Final Project Web Site

Here is the link for my final project for Online Journalism, spring 2009:



Corey Hennigan April 5, 2009 blog post # 8 –

The use of Twitter by the media is a smart move. Twitter helps the media organizations get the news out to the readers as soon as it’s happening. This is true of the breaking news events, like the shooting in Binghamton on Friday. A media company like CNN, posted updates throughout the day with links to the Web site as more information became available, CNN still could have done much better, there were three tweets relating to the shooting. It is surprising that the New York Times wasn’t more on top of the situation, there were three tweets all within six minutes that said the same thing, another update about 90 minutes later but nothing more for the rest of the day. It looks like while the news media is getting the hang of it, they need to take advantage of Twitter during breaking news events. In general though, news organizations will be able to keep up with the public’s demand for immediacy and keep them informed of the news of the day and providing links to the organization’s site where the story can be found. It also helps that readers can follow Twitter and the news sites from their PDAs and cell phones. So far it appears to be working. There are 54,669 people following CNN on Twitter and 514,555 following the NY Times.

Much to the chagrin of the news media, I think Twitter will continue to give rise to the citizen journalist in the same way that text messages and grainy cell phone pictures sent to media outlets during times of crises have. Unless the Twitter fad dies before the next college/high school shooting, hostage situation or national emergency, people caught in these situations will be able to not only e-mail the pictures from their cell phones cameras they will also be able to tweet about whatever the situation is. The news media and viewers/readers will then be able to get direct up to the minute updates from the event. This happened to some extent in Binghamton on Friday, although it was more the network and newspaper reporters sending out the tweets. But I think if the buzz continues to grow around Twitter, it could be very helpful to the journalism industry.


Corey Hennigan April 4, 2009 blog post # 7 –

The Marlboro Man by LA Times photographer Luis Sinco is an audio slide show using still photos and audio. Sinco did use an interesting technique of taking photos in a sequence and then speeding the slideshow up at points to make it look like there’s video being used. He used this technique during the scene outside the bar with the people walking by. I don’t know if he used this technique at the beginning with the soldiers moving, or he shot actual video, but it’s an interesting technique. I’m not certain why he used this technique, or why he used it where he did, but it added a little different touch to the story. Rather than having still photo after still photo after still photo for 12 minutes, he used still photography to create the element of movement and video. I think it was interesting, mainly because it was different.

While the story was powerful as is, I think it could have benefited more from the use of video. Because except for the epilogue, which had nothing to do with the subject of the story, there was no video. I think if properly used, using both video and still photography simultaneously, would work well. Another story from Mediastorm, Friends for Life, that is one of my favorite stories, works really well because of the use of both video and still photography. If Sinco had included video interviews of Corporal Miller as he talked, I think the viewers would have been able to establish a better connection and develop a deeper understanding of the story rather than audio and still photography. For the most part though, the story worked well. I think the use of the epilogue was pointless. If Sinco had done a more thorough job of telling the story, it would not have been necessary for him to explain the story afterward. I had no idea what photo they were talking about until when it was displayed during the epilogue, so perhaps it wasn’t as well known as Sinco thought, and thus he should have started the story earlier in time or explained it better at the start of the story, rather than spending six minutes at the end explaining what it was all about.

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