Interactive Environments lesson work
introduction to Interactive Environments modules
Context of IE in DMJ landscape
Lecture/seminar discussion – What is interactive journalism? In the context of online journalism, what is an interactive environment? How the internet has transformed media communications from one-to-one, one-to-many to two way model.
Exercise: students to establish twitter accounts.
On the first week we were introduced to interactive environments. An interactive environment is anything that has been published that people can use. For example, YouTube. You can select what video you want to watch and watch it.
Interactive environments are mediums that we interact with. It could be something as basic as a newspaper or as complex as an app on the Ipad. We as the audience/ consumers interact with all of our products whether they are electronic or something concrete (noun).
Interactive journalism can be of two forms, written or electronic. A classic example would be The Times newspaper and The Times newspaper online. Obviously there are pros and cons to both. The Pros of print being that you are instantly told what the news is in your specific area or global and of course there is not loading time to view it as print is passive and online is active. However, online media can be seen as a huge improvement to journalism, mainly because we are in the digital era and you can read about what you want when you want. The web offers many news source alternatives, 1000’s of online newspapers, Twitter is now widely recognised as a news source and obviously the latest developing interactive environment Android and IPhone. There are an uncountable amount of news based Apps available to you to download at the click of a button. For instance, BBC, Times, Pulse and Flipboard.
We were also told about LongForm journalism, here are my findings – Long form Journalism is literally what it says on the tin, lengthy journalism. The fact that we write short for the web does not mean that long form journalism is dead. Some say it has been resurrected.
“The web was supposed to kill longform journalism. And it almost did. For years, conventional wisdom held that for text to work online, it had to be short and digestible. Nobody had the time to read 5,000 words on a web browser, and fewer still were willing to pay for the privilege. But at the same moment that many publishers scaled back their longform work, or abandoned it altogether, a new audience of readers emerged thanks to innovative apps like Instapaper, Read It Later, and Readaility. Turns out, the problem wasn’t that the stories were too long. People love stories! The problem was the delivery method—we finally had the tools to read pieces when, how, and where we wanted. This panel will discuss: what those tools are, how they’re being used, how some publishers are taking advantage of them, how other publishers are failing to take advantage of them, how the digital reading experience will continue to evolve, why journalists will always be the core audience for longform journalism, the iPad and the Kindle, Instapaper and Readability, and whether or not anyone is making any money from this stuff. This panel will not discuss: the upside of paginating long stories.” Max Linksy http://schedule.sxsw.com/2011/events/event_IAP8098
In this session, we started using a new interactive environment. Twitter, My Twitter account currently has 68 followers. I find Twitter very interesting because it functions the way you want it to. You follow other people and groups for example BBC and their tweets create your news. I like that you can re-tweet other peoples Tweets because it’s a way to allow news to flow throughout the public, I also enjoy Hash tags because numerous tweets appear that all have your hash tag in common.
During this session, to make interactive environments more clearly, individually we researched some online. I researched Storify; Storify is a website that allows you to create a news piece through different platforms. For instance, I create a piece about Gary McKinnon, I used other websites for the information I used. I used YouTube videos, Facebook feeds, Twitter Feeds and information provided by the search engine Google. I found this website very interesting because it makes news postmodern.
I Researched Pinterest, Pinterest is a content sharing website that features a pin board in which you share your images, videos and interests. The website is web 2.0, allowing you to link it to websites such as, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
Websites such as Flip Board are also interactive as they are tailored to your preferences of news sources. You can choose a specific news outlet such as The Independent and flip through all of their news from that day. You also have the ability to like and share them on Facebook and Twitter. Enabling your followers to view what you have been viewing.
Print is passive, online is active.
Clay Shirky video.-
For next session we have been asked to Tweet 6 tweets about what I consider to be an interactive environment.
Introduction to the brief
Follow up discussion re twitter usage
Interfaces – what devices do audiences use in order to consume digital media journalism?
Preparation for next week: students to find examples of best practice of interactive journalism
These are the Tweets I created for this session.
In this session we looked at devices and ways in which the consumer uses interactive environments in terms of journalism.
