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Mastering Multimedia: Helpful Tips About Moving into the Digital World

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The field of journalism has clearly transitioned into the digital age with most publications shifting their content to online forms.

For people who keep up with the convergence, as well as people who are trying to learn all the new innovations, here is a great blog on multimedia.

Mastering Multimedia is a WordPress blog that incorporates all the primary multimedia tools and provides helpful hints.

The most recent post is very interesting as it talks about the iPad 2 and its great tools for photojournalists.

All the posts on Mastering Multimedia are prime examples of multimedia. They are detailed examples of how to use certain multimedia tools, as well as new digital products.

There are accompanying external links, images and videos.

Other examples of multimedia on the blog is the recent comments section, the Twitter feed and blogroll on the right sidebar. The blogroll has great links to other helpful tools for journalists

Each post also has a comment section and tags that make it a perfect example of convergence.

I like the Mastering Multimedia blog because it offers a lot of interesting information, however, I wish it didn’t focus so much on photojournalism. I am more into the writing and reporting side, so I would have liked to see more examples of helpful computer editing programs.

All in all, Mastering Multimedia was a great example of multimedia, and it offered plenty of helpful hints on how to keep pace in the digital world.


Written by allenucf

April 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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Arab American Festival Revised Video on YouTube

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Check out Sarah and I’s revised video project on the Arab American Festival, which can be found here.

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April 4, 2011 at 9:08 am

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Brian Solis Social Media Blog: Convergence at its Finest

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If your new to the social networking world, Brian Solis’ blog is a great way to learn and retrieve information. Brian Solis’ social media blog. defining the convergence of media and influence, is a prime example of a multimedia blog. In Solis’ blog, he posts articles about new trends, new businesses and social media news.

His blog is a great place to learn about the up and coming trends in social media, as well as rules and information about the various social media sites.

An article I found very interesting was about the future of broadcasting, which can be found here.

Solis’ blog incorporates all the tools of multimedia. First off, all his posts have feedback and share options. At the top of each post, users can share the article via Facebook, Twitter and Linked-In. They can also leave a comment in order to share their opinions.

The blog also has an RSS feed at the top right corner, where surfers can subscribe. Also, much like our WordPress blogs, Solis’ blog has a recent comments section on the sidebar, as well as an archive and categories section. All the categories use SEO tags, such as “social media” and “new communications.”

Another multimedia feature is the Twitter feed that can be found on the sidebar. All the posts also have images and supplementary graphs to add appeal to the site.

With all the beneficial information that the blog contains about social media, as well as all the feedback and sharing options that it offers, Brian Solis’ blog is an excellent example of journalistic convergence and multimedia.

Written by allenucf

April 3, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Hype Floats: Great Multimedia Blog for Rap Music

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If your a fan of the latest rap/hip-hop music, then check out this music blog. Hype floats does extensive research to find underground music that is set to play on the radio stations in upcoming months.

Hype Floats is a blog on Blogger.com and incorporates plenty of multimedia tools. The blog lists the posts chronologically.

Every post contains either a graphic or a music video for each new song. One of my favorite components of the blog are the music videos because they can’t be found on many other places on the net.

All of the posts have a share option, where you can share the music on social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Myspace and Google. You also have the option to comment on each post.

Another cool feature of the music blog is the sidebar, where it lists the most popular posts of the week, as well as the top music of 2010.

The links on top offer playlists, mixtapes and videos to name a few. Although the site is mainly rap, you can also find techno and dubstep, where there is more chronological posts.

Another feature that is a multimedia tool is a Twitter feed that lists all of Hype Floats Tweets. This is very similar to our classmates blogs on WordPress, where we have the option to include a Twitter feed on our blogs.

The only thing I don’t like about the blog is the color. I feel like a solid white would be a better choice for the blog. Other than that, I am a huge fan of the blog.

Hype Floats is a great multimedia blog for rap/hip-hop lovers that includes all the essential converged journalism tools such as social networking, videos, graphics and a Twitter feed.

Written by allenucf

March 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm

Soundslides Project Revision

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Here is a link to my group’s revised Soundslides project. Our project was on the Psychology conference event that was held at UCF last month.

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March 24, 2011 at 10:24 am

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HoopsHype: Great Multimedia Site for NBA Fans

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If you want the latest NBA rumors and hot topics around the league, check out this.

HoopsHype is an amazing place for NBA fans and an excellent example of multimedia journalism.

This basketball site encompasses all the primary tools of converged journalism.

Although there are tons of additional links, the main section of the site is the rumors section at the top of the homepage. Once you click there, everything is organized chronologically with specific tags, such as the team, player or division.

All the posts have external links that show where the news or rumor came from. At the bottom of each post, there is also the option to share what you just read with a Facebook and Twitter button, as well as a feedback because you can comment on the post.

In the right column of the page, there is a hot topics section with links to what is currently trending in the NBA. Right under that, there is the site’s NBA blogs, which includes content from writers, players and coaches.

The most intriguing part of the website to me is the Twitter Media link on the homepage.

The Twitter Media page includes all of the day’s Tweets about the NBA from professional basketball writers all over the Internet. It is a cool mix of opinions and facts that are funny and entertaining.

There is also additional links along the top of the homepage to other columns and articles, as well as informative things like free agents, salaries and player interviews.

The column page further demonstrates multimedia journalism. Once you click on a column link, it takes you to its RSS feed, where you have the option to subscribe to it. Much like a WordPress blog, there is an archive of previous posts and a categories section.

Also at the end of each column, there is a feedback option, where users can post their opinions through comments and share the article through the various social media sites.

With all the interactive options the site offers, HoopsHype is a great example of multimedia journalism and perfect site for people who love the NBA.

Although it incorporates all the tools of multimedia, HoopsHype really focuses on the social media aspect with an entire page dedication to Twitter and NBA Tweets, as well as the options to share on Facebook, Digg and StumbleUpon.

Written by allenucf

March 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

Innovation Journalism: An Interesting Blog on Journalism and Politics

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For this blog entry, I chose to cover Innovation Journalism, which is an excellent multimedia blog.

Innovation Journalism is a very interesting and informative journalism blog that covers a variety of topics.

The blog posts cover the newest technology, as well as opinions on government policy and has links to interesting editorials about politics and media affairs.

There are plenty of supplemental graphics, images and external links that make it a great multimedia blog.

There is also a Twitter feed and an RSS blog that provides the newest and up to date information on the blog.

Each blog post gives the option for feedback with a comment section to provide your opinions on the various issues that the blog discusses.

My favorite part of the blog was all the external links that it provided because they are very informative. They link to other articles, documents and home pages to other sites that support the blog.

I especially liked the article on the Chinese Car Industry and this supplementary blog.

Written by allenucf

February 27, 2011 at 1:23 pm

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