Reading Response #1

Most weeks, you will have a reading assignment from our textbook, Journalism Next by Mark Briggs (this week, you are assigned the Introduction and Chapter 1). This week, you also have assigned readings in the AP Stylebook (“The Associated Press Statement of News Values and Principles,” “Punctuation Guide,” and entries for “numerals” and “titles”). Some weeks, I will post links to additional readings on this blog.

When Briggs is part of the reading assignment (most weeks), your response MUST address it and add elements from the other readings. You don’t need to cite everything, but you need to connect your writing to Briggs for full credit. Keep these responses short and to-the-point, but cover your bases. Don’t just summarize the readings; build on them! And make sure you post as your WordPress identity so I know who you are.

Sometimes, I will pose a specific question related to the readings. This week, the topic is your choice.

Respond in the comments section of this blog post by 11:59 p.m. Sunday, January 31.


10 thoughts on “Reading Response #1

  1. I thought Brigg’s thoughts in chapter 1 were a pretty accurate assessment of the direction I’ve seen journalist take over the course of my life. Almost everything we have to do is online now, and the news is no exception. I pretty much spend all day on my phone or laptop looking at news, because thats what I’m use it, I do take it for granted. The only print news I really ever read anymore is when an article I wrote is in it, or when it’s free and nearby. However, my grandparents will always get the physical paper, and flat out refuse to use the online version.I found Brigg’s positive outlook on the future of journalist encouraging, since this is the field that I want to go into, but i’ve had many professional journalists tell me to get out before its too late. While I don’t fully understand the technical aspects of the chapter, i’m glad he put that in the chapter, because it will come in handy later in the line, and later in life if I want to make a super professional website.


  2. Mark biggs Journalism next had a great introduction. He connected it to his other editions by discussing about how at the time of his books twitter was not included. However, he decides to point this out in this third edition and discusses how journalism has a “bright future”. Mark biggs believes that journalism is going to grow as a an industry especially due to the new platforms such as Buzzfeed and Vice. So reading through the chapter, he makes many good points. He shows that journalism is not a dying career. We have the ability to make it grow and find innovative ways to incorporate journalism into people’s lives. Another good point he makes is knowing how web scripts work. He points out that people spend a large amount of time on the computer, but never really understands what happens behind the scene and this is true. I only took CIS and learned a little about java scripts and creating a websites, which is extremely difficult. So I think it’s important that journalists try to excel in both fields in order to become more well-rounded and an asset to any news company.


  3. Growing up, the internet has played a huge impact on lives socially and scholastically. Journalism is not fading out, it is evolving with the technology today. Briggs points out that because of technology, it has broadened and enhanced the world of journalism. Writers are eligible to share their stories over the web via many different platforms. He also expresses how more jobs and styles of journalism are arising. I have realized this myself. The use of outlets such as WordPress, which Brigg introduces, has helped my writing the past couple of years. I have been able to share my thoughts through blogging and using WordPress to launch my posts for multiple companies. WordPress is a very popular tool that is used amongst many writers and companies, helping them share within the world wide web. Briggs also helps us understand the basics of html, css, xml, ftp and rss feeds. I remember learning how to code and using these tools to build a website during the CIS course. Briggs helped refreshen and help understand the basics to building a website. With the continuous use and learning, i know writers will be able to grab an audience and improve in digital writing.


  4. Mark Briggs starts the introduction of Journalism Next by describing how journalism may contain massive changes, but it has great potential to dramatically improve the way people are informed and engaged. Briggs describes journalists as being a part of a career which will possibly be, “Bigger and better than it’s ever been before.” He assured journalism does indeed have a bright future, regardless of what some people may say. I felt the introduction was reassuring. In studying this profession, I have continually heard views on journalism which could discourage anyone interested in a journalism career. Briggs reminded me although a lot has changed in journalism, it has changed for the better. After reading the introduction, I felt optimistic about reading the first chapter. One thing that surprised me in chapter one was the breakdown of bytes and its prefixes. I have always heard the terms kilobytes, megabytes, and gigabytes, but seeing the number of bytes contained in each helped put bytes into a better perspective for me. I feel as though this one chapter helped me to learn a lot about digital information. It even included simple pointers which will help me in my everyday life. For example, the chapter informed an email should never be sent with an attachment larger than 1MB as it will clog the server. This is something I did not realize, now, I will always remember it when sending an email.


  5. Reading Response #1: The Future of Journalism

    I really enjoyed reading the first few chapters By Mark Briggs in our reading, Journalism Next. The chapters were insightful and concise when providing information regarding the future of journalism. Three major key points I took from his words are: that the future is here now with journalism, it’s important to understand the technology that goes into producing journalism and versatility within the field will help for our futures. Briggs focuses on how journalism is transforming and I completely agree with his statement that it is. Journalism, back in the 70s, 80 and 90s was an experience that required more field work and less technology input. The change from newspapers to internet has evolved the labor of journalism. With the use of social media and the World Wide Web, the business of journalism must understand what it means to provide information in a different way. Knowing how to attract a large variety of audiences while remaining appealing to all viewers is important for the future of journalism. I thought the basic codes of HTML, CSS and XML that Briggs provided was definitely something to take note of. This information goes along with why it is important to be appealing to an audience. Journalists now and days should know how to spice up their media appearance to keep their work personable and enticing. In the text, Briggs spoke about being knowledgeable in all areas of journalism, especially focusing on the use of technology but I think it’s important to be versatile in all areas. Knowing how to do the writing and interviewing is one part but to be have a social presence and know the ins and outs of the production side makes a well-rounded journalist of today’s time. These first two chapters taught me to tap into my curious side and be willing to take on the new adventures of journalism.


  6. I really enjoyed reading the Introduction and Chapter 1 to Briggs’ book. It was a little different then I had expected. In the past professor’s have always told me “journalism is dying” “there is no future for you guys in journalism” but this book opened my eyes. There is in fact a future to journalism and as Briggs states “The future is in your hands”. Many of the professors and guest speakers that had told me journalism is dead were all apart of the older generation. They were a part of the newspaper generation and they speak of how, now, very little is actually printed and used. The introduction really captured my attention because Briggs speaks of how technology is taking over but that doesn’t mean its putting an end to journalism. With the digital world, working in that industry it’s important to establish a focus point. “Now that everyone can become a publisher with a few clicks, trying to be everything to everyone is a recipe for failure.” The people who had spoken to me about journalism said one of the biggest problems in the field is that “everyone is a journalist”. Without the proper practice and skills yes, a company can fail in journalism, but if they find their focus on what they want to convey to people or a style or theme in the way they want to capture an audience’s attention they can also find success, Buzzfeed found their way and it is working for them, also many other digital news sites have as well. The only way to find success as Briggs states is to “use a wide-angle lens when viewing the world”. If one goes in with their mind made up that their business has no future then they wont find success in the place they are working, they need to be optimistic to new strategies and developments that might aid them and bring them success. I believe the best piece of information that Briggs provided to supply the promising future of the field of journalism was, “Digital technologies, [even] some that have yet to be invented, will aid you. But they can’t replace a thoughtful, skilled professional with an entrepreneurial spirit”. It’s up to the future generation of journalists to cultivate the changing world of journalism.


  7. Elise Adams: “eliseatpace”

    In Mark Briggs introduction he discussed how journalism is transforming to the new digital platform. This has raised many concerns on where journalism will be in the next ten to twenty years. Now that we have access to endless amounts of online platforms, Briggs stated how “there are more perspectives; there is more depth and more surface now”(2). I agree with this in that if you want to learn about a certain topic, you could find plenty of online articles and blogs that would give you insight from different perspectives. “After all, change is inevitable, but progress is optional”(7). Our generation will be the ones shaping the future of journalism and since we all grew up with technology in our homes and at our schools, I think the future of journalism is going to enhance the way we comprehend media like never before.
    In chapter one Briggs re-introduces all of the terms we probably heard in our middle school computer classes but inevitably have forgotten over the years. I think it is easy to get on your computer or your smartphone and use the internet without even thinking about how it works. I have never found myself thinking about the different file transfer protocols (FTP) or cascading style sheets (CSS) but I think it is important for everyone to understand how the technology that shapes how we live our daily lives works. Reading through the different explanations of things like HTML and RSS helped to give me a better understanding of how our technology works and what exactly is needed/required for different things such as downloading files and creating websites.
    The AP Stylebook was also very insightful on how to document your writing the correct way when it comes to capitalizing in titles, using punctuation and when to write out numbers and when not to. Skimming through the AP Stylebook it seemed to have information on everything you could need to know when it comes to journalism. I think this book will be a great place to reference any quick questions I have and help me to be a better journalist.


