Review of “Tutorial: The Transition to Digital Journalism”
The University of California, Berkley has an Advanced Media Institute Section online. In this section of their website, various authors write about various things pertaining to the digital world, such as how to use online tools like Audacity, Dreamweaver, & Final Cut Pro. They also provide useful information on how to access things like voting records, criminal records, and info on lawsuits.
However, the article that I found the most interesting was “The Transition To Digital Journalism”, written by Paul Grabowicz. In that article, Grabowicz explores some digital tools and trends, and how they relate to journalists and journalism in general.
There are probably many articles about the topic of digital journalism, and how it is overtaking print journalism, but this article, to me at least, seemed to be different from the others, mostly because of how in depth they go to show that print is in decline, while digital is on the rise.
For example, rather than simply say that many print publications are going out of business, the article mentions specific examples, and the examples run much deeper than layoffs at The New York Times or The Washington Post. Grabowicz makes sure to mention papers such as The Seattle Post Intelligencer, Ann Arbor News, and Rocky Mountain News. By doing this, the article is making sure the reader understands that the decline of print journalism is not only the big newspapers, but the local ones as well. It may get a reader thinking; is my local paper being affected?
However, Grabowicz does not stop at simply telling readers that print journalism is on the decline, and instead mentions how newspapers have tried to keep their print product, and lists the ways so readers can know what the papers are doing. It is an extremely helpful list, and I was grateful he did that.
Another thing I thought the author did well is not only appeal to those that know about the digital world, but also made sure to let less tech-savvy readers join in by making a list of social networks, and actually saying what they were, and how they were being used. For example, Grabowicz spent a good amount of time talking about how many people are now using the social media site Facebook as a platform to share news. However, after he is done with his analysis, and after he has given an example of a story being shared on Facebook, he then provides information on what it is, and just how many people use it. He also lists other platforms like Instagram, LinkedIn, and Pinterest. With the information provided, this should help readers understand why those sites are important to digital journalism.
Finally, Grabowicz also focuses a lot of time talking about cell phones, mentioning that nowadays many people are getting their news from their cell phones. He not only mentions that, but also the fact that since many traditional browsers do not appear well on a phone, many news sites need strategies to make their news look interesting to potential readers. Grabowicz then lists some ways news sites do this, which to me was very fun to read.