There is more than one way to tell a story

28 Mar

No matter what topic you are writing about or what medium you choose to utilize, one basic principal should always apply: make sure you are telling a good story. No matter how technologically advanced or fast-paced the world gets, storytelling will always be at the heart of journalism. So, be sure to tell a good story, first and foremost.

The next challenge, however, is figuring out the best way to tell that particular story. This can get tricky when new avenues to present a story keep popping up. Writers can use Twitter, Storify, blogs, online web pages, and even Facebook to tell stories. I think it is most important for the writer to keep composure and not be too overwhelmed by all of the new digital media choices. Instead, they need to understand each avenue for its strengths and be able to choose the one that will showcase the information in their story the best.

With that being said, journalists should definitely make an effort to immerse themselves in the newest digital media trends, so that they can make informed decisions on how to best tell their stories. Journalists need to explore, adapt and embrace.

Journalists need to be learning and utilizing all of these new digital media tools. These tools enhance storytelling. For instance, journalists should know the ins and outs of social media because it could help them interact with their readers. Marie Claire has a Facebook page where they interact with their readers. They will poll readers, give sneak peaks at what’s coming up and post pictures from events. Their page has 160,608 ‘likes’ and gets people talking. I think this is a great tool for interacting with readers, especially the young, social media obsessed ones. The magazine has some presence in social media, which is commendable.

New ideas should also be embraced, like open newsroom concept. It is non-traditional but could be extremely beneficial. By taking input and ideas from readers and making the news process more transparent, readers and news organizations are brought closer together. Ultimately, this enhances the sharing of information and news which should be a goal of today’s journalists.

It is imperative that journalists open their minds to new trends, so that they can grow with the news industry. Close-mindedness stunts progress. They should be flexible and accepting as the world of news evolves, like Sports Illustrated is. We need to embrace the Digital Age and practice constantly incorporating interactive online posts and updates. I really like the idea that we have to start thinking of news as an ongoing process rather than a finished product. Journalists can no longer think of news as a static process. Today, it is surely a dynamic one.

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One Response to “There is more than one way to tell a story”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers March 31, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

    Well done and synthesized – BUT some edit problems

    No matter what topic you are writing about or what medium you choose to utilize, one basic principal should always apply: make sure you are telling a good story. TWO THINGS – SPELLING OF A HOMONYM AND CAP WORD AFTER COLON IF WHAT FOLLOWS IS COMPLETE SENTENCE

    Marie Claire has a Facebook page where they interact with their readers. AGREEMENT PROBLEMS HERE

    They will poll readers, give sneak peaks at what’s coming up AGREEMENT AND HOMONYM PROBLEM HERE

    160,608 ‘likes’ and DOUBLE QUOTES

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