Monday, November 06, 2006

Week of 10/30 - 11/05

Writing Web News
Informed on the writing news for the world wide web.

Susan Golia, 13 Wham's Web Editor gave my communication class
a loadfull of information that I'll be sure to remember:

Cliché are corny on TV, says Golia, but its okay on the web. Umm…I see it a lot cliché from another of Rochester’s news station; WROCTV CBS channel 8. Well I like corny, or maybe it’s because I have an old soul? Since I’m sure that compared to the other 4 local Rochester news stations, CBS targets and attracts more of the older audience.

On a side note, I like Channel 9's
RNEWS. The anchors and reporters seem nicer, more straightforward and they don’t act like their big deal.

‘A picture’s worth a 1000 words, but on the web, you have to explain it.' This is one of many things to take care of when writing for the web. Its must be a drag sometimes for Golia constantly trying to find ‘What’s the reason of this story,' 'the local connection,' always 'Thinking first, thinking different.’

Online users have a shorter attention span, they want constant news. The selection, ordering, and especially updates are the most important things to keep in mind. The older news goes below the updated news says Golia, people might think your not updating if they arrive at you site and it looks the same way it did before the last time they were there.

Location, Location, Location - The easiest way to let readers know where the article their reading is coming from is by putting the location right in the beginning, before anything else says Golia. This definitely works for me. I like to Google different news stories and have many time wondered, ‘Wow, I can’t believe that, where is this happening at?” Click on these links to see an example.

Written in Rochester, NY
Written in Atlanta

Since I loveThe Google’ so much, I’m glad Google News
places the published location in the search results, right under the news title. To see an example, click here.

Simply the Best thing about writing news stories online would have to be that most of you readers will likely skip over my typos, which will always be continuous effort on my part to improve. Its also something I can go back and fix, can’t do that in print. So thanks for being you and skimming through this post.

Monday, October 30, 2006

Week of 10/23 - 10/29

The Power of Blogging

WebBlogs can be a lot of things, established and frequent blogger Meghan Wier has figured out. It can be a good thing, in this case, issues that brings the community together, about 12,000 Tri-State Rochester-arians in Wier’s local Henrietta, NY blog. It can be bad, mentioning particular names, stores; business (in a negative way) can come back and hurt you. It can also be challenging: Who is the audience, find out, than change your material and modify.

But the best contribution Wier provided to the class was her
ideas and strategies on online networking.

Be on Top You want your blog, or site to be on top, but someone is already there. So what are you going to do about it? You could…find out who is on top, that competition you plan on knocking out, than find out who’s linking to them. Than Go After Them. Get them to link to your sites. Also, if you have friends who can link to you, ask them too. Never underestimate the ability of linking!

Keeping audience - Don’t make it boring says Wier, than there’s going to be less people reading you next post. New media has a short attention span- people don’t want to read the same old story. It’s got to interest the reader, a hot topic. Readers will start to decrease if you have nothing interesting to say.

15 Blogs! - That is the number of blogs Meghan Wier is
currently writing. It’s a net strategy within network of her own blogs she says. By linking them all together, she can bring up the page ranks of her own blogs.

But Wier’s most interesting blog this moment would have to be 90 Days which chronics the next, you guessed it, 90 days of her life since quitting her job and taking off. ’90 Days' can be read here
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Monday, October 16, 2006

Week of 10/16 to 10/22 - RSS

RSS has multiple meanings, but ‘Really Simple Syndication’ works for me. So what is RSS exactly? It turns out that it’s a much cooler, organize and grouped online newsletters. It looks a little something like this:

Not until one of SUNY Geneseo’s research librarian, Kate Pitcher told me and the rest of my communication class, did I know what RSS is and what it can do for me. Basically I can quickly view headlines through an any RSS reader, which can be downloaded here, from all of my favorite sites and decide if I want to continue reading one by a simple click.

‘The New York Times' offers RSS news feed for different sections of their online version, you only want the sports section; you can go through and pick what section you want,’ an example by pitcher. I think this very helpful. Sometimes it gets frustrating, searching through a site for certain news. I find RSS:
I can also get past stories that I might have missed. It also seems like there’s more articles displayed in the RSS feed than an e-mail newsletter. I can also subscribe to sites that will help me with any research.

RSS are files that are created through Extensible Markup Language (XML) codes, a way of describing data. Aside from the mumbo jumbo; all you have to know is that you subscribe to a particular website or link already on the website and look for any of these orange buttons says pitcher.

Click on the RSS above to subscribe to some of my favorite news, after installing a reader which can also be founded when upgrading Internet Explorer.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Week of 10/9 - 10/15 - N/A
There is no report on this speaker...because there was no speaker.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Week of 10/2 - 10/08
There is no report on this speaker.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Week of 9/25 - 10/1 - Online

“Online, you can live anywhere.”
That’s what Laurie Bennett, CEO of
ePodunk.com, a site that maps out communities said about having a job on the internet.

‘Don’t write it for yourself; write it for someone in Ohio.’
People from all over the world could be reading your post. So you need it to make sense to them. Its one particular piece of advice Bennett mentioned that I think many people forget when writing for the World Wide Web.

It’s an important one; the relationship between the web writer and web designer. They need to make things work. Online readers do not like to read the whole article and they do not like to scroll. So figuring out where and how they are going to place what content will be the challenge.

Help the users, give them easier access. Internet users are impatient and could and would close the page.

Don’t get lost, don't ever let the users get lost on the site. I’ve for one experienced this myself. When I know for a fact that this website offers what I’m in search of, but takes too long in finding it, it makes me irritated. Usually, a not-so-nice- worded, disappointing e-mail to the site follows.

IT FEELS GREAT to know that web writers, designers or whoever, like Emily Morgan are actually reading my e-mails and responding.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Week of 9/18 - 9/24

Backpack Journalism!

Doesn’t that sound interesting? But what is it you ask? Well…

Can you be a reporter who’s able to shoot, edit, air and post online?

That sure seems like a fun, fast-pace, all-over-the-place gig. It also sounds like you’ll get some appreciated too. That sounds really interesting to me.

News Director from Channel 2 News in Buffalo, NY Ellen Crook was in Geneseo, NY and offered some tips about a job in new broadcast:

‘The Red Coats’ a nick name given by the Buffalo residents to the Channel 2 News crew for the huge red coats they often wear during their newscast in Upstate NY’s frigid weather.

It’s great that they have this nickname, I think. It’s can easily be recognize in their community. Which means the viewers can associate Channel News reporters with someone they can trust.My biggest wonder though; is all the times Crooke said

“We sent 3 reporters to cover this story.”

How many reporters does she have!?

I don’t know much about broadcast journalism, but I didn’t know that you needed 3 reporters covering one story all the time. Can the reporters can any type of individual identification or popularity this way? Or is ‘The Red Coats’ good enough? Or maybe it doesn’t matter at all.

Either way, it’s always nice to see a
Geneseo Graduate furthering her or himself.