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Little Things Make a Big Difference

My last day producing for the web went by in a flash.

Our team worked together to get stories up as quickly as possible, but also to produce the highest quality material in that limited time frame.
Something I found to be extremely effective this week was the amount of copy edits I made on each story.

I did the original copy edit process with the web journalist who had written the story while everything was still fresh in their mind, asking them to add specific information, fix certain grammatical errors, and add photos and related links to their stories.

After these corrections were made, they moved on to the next story I had organized at the top of the web rundown while I went through their story a second time and copy edited online. Finally, I printed the story and copy edited a final time—sometimes when an article is printed out, you can spot errors you didn’t see on the computer.

Once the changes were complete, I published the story to the ATVN website and altered the weights to make it appear in the top stories in the order of importance.

This process saved me a lot of time. I fixed the problems in each article early so that I wouldn’t have to go back later and adjust things that were not correct. This also makes our website look much cleaner.

Another important element of Tuesday’s web organization was the fact that I made sure each story was immediately posted to Facebook and Tweeted out as they were completed in order to draw more attention to our website from the social networking community.

It was a little sad to have to transfer over from Web Producer to Graphics Producer for the last time. Although I was scared to be in charge of the ATVN website at the beginning of the semester, I have really grown to enjoy it.

Working on the website, I have the power to reach out to the USC community and beyond, seeking news sources, and updating our followers on prominent news within our society. This is the future of journalism.



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