"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible;
to be credible we must be truthful." - Edward R Murrow


Like I promised in the previous entry.

Photos have a lot to do with journalism, and the future includes Photoshop.
All images are taken from "Images You Won't Believe Aren't Photoshopped"

I know that I am going out on a limb and trusting Cracked.com. I trust that these pictures truly are undoctored.

Don't click that link though.
I am going go put a photo from the site, and then a photo similar, but photoshopped. Figure out which one is photoshopped and which one is real. And how shocking it can be that both can look so alike. As a journalist, I am showing you the real photo taken from the website. I am also photoshopping a version. It's my job as a journalist to present the facts as they are, and not distort them. Can you figure out which photo is distorted?
"Today there was a (what color car) outside the building.."


P.S. I am actually quite proficient with Photoshop, but I did quick and simple adjustments for the sake of time saving (being a college student can be quite busy). I know that these changes are minor and usually photo-lightening, brightening photo, etc. are acceptable edits for a photo. The edits I have done are more than just brightening and lightening; the edits are things that could distort the reality and actuality of the photo.

--my next post will be an editorial done for class (I will put the link as well) regarding bloggers vs. journalists.

"You're under pressure when you produce facts. You're working with facts in journalism, but you're under all kinds of formal constraints; there are expectations." - Denis Johnson

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The Digital Times

Quick Entry: The Wiki for my Web Reporting class (the reason I have this blog) is called The Digital Times. Every Thursday new articles are posted. The link to the Wiki is


You will be able to view articles that I submit, as well as the other submissions. Make sure to take a look.

The link to the article I just posted is http://digitallife.wikispaces.com/NikkyRaney03252010


ALSO: My new focus will be on including graphics/images within my blog entries. I do A LOT on Photoshop, and I was thinking of doing a blog entry dealing with how Photoshop is causing journalists to lose credibility. It used to be that you need to see it to believe it, but now that technology can alter what we see vs. what really happened, it makes it a lot harder to be believed. Even when there's a great photo shown there's always someone who is going to say, "That looks Photoshopped!"

Maybe to satisfy Katy's request for me to use more images I will have in my blog entry three photos and ask to see which one is the photoshopped one.

Ok that's all for now!

"Speaking generally, people who are drawn to journalism are interested in what happens from the ground up less than they are from the top down." - Tom Brokaw

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Making my opinion known

Today I had a fun little banter with my friend Dennis Rose, who is also a student at NESCom. It has to do with Fox News and his Facebook status.

Plastic surgeons using explosive-laden breast implants in homicide bombers could be a new terror tactic that current airport scanning methods may miss.
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Nikky Lejarde Raney
Nikky Lejarde Raney
of course fox news would do that story
18 minutes ago ·
Dennis Rose
Dennis Rose
why not, did you read it ?
18 minutes ago
Nikky Lejarde Raney
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Dennis Rose
Dennis Rose
fox is the best news network and has the is the highest rated network
7 minutes ago
Nikky Lejarde Raney
Nikky Lejarde Raney
That is because it is the only conservative based news station, and all the conservatives flock to that ONE news station whereas; the middle ground people and liberals flock to a variety of stations and news sources. Saying it is the "best" is an opinion, which you are entitled to. I did the I-Search 25+ page analysis on Conservative Fox News Bias and within that I compared its ratings and accuracy with others. Ratings aren't everything. All the conservatives go to that ONE news source, Fox, where as the liberals spread around to the others.. which is why Fox news has the most viewers.
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Nikky Lejarde Raney
Nikky Lejarde Raney
"Dennis Rose fox is the best news network and has the is the highest rated network" LOL. Dennis, reread that sentence.
2 minutes ago ·

It has been a while since I have truly expressed my feelings for Fox News.
I should probably wait for Dennis to respond before I post this, but I have class in 10 minutes, and I wanted to post this NOW. So Dennis, I am not attacking you in anyway; I am just showing an example. (Nothing personal, I admire you for being so strong in your convictions and being so educated and aware of current events, regardless of my own opinions.)