Reflection of Twitter compared to other social media sites (200words)
Truthfully I haven’t used Twitter that much as a social media tool or professionally. I am currently signed up to 5 social media sites. Bebo, Myspace, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace and Flikr.
Having used Facebook since 2006 I have become media literate in Facebook speak and navigation. However, since I started my degree in Digital media journalism I have to make my self an online presence, so I started to use Twitter and a site called Linked In. At the moment I only really use Twitter to publish my tweets about terminology I have come across in uni. Recently I have tweeted about interactive media.
Twitter is the only thing that I use professionally, perhaps that’s because I started using it around 6 months ago. However, I find that as soon as I Tweet something it travels around all of my social media sites such as my wordpress blog and Facebook. This is a huge benefit of all my social media sites as UGC is shared throughout all platforms.
I know that I am going to use Twitter a lot more and become just as educated in its functions as I am with Facebook. Although Twitter is also used as a news platform it fits in well with my chosen field of journalism.
Two journalistic tool we were asked to research in the session
Dropbox is a free website/ app that allows you to have 2gb of free online space. All you need is an account and the Internet.
Basically a folder appears on my desktop (or where ever you wish to save it), you log into the drop box site and save your work into the folder, just like you would a on a computer. As long as you’re signed in, your work saves and is accessible on whatever device you wish to use. I use drop box using my Android phone and when I use computers at university. In essence Dropbox is a virtual USB pen.
Evernote is a free website / app that allows you to upload your work/ thoughts and feelings. You can choose to publish them or not, if you decide to publish they appear on your Evernote account and if you have Facebook or Twitter for example linked up it publishes on them to.
The great thing about Evernote is that it really supports Backpack Journalism. For instance, if you see something interesting when you’re out and about you can instantly write something and publish it. It also lets you upload photos and videos.
Review of examples of best practice
Models of interaction. Discussion/consideration re ways in which an interactive model might be useful in terms of digital media journalism content creation.
Exercise: Students to create an interactive model that visualises a practical, physical process
Essential tools for digital media journalism (ie, free tools, platforms online)
In this session we were asked to choose an online platform and demonstrate how it can be used for news purposed. I chose to use Storify.
Analytics tools relating to the above
Introduce presentation task
Traffic generation fundamentally means how an audience is diverted to your website. We see traffic generation every day, for instance the social media site, Facebook. When you log in on Facebook or any social media site, even Twitter there are adverts conveniently placed on the sides of the web page. These are functionally tailored to the user’s preferences. Therefore when you click on the advert you are diverted to that specific page and your primary route of focus on the internet has just changed path.
See tools researched at the end of week by week reflections.
Today we were introduced to a task that has to be entered as part of submission for this module. We have to create a presentation about interactive environments to include these topics –
-Online communication methods
-Hypertext and hypermedia
-Traffic generation and monitoring
-Interaction models and design
Research for presentation, production of PowerPoints, handouts etc
Tutorials – presentation task
My presentation was presented using Storify as my main platform. However I diverted away from Storify to reveal other research. I used information taken from Google to explain Android, E-reader and Apple software. I used a YouTube video to explain what is Web 2.0. I also used a link to explain hypertext and hyper media to short YouTube video that shows the new Apple Iphone 5. Lastly, I used a link that diverts the user to my blog to explain the functionalities of modern mobile phones.
Presentations and discussion
Deadline – students must present in allotted timeslot
Today I performed my presentation.
Introduce source materials/raw data for creation of interactive journalism
Today, we were presented with information from a company called Force-7. This information is about the rise of the YouTube star. We are expected to present the information in a data visual.
Week Nine, Week Ten, Week 11
|Tutorials – develop interactive journalism. Production.
|Tutorials – develop interactive journalism. Production.
My Research for Force 7 work
As part of the Force-7 work. We have to create data visuals for the rise of the youtube star. Initially i was going to usewww.buzzdata.com, however, now i am going to create my own data visual using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Indesign.Here are some ideas i have researched for how i will create my data visuals.
Guardian data blog
I like the appearance of these graphs, the visualisations show clearly what the data is about in a interesting colourful way. This is what i want to achieve with my forc-7 work.