Top tips for mobile journalism

  • Make sure you have battery power and enough to last you, otherwise travelling somewhere will be pointless as you won’t be able to share a story
  • Start by putting your phone in airplane mode to stop calls and notifications particularly need if you’re live streaming as it can ruin and interrupt broadcasts
  • Clean your lens to make sure your shots are good quality, otherwise you may end up with blurry and unprofessional looking shots
  • Hold your phone horizontally so your phones home button is in the right hand side, this prevents you from accidentally shooting upside down

Grammar test

On the grammar quiz I got most of the answers correct. For each section I scored:
Quiz 6: 6 out of 10
In this quiz I got all of the speech/quote punctuation correct. However, I got mixed up with the commas used to break sentences up.
Quiz 7: 8 out of 10
This quiz tested tenses, which I found very simple. However, I got the last two wrong because I wasn’t sure what the sentences were actually talking about.
Quiz 8: 8 out of 10
In this section I thought I was going to struggle because i’m not sure what the difference is between ‘who’ and ‘whom’. However, I surprisingly did quite well with the test and I did a lot better than I thought I would.
Quiz 9: 10 out of 10
I thought this test on apostrophes was very simple and straight forward.
Quiz 10: 5 out of 5
In this test I got confused with how the sentences should be worded.

Online News Story

Mappleton’s All Saints Church Plans to Raise Money

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All Saints Church

The residents in Mappleton are aiming to raise up to quarter of a million to improve their church’s facilities.

Parish Councillor, Kim Baish, is determined to make a change to All Saints Church. He wants to make the church more friendly and welcoming by fixing the clock, adding insulation, changing the seating and lighting, upgrading the kitchen and adding some toilets.

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Parish Councillor, Kim Baish

Mr Baish Said:

‘To do this church I would estimate that you will be looking of a figure of about £200,000-£250,000 to do everything that needs doing and to bring it up to a good state of repair so that you can think it will be very good for the next generation’.

The main focus on the church is for the clock to be fixed, the Parish Councillor said:

‘The mechanism is completely broken so we’ve got some quotes and we’ve raised quite a lot of money towards it being completed’

‘That will be lovely to hear it chiming because quite a lot of people in the area look to the clock’

‘It will be really nice to see it working’

For the clock to be sorted out, £15,000 needs to be raised. Kim Baish has already raised £5000 on his own, in the last 8 months, and he has been promised £10,000 from Withernwick Wind Farm. However, he still wants to raise some more money on his own.

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To raise the money for the grade II listed building, Kim Baish has come up with some ideas for later in the year. One of the main ideas he has is to have a cycling fundraiser that all of the community can take part in, cycling around the area.

All Saints Church has been through a lot in history. It was thought to have existed in 1086, and it has survived bombings from World War 2. Kim Baish has been a Parish Councillor for 15 years.

Watch the interview with Kim Baish here:

 

Location: Mappleton, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU18 1XS

Using 24 Live Blog

24 Live Blog seems fairly simple to me to use. As seen below, I tried using it by posting something onto the blog and then embedding a tweet.

I think live blogs are really useful for journalists because they are really engaging and they allow you to keep readers updated. Particularly, you are likely to attract audiences if you live blog events that are happening.

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Polls

Polls are a very simple way to engage audiences online. By making readers interact with your online content, it allows them to share their views in a more visual way.

I think polls also help journalists do their jobs. This is due to the ability to ask readers what they are interested in and what topics they think should be raised. Therefore, by finding out what content audiences want it allows you to sustain and build them.

Below is a poll I created using Poll Daddy, which is really basic.

Timelines

To create a timeline I used hstry.co. This website is really easy to use and it’s great because you can add multimedia from different sources, to make it more visually appealing and engaging.

On my timeline, I covered the story of Nellie Bly’s life and I embedded images and videos in as well as simple facts.

 

A timeline I recently came across in mainstream media was on the BBC website. I found the timeline, seen below, to be really fun. I thought the timeline was really interactive and engaging, because you can click on certain moments in time and it bring up the information for that specific point. Like hstry, there are also lots of images used to make the timeline visual.

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Charts on infogr.am

Creating a graph on infogr.am was really simple to me and it reminded me of how you create them in Microsoft Excel. All I had to do was edit the data that was in the spread sheet to what I wanted my graph to be about and I watched it transform into a chart. For journalistic work, charts on infogr.am will really help me visualise boring data and make it look more appealing.

The chart I created on infogr.am showed data for the box office grosses of all time from Mojo Box Office.

https://infogr.am/worldwide_box_office_grosses_of_all_time