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Give Your Laptop A Little Love

February 14, 2012 · No Comments

In honor of  Valentine’s Day Mashable.com has decided to celebrate by creating the Top 8 Tips for Keeping Your Laptop Healthy and Happy. Some of these tips may seem like common sense knowledge of owning a computer, but with the piece of technology that holds the key to the internet as well as all of your valuable documents it’s better to be safe than sorry!

The tips are listed as:

  1. Clean it up
  2. Practice proper shutdown habits
  3. Protect your investment
  4. React to spills immediately
  5. Keep it out of the trunk in all climates
  6. Use kosher cleaning products
  7. Recycle properly
  8. Create a productive environment

These tips may seem trivial, but when it comes to your laptop you have to take proper care of it. For example, when mashable refers to “use kosher cleaning products” in tip#6 you can’t just spray windex on your computer screen, you have to use the good stuff. Whenever you use your computer it has to be with proper care.

I’ve learned the hard way. If you don’t protect and care for your laptop it won’t work for long. So use mashable.com’s easy tips and your computer will work like new.

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Briggs Chapter 4: Microblogging: Write Small, Think Big

February 14, 2012 · No Comments

This chapter was all about the power of microblogging. Miroblogging is unique in the fact that it allows the reporter to grab the readers attention and inform them of something in 140 characters or less.

The most popular example of microblogging is twitter. Twitter allows anyone to be the journalist and report to anyone who is interested in listening. When used properly, twitter can display how a story can summed up into a short statement that can give the reader the overall purpose of a story. Twitter not only allows a reporter to tell a story, it also give the reader a chance to be a part of the story as well. What makes twitter so awesome is that it directly connects the reader to the reporter.

Microblogging’s future lies in the idea that the auidence can be an active participant in journalism and even more imporantly that a reporter can give the reader the main idea of a story as quickly as possible.

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Briggs Chapter 3: Crowd-Powered Collaboration

February 13, 2012 · No Comments

This chapter shows how audience participation is leading the progress of journalism. The most influential techniques being used to encourage readers to become the writer are crowdsourcing, open-source reporting, and pro-am journalism.

Crowdsourcing relates to reporting specifically what the audience wants. This may mean either reporting to answer a specific question or based on a targeted audience reporting a certain story. Crowdsourcing supports the idea that audience interest is what keeps journalism alive and progress. Give the reader what they want.

Open-source reporting is the technique of a news organization letting the public know about a story as it is being developed so that the audience can help report on the story. Reporters have realized that they can’t do it all. It’s easier to report on the story the audience wants if the audience can help the reporter get information. Trust your audiences ability to help investigate developing stories.

Pro-am journalism supports the idea of the audience being able to be a news organizations eyes and ears. During a time when anyone can take out a cell phone and take a picture or a video, the audience can help reporters fill in the blanks and even create their own stories.

The main idea of the chapter is to work hand-in-hand with your audience. Journalism is very unique in the fact that anyone can contribute to the story.

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Briggs Chapter 2: Advanced Blogging

February 13, 2012 · No Comments

In this chapter Briggs discusses the importance of blogging. As the internet becomes more and more important to the journalism world, it is clear that blogging is one of the most powerful journalism tools that can be used.

Being a blogger allows a journalist to do many things.

– Actively communicate with readers.
– Be your own publisher.
– Create a following.

Blogs are the most direct way to be in control of all aspects of one’s writing and how it is presented.

Creating a blog can be simple and most blogging platforms are very direct and user friendly. The most direct platforms to create a blog on is through WordPress.com (this blog was created through the WordPress platform!) and blogger.com.

Though creating a blog can be simple there are definitely dangers with issues such as copywriting. It’s important to understand that all outside sources must be cited. In some cases, if possible, it may be easier to use freely shared images that the owner has shared.

Since blogging is tool that anyone can use it is important to know how to blog effectively.

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Briggs Chapter 1: We Are All Web Workers Now

February 13, 2012 · No Comments

Briggs uses this chapter to explain how the first step to being an online journalist is understanding how to create a web page. Throughout the chapter Briggs breaks down the basics to understanding how the internet works and how as a journalist it is easy to customize the internet to whatever you need.

One of the main uses of the internet that Briggs stresses is using RSS feeds. In order to be a good journalist a reporter must know how to be a reader and having a RSS feed is a good way to stay informed in the topics you’re personally interested in.

Another important aspect to using the internet as a journalist is being ability to create and update your own website. A reporter can be even more value if they can not only write but also maintain their web page.
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The YouTube video above is tutorial of basic HTML coding. Though there are more advanced techniques, knowing the basics is always a good starting place.

The most important thing to realize is being a online journalist can mean whatever the reporter wants it to mean. There are many possibilities, the reporter just has to be willing to always learn.

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Briggs Introduction: Journalism Is About People, Not Technology

February 13, 2012 · No Comments

Mark Briggs using the introduction of “Journalism Next” to discuss where journalism is heading toward. According to Briggs, this book is a tool for aspiring journalist to learn where journalism is heading and how to be a part of it.

Though one could look at the fact that newspapers are dying and say journalism isn’t the career to choose, Briggs assures the reader with these reasons that journalism is still the way to go.

– Journalism has a bright future.
– That future is in your hands.
– Journalism will be better than it was before.

Briggs uses examples such as BuzzMachine.com ,HuffingtonPost.com, and TechCrunch.com to show how journalism is respectful making the transition to the internet. This introduction shows how this book provides the tools to being successful in the future of journalism.

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Why YOU Really Need to Read This Article!

February 11, 2012 · No Comments

As journalist work toward the future on the industry, it’s clear the internet is where journalism must focus it’s attention. The art of the newspaper is dying, if not dead already. Joel Achenbach uses the article, “I Really Need You to Read This Article, Okay?”, to look into how this could either lead to a bright future in journalism or destroy the true motive for producing stories.

Throughout the article Achenbach describes how journalism has changed over the years. It’s true that journalism has become more about page views and less about the story itself. Though this can all seem alarming, the truth is online journalism has endless possibilities that print journalism doesn’t.

  • Reader interaction
  • Easily accessible
  • Footage in the form of photos and video

It’s clear that if journalism will progress, the online world has to be embraced. Achenbach describes how Matt Drudge was one of the first reporters to use the internet to display new articles. Of course, when Drudge’s website, Drudge Report, was first discovered he received criticism from his peers but after awhile the website was appreciated for it’s ability to share stories all other the country and give newspapers more visibility in multiple areas.

Achenbach’s article makes it very clear that online journalism is a double-edgedsword. If used properly, online journalism has the ability to allow journalism to do something it’s never been able to before: make the reader, the writer and allow the writer to learn from the reader. The possiblities journalism now has shows how much can be done when all aspects of news work together. With the good always comes the bad. Online journalism also has the ability to destory the intigrity of a story as well as the motive of the writer.

Hopefully, the future of journalism online leads to progressive storytelling rather than a race to the top of page views.

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Glee does Michael Jackson

February 2, 2012 · No Comments

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My Media Pyramid

January 31, 2012 · No Comments


This media pyramid displays the different sources I personally use to get information. On a daily basis I check my phone for updates on social media sites such as facebook and twitter. Most of the news I receive comes initially from twitter then a fact check with google. I also receive alerts from a CNN app I have on my phone.

As far as websites I have a lot of favorites, but I go to different sites for different information. My favorite site to check entertainment news and gossip on is http://perezhilton.com/. My favorite site to check national and global news is http://www.cnn.com/.

Though I do still enjoy listening to the radio, I only listen to the radio when I’m driving. Radio and newspapers represent the top of my pyramid becaseu

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About Me

October 24, 2011 · 4 Comments

Hello, my name is Ryckera Robertson.

I go by Rycki and I’m 19-years-old. I’m a sophomore at George Mason University. My major is communication with  a concentration in journalism.

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