"Local news, on both radio and television, is so appalling. Makes print journalism look like the greatest stuff ever written. "--Robert McChesney

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Guilty Pleasure

My Web Reporting teacher Katy England informed me about the website http://deceiver.com/

I have decided that this web site is good enough to become a new guilty pleasure.
At first glance, seems like a tacky celebrity gossip website.
But it actually is like a cute looking fact check website.
It shows hypocrisy within celebrity/public figures.
I think that the web site in itself is deceiving; another reason I love it.
It looks like it would be this cutesy tacky superficial celebrity gossip website.
It's much more than that.
And for contributing to the future of journalism, AND CREDIBILITY, it gets my stamp of approval.
Thanks Katy :)

"Internet journalism is not a world we know very well at all. It's conducted more on the screen and less in bars, which makes it rather less useful for getting stories about people throwing up over one another, which is what one's after." - Ian Hislop

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Same story, difference sources

I have decided to elaborate on my previous blog posting.
I may seem like I am exploiting sensationalism, but I am really just trying to show the way the same article can be twisted.

I am going to take ONE article, and I am going to post the headlines different news outlets have on the same story, and I will let you, the reader, decide if the reporter/news source is using sensationalism to grab the reader.

So, the article I am looking for is one about the Health Care Bill being passed.
Hmm, which article should I read? Let's base our opinion soley on headlines.
Maybe I won't even say which headline belongs to which news organization.
Just base your decision on the headline. (To make sure attribution occurs, I will post the link to every article at the bottom of this blog entry, but not in any order -- so that unless you go to the website you won't know which headline belongs to which news source.)

1. McCain vows Republicans will repeal Health bill
2. Reactions to passage of health care bill are passionate
3. Health care legislation causing controversial accusations like "baby killer"
4. Abortion and the Health Care Bill
5. New healthcare bill pros and cons: It expands benefits now, cuts them later
6. Reaction Divided Over Health Care Bill
7. Health Care Reform Fight Shifts From Congress to the Courts
8. Pelosi's Triumph: 'It's Personal For Women'
9. Government Faces Tight Deadline on Health Care (That article was dated March 23, 2010..so it is written in the future..)
10. Democrats hail landmark US healthcare bill
11. Republicans Vow Repeal Effort Against Health Bill
12. Ten states to fight health care bill in court
13. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Says Congress Passed Broken Health Care Bill
14. Health care vote sparks fierce reaction
15. Brown not ready to repeal health care yet
16. Barack Obama's healthcare bill passed by Congress
17. Historic change for US after Obama's health care bill passed
18. US passes landmark health care bill
19. Historic healthcare legislation poised to be passed
20. Health Care Bill: House Passes $938 Billion Bill, Sweeping Legislation on Its Way to Become Law
21. Historic OK on health
22. Health Care Has Passed; What's Next?
23. Obama hails Congress health victory
24. Epic 2010 Healthcare Reform Bill Vote Passed: Details, News, Results, and Update on National Health Care
25. What Americans really think about the overhaul
26. Barack Obama wins healthcare battle in tight vote

(p.s. AP Style Guidebook dictates only the FIRST word in a headline needs to have the first letter capitalized..unless it's a proper noun..some news outlets have been doing it wrong.)

In my opinion #16 sounds the most objective, and I would probably read that one first.
Then I would read #2 & #5...then the rest.

Sometimes people will read an article based on the news source it comes from, but will never put thought into getting the actual news. In order to gain the full picture articles from many news sources need to be read. Each journalist will (probably) have different interviews, and each interview gives new insight, facts, and details which add to the story in great ways. If you just stick to reading news from one single website, no matter which news site it is, you will always have some sort of bias. So, I want to know based on the HEADLINES, without knowing which link belongs to which headline, when looking for an article about passing the health care bill-- what would you choose?

