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Blog Eight

28 Sep

I am very sure that my area of interest will be welcomed into the market. The Journalism degree at the University of Canberra is always growing, and this website can be used as a tool to promote the Uni, the journalism course and the writing of the students here.

Articles by other people, including faculty and the community, will be part of the site also, and these will help to draw in a greater audience.

Being able to sustain the site is another matter. I am sure that where there are journalism students, there are always stories, reports and reviews. However, it will be the act of keeping up the publication at regular intervals that might fall by the way-side, which, from my own experience at up-keeping blogs, generally goes to shit during busy times of the times.

If there is a team of students who are able to delegate tasks among them, and keep up with the influx (hopefully) of articles, then the site should be viable.

The market in this area of interest is definitely not saturated. Sure, there are other magazines trying to share the same target audience, but this site will reach out to a wider market over time. Also, the quality of journalism will be better as the contributions will be from journalism students, and having a by-line is an important part of our career portfolio. This site will also have sections, as mentioned in earlier posts, for things like music and food reviews, book and movie reviews and other things.

Another thing we can introduce is a multimedia section for, for example, graphic designers, photographers, architects… other people from UC who want to contribute their work. These people could post photos, or organise a journalism student to write an article to go with what they have to offer.

The site might even have a forum where people, like a photographer, who has a great photo but wants a story written can connect with a journalism student. Or it could work the opposite way, if a journalist is going to an event and needs a photographer… Oh so many options, so little words!

(If the online publication turns into a print publication, and then that fails, here is an idea for the leftovers)


Blog Seven

19 Sep

The ‘Back to the Source’ Investigative Journalism Conference was held in Sydney on the 16th and 17th of September 2011. This conference was designed to bring together professionals, academics and student journalists to, “explore the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for investigative journalism.” This was a popular topic among journalists and a niche group of the public because the outcomes would affect people who follow this line of work. The conference brought together a range of different people who shared their stories in a panel discussion. These discussions were tweeted, blogged and talked about during the conference and after. This is what the conference is about…

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Blog Four

31 Aug

With this topic, the issue of who to follow online is not a distinct or definitive one. Sure, Esther Wojcicki (mentioned in previous post) has a Twitter feed so of course it would be good to follow her, but other reliable sources, such as media outlets, journalists, verifiable sources – all these people are important to follow online in order to keep up with the information being passed around.

The Twitter feed for this project is @UCJournalist and currently I am following most of the third year students in Sports Media and Journalism.

I also follow some faculty members (Caroline Fisher, Ginger Gorman, Simon Brady), some news organisations (CNN, Reuters, ABC News, Al Jazeera English), politicians (Barack Obama, Julia Gillard). These are both helpful to keep up with uni, local, national and international news which could lead to story ideas for the website.

Being up-to-date with news and current affairs is vital, which is why following politicians and news sites is important.

Following the student base at UC is also important in order to write stories that interest them, or write about things they’re talking about.

Also, when the website gets up and running, Twitter will be an important tool in the publicising of the material from the online newspaper. This can be helpful in getting new recruits, getting the word out about particular stories or just keeping the target audience informed of what is happening.

RSS feeds from major local, national and international news organisations will also help generate story ideas for publication on the website.


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