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This week my story was about a parent-run play centre on the North Shore. I really enjoyed interviewing my subjects because they were all so inviting into their space and didn’t mind me being there. My main subject, Miriam was absolutely lovely! I enjoyed writing this story because it was community based and it was also interesting for me to be in a space that I never would usually visit. This week in class we discussed how to tighten headlines to make them more eye-catching and as straight to the point. After practising it in class, I think I have gotten better at condensing my words in my headlines.
I have found all of my stories so far on social media. According to this week’s weekly reading, social media is one of the ways that journalists find news in small communities (Neilson and Schroder, 2014). There is also a great importance to share stories on social media, because people in the community use social media as their main way of finding news online (Neilson and Schroder, 2014). Therefore, in the future I will make sure to post my stories onto social media so that I can attract a larger audience of readers for my stories.
Nielsen, R. & Schrøder, K. (2014). The relative importance of social media for accessing, finding, and engaging with news. Digital Journalism, 2(4), 472-489. doi: 10.1080/21670811.2013.872420