September 26th, 2016
This week I wanted to talk about something that I’ve been thinking about a lot lately.
With the election rapidly approaching, we tend to hear the phrase “Millennial voters” being thrown around a lot, specifically about how important our vote is.
Usually when you hear the word “Millennial”, it has sort of a negative connotation to it. Unfortunately. The older generation thinks we’re a technology-obsessed, passive generation who doesn’t care about many issues in the world.
Which is completely wrong. Not to mention offensive.
The media tends to do this. Working at a commercial station, I see and hear stories constantly about how entitled the millennials are, how little we actually care about issues, and how little informed we are on these issues.
Now more than ever, this election has proved that millennials are taking a stand and caring about what happens to our country, yet we continue to see articles and tv show hosts/radio hosts talk about how uneducated we are.
They pass us off as this technology-obsessed generation, which they deem a bad thing. Which could not be more wrong. The fact that we have advanced technology at our fingertips for our disposal is such a huge positive. We have more opportunity to educate ourselves now than we ever have. And we use it often.
So frankly I’m sick of hearing the older generation drone on and on about how passive millennials are.
September 25th, 2016
This week, I decided to write about the hacks that are happening at Yahoo right now.
Although, I guess I shouldn’t say “right now”…as the hack happened in 2014 and we are just NOW hearing about it.
The article didn’t really specify why it took so long for Yahoo users to find out about these hacks…which is extremely concerning to me. Someone at the company said they had just found out about it…but something about that sounds fishy to me. How does a massive company like Yahoo (or Verizon, who bought them out) not know about such a massive hack?
And we aren’t talking about a few months…it’s been two years.
It really makes me wonder why they would let the hack go on for so long without doing something about it, or at least telling users about it.
May 10th, 2015
This article truly shocked me.
I use Spotify on a daily basis, and yes, I pay for it. Not the $10 a month deal, but the student deal for $4.99 a month.
I thought everyone used this?? I mean, a majority of my closest friends pay for it, because in my opinion, you really can’t beat it. According to this article, Spotify lost $197 million in 2014! That’s insane! Apparently Spotify blames this profit loss on the cost of “product development, expansion and licensing”.
Also brought up in this article, the whole Taylor Swift deal. She refused to put her new album up on Spotify because she didn’t think it would be worth it, money-wise for her. I thought this was just a load of BS at first to be honest, but now looking at these numbers…she was probably right. Although I don’t forgive her for not letting me jam out to Shake It Off on a daily basis.
April 18th, 2015
Now being in the radio/broadcast field, this headline immediately caught my eye.
Basically, this post is talking about how there is only so much airwaves available, and how they need to be weeded out in order to make room for wireless carriers. The way they will do this, according to The New York Times, is that the government will bid on certain airwaves, and then sell those airwaves and forward them to wireless phone carriers.
This, to me, is crazy. I mean, I guess you don’t really think of the air as being a limited amount of space?? It makes sense when you look at it from a science perspective, but in general, it’s not something you think about. Air is supposed to be unlimited, but in reality, it really isn’t. I wonder why it took so long for this to finally happen; that is, for the air space to become literally so full that the government has to buy airwaves to sell. This also says something about our generation, and how important it is for cell phone carriers to own and use these airwaves.
The article goes on to explain two other topics related, but I thought this airwaves thing was the most important thing to think about.
What do you guys think?? Is this as weird of a concept to you as it is to me, or am I just ignorant?
April 2nd, 2015
The question this article poses is: “Should journalists use the phrase “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” in their reporting?”
The law has been passed in Indiana, and now Alabama. Although Alabama has elected to refer to it as HB1228 instead, in order to avoid any propaganda. In other words, the original title infers that the state thinks that religious freedom needs restoration, saying that it was in jeopardy in the first place. The debate has been going on ever since Indiana passed the law a little while ago.
There are then a few videos posted in the article, explaining that this isn’t the first time that journalists have had to make this decision. One video that explained it the best was this one.
The way I see it, this debate is all about what connotation this title is supