Reading Response #11

Here’s what we’re reading this week:

The Briggs chapter mentions the need for news organizations to build “social capital.” What is social capital? How do the other three readings for this week relate to social capital?

Post your response by Sunday, April 24 at 11:59 p.m.

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6 thoughts on “Reading Response #11

  1. Social capital is building different relations between different people in society in order for the world to function and for each person to acheive their goals. This relates to the readings because each of them have an example where the power of people can make a difference when it comes down to journalism. For example, for the curious city article, they interview a journalist who was not really interested in the field. This person fell into the field because they wanted to know more information and actually find out the truth on their own. She had to understand the public when it came down to her finding information and creating her own brand of things. She need to get the publics opinion and research what they wanted so this can count as social capital

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  2. Briggs mentions the need for social capital for news organizations. Social capital deals with how well a news organization knows the demands of its audience. Briggs says if a news organization knows what it’s audience likes and doesn’t like, then it will be easier to provide the audience with what they like. One way of doing so would be to measure the traffic a story/stories bring. Knowing such valuable information could prove for a great relationship between a network and its audience, which of course in turn will bring about a great business. This also promotes the news network itself, in aims to increase business. The other readings this week also relate to social capital because they all focus on building the relationship between networks and their audiences. The readings add how data obtained on the audiences can be applied to bring about better and more relevant news.

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  3. From my understanding Social Capital is the connection or relationship between people who live and work in a specific society and these people help that society function. The Curious City article relates to social capital because people in specific place in Illinois, Chicago, were asked if they had any interesting questions about anything and in return a reporter would pick the most interesting question and do a story on it. I guess this relates to social capital because people in a specific society were working together to create news. In Policing the Trolls, the society being talked about is the people that comment on the NPR blogs and videos. The interaction is between the person or robot policing the comment section and the person leaving the comment. This represents social capital because the comments that are nasty are often blocked or labeled as spam. The interaction between NPR and the commenters helps keep everything in order.

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  4. The Briggs chapter mentions the need for news organizations to build “social capital.”

    What is social capital?
    Social capital is how one identifies the relationship between the public and the journalist. It is a term that involves the participation of both sides in order to report the news. It’s a way of using ones audience as “democratic tools to pick the best questions, then go out and answer them as best you can” (Ragusea, 2015). This is supposed to insure that getting the scope on the news is easier and that the people get the news that they want, meaning the topics that concern/interest them. Its similar to crowdsourcing except more story ideas can develop from social capital because the public is also telling you what they want to hear about, not just giving you information on what you as a journalist are looking for.

    How do the other three readings for this week relate to social capital? The other readings relate to social capital because they show how powerful a public can be regarding journalism. For example, the traffic factories shows key points based on Petres findings. These circled around how newsrooms should be celebrating because of the opportunities they have instead of just numbers. Also, in the trolls article, it describes the world of commenting on others work. Since social capital is basically a two way street it connects to this article. The article goes on to analyze how comments are dealt with and the regulations that might be behind them. Lastly, Hearken relates to social capital because they describe the process of using the audience as a source from the beginning at the editorial process in order to create a story. This is because one presents a story based on its environment (people, region etc.). These examples are how these three articles each included social capital.

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  5. Social capital is essentially taking advantage of the two way street that is reader and reporter. It is an inclusive network that requires participation on both ends creating a community. Hearken definitely takes the concept of social capital to another level. I like that it is a collaborative effort to report on unique and creative stories. It’s not just some random person saying “I always wondered where the word green originated” and then had to write a story about it. The Metrics and Toll stories were also interesting. I have definitely had experience dealing with trolls in comments. I looked at the comments for one of my posts a while back and people are just so rude and mean. Who are you to be judging my story etc? I find that the best method/course of action is to not read the comments. I know that can definitely marginalize some potential readers who may have things to say that could be useful but in my experience comments tend to be mean trolls. Criticism from an editor, professional, or editor is one thing but it’s another to just be commenting on random blogs etc. As for the metrics use I totally relate to that story as well. I’ve had experiences when stories I really like that I have written have done horrible in terms of page views. The more eyes on your story the more people you are affecting so it stunk that this story didn’t perform super well. On the other hand I have had the experience where stories have performed super well but they may not have been my best work (journalistically speaking).

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  6. Basically, social capital is the relationship between people who live and work in a society to help them achieve effective functionality. In other words, it means getting the people of a society all on the same page. In the readings, I found Curious City to be really interesting because it sounds just like crowd sourcing in a way. Jennifer Brandel had the idea to use the audiences questions to find stories rather than report on the usual stories. She wanted to give more of a voice to the people who can’t personally ask the questions they have. It’s also interesting because she said in one of the stories she did, someone asked whether or not Jane Addams could be considered a lesbian. But Brandel said there was no reason to publish a story like that but turned it into ‘who exactly is Jane Addams and who was she to the city.’ This kind of reporting gets the society involved with whats going on around them and gives everyone the knowledge they want, but can’t really get themselves.

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