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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.


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April 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm

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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.

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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.

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March 27, 2011 at 11:41 pm

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.

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March 20, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The Basketball Jones: Sports Blogging At Its Finest

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People who follow the NBA and everything that has to do with the association will thoroughly enjoy this basketball blog.

Basketball Jones is a Word Press style blog that features chronological blog posts regarding hot issues going around the NBA.

Every post is accompanied by a video that has to do with the information that is in each post. An example is a video that compiles all of Blake Griffin’s best dunks this season.

Basketball Jones has many multimedia aspects other than just videos. Above all the videos, there is an option to like the post via Facebook. At the end of each post, you have the option to share it by Facebook or Twitter. All posts also have the option for feedback with a comment section.

There are also links to other videos and sports blogs that aren’t just specific to the NBA. Surfers can also choose hockey, baseball and football.

At the bottom of the home page, you can follow the Basketball Jones on Facebook, Twitter or Flickr.

The best part of the Basketball Jones is all the interactive options. You can check out live blogs, participate in contests and do fantasy sports.

The only complaint I have about the blog is its style and appearance. The main logo for the page at the top isn’t the most attractive design and I feel it could have better colors. There is also too much gray space at the top.

Other than the appearance, the Basketball Jones is an excellent multimedia sports blog.

Here is the primary picture that I don’t like:




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February 19, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Mashable: A Great Social Media Guide

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Another great multimedia example is Mashable. Although I don’t really like the layout of the blog, I think it’s an excellent tool for Social Media.

Mashable focuses on social media, but has other aspects such as business, marketing and gadgets pages.

The site mainly consists of social media articles and tips that provide information about Facebook and Twitter, such as valuable resources you can utilize with the two.

It has plenty of multimedia tools, such as trending topics, feedback options and videos. There is also the option to Tweet, Stumble, and Facebook share all articles on the site. Mashable gives you the option follow it on Twitter and Facebook, as well as other social media topics to follow.

In addition, there are plenty of graphics and videos that are within the articles that will keep people intrigued.

My favorite thing I saw on Mashable was an infographic that showed users predictions about the Grammy Awards through mentions on social media sites.

Mashable is a great tool for people interested in social media and a great example of multimedia.

Written by allenucf

February 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Feeling the Heat: ESPN’s Miami Heat Index Has Everything

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I’m a huge sports fanatic and find myself continually searching the Web for new, innovative sports sites that will provide me with breaking news and a new spin on sports.

Like we have been learning, most web users prefer web sites that allow them to get involved. I am no different.

That’s why one of my favorite examples of multimedia is ESPN’s Miami Heat Index.

I am huge NBA and Miami Heat fan and this multimedia page encompasses everything that one would want to see online.

The top of the page is the top stories going on currently and usually has an accompanying video. Under that are blog posts with interesting articles related to the team, whether its breaking news, features or editorial pieces.

Those blog posts also usually have a still image, graphic or video to help get the point across.

My favorite part of the Heat Index is all the videos that are offered of highlights and top plays.

Another feature of the blog is the option to share a specific article either through Facebook or Twitter, which I am a huge fan of.

Right under that is the tags, which when clicked bring you to the archive of all articles related to that person or event.

Additionally, all blog post give the option to E-mail, print and leave feedback through comments.

To complete this ultimate blog, there is a sidebar with “Heat Tweets,” which include all the Tweets of the players, analysts and any Tweet related to the team.

The Heat Index even gives you the option to listen to the team’s radio show and find tickets to Miami Heat games.

The Heat Index is a perfect example of multimedia. It literally contains every aspect of good online journalism that we have been learning about. With Tweets, feedback options, videos, still images, graphics, in-depth articles, external and internal links, the Heat Index has everything one can ask for.

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February 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

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