ONLINE MEDIA & JOURNALISM

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One of the biggest impacts of Social media is on Journalism. Gone are the days when it took hours, weeks, and months for a piece of news to travel around the world. We now live in an era where news spread faster than the speed of light.
Today with the help of social media, journalism uses digital tools to be more effective and far-reaching. Here is a summary of them:

• Still photo: Represents people or things that accompany the story. They are easy to produce and are not time-consuming.
• Hyperlinks: Creatively connects different aspects of a multimedia outlet. They are usually underlined or appear as a picture or small icon. Often the issue is, one can get lost in navigation regarding hyperlinks.
• Graphics: An art of visual communication that helps convey information to the reader, is made up of vectors and raster. It consists of words, texts, pictures, the use of vivid colors, etc.
• Maps: A visual representation of an area. Used to help journalists see and navigate. An example would be Adrian Holovatary’s website showing crime with detailed map representations.
• Video: An electronic medium for the recording, reproducing, or broadcasting of moving visual images. It also brings real even to an audience, whereas storage format includes BLU-RAY, DVD, QT (QUICKTIME).
• Animation: Appearance of motion by showing still images in sequence to create the illusion of movement that can be 2D or 3D hand-drawn or made by special software. They are costly and time-consuming.
• Slideshows: Collection of photos that imitates a photo gallery with a meaningful story. Moreover, enhanced by using animations and transitions.
• Text: A written or printed book. A body of a story contained in one page or several connected links.
• Podcast: A medium which gives user choices as what to listen. A type of web feed audio to be downloaded and used for radio purposes, education, etc.
• Audio and audio formats: A sound that is transmitted, recorded or reproduced. Adds dimensions to a story. Therefore, Formats include MP3, MPEG- (compressed), WAV, AIFF (uncompressed).
• Interactivity: An ability to alter the media used in 5 dimensions, a. playfulness, b. choice, c. connectivity, d. info collection, e. reciprocal communication.
• Online gaming: An action of playing to capture minds and engage the younger audience through games that can educate and spread awareness.
• Multimedia storytelling: The use of one or more mediums to express or communicate. The art of storytelling through online journalism and the elements discussed above.
The elements of online media journalism discussed above can aid in storytelling, engaging readers, and broadcasting. It has made it easier as writers and news reporters are able to spread their work to a larger audience within seconds.