  8. The text Journalism Next by Mark Briggs introduces us to something we already know: journalism is evolving, for better or for worst. It seems to touch upon topics that have already been discussed by many, which is what is journalism becoming with technology and other influences. I thought his commentary on jobs was very compelling. Jobs in journalism are depleting at a rate, but Briggs provides a bit of hope. Briggs says, “If you’re a student reading this, think about what that means for your future. How do you prepare yourself today for a job that doesn’t currently exist?” (3). It’s true in my opinion because journalism’s become a day-to-day thing. For the most part, there probably isn’t one set job someone will be doing. We all have an idea and or an aspiration, but things can happen. He feeds into the idea of when professors tell their journalism students to “do everything,”—meaning do as many things in the media world as possible not for just job security, but because technology has transformed everything to that point where a person who knows how to film, interview, and write is more valuable than just another writer.
    However, I’m a big fan on his positive looks on journalism. When students enter this field the first thing they’re hit with sometimes is don’t be in this business, it’s dying. He mentions how people do look for new and different ways to present information/news. Briggs states in his book, “The demand of journalism from its audience hasn’t diminished. But the models are starting to look very different” (4). It is different; there are “citizen journalists” and people who just throw things out there. That wasn’t so much a problem during the time periods he mentions such as the 70s or the 80s. As he mentions in Chapter one, we’re all web workers. We’re not using a typewriter or encyclopedias anymore to write papers. Everything is online a laptop, tablet, phone, etc. It’s important to understand this because this is what’s changing journalism positively and negatively. There are illegitimate things out there that do get used or abused sometimes such as Twitter. Sports journalists are challenged with getting the information out there and having random people just rewriting what they say without attribution or acknowledgement.
    I like Briggs’ ideas a lot and enjoyed the commentary and uplifting view of journalism he has. As someone whose practicing journalism already, my only question is how do we get people to be passionate about journalism and want to explore all these nooks and crannies?


  9. Topic- Tech development

    Briggs states that “journalism will be better than it was before” because of the technology that we have in our hands today. He says this is because when technology was just staring out it was so much harder to use based on the fact that its always evolving rapidly and that it was a mess to get the hang of it being around. Briggs believes that because of our generation, using and understanding technology will be easier because we don’t have to deal with awkward faze of transitioning into digital journalism. This is because technology has always been a part of us. Although I agree with parts of this, I think that since Briggs (and other older generations of journalist) had to adapt to technology, he might be better at understanding it than this generation (or at least myself). Since we have grown up with technology we know how to use it but we don’t understand it because we didn’t have to learn it. The majority of technologies problems have been given to us already solved, such as computer coding, pixels, GB and converting file sizes, we didn’t have to learn it, the computer does all the work. I think because of this we’ve gotten lazy in learning how to use technology to its fullest capacity and that is holding us back in how well journalism can be considering speed and broadcasting. Although technology has developed very far, I do not believe we have developed with it (at least not truly).


  10. I really enjoyed reading the introduction to Briggs’s book. He focuses heavily on how the industry is constantly changing with lines like, “the future is now” and “we are living in the age of digital Darwinism” (2). He also lists some of my favorite news media sources as trailblazers in the industry including Buzzfeed, Vox Media, Huffington Post and Vice. The first chapter was a bit technical for me and reminded me of CIS class. I agree with Briggs when he said, “we’re all Web workers now” (7). Even just from reading this chapter as a refresher, I got a better idea of what terms to use when talking about digital publishing platforms. Since we are all working in the digital age we should know how to talk about all things digital. I don’t know how to code a website from scratch but I can make changes in the text section of WordPress. I think many people assume that our generation knows everything about the web, the internet and digital publishing. I can say that I know more than my parents but there is always something new to learn. Just because we are generalized as the social media and web generation doesn’t mean we know it all. I’m curious to see where the second chapter, titled “Blogging and Microblogging: Publish, Distribute, Connect” brings us. How will Briggs define blogs? Does he consider blogs separate from journalists who write for online publications? What makes a person with a laptop and a WordPress account a blogger vs. a journalist?


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