Swifting Landscape: Changes in Media

12 11 2011

As we continue to look at the ongoing changes in the media landscape, it’s vital yo realize the impact of Steve Jobs. The late Jobs was the catalyst for a whirlwind of changes that is currently affecting the media. Jobs revolutionized media by inventing current smartphones and changing the way people get their news and how they get it. Instead of reading a website on your personal computer or a newspaper, people are now turning to their phones and tablets to gather the news.

This change has forced media to turn to more visual ways of presenting news. Instead of just text, people want pictures, graphs, video and illustrations. As aspiring journalists, we need to be aware of these rapid change and become fluent in the production and editing of these different ways of producing media.

In conclusion, I believe this change is good for journalists. Journalists tend to gravitate towards one skill; writing or photography for example. But with media corps. downsizing, traditional ways of journalism and educating journalists is changing. No longer can you be just a writer or photographer in this new media landscape. You have to well-rounded in all facets of media and be able to transition to each one smoothly.


Mobile Assignment: Show Me State Games Comes to MU

9 11 2011


Clayton Hill, Mizzou Rec Coordinator, helped organize and protect participants at the Show Me State Games in Columbia, MO. (J2150/Dalton Barker)

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Show Me State Games returned this past weekend with 3v3 soccer games. The games were held on Saturday and Sunday, and teams from around the state were there to compete.

According to Mizzou Rec staff member Clayton Hill, the event was well attended, “Stankowski Field was absolutely packed.” The age range ran from young kids to adults, “I swear I saw a guy that was 26.”

Show Me State Games are a staple at MU, from basketball to volleyball, the recreation department continues to strive to make the games as fun and safe as possible.

“We want to protect our participants and our facilities,” Hill said. Hill stressed that safety and well-being are his main concerns during the games.

“Everything went smoothly…it was a neat experience.”

Using Info graphics

7 11 2011

Info graphics can be such a tedious process for upcoming journalist. So much information has to be evenly organized in a clean manner for the reader to clearly understand. One wrong decision on the esthetic outlay of the graphic can make it difficult for your audience to read or interpret the data.

Nathan Fleischmann joined our discussion last Monday, and helped explain the four simple steps to making a successful info graphic. Step 1: Research. Research is the base of your info graphic, like the foundation of your house, it must be steady and fully-fleshed out. If you have good information and a plethora of it, you can size it down and make it easier for the reader. Which shows how important Step 2 is, editing. Editing allows you to narrow the lense of your research and focus on what you want your reader to focus on. Step 3 is plotting, which determines how exactly you will lay out the information. If your information isn’t in a conducive manner, readers will be confused and move-on quickly. Finally we have Step 4 Review, always rechecking your source and editing your final draft is essential in creating a successful info graphic. No matter how creative you are, if your info is inaccurate it will be cast aside immediately.

Info graphics aren’t just thrown together to make a pretty diversion for a readers eye. They aren’t meant to be subtle page breaks from your eyes constant progression through the text. It is meant to depict large amounts of information efficiently and accurately. But it requires a lot of hard work to be properly understood. Practicing these steps will ensure that your info graphic is ready to publish.