Presentation on theme: "Overview Discusses the concepts of chunking and distilling for online content Examines how headlines, subheads and summaries can be effectively written."— Presentation transcript:
1 OverviewDiscusses the concepts of chunking and distilling for online contentExamines how headlines, subheads and summaries can be effectively writtenDiscusses how online story organization and structures can aid scannabilityProvides an overview of how online stories can be updated with new information
2 Writing for Online Media The written word is still at the heart of online journalism.Reading online is different, and content has to differ from print copy.Basic tenets of journalistic writing still apply.Online writing can be seen as a hybrid form of print and broadcast styles.
3 What’s Your Viewpoint?Do you anticipate that writing online news stories will be easier or more difficult than writing traditional news stories (for newspapers, news broadcasts, etc.)?Which type of news story do you prefer to read?
4 ScanningReaders scan for individual words and points of interest rather than read at length.Lower resolution of a computer screen means reading online takes longer and is more tiring.Smartphones display only a small amount of text at a time.Users are task-oriented and looking for something specific.
5 Chunking and Distilling Breaking information into logical blocksCMSDistilling:Refining the essence of a story into various shorter formsCondensing a long story down to its essential pointsExample from the New York Times
6 What’s Your Viewpoint? How do you read news stories online? Do you just want to know the headlines of a breaking story? Or do you read stories in more depth?Does it make a difference if you’re reading a traditional news site (CNN) or a blog (Huffington Post)? How?
7 Writing for the Online Reader Writing headlines:HeadlinesSearch engine optimizationKeywordsSubheadsSummaries (nut graph)Writing stories:Good organizationShort sentences and paragraphsSection headings and boldingBullet points and listsAdapting contentWriting for blogs
9 Story StructuresInverted pyramidChronologicalNarrativeThematic
10 Adapting Content from Other Media Online journalists may have to take content from other media and adapt it for the online audience.“Shovelware”“There’s more to it than slapping it on the Web.”
11 Writing for BlogsIn blogs, journalists are able to use forms that are less formal and have less structureBut—still maintain a consistent style and follow rules of spelling and grammar
12 Updating Online Stories Online readers expect updated information, especially in breaking stories.Inverted pyramid story style is most often used.Key is to integrate new information into the story smoothly.Keep the most important info near the beginning.