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The Log of My Blog

April 21, 2009

My SSIT project is a blog. The topic is about journalism. As a journalism pathway student, I learned a lot about journalism through this one year’s study. Journalists is not a simple job as I knew before, there are many theories, debates and changes            related to journalism. 

I am trying to cover the journalism issues from different aspects. I set my articles into three main categories. Firstly, introduction to journalism. Some basic information about journalism is essential for readers to  know. What is news? What is the production and construction of the news process? What is the differences of journalists specialized in different aspects?

Secondly, traditional journalism. In this category, the topic including music journalsits, war journalists, and photo journalists. I upload a interview video of Ben Gilbert, who is a famous music journalist works for Yahoo Music. Also, I introduce two typical war journalists. One is the greatest photo journalists  Robert Capa. The other one is a famous female Chinese war journalists Lvqiu Luwei. Write some stories about real journalists could leave a direct and deep impression on readers, and could reflect the true life of journalists. 

The third part is online journalism. With the wide application of the Web 2.0 and the large amount of bloggers, traditional journalists have been changed a lot. Citizen journalists has an increasingly role in the report of breaking news. DIY media and User-generated content make it possible for ordinary people to control and participate in the production of news, not only passively received it as before. Compared with traditional journalism, online journalism has lots of advantages, such as the immediacy, interactivity, and the unlimited space. On the one hand, traditional journalists start to adopt to online platform. On the other hand, people are worrying about citizen journalists will replace professional journalists.

A good blog is not just about writing and posting, the whole design is also very important. I add the links to other journalists’ blogs. A list of my category is on the right side of blog, readers could find the related articles easily. Also, I put the RSS of BBC news and Twitter of a journalist from the Guardian. 

Most people think write blog is an easy and interesting job. I keep writing my Chinese blog for more than 2 years, and also think there is no difficult for me to do that. However, to set up a relatively professional blog and update regularly are not as simple as I thought. I have to choose a certain topic of my posts which could fit the theme of my blog, not whatever I like.

What’s more, compared with paper writing, blog is a multimedia platform. Apart from writing about the topic, images and videos must be provided as well. As a result, readers may have more choices and know much more background or depth information.  At the same time, it enables blog to become interesting and attract readers. 

Copyright is an important point when download pictures and videos from the Internet. Most of my videos are from YouTube, two of them are my original videos. Online image sources are together with URL. Meanwhile, some pictures are taken by myself. 

Blog, as an online platform, is easy for readers to comment on it and exchange ideas. I reply the comments of my blog and also visit other blogs to leave my comments. 

There are the links of my comments.

Overall, the final project is a good chance for me to review and apply the knowledge I learned about journalism in the SSIT module.  Meanwhile, have the ability to operate a theme blog is also an essential skill for online journalists.   


Best Things of Journalism

April 21, 2009

Best Journalism Books

  1. “In Search of Light” edited by Edward Bliss Jr. (Knopf, 1967).
  2.  “Not So Wild a Dream” by Eric Sevareid (Knopf, 1946).
  3.  “A Child of the Century” by Ben Hecht (Simon & Schuster, 1954).
  4.  “The Front Page” by Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (Covici Friede, 1928).
  5.  “Sarajevo Daily” by Tom Gjelten (HarperCollins, 1995).


Best Journalism Films

  1. “Sweet Smell of Success”
  2.  “All The President’s Men” 
  3.  “Paper”
  4. “Deadline U.S.A.”
  5. “His Girl Friday”
  6. “Foreign Correspondent”
  7. “Front Page”
  8. “Broadcast News” 
  9. “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”
  10.  “The Big Clock”


Most VIsited UK Newspaper

  1. Sun
  2. Guardian
  3. Daily Mail
  4. Mirror
  5. Times
  6. Daily Star
  7. Independent
  8. Telegraph
  9. News of the World
  10. Evening Standard

A List of The 51 Best Ever Magazines
A List of Best Journalists
A List of Best News Websites

Know More FIRST FACTS About Journalism

March 19, 2009

A Short History of Journalism

The earliest known journalistic product was a news sheet circulated in ancient Rome called the Acta Diurna. Published daily from 59 BC, it was hung in prominent places and recorded important social and political events. In China during the T’ang dynasty a court circular called a pao, or “report”, was issued to government officials. This gazette appeared in various forms and under various names more or less continually to the end of the Ch’ing dynasty in 1911.

The invention of the movable type printing press, attributed to Johannes Gutenberg in 1456, led to the wide dissemination of the Bible and other printed books. 


The First Journalist

There are many candidates. Some people argue that the ancient Greek historian Thucydides (c. 460 BC – c. 395 BC) was the first journalist because he wrote the History of the Peloponnesian War, which recounts the 5th-century BC war between Sparta and Athens to the year 411 BC. Thucydides is regarded as a kind of journalist because he tried to describe the human world in terms of cause and effect, his strict standards of gathering evidence, and his neglect of the gods in explaining the events of the past.


The First Newspaper

The first newspapers appeared in Europe in the 17th century. The first printed periodical was Mercurius Gallobelgicus, first appearing in Cologne, now Germany, in 1594.

The first regularly published newspapers appeared in German cities and in Antwerp around 1609. The first weekly English newspaper, the Weekly Newes, was published in 1622. One of the first daily newspapers, The Review, written and edited by Daniel Defoe, appeared in 1703.


The First Magazine

The first kind of magazine had started in the 17th century as learned journals, began to feature opinion-forming articles on current affairs, such as those in the Tatler (1709–11) and the Spectator (1711–12). In the 1830s cheap, mass-circulation magazines aimed at a wider and less well-educated public appeared, as well as illustrated and women’s magazines. 


The First Radio Broadcast

The first extended broadcast of the human voice was transmitted through the air on December 24, 1906 from Brant Rock, Massachusetts. A Canadian engineer, Reginald Fessenden, had worked for Thomas Edison in his New Jersey Laboratory, and later became a professor at the University of Pittsburgh.


The First TV Broadcast

In 1926, John Logie Baird transmitted the very first television picture from one room to another. By 1927, he used telephone wires to successfully send a moving image from London to Glasgow and in 1928, he made the first trans-Atlantic television broadcast

Introduction To Journalism

March 18, 2009



What is Journalism?

The Chambers Dictionary dignifies journalism with the label ‘profession’, as in ‘the profession of collection, writing, editing, publishing,etc. news reports and other articles for newspapers, journals, television, radio and related media…’

Journalism as a career

Journalism is often seen as glamorous and exciting. And you get paid to do what most others can only do for fun: read, write, travel,meet all kinds of people, and learn about the world around you. You might meet celebrities or visit destinations or simply discover the joy of connecting with readers.

However, ‘as with any occupation, success comes only after much hard work and routine activity’. This is a little warning given by the National Council for the Training of Journalists.

Journalism in different forms


  • Breaking news: telling about an event as it happens.
  • Feature stories: a detailed look at something interesting that’s not breaking news.
  • Investigative stories: stories that uncover information that few people knew.


  • Editorials: unsigned articles that express a publication’s opinion.
  • Columns: signed articles that express the writer’s reporting and his conclusions.
  • Reviews: such as music, restaurant or movie reviews.

Online  journalism

  • Blogs: online diaries kept by individuals or small groups.
  • Discussion boards: Online question and answer pages where anyone can participate.
  • Wikis: articles that any reader can add to or change.


  • Journalism as literature  
  • The “New Journalism”

So want to be a journalist? Think about it! And try to know more from my blog! 


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Reference:Fletcher,K (2005) The Journalist’s Handbook