Reaction: Some Readings

February 22, 2009 at 11:10 pm (Reaction)

Jeff Glick does a nice job putting together a piece on compiling a story for the web with text and multimedia. He starts off with a nice summary of research that’s already been done (see: “Navigation will make or break your presentation”).

The reading is broken down into sub-readings that guide users’ eyes, so they can easily procure the information that they wanted without getting lost (note to self: Remember this).

Users and design are the key elements focused on in the article, and the tidbits were helpful in what I should be keeping in mind for my blogs and modules (are they working?) and what I shouldn’t be including in the module i’ll be working on for next week’s assignment. Not too messy and cluttered, but not boring either. Wish me luck.

In Briggs’ text, Journalism 2.0, Chapter 6 covers writing news for the web. This is pretty important and timely (hey, two elements for newsworthiness!) as I’ve got a story due next Monday!

Anyway, the first thing Briggs brings to attention is readers – because we’re writing for an audience (no surprise there). But what’s different about writing for the Web? Forget the new medium and accept a new way of thinking about how to write.

“Takes” are his suggestion. Like a movie is completed in takes, so will your story be completed on the Web. Instead of waiting for breaking story to be resolved, you can flesh it out as it happens.

Writing style changes, too. I’m allowed to be conversational, which might be the best news ever.

Briggs says to “Strive for lively prose, lean on strong verbs and sharp nouns.”

He also says to use a distinctive voice, humor and a conversational tone because they work really well in keeping readers interested and allow you to stick out from the hordes of other news stories on the Web. Art helps, too.

Last bit of good advice that I picked up (but I’m pretty sure I’ve heard it in class before), a good headline is the best start.


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