Journalists pose as boat people

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/world/undercover-journalists-publish-firsthand-account-of-asylum-seeker-journey-to-australia-20131116-2xnd6.html

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Web Design, Coding, Standards and Semantics

I am currently designing a website for a publishing house as part of a web design project using HTML 5 and CSS.

I recommend following this conversation below, which explains why HTML 5 should be used in the best semantic way possible:

http://www.webdirections.org/blog/five-reasons-why-you-should-quote-attribute-values-in-html5/

From my experience, ARIA Landmark Roles are the most semantic and viable to use in production:

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Ara Pehlivanian sums it up nicely, “I think it’s always best to err on the side of verbosity when coding, whether it’s quotes, brackets or closing tags. It just mitigates errors and improves legibility. If you want to save bytes on the page, trust a tool to do it for you either at deployment or in real time via a script on your server. Don’t do it yourself. You’re only going to run into trouble.”

In my recent coding I have been using the Dreamweaver software program, and it is in real time. There is also the option to validate the coding as you go. Trouble avoided!

If you’re interested in all geeky HTML things, another blog I’ve been reading of late is: http://ablognotlimited.com/

Giant baby overtakes screen in new commercial for Nationwide Insurance.

Advertising commercial adopts a rather clever and creative approach. #Example 1.

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Good Lord, that baby will destroy us all!

So, I’m watching football this weekend when on comes this giant ass baby. I was like What The F—k? There’s a humongous baby in this dude’s garage. Then it’s bawling its eyes out in front of a gushing fire hydrant. A car crashes. And then it’s over.

Is this a trailer for a new movie? “Honey, I enlarged the kids!” It wasn’t a beer commercial. Taken aback, I open up my laptop and search “giant baby TV” or something similar. On YouTube I find the gargantuan infant. He (at least I think it’s a he) is the star of a new commercial for Nationwide Insurance!

I watch it again. And still I’m bewildered. The giant baby is so distracting I miss the point of the commercial. Upon further review, I get the gist of it. The voice over (none other than Julia…

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Using Narrative Techniques Responsibly in Journalism

I found a treaure while studying for one of my recent and final assignments, it is ‘The Ethics of the Story’ by David Craig. It was written in 2006, but I just discovered this now, and will have to find a copy on Amazon.

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“Conscientious journalism students juggling classes and student or professional media work also have a hard time stopping and focusing on the nuances of technique. It is easy for them to pick up the habits and conventions that produce adequate but not excellent journalism,” (Craig, D., 2006, p.194.)

This resonates with me at the moment, as I have had difficulty balancing time for reflection as I am starting to enter the workforce.

Although, reading this book is a reminder of why sometimes we should take time just to consider what we have written and the important and powerful ethical decisions we make in what we include, and exclude.

A great read, and I am going to add this to my bookshelf and try to read it often even when I am no longer a student as a reminder of the power of journalism. I feel that it is the perfect time to read this book now, as I cross over from being a student to a working professional. And I believe that professionals should read this book too, if not more than students – because it’s probably been awhile since your last reflection! Check it out.

Cassidy Brown

November 13′

Japanese election campaigns in social media