The Philadelphia Inquirer is my assigned beat blog for my Digital Journalism II class at Marquette University. For the past six weeks I have been blogging about aspects of philly.com and how well their coverage of historical events, deaths, breaking news and photography has been. The majority of the time I was quite pleased. 

The 9/11 coverage I critiqued paled in comparison to the breaking news of Steve Jobs' death The Inquirer produced. The of the moment photography and columns produced were incredible compared to those from 9/11 and I feel this has to do with the increase in the way the news source uses social media, which I also blogged about here

By analyzing these events and the ways philly.com gathers their information as well as engages their audience I have become more self-conscience about how informative I am to those who follow my twitter, webpage and blog. I try to provide relevant links and use many photos to help captivate the audience. Philly.com does a great job at coupling photos with their stories, though it tends to use the same photo for a brief as it does an expanded story. 

When I first began to blog I thought philly.com would provide periodic updates and the articles would be short and sweet, but I soon realized that news sources are consistently updating their information. They provide articles on their homepage that are columns, features, breaking news, photograph essays and more. Journalists are working 24/7 and can't rest, they are constantly on the look out to find a story and have it online before the competitors. Online journalism is a process, and having made myself subject to the same criteria of all online journalists, I know posting, editing, cropping, live-tweeting, producing content that stands out among others is harder than thought.  

After six weeks I have begun to learn that I gather a lot of my news through social media, such as Twitter and online news sources such as CNNNew York Times, or The Star Tribune because it is easily accessible and consistently updated. Before I leaned more towards my friends and social circle for information, but now I believe I have a more reputable variation of news outlets and broader range of information at my fingertips. 
 


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