Ryan's Writings…at Mason

Briggs Chapter 4: ‘Microblogging: Write Small, Think Big’

After reading Mark Briggs’s fourth chapter of “Journalism Next,” which discusses how microblogging, a more concise form of blogging that is like Instant Messaging to the masses, is a pertinent form of social media because it makes crowdsourcing easier and it is a faster way to receive and publish news. Read the rest of this entry »


W3 Schools: A Godsend for Journalists

Learning coding is like learning Arabic when you’re a monolingual English-speaking American.

It’s hard. Read the rest of this entry »


To Blog or Not To Blog

J.D. Lasica, the senior editor of the University of Southern California Online Journalism Review, blogged about a panel USC held for their journalism graduate students in 2002.

Experienced journalists Dan Gillmor, Scott Rosenberg, Rebecca Blood and Meg Hourihan were the panelists and Paul Grabowicz moderated the discussion.

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Briggs Chapter 3: ‘Crowd-Powered Collaboration’

In Mark Briggs’ third chapter of “Journalism Next,” he explains the power behind crowd-sourcing, open-source reporting and pro-am journalism.

All three of these methods use the eyes, ears and pens of the general public in order to craft stories. Read the rest of this entry »


The SOPA Act

Claudia Holland, the copyright director of George Mason University, joined my online journalism class last week to talk to us about copyright issues and how copyright pertains to us as journalists.

Holland played one video with Clay Shirky that I really enjoyed.

Most people have heard about the Stop Online Piracy Act and how it could take away our rights as creators of content on the Internet.

Well Shirky takes apart this act piece by piece and tear by tear explaining why SOPA is more than just a bad idea that, for the time-being, is annoying Internet users — it could be an idea that will continue to plague Internet users in the future.

Clay Shirky On Why SOPA is a Bad Idea


Storify in Action

Storify is a new platform of online journalism where journalists can take social media and create a story.

I have used it multiple times for my Communication classes at George Mason University, and I find it to be an extremely helpful tool because it gives me access to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and other social media sites.

Here’s my latest storify! Read the rest of this entry »


Briggs Chapter 2: ‘Advanced Blogging’

The second chapter of Mark Briggs’s guide to digital journalism delves into the wonders of the blog. Read the rest of this entry »


Briggs Chapter 1: ‘We Are All Web Workers Now’

Mark Briggs’ Chapter 1 of “Journalism Next” details the importance of learning the basics behind digital content.

To be a journalist in this new digital era, we cannot depend on others to put our content up on the Web. We need to have a basic understanding of how to do these things ourselves, so that we can be self-sufficient in the individual process of creating a blog and website in a timely manner. Read the rest of this entry »


‘Journalism Next’ Intro

Mark Briggs, the author of “Journalism 2.0,” makes a a good point in the introduction of his new journalism guide for the journalism student, “Journalism Next.”

College-aged students are the ones with a say of how journalism will be in the future. We are the ones whose ideas are considered valuable in the new job market because we are actually just as, if not more, familiar with the direction journalism is going.

We are the generation who grew up with the digital age, and “we get the chance,”  Briggs says, “ to be part of something bigger and better that it’s ever  been before.”



New Age of Journalism? Maybe Not.

Most people around the United States, as well as other first-world countries, could probably come to a consensus that print news isn’t as popular as it used to be. It can be untimely, something that is a journalism no-no. But does that mean we have to sacrifice our journalistic senses when reporting on newer platforms such as the Internet?Description: http://rblou.onmason.com/wp-includes/js/tinymce/plugins/wordpress/img/trans.gif

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My Media Pyramid

Word DocX: Media Pyramid

PDF: My Media Pyramid


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