Dennis Overbye’s Blog Style


By Énoa Gibson

Dennis Overbye has a very compelling blog. For example; on Wednesday, astronomers released what they said were “the most detailed images ever taken of the surface of our sun,” and Overbyes storytelling made reading the blog engaing and easily understandable.

This blog is compelling as it used many different media techniques to draw in the reader. There are visuals that move, time-lapsed videos, photo galleries, and interviews used at storytelling techniques. I admire the variety of storytelling techniques he uses and will work to incorporate more multimedia techniques in my future blog. With the occasional reference to twitter and instagram, Overbyes’ writing style personalizes the stories and brings a more diverse audience who does not only enjoy reading the news but also seeing and hearing it.

Overbyes’ blog is updated bi-weekly, and his bio added insight into why he chose to write about the topics he did. For example in his “about me,” it states that he has been covering the universe for more than 30 years.” The information in his bio gave understanding to his interests.

Data Visualization Assessed

Live updates: Global coronavirus count surpasses 2 million

This article uses a graph to show the number of deaths caused by the coronavirus with a daily update. This piece of data visualization is clear and concise, and it represents the data in a very easy to understand way. Clarity is essential so that all types of readers can easily understand the daily amount of tests done, the number of people tested, the number of people who tested positive for COVID-19, and the amount of deaths on an everyday scale. 

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count

This article used a line graph to show the steady increase in deaths caused by the coronavirus in the US. This piece of data visualization is at the top of the article so that even if the reader is too lazy to read the entire article, they get the gist of what the article will be going in-depth about in a quick amount of time with accuracy and numbers. The line graph is very clear, the important information is in red, and the most crucial information is in a large font and bolded. These techniques draw the reader’s eye to the essential information first and quickly and is an excellent way to begin an article that’s covering such an important topic. 


 This article on the growth of the hair care market has many different types of data visualization present. It begins with a bar graph that simply shows a snapshot of the market and how it is projected to increase between now (2020) to 2025. Underneath the bar graph, there is a chart that states the fastest growing market, the largest growing market, the base year, and the study period in which the growth of the hair market is referred to. All this information is at the top of the article and very quickly gives the reader an outlook into the growth of the hair industry and what is to come.

Dear Reporter,

I wrote a letter to my Reporter. Her assignment is to write an article about the resurgence of DIY fashion during COVID-19, how it’s impacting college kids, and what this means for our generation’s future.

Dear Tia Lowe,

I enjoy your articles on Howard University News Service. I would like to assign you to write an article that focuses on the transformation of fashion during the pandemic and going forward. Your assignment is to write an article about the resurgence of DIY fashion during COVID-19, how it’s impacting college kids, and what this means for our generation’s future.

Spend some time speaking with three to five Howard students or other DIY Fashion resources. Reach out to DIY pages on social media for an interview, or Howard Students whom you know are into DIY fashion. You can also reach out to new businesses or ones who have had to change their inventory to see if they have been creating DIY fashion like masks, sewing or crocheting, creating ripped jeans, making shorts, etc. Wool And The Gang is a profitable business for this.

Please read articles recently written on this topic, for example, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 6. Use them as guides to make your story better and include information they didn’t. What will make your story different is having more voices in your piece as well as taking a look into how the resurgence of DIY fashion during COVID-19 is impacting our age group, college kids. 

Make sure to briefly explain the background of DIY where it originated. It’s origins lie in the anti-establishment punk DIY movement and the free festival movement of the 1960’s and 1970’s, maybe tie into the peaceful background of its origins during items of turmoil. Take a look at DIY videos and clips that have gone viral, which can easily be found on TikTok under “DIY Fashion” to get a better grasp of the viral trends as of late. Also, compile stats and polls on the increase of loungewear and DIY Fashion (can be found linked in select articles). 

The article should be 1,000 words, and we would need it by Oct. 2, 2020. Please include a source list with names and contact information for the people you interview and links to background information and other research. Please embed information in your article and make sure to include at least three of the following components: the article, photos, stand-alone audio, audio slideshows, video, animation, graphics, or any other visual tools, plus a social media plan. 

A few questions to consider while reporting are: Have stores seen a downfall of certain items and others’ increase? What’s the Future for Fashion Amid COVID-19? Does the public believe everything will go back to how it was before COVID-19 fashion-wise?

Thanks for your time. We look forward to working with you. If you have any questions, please call, text or email. 


Énoa Gibson

(704) 900 – 9428 

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