During the academic year 2008-2009, I had the opportunity to teach Arabic at Tufts University. Indeed, I succeeded in obtaining a Fulbright scholarship : Foreign Language Teaching Assistants Program, commonly known as FLTA. I had to teach Arabic but I also had the opportunity to take different courses . One of the courses I chose was Journalism. One of the books the teacher asked us to buy is entitled: Telling the Story: the Convergence of Print, Broadcast and Online Media by the Missouri Group, namely: Brian S.Brooks, George Kennedy, Daryl R. Moen and Don Ranly. Today I am going to share some passages from the book in the hope of seeing some journalists reading them and trying to understand the changes which occurred in the media field. In fact, after watching this video, I understood that some of our journalists need an update about the evolution of the media field.
So here are the passages that many Tunisian journalists should read :
P72: Blogs, Discussion Forums and Chat Rooms:
Today's readers and viewers don't want one way communication from journalists. They want to be able to discuss what's happening in the world, in the nation, in their states and in their communities. Blogs, discussion forums and chat rooms give readers and viewers that opportunity.
Dear Tunisian journalists you said that bloggers should stay away from the media field, so please learn how to use computers , internet , learn to make the difference between a blog, Facebook , Google, Twitter, etc. This is very important. Interaction is crucial now. Believe me I met some journalists who are illiterate.
Blogs began as non-news sites on services like blogger.com and livejournal.com, but mainstream media organizations have begun to embrace the. When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas in 2005, several newspapers set up blogs to help people connect with their relatives. Others provided discussion forums and information sources on topics related to hurricane relief.
Dear Tunisian journalists I hope that what I am sharing with you will be beneficial to your miserable careers. I hope to see your blogs soon. If you have any technical problems be sure that bloggers are ready to help you. The most important thing for us is the dissemination of the information, we do not care about names and prestige. Here is a helpful link for you : 7ell blog
P73: The Internet
The Internet is not a single computer network but rather a series of interconnected networks throughout the world. That arguably makes it the world's first truly international news medium. Some also consider it the world's largest library because of the vast amount of information that can be found there.
Dear Tunisian journalists Internet is very important. You have to understand this and to keep it in mind.
This was a small introduction . I hope that it will be helpful for you. I'll share with you other passages in other posts soon.