sources of headlines: http://www.boston.com/news/nation/washington/articles/2010/03/22/historic_ok_on_health/?comments=all , http://www.helium.com/items/1780997-congressional-controversy-on-the-house-floor-over-health-care , http://www.theage.com.au/world/obama-hails-congress-health-victory-20100322-qr4k.html?autostart=1 , http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/article7070716.ece , http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2812480/health_care_has_passed_what_next.html?cat=9 , http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/world/2010/0322/1224266811018.html , http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2010/03/political-fallout-health-care-vote-begins/1 , http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/historic-change-for-us-after-obamas-health-care-bill-passed/story-e6frf7lf-1225843896004 , http://www.boston.com/news/politics/politicalintelligence/2010/03/_by_matt_viser.htmlhttp://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704117304575138060902427830.html?mod=WSJ_hpp_LEFTTopStories , http://arabnews.com/world/article33414.ece , http://www.cnn.com/2010/POLITICS/03/22/healthcare.reaction/ , http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/HealthCare/health-care-bill-house-passes-sweeping-reform-legislation/story?id=10162080 , http://politics.gather.com/viewArticle.action?articleId=281474978120546 , http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/35986037/ns/politics-health_care_reform/, http://www.bizjournals.com/milwaukee/stories/2010/03/22/daily16.html , http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/03/22/health-care-reform-fight-shifts-congress-courts/ , http://www.csmonitor.com/Money/Donald-Marron/2010/0322/New-healthcare-bill-pros-and-cons-It-expands-benefits-now-cuts-them-later , http://www.cbs47.tv/news/local/story/Reaction-Divided-Over-Health-Care-Bill/klxGLKHDC06PJj8_cJyuZA.cspx , http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125028935, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/8580192.stm , http://www.current-movie-reviews.com/politics/2010/03/22/hhs-secretary-kathleen-sebelius-says-congress-passed-broken-health-care-bill/ ,
http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/17320/20100322/mccain-vows-republicans-will-repeal-health-bill.htm, http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/03/22/opinion/main6323651.shtml , http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/23/health/policy/23health.html?partner=rss&emc=rss , http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/22/us-healthcare-bill-passes-congress

I suggest you read all of them :)
See what each news source is saying, and see if you were right about which headline belonged to which news source.

The internet has many news websites, so why limit yourself to only obtaining news from one?

And, don't limit to where the news comes from. Look at news from out of the country, see how other countries are writing articles, and analyze the way the articles about United States are written. If you think those are "a lot of links for one story," then you wouldn't believe how many articles I read a day. I am always reading the news and researching, and I am the future of journalism.

Perez Hilton called himself a columnist, and I was bothered. He is a blogger, a celebrity blogger. A columnist is a journalist that writes a series of columns for a publication, as I was taught. Columns are opinionated and focus on the journalist's area of expertise. Perez Hilton is not a columnist, and next entries I would like to expand on this topic. Because, if the future of journalism is going to let Perez Hilton call himself a "columnist," then I needto act quickly and make sure that doesn't happen. So, look forward to the next post, because I feel very strongly that Perez Hilton is NOT A COLUMNIST.


"In journalism, there has always been a tension between getting it first and getting it right." - Ellen Goodman

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I have a broken space bar but for the sake of this blog entry I am copying and pasting a space between each word.

EDIT: At school now, fixed the entry and added SPACES. 3/22/10

I am not even required to do blog entries right now,because I am on spring break.

So, the blog entry to accompany this will follow when I have a working spacebar. Copying and pasting spaces between each word is tedious, but for journalism it has to be done.

In my next blog post I want to discuss commenting on online news websites.
My father uses my name as his username to comment on various news websites, because he says it's easier to remember.

Can people's futures and careers be compromised due to comments left under their name on a website?

This story made me sick to my stomach.

Drunk, high dad leaves baby in oven overnight, police say

"The oven door was slightly ajar, and the oven was not turned on."


That quote from the article sticks out to me for many reasons. It's hard to be objective when covering a story like that, but that sentence makes me think that the reporter is defending the man. It doesn't say WHO said that the door was ajar and the oven wasn't turned on. Later on in the article a police report is cited, but it does not mention the aforementioned quote.

I would like to discuss and analyze the way different news organizations cover the same story.

P.S. Last semester I did a 20+ page long analysis/research project on the Conservative Bias of Fox News


"If you believe in journalism, you don't insult good journalists." Sydney Schanberg


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