPress)”. Sell it to potential employers!
  3. Maintain a blog that you’re passionate about by choosing to report and discuss stories that spark your curiosity. The audience can sense your enthusiasm through your writing, tone, visuals, style, etc. If you want to keep readers interested, then you should stay interested in the content yourself!
  4. To be the most talented and engaging writer that you can be: follow, read, engage, write, and request feedback; follow, read, engage, write, and request feedback; follow, read, engage, write, and request feedback.
  5. The online resources:
    1. Poynter’s NewsU
    2. Nieman Lab
    3. Online News Association
    4. The National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting

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