Archive for March, 2009

Reporting 3/29

I interviewed a frequent customer of J.P. Ink to get more insight of the consumer perspective. She basically gave me many reasons why she goes to the store. Reasons like needing a last minute present, needing somewhere to pass some time or just to have a friendly conversation. Melissa Gertz has given me great quotes to use from a consumers point of view.


Blog Research 3/29

This blog discusses the finer side of consumer spending. While personal income has fallen about $29 billion dollars, consumer spending has jumped .2 percent. However, recent price changes have changed consumer spending to decrease and have people focus on savings. These changes in savings will allow more spending to be done when the economy turns around. This is an important issue to business owners showing that there is hope to keeping the customers coming back eve though there is a recession going on.

Reaction to Cardstacker

I chose the flipbook slideshow, “Cardstacker.” This one really caught my attention. At first I didn’t enjoy the flipbook method. I found it hard to look at and difficult to watch and listen at the same time. However, further into the slideshow I realized why they chose this flipbook method. If they had chose to do a video it would have either been days of video to watch, or would have missed a lot interesting information. The flipbook method worked well with what he was doing. It actually looked like he was building the card stacks and by using that method we got to see the process in a semi sped up kind of view. The narration went well with it to. I think this slideshow was thought out very well and done appropriately for the viewer to really get a sense of the “Cardstacker’s” artistic ability.

Brian Stelter Questions

What are your thoughts about the declining job positions in journalism?

Do you ever find yourself lacking ideas of what to write about for both your job and blogs?

From your experience such as the radio station, tv station, news papers, or blogs you’ve worked for, what do you think was most beneficial to what you do now?

On the same line, what Towson University Journalism class do you think you have used the most from?

You write about the media and it’s impact and movement, what pros and cons do you think the media has for journalism in the future?

Research 3/8

In an entrepreneur blog, I found some interesting information. This blog is focused towards people wanting to start a business. Basically it’s to share information on the do’s and dont’s and what’s working or what’s not. I like the link usage that gives the readers an easy way to see what is being talked about. In this week’s blog, there’s a link that is about what ideas for a business are still good. It’s definitely a useful site to get a feel about what other people are thinking.

Reporting 3/8

So I just got back from a dance competition that Julie Rogers Studio of Dance attended. I talked to a bunch of the dancers about a lot of different topics trying to find a focal point for the slideshow. I think that making the slide show about a dance studio would be beneficial because the pictures would be more movement and the story would be told better visually. The odd twist in this story is that the girls dance in a barn. Talk about a small county. I spoke to Julie Rogers about her remodeling the outside of the studio about a year ago. There’s a lot more that could be accomplished with this studio and I have a meeting set with her to discuss in more detail about her plans are for any future remodeling.

Reaction 6

The site I visited was The Sonic Memorial Project. This site was very easy to use. It was easy but different. I like the way they have a short paragraph on the main page summarizing what the website is about. The summary was short and straight to the point leaving the links as the focus of the site as opposed to a bunch of text. My favorite part of the intro is the way they made the links pop up with a brief detail about that link. With out having to actually click on the link to see what it’s about, scrolling over the word with your mouse you can read what that link consists of. This site was very visual media based and I enjoyed that. They have a lot of opportunities to listen to peoples stories and I found that beneficial to a viewer as opposed to just reading someone’s story. I enjoyed this site a lot and can really see how the audio makes a difference.

Reaction 5

The first part of this blog was about brevity and I wasn’t sure what it was going to say that I couldn’t have guessed on my own. The portion that I did not know was that people read a 25% slower on the computer screen. I think that the idea of breaking up a longer article into sections is a good idea so people can enter the article or video where they want and it’s easy to find.

The second part is definitely very informative for today’s working journalists. Being able to adapt to all the different fields of media is really important for job searching. You will have better chances if your knowledge is broader. I didn’t find the section of making the content adaptable easy to understand. I think he is saying that the content has to be able to work with the internet as well as the reader. Making your content easier to view for the reader makes it easier to understand through that media.

Part three really hit home for me. I don’t think I have ever gone to a website without scanning for the specific thing I’m looking for. I think this section made it clear that headings and subheadings are more than okay, if not a better way to set up your content on a webpage.

In today’s society, everyone wants the fastest and easiest access to everything in their life. Through interactivity the journalist can give the reader control. Networking is a big part of life. Making it convenient for teachers to get ahold students material through email, or a boss being able to get their employees work through a download makes media an important and growing development.

I think that community and conversation could go hand-in-hand. Having one is hard to have with out the other. Basically its just being noted that community is most definitely important for journalists to know what’s going on. Paying attention to the conversation throughout the community is a strong point in getting useful information.


I talked to the owners of two similar stores in Calvert County. Both stores kind of have the same feel to them but have come from two different ideas. From outsiders opinion, they feel as if the stores are headed for competition. Some onlookers have expressed their feelings towards each store and favor a certain one because of their own taste. After recently talking with both store owners I have found some nifty information. Both stores are in the process of opening up a second store.

Jorgina Colyn:

“It’s a lot of work to open up a second shop, but it was nice to see many familiar faces migrate from the first one to the newer shop.”

“I love being in two different parts of southern maryland so that it’s convenient for everyone to make their way in.”


Jeannae Briscoe:

“We wont open till maybe April, but we have the place and the drive so I think it will work out.”

“My sister’s going to run the second shop so I think that will lessen the intensity of having to be two places at once.”

Southern Marylanders Jobless

Southern Maryland workers are finding themselves more often without a job than employed. I just got off the phone with daycare owner Kristie Scott who says she has found an unexpected link in her line of work. When buying her own daycare, Kristie didn’t think this far ahead. Because of people losing their jobs, their now staying home more often and not needing the daycare as much as they needed before. Kristie now has to lay off workers who have kids in the daycare. For her company this recession has become a major chain reaction.