Reading Response #2

In chapter 2, Briggs says you should “put the reader first.” How do journalists know who their readers are and what their interests are?

(Remember, first commenter answers this question, then poses another question for the next commenter.)


4 thoughts on “Reading Response #2

  1. Journalists are able to know who their readers are and what their interests are based on the location that they are working in and the demographic of the area. If a journalist is first hired for a local newspaper and he/she doesn’t know the specific area well, he/she could go into that community and gage the interests of the possible readers and find out what they are interested in through surveys and attending community events, while asking questions to people living there. If you work for a local paper, you need to get to know the people before they get to know you. However if you’re reporting for an online website, you can reach almost everyone out there. The readers almost find you on the internet. Based on what you will get readers from certain areas. For example, if you’re writing a story about construction in downtown Manhattan, you’re going to get a lot of viewers/readers from the NYC area, because that construction could be effecting their everyday lives. Readers find you on the internet, because you write something about what is happening in their location. @kingofnewsblog , I believe it is very important to keep a consistent writing style when trying to maintain an audience because they want to understand your writing language as you write a story for them to reader. When an audience enjoys a journalist’s working, it’s almost like the journalist becomes a “friend” to the audience and they enjoy this “friend” for his/her style of writing. Friends don’t like it when other friends randomly change, especially if that change results in something negative happening. My question, do you REALLY NEED a twitter to be a successful journalist in this day and age?


  2. By saying, “put the reader first” Briggs is saying to put forth something that might spark the interest of the reader rather than something that applies to yourself the writer. The writer should be writing things the drawl and interest and keeps the reader coming back for more. Finding different ways to connect with your audience has become easier through the use of social media and other technologies. @Literate Luxe. I believe that this could be done by staying consistent with their writing style and keeping an unbiased stance. My question, is it important to keep a consistent writing style when trying to maintain an audience?


  3. In my opinion, when Briggs says that “you should put the reader first” I believe that he means that you should think about the reader’s interest first before you write about a topic. Authors should find positive ways that make the readers want to engage in their articles and make comments as well. In the chapter, he talks about how one of the biggest changes is microblogging. This is a new form of social media that lets journalists connect with their readers. In the chapter, Dwight Silverman of the Houston Chronicle says that “it is important to be as close to readers as possible and blogging is as close as it gets” also that he does not make the blog about himself only, “my blog is about us”. It is important to also put the reader first because the readers get involved and make your blogs stronger than an author would make it by themselves. Briggs also says that the comments should be embraced as a valuable reporting tool. These are all examples of why the readers should be put first. In response to the first commenter, I believe that journalists can also stable their audience by asking questions on social media. Everyone nowadays uses social media and it would be a good way to maintain an audience. Besides microblogging, what is another good social media platform that authors can connect with readers, or like the microblogging feature, will one have to be created?


  4. As a journalist in this digital age there are so many different applications, or avenues that a journalist can use to find out the demographic of their audience such as Google analytics ,Google SEO and so much more. With these tools you know who is interested in or could potentially interested in your material. even allowing a comments sections or a response area for your readers to leave their views is another way for you to be connected with your audience. What are some ways that a journalist can continue with a stable audience ?


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