Digital Literacy: Hyperlinks, Inverted Pyramid, and Images
In a world where technology advances at a strong pace, it is important to acquire understanding of Digital Literacy such as;
Links that connect the user to other sources are essential in a professional blog. Hyperlinks do not only provide useful information to the user, but also build credibility. For this reason it is important for people to understand what words to hyperlink and how to do it online.
As people’s attention spam continues to decrease, it is important to grasp the audience attention in the digital world. The Inverted Pyramid teaches to include the most important information in your first paragraph and then support it with facts.
There is a saying that “an image is worth a thousand words,” however, it also important to know exactly what words. Images have the power to appeal to the user’s emotions if used correctly. They empower the person who know how to use them. For this reason when placing the image online, it is important to caption the image and site where you acquire them from.
How Do They Work Together?
My best multimedia project work, Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Differences, includes these three digital literacy. The story itself is an inspirational story of the director of Bridges to a Brighter Future, Tobi Kinsell. In the story I explore Kinsell’s journey and the childhood obstacles she faced. Within the blog I include hyperlinks to Bridges and also to her hometown. The beginning of Tobi’s story is a list of super heroes. I approach the story in such a manner to follow the inverted pyramid and grasp the audiences attention. The list of superheroes also allows me to hyperlink right away and gain credibility. The images I provided in the story were images that I got from her personal Facebook. I wanted to capture the strong independent woman she is, but at the same time demonstrate her love towards her students.
Greatest Achievement in the Story
In my blog, Ordinary People Making Extraordinary Differences, the accomplishment I am mostly proud of is the video I created. The two minute video I created in Adobe Premier took me approximately six hours. In this post production phase it was of extremely important to understand how to use Adobe Premier. I had to learn how to insert the video, cut, and add media. I also used A roll and B roll to include the interviews as well as some images of Tobi Kinsell. In the end, the video included interviews from Bridges students who are currently enrolled at Furman University. They spoke of the impact Kinsell had on each one of them.
Room for Improvement
Although I feel proud of my story about Tobi Kinsell, it is clear to me I have room for improvement. Regarding the writing I could use less details. During the video I also had interviewers who stuttered a lot, however, because what they said was important I left it in the clip. Next time I will just try to improve on my questions with the interviewers and when stuttering occurs I am going to ask them to repeat themselves.
The skills I have acquired in Digital Communications such as hyperlink, understanding power of images, 180 rule, and video editing will serve me well when I go off to my career. Although I still need to improve on Adobe Premiere and Photoshop I know such skills will help me promote different restaurants or businesses when I enter the work field.