Tracking the Professionals #3

For my last “Tracking the Professionals” assignment, I decided to go to the top of the organization, and I interviewed Ylia Ortiz, the Editor-in-Chief of the mexican online newspaper, Al Calor Politico.

Ortiz started working since the foundation of the site, which after 8 years, has become the most visited online newspaper in the state, getting more than 100,000 hits everyday.

But how does this idea started in 2004? Well, Ortiz said everything started when Joaquin Rosas, columnist and founder of the site, decided to make his blog into an online newspaper, after seeing that people were starting to comment about his internet personal blog.

“It was not easy at the beginning, there were not social networks and people was used to chat on the internet, they didn’t read online newspapers,” Ortiz said.

 After working for several print newspapers in the past, Ortiz thinks that the biggest difference between an online versus a print version is the deadline mark. Ortiz explained that the job that has to be done is pretty much the same thing, but in the online version you have to post as soon as possible because you already have the readers waiting for the information.

 “In the print newspapers the process is slower, you can have the story an hour before the paper is printed that night, so in a certain way it gives you a little bit more of flexibility,” Ortiz said.

 Ortiz stated that an online version has all the advantages over a print one, because the consumer doesn’t need to wait until the next morning to get their news, you can add multimedia elements to stories and videos that could make it stronger, highlighting the communication that you can stablish with your audience.

 “The interaction with your audience allows this feed-back mechanism because of the quickness of the information, something that you couldn’t get on a print version, the only thing you can compare it to could be the letters to the editor, a really slow process.”

Ortiz mentioned that one of the keys that have made the newspaper as succesful has been the space for the citizens reports, who can share their thoughts and opinions, making them feel that they are part of the organization.

By Juan Luis Cornejo

“Tracking the Professionals” #2

For my second assignment of “Tracking the Professionals”, I interviewed a Video Journalist for the same online newspaper that I did for my first interview, AlCalorPolitico.com.

 

Alejandra Dominguez has been working for the newspaper for about 2 years now. After finishing her Communication Studies Bachelors one year before, Dominguez decided to go to her hometown and found in AlCalorPolitico.com, an opportunity to work in the area that she found the most interesting, video.

 

“Since I decided to study Communication Studies, I was interested on Journalism, and saw that the area of innovation in the field was video, I decided to start covering news through images, because I think is something new, that would be the future of online journalism.”

 

After asking her why was important to have videos in online newspapers if there was already the television, she said that people that are in the online world probably don’t watch the TV. “Videos are another form of giving news, where people feel in the moment, in that place of an important event. The reader can go to the video to live that moment closer,” Dominguez said.

 

While comparing videos online and videos on television, Dominguez said that in the online world, “there is not a time restriction, and you can give some details that time on TV doesn’t let you. But even though you have no time restriction, you have to make sure that they are not to long that they could bored your audience.”

 

Another advantage that she sees on videos online over the television ones is that they don’t have an specific schedule, and the videos online are saved and can be watched any other day.

 

Dominguez doesn’t think that videos will substitute written articles, but said that there will be more events coverage on video, and that written articles will be accompanied by small clips that could summarize the main points.

 

“The photographs can’t be replaced, to make a video you need a lot of moving images and in the other hand, you can cover the whole information with one shot,” Dominguez said.

 

Dominguez said that to make a good video, “the journalist needs to focus on the environment, the people, and you don’t have to mention them, with simply seeing them is enough.”

 

To know more about the work of Dominguez you can click here to see her videos (The content is in Spanish)

By Juan Luis Cornejo

THINGS GOING ON THIS WEEK

This week has been crazy! And trying to keep up with Blogathon has made it even harder! These are the things I have or had already done:

  • Math Test
  • Public Speaking Test
  • Selection of topic for one of my Public Speaking Speeches
  • First Audio Assignment
  • Soccer Preseason article for Clark’s newspaper ‘The Independent’
  • Astronomy Test

Hopefully I will survive this week!

By Juan Luis Cornejo

Multimedia Journalism

I am starting to see that school assignments are making this Blogathon harder and harder each day. Sorry for just posting videos but sometimes I feel it is better than what I would write in less than 20 minutes. I really liked this video,it shows  what makes Multimedia Journalism so special. Enjoy!

By Juan Luis Cornejo

Zoom H2n

Loving it! Have been playing with this audio recorder and I really like it. Hopefully it will meet the expectations.

 

By Juan Luis Cornejo

Not feel like blogging today

Not feeling it today. I was hearing this song as I was thinking about my new audio recorder! My Zoom H2N will be here tomorrow! (Hopefully…)

I found about this song after watching a commercial about the new version of Internet Explorer. I think it is pretty catchy.

By Juan Luis Cornejo
Aside

As I have been really busy with my classes at Clark College and Blogathon, I haven’t been able to post my “Tracking 2 Blogs” assignment, so this would be me first review of two soccer blogs I found interesting. I will list the general pros and cons of both of them.

 In Bed With Maradona

 PROS

  •  A fresh, innovative design.
  •  Multiple sections with different aspects of soccer.
  •  Opportunity for journalists and soccer lovers to show their talent and get publish.
  •  Different way of seeing soccer: Focus on stories that no other blog publishes.
  •  Uses different multimedia tools (video, twitter, facebook).

 CONS

  •  Sometimes hard to find specific stories.

 Soccerblog.com

 PROS

  •  Easy way to get reviews of the latest most important soccer games in Europe.
  •  Videos of games’ highlights (something really hard to find in YouTube sometimes).
  •  Simple design, chronological order, makes it easy for readers to find articles.
  •  Addresses just soccer issues that are well known by soccer fans

 CONS

  •  Is not updated regularly (sometimes they go 3 days with out posting)

Next time guys I will go into more specific details, focusing of what they are doing or not doing at that specific moment.

Tracking 2 Blogs

By Juan Luis Cornejo