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The Guardian Headline : Mental Health Awareness Week Standfirst : Mental Health is a rising issue, it's time to do something about it Vice Headline : MH Awareness Week - How to help Standfirst : In light of Mental Health Awareness Week, we want to help you help your friends who may be suffering Buzzfeed Headline : How to help those struggling with MH issues Standfirst : Top tips on how to be there for your friends struggling inspired by Mental Health Awareness Week How they differ : Personally I feel like the Guardian has a more formal approach to writing, whereas Vice and especially Buzzfeed are a little more relaxed. Vice and the Guardian do have some similar aspects but I think Vice is more targeted at a younger audience. Buzzfeed however is known for being a quick read or a quiz quick on the bus to work.

LITERATURE REVIEW 7 - Feature Writing

Personal columns are an important part of features, they are written from the point of view of the columnist. Personal columns divide into two types, opinion pieces and personal viewpoint pieces. Both are subjective pieces offering opinions, evidence and analysis. There may occasions where writers have to share a viewpoint that they personally don’t believe in, but the publication does. The primary reason for opinion pieces are to leave the reader with the opinion expressed. A good columnist gets to the point with directness and simplicity. Good columnists also need to be able to meet deadlines. They know their audience and their subject well and they have something to say because they are well read and well informed writers.  Personal columns include a good mix of description, anecdotes and information. The difference compared to other features is that these columns is that the balance and weight of the mix will reflect the subject, writers take on the subject, type o

LITERATURE REVIEW 6B - Writing & Editing for Digital Media

Blog – website powered by software easy to publish. Attributes include: archives, hyperlinks, date stamps, tagging and blog rolls.  Blogs can range from personal diaries to news sites. Three hallmarks of blogging: 1)     Updated regularly  2)     Reverse chronological order 3)     Good use of tags Wordpress is the most popular blogging platform with over 82 million users. Although Google’s blogger is also a popular platform and is easier to use for beginners. After setting up a blog, there are 10 steps to follow to blog better. 1)     Write every day 2)     Schedule blogging time 3)     Be authentic 4)     Carve out a niche 5)     Be curious & take notes 6)     Engage with comments 7)     Learn the software 8)     Promote yourself 9)     Break up the text 10)                      Be ethical Live blogging is also popular genre of blogging and can be used to report crisis and events. Live blogging requires preparation and Internet access

LITERATURE REVIEW 6 - Online Journalism

Web journalists don’t need to be all clued up on technology to be successful, but they do need a basic understanding of how it all works. These are reasons why: ·        Can help do your job quicker and more efficiently  ·        Interactive – offers immediate feedback ·        Analytics ·        Rise of mobile journalism  ·        Troubleshooting The Internet is what connects computers around the world. The Internet and the World Wide Web is not the same thing. A browser is what displays your web page e.g. Internet explorer. HTML uses tags to format words and pictures. HTML is how you would correct formatting mistakes within an article. The most common problem is a dead hyperlink. Convergence describes content, technology and strategies; it sees journalists come together to produce multimedia. With technology we can now produce text, video, audio and pictures that can be accessed via computers and mobile phones. Journalists need to understand Search Engine O

LITERATURE REVIEW TASK 5 - Online Journalism

Characteristics of online journalism ·        Internet – platform ·        Hyperlinks ·        Non linear storytelling ·        Multimedia ·        Distribute via several platforms ·        Interactive ·        Accessible  ·        Transparent  Multimedia journalists – work in print, TV, radio & online. Journalists need to understand how SEO works and how to research quickly and efficiently.  Stories are found through research, talking to people, connections, breaking news, data, trends and press releases.  Some ways that online journalist keep on top of what is happening and find relevant content: ·        RSS news feeds ·        Text/email alerts ·        Online calendars ·        Social networking sites ·        Discussion groups  · The principles of good journalism are the same for online journalism. Except online journalism needs to take SEO into account. Journalist’s need to keep in mind: ·        The reade

FEATURE WRITING TASK 4B - Journalism in the digital age

Stories need quotes and interviewing is the key to getting them First decide what it is you want to know from the interviewee. List your research and & why you want this information. Rank your research least to most important. A good interviewee needs to be accessible, reliable, accountable & quotable.  When meeting an interview, arrive early. Be in control & remain professional.  There are 2 types of questions when interviewing, those that are planned and those that came up in the interview.  When asking questions: -         Don’t write out the questions, instead have trigger words. -         Don’t ask predictable questions -         Avoid general questions  -         Don’t be shy An interviewee is most likely to be nervous, put them at ease but don’t let them take over, be in charge. But don’t interrupt them unless you have too, let them talk. Herbert, J. (2016).  Journalism in the digital age . [Place of publication not identif

FEATURE WRITING TASK 4A - Journalism Principles & Practice

The interview in news and features is key as without it we are just recycling other articles. Interviews can take place in person, over the phone, over text or via email. Interviews offer facts, quotes, opinions, emotion, description, colour, background and much more to an article. Interview questions should be well planed with set questions but also expect the interview to take a unexpected turn. Conversation is key to an interview, and not only to talk but also listen and not decide on your story till after the interview. Interviewers need to engage with what the interviewee is saying and not just fill silence gaps with the next question on their list. Eye contact is also important for face-to-face interviews but this aspect is lost via Skype interviews, which is why it’s important to keep it chatty and conversational. Another thing to consider when interviewing via Skype or phone is tone of voice. And also don’t rush into the interview straight away, as you have no idea