BASIC, an informative message

October 2, 2009 at 1:33 pm (Reaction)

The articles that decribe the BASIC principals of online journalism was very helpful. Some of the things that the articles discussed I was aware of and others were some things I hadn’t thought of. Everything that was mentioned provided a good way to better market and put out a good final product. BASIC is an acronym for berevity, adaptability, scanability, interactivity and community and conversation. One thing I found particular interesting was scanability. This is something I was aware of, making the page reader friendly so they can move down the page quickly and find what they’re looking for, however, some of the examples the article gave regarding headlines, subheads and links posed good ideas for future planning. Also, helping tell the difference between scanability and interactivity was helpful as well. Interactivity is more multimedia and helping the viewer me more back and forth with the designer of the page. I found this series of articles to be very helpful, and provide me with a better understanding of the in’s and out’s of online journalism. It is far more than posting articles that reports write, you have to make the Web site apply to the audience that is coming to view it with more than just text. All students should read these articles prior to diving into the field of online journalism.

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1 Comment

  1. TL said,

    Don’t forget to always link to what you are discussing. Also, you should apply some of the lessons to your own blog posts: No one wants to read a big block of text like this. Finally, you should give specifics in your reactions — this is pretty vague.

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