I am currently a junior studying Public Relations with a political science minor at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. Outside of school I enjoy hanging with friends and family, hunting and music. I currently coach the Regis High School tennis teams as well as the middle school teams. I have found coaching to be very a very rewarding experience and I enjoy teaching kids to play the play the sport that I grew up loving.
How has taking a beginning journalism course helped me thus far? I believe this class has helped give me a greater understanding to multimedia. Coming into this class I had zero experience working with any sort of multimedia. I beleive this class has given me an edge on the competition when I enter the public relations work force in the future.
This class is going to be instrumental for my future in journalism going forward. I have learned the different written and unwritten rules of online and newsprint journalism. It has given me practice in writing different types of stories, whether it be just a lead or an entire news story. CJ 222 has made a great impact on me and my education moving forward.
Radio Journalism: it’s like a narrated newspaper that you drive to work with, right? In reality, it’s far from that. Radio journalism is, in a way, a forgotten media. It’s like print journalism, but the end result varies greatly.
So what makes up radio journalism? How does it add up?
All radio begins with a good story. A journalist types up a great story, cuts it down, tweaks some words, and gives it to the host, where they recite and animate the stories for the audience. Though the host may have the golden voice, they’d be nothing without great stories (and great journalists) to back them up.
Listeners must be able to listen and understand the story with ease, and expect it to be written so. Audiences expect sentences that are short, sweet, and to the point. They don’t have the time to be bogged down with fancy words – they’re there for the facts, discussion, and a bit of entertainment in some cases. Appeal to your listeners.
Give the audience something new to listen to by spicing up the news. Novelty and proximity are key in radio stories. People can easily look up their 5 o’clock news and get the general headlines for the night, but a good journalist can cover topics off the beaten path or put a creative spin on an already popular topic.
Creating a connection between the audience and the story at hand is essential. Radio is a very personal media – you can listen to it in the privacy of your car or home, or you can choose to share it with others. Regardless, arguably the most important objective of a story is to form a bond that engages the listener and keeps them wanting more in the future.
Radio journalism is a 3-way balance between brevity, personality, and an all-around great story. In radio, it’s the journalists who are the unsung heroes. Without journalists to create on-air stories, radio wouldn’t be possible.