Multimedia Journalism – News Day with Ben Gilbert

Today is the last session of the module. We're going to finish with a news day exercise. Ben Gilbert, a music journalist who's worked for newspapers, magazines and online, recently mostly for Yahoo!'s music blogs, is coming in to give a talk. Ben's planning to talk a bit about how the net has changed music journalism. Each blog group needs to generate some stories from what Ben says. 

Here's the plan: 

  • Each blog group needs to write up a quick news story based on Ben's first talk – you will get chances to ask questions after this, similar to a standard press conference. You need to pull out what you think is the best top line from what Ben says and lead with that. You need to include some quotes from Ben. If you can add some general context and link to some useful sources in the story, that would be good too. You need to include a picture of Ben too.
  • Each blog group needs to create a more features-style post too, using an interview with Ben. After Ben's first talk, we will sort out some quick interviews with Ben for each blog group. The idea here is for you to come up with something that works more for your blog. This may be a bit of a stretch for some of the blogs, given their subject matter – but it's a chance to be a bit more creative. 

Now – for the smaller groups, those two posts should be fine… However, some of the blog groups are very large. If there are more than six members in the group, then you need to do one extra post:

  • This should be a kind of news round up post, focusing on the theme of your blog… You need to put together a quick digest of the five big stories of the day, for your blog, with links and summaries to the sources where readers can find out more.

The other thing you need to do is finish off your group blog – make sure you've written all your posts, that everything is subbed and sorted out, that you're happy with the layout/design etc, that you've got rid of all default content, that all links work… 



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