What Works: Feb. 22/ Social Media: Destroyer or Creator?

Would you click on this headline? Is it SEO-friendly? Why or why not? –

Yes, I would probably end up clicking on this headline myself. I love social media & the fact that social media has the potential to either give or take from our day to day lives.

What kind of leads are in use here? — i.e., Hard news lead (more direct), a Delayed Lead (soft lead, often used in longer features), a Narrative Lead (focuses in detail on one small aspect of larger story). What devices does the writer/producer use to pull you into the story?

This article is definitely a soft news lead, mainly because the article itself is opinion based with some fact to it. The past of the article where Wael Ghonim said, “The internet changed my life forever,” was the narrative lead, because readers begin to become more knowledgeable of just how important social media is to other individuals.

What is the “nutgraph” — the paragraph that tells you what the core of the story is? –

The nutgraph of the story is the third paragraph. Social media was used to help kick start a revolution.

How many different sources were used/ interviewed for each story? — Who and what are they? (officials, census reports, victims, bystanders)

There were two sources that were used in the story. The main sources came from Wael Ghonim and Khaled Said. Their reports helped to improve the story.

Which multimedia elements here are most effective in helping to tell each story? Select an alternate method of “adding value” to each story and explain your choice.

Social media was definitely the most important multimedia element that was used, since that’s what the whole story was practically about. I would’ve used surveys as an alternative method, just to see how many people rely as heavily as Ghonim and Said did in the article.

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