Final Project

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Gatewatching – Chapter 9

This chapter focuses more on blogging and journalism and makes one wonder if the two can be used interchangeably, or if they are two different entities. Some will argue that blogging is journalism, while others will say since bloggers do not have to go through an editor, what they are doing is not journalism.

Bloggers for the most part are free to write about anything and the options are not limited, while journalists on the other hand, have to write about what their editors want them to write about. The creative process is hindered, for they have rules to abide by.

Opportunities and Challenges

This chapter talks about the hard time online journalism has. It does not always have some to back it up, so it has to depend on advertisers to make money. The more you advertise on your site, the greater likelihood that people will click on the aforementioned ad, and you make a slick profit through ppc (pay per click). All these methods are nothing new, for alot of sites depend on such techniques to be able to stay afloat.

Online journalism is going to have to think outside of the box, and come up with new ways to support itself. It has to be able to draw in the right audience, so as to stay relevant. No one likes to go to a site, and be boggled down by numerous ads that have nothing to do with the article or even what the site is about. For the consumer,  it can be rather frustrating. It is a constant battle.

Video Shooting Experience

For the video portion of the assignment, I found it a bit difficult for I had no idea on what I wanted the video to be on. There were so many thoughts running through my mind, on what I would like to do, and what I would easily gain access to.

Eventually I settled on shooting video of a group of people talking about the topic on hand. With that, I did not want the video to appear scripted or anything of the sort, so I had the people just get comfortable and just talk amongst themselves as if I were not there, or taping the whole thing.

From the shots I was able to get, I was pleased for it did not come out rehearsed, and you could see them just ‘lounging’ and talking together. I decided to take on a more ‘humorous’ approach, at least to myself. I figured we had given the article and the photoslides enough seriousness. The video would focus more on nigerians talking about their country and their thoughts. While going back and forth with each other.

Overall, I would say I was pleased with the video I was able to get. I think with some editing here and there, I will be able to put a good piece together.

Looking Through The Viewfinder – Video Basics

This chapter was particularly helpful, for it gave me something to keep in mind, when shooting videos. I had to be more aware of what I was trying to capture and acheive with the shot.  Basically, I had to follow the cue of the person I was shooting. If they moved, I moved, so as to keep things in balance and in focus.

I liked how the chapter pointed out the different kinds of shots to keep in mind. Ranging from long shot, medium shot or close up to name a few.

While shooting my video, I had to keep all these things in mind. When 2 people were in the frame, I have to make the call on who I was going to focus on, or whether I would zoom in on one, to get the other person out of the frame. It was a bit hard at first deciding on what to do, for even though the other person was not talking, their facial expressions and demeanor added some character to them and to the video.

With more time, and practice, I will be able to better utilise the camera better. This chapter was helpful in defining the technical terms, like depth of field for example, and also providing pictures, to better drive the point home.

The Video Explosion

To captivate an audience, you have to be a good story teller, who knows how to appeal to all with your writing. To write for a newspaper is not easy, for you have to find stories that your audience will find interesting. Only so much can be said through words, that even at that, one still needs  a picture to be able to grasp what is being said at times. Afterall, ‘a picture is worth a thousand words’.

Therein comes the emergence of video. Video has been around for a long while, but is not heavily utilised by media outlets on their sites. A video is able to tell the full story, without having to read through the text. As said in the article, “By mouse-clicking one of those videos, readers could see–and hear!”. It was just that simple.

Journalists, or should I say photojournalists are finding it more difficult to walk around with both a still camera and a video camera. It is a tad inconvenient to have both, when you can take the plunge for a high tech video camera that has the ability for you to grab still shots off it. This is where the future of news and journalism is heading. Making things simpler. That way, there is a video of the story, and the images are easily grabbed off the video.

If this trend continues, with major newspapers, readership should increase. People will no longer have the daunting task of reading a long article. They will be able to skim through the text, picking out important points, peruse through the pictures, and eventually watch a video that tells them a whole story.

Video Draft