I chose to listen to a Memphis, Tennessee based entertainment radio affiliate via an app called iHeart Radio. The station I chose to listen to was 95.7 Hallelujah fm, which is a member of the Clear Channel Broadcasting group. The station is well known for playing the latest gospel and religious music throughout the day as well as hosting events and concerts throughout the city. Most recently, the station celebrated its ten year anniversary and received recognition for its continuing efforts of ensuring its listeners are kept abreast of news reports. I waited until this morning to tune in to the broadcast, which was led by the three morning team members: Michael Adrian Davis, Eileen Collier and Sherry Mackey.
Around 8 am (local Memphis time), 9am ET, the morning news reports began to be broadcast. Ten minutes prior to the news portion beginning, one of the announcers stated that the latest local, national and entertainment news would be up next at the top of the hour. The entire news segment lasted for only about 7-8 minutes, with the members of the morning team debating or deliberating on some of the topics longer than others. There were two stories covered on the local level; one from the national level; and one from the entertainment spectrum, during the segment. Of the two local stories, I noticed that the announcers had a little more input and deliberation, possibly because the stories hit so close to home. One of the announcers even went as far as to call the citizens of Memphis to action in ending crime and violence. When it came to the national story, the announcer spent a couple minutes delivering the story and then asking what the other announcers thought of it. The entertainment portion of the news segment was about the birth of the royal baby. The entertainment story was the perfect positive ending note for the segment and it left a happier feel to the conversation.
In my opinion, the only thing that I honestly feel the reports were lacking was the input of the listening audience. I feel that if the announcers would allow audience members to call in and voice their opinions of the stories more often, that it would create more of a sense of inclusion to their listeners.
Ernest Withers is one of my all time favorite photojournalist. A native Memphian like myself, Withers began his career taking photographs of the segregated south in the height of the Civil Rights Movement during the 1950s and 1960s. He also is well known for his works covering Negro league baseball and the Memphis Blues scene of the 20th century. His works spanned over 60 years and documented much of the dark history our country has. Withers and his wife Dorothy had eight children together. He passed away after suffering from complications of a major stroke, in Memphis, Tennessee on October 15, 2007, at the age of 85.
My RSS news feed has been pretty busy, to say the least. Each of the outlets that I have chosen to follow have provided me with updates on several national headline making stories, as well as the not so public stories that are still interesting. All of the content presented thus far has been well put together and easy to interpret. From stories about the economy and politics, to family and civil matters, to food and entertainment news, I have found all of the stories presented useful and entertaining. I think that I favor the more serious stories more so than the not so serious stories, because I enjoy reading and watching the way journalists compose themselves in certain situations and still present effective stories.
Before taking this course, I never knew that news aggregators existed or that I could even combine all of the sites I use all in one and get all my content in one setting! I constantly find myself checking my Pulse account for the latest updates and news bulletins. Most of the themes of the stories presented seem to be geared towards people on the go, who might only have a few moments to spare at the time to catch on the latest headlines. Some of the headlines I have come across have been about all facets of the news spectrum, from Hollywood and entertainment to even some local reports. My favorite stories thus far have been those that are not everyday stories that we are used to hearing about. I like reading and viewing pieces on uncommon things that make for good entertainment. I think most times stories that are not typical news reports, generate more buzz and attention. It’s probably safe to say that stories like these probably help in keeping the ratings up for news outlets.
In conclusion, I did find the sites I selected to be very helpful to me. I have always been a frequenter of these sites, however it has been great to know that I can go to one place and receive the content that each of them produces on a daily basis all at one time. I can honestly say that each of these selections suit my interests and have given me the information I look for in a good news story. I look for varying stories from day to day. I like stories that tug at your emotions or inspire you and I have come across stories from these news outlets with stories of this caliber in some form or another.
The ten news outlets that I have chosen to follow on my RSS feed are:
- The Huffington Post
- The New Yorker
- Fox News
- AP Top News
- The Daily Beast
- USA Today
- NBC News Top Stories
- TODAY News
- BBC News
- MSN Now
I chose to follow these feeds because they best presented the type of information I look for. I love to stay informed and within the know of things that could potentially affect the lives of myself or my loved ones. I also have apps downloaded on my phone for several of these media outlets, so that adding to my choosing.
- I felt that this was a good selection because of the format in which the information was presented and how it was laid out.
- I felt that this graphic was a good choice because of its breakdown of the informationand how it was detailed. The chart provided enough information to adequately account for all of the spending and attribution of the money.
- This example was a good illustration because it provided two different types of graphics detailing the information. I do think that it was helpful to see the information laid out in two different formats.
- This example is the epitome of a great graphic, in my opinion! It presented a lot of information and had everything well organized as well as colored coded to illiminate any confusion.
- I chose the following graphic because I liked the illustration and how it broke down the two groups profiled, using three-dimensional figures. Pretty cool!
Considering this is just the second day in this class, I don’t have much of an opinion be it good or bad. However, I will admit that I am a little apprehensive, simply because I am afraid of the potential workload and the requirements this class entails. I think hearing all the different assignments and requirements we have in this short time span all at once is what has me most afraid. Now, I am a hard worker and I know that I can excel at anything that I put my mind to, but that isn’t complete consolation. I’m sure that as time goes along and we learn new skills, techniques and information, that I will much more comfortable in this field. I come in to this course, with hopes of gaining more in-depth hands-on experience in the field or media reporting. Although I do have some previous experiences with reporting, I am yearning to learn more and take in any advice and knowledge the instructor shares with us. I can say that Mr. Yuran has done a great job thus far with helping us understand assignments and understanding the information already presented. I can already tell that he will be an excellent resource for us as it relates to any questions or concerns we may have in this particular field.