This is my first time doing a blog and hence there are many aspects to be looked into. I have looked into the aspects of background, document design,textual balance, layout readability and audience.
For the background of my blog, I decided to pick a vibrant background to attract theattention of the reader. However, most of the body would be white as I do not want a background that is too colourful that may draw attention away from the main subject itself or worst still turn off the reader.
I have designed the blog with the objective of having plenty of whitespace for the eye to rest, and the mind to grasp what had been written.I have used black Garamond font which makes for easy reading. The words appear balanced and not fanciful. I have also chosen to placed my pictures and words in a zig zag manner. The simple reason being, the reader’s eyes would be forced to read the words that is beside the picture rather than skim through straight from top to bottom. I have tried sourcing on the internet if there is a particular theory/studies on this but to no avail(I might decide to write something on this for my further studies on the subject matter). However, Idecided to use the scheme of placing the words and pictures in a zig zag manner.
I have included pictures to help the reader understand the point that I am driving at. The pictures helps in livening up the blogs and create the idea in the mind of the reader.
I do not have a specific target audience as the weblogs contain general information on issues in Publication and Design. However, I believe it might prove useful to those interested in the subjects or future media students doing a similar projects.
Similar blogs which I have found to be of good quality.
It has been a wonderful experience for me learning on the subject matter of design and publication. The project had made me do research and in the process learn many new things which can be applied in future work or studies. Lastly, I would like to thank Miss Jenny for the help she rendered in guiding me through the course and the opportunity to learn.
(To those who is reading this blog for inspiration for your similar assignment. Please take note that the alignment of pictures and words on preview function on WordPress and the published items might not be same. And hence, please check and edit your work before submission)
The Internet Citizen Journalism.
What is meant by internet citizen journalism?
Internet journalism means online reporting by average citizen on occurrences happening around them.
The website STOMP, is the most popular website in Singapore which pays citizens for their news. And as a result, Stomp always carries updated sensational news from the heartlands of Singapore. It should noted a huge portion of the news reported here are not reported on main steam media in Singapore.
Nadine Jurrat of Open Society Foundation highlighted citizen journalism and its usefulness. She highlighted that in some repressive parts of the world, which is inaccessible to journalist, citizen journalism have flourished and this has helped the society concerned at large. (http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/reports/mapping-digital-media-citizen-journalism-and-internet last accessed 25/05/2013) However, she also highlights that some might feel that citizen journalism might erode the professional status of journalism.
Online reporting has seen the Arab spring takes place in a few countries. Citizen journalism via social networking sites have supplied the most graphic images of the crackdowns on protesters, broadcasted messages from hospitals looking for blood, rallied demonstrators and provided international dial-up numbers for those whose internet has been blocked. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/25/twitter-facebook-uprisings-arab-libya last accessed 25/05/2013)
I would quote the example of the ongoing Syrian civil war whereby there is great reliance on citizen journalism. This reliance has given rise to citizen journalists reporting from the ground on the ongoing war between the country’s pro- and anti-government forces. Many have been detained, tortured, and even killed while trying to tell the story to the world. The latest casualty is a 14-year-old boy who was killed while covering clashes between the government and rebel forces.
With this, it can deduce that citizen journalism is not about to end but to grow in more ways than one can imagine. There would be issues pertaining to ingenuity and legal boundaries, but these are challenges for authoritarians who are against the free flow of information to manage. Lastly, the rise of citizen journalism has given concern to many as they are mostly written by amateur writers which any fact checking and naming sources plus opinionated with defamatory statements. It can therefore be concluded that citizen journalism must not be taken at face value and research must be done before they are given any credibility.
How does it relate to my course goals?
The area of journalism has always fascinated me. I do hope that I would be able to contribute to this field in future especially if deployed in countries where the media is restricted by the government.
Useful links on citizen journalism:
- Nadine Jurrat. (2011). Mapping Digital Media: Citizen Journalism and the Internet. Available: http://www.opensocietyfoundations.org/reports/mapping-digital-media-citizen-journalism-and-internet. Last accessed 25/05/2013.
- Rami Alhames . (2013). 14-year-old Citizen Journalist Killed Covering Clashes in Syria. Available: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/05/22/teen-citizen-journalist-killed-in-syria/. Last accessed 22/05/2013.
- Peter Beaumont. (2011). The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprisings in the Arab world. Available: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/25/twitter-facebook-uprisings-arab-libya. Last accessed 25/05/2013.
Traditional Print Media Vs. New Media
What is New Media?
developing usu. electronic forms of media regarded as being experimental.
Taken from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/New+media
New Media is what many of us use every day, as soon as we log onto the Internet via the PC or smartphones. It is digital and allows for unlimited numbers of people to communicate with unlimited numbers of Net users. This is what makes New Media so powerful, and more importantly – it expands your reach as a business owner to the world, and allows other people to become “fellow marketers” through social networking tools. Its use and possibilities are infinite. A good example of New Media is Facebook in which it allows a business to interact and network with its users and gather feedback.
What is Traditional print Media?
print Media – a medium that disseminates printed matter
Taken from http://www.thefreedictionary.com/New+media
Traditional print Media refers to newspaper, magazine, brochure and written articles. Traditional print Media is limited in which one person or entity can communicate or extend his message. For example, an advertisement campaign in a magazine can be sent by a business and will be seen by thousands of people. However, it does not allow interactive communication and is one sided. This factor proves to be the biggest drawback of traditional print Media.
The table above indicates the rising number of Internet users globally. It is this trend that has contributed to its popularity of New Media.
The figures above show the declining revenue of the Newspapers from advertising in US. The figures suggest that newspapers are losing their foothold as a mean of advertising as New Media takes center-stage enabling seamless communication with consumers.
The PEW research center noted a 30% decline in paid circulation from 1990 to 2010( http://stateofthemedia.org/2012/newspapers-building-digital-revenues-proves-painfully-slow/newspapers-by-the-numbers/ last accessed 02/06./2013). It is sufficed from the findings to conclude that newspapers are slowly becoming passé.
With this, it is sufficient to say that New Media is the way forward, and Traditional print media companies would have to evolve and take their business online. This is pretty evident from the success of newspaper group such as Singapore Press Holdings which has taken part of its business online and this move has shown positive result in ther revenue(http://www.kbridge.org/newspaper-groups-find-success-in-moving-their-classified-business-online/ last accessed 02/06/2013).
How does this relate to my course goals?
The figures that were found above shows the importance of New Media and the need to master the tools involved in usage of New Media ( use of blog, use of internet marketing tools etc ) if I were to embark on a career in Publication and Design upon graduation.
Peter Ong, . (2013). Newspaper groups find success in moving their classified business online. Available: http://www.kbridge.org/newspaper-groups-find-success-in-moving-their-classified-business-online/. Last accessed 02/06/2013.
- Rick Edmonds , Emily Guskin, Tom Rosenstiel and Amy Mitchell. (2012). Newspapers: By the Numbers. Available: http://stateofthemedia.org/2012/newspapers-building-digital-revenues-proves-painfully-slow/newspapers-by-the-numbers/. Last accessed 02/06/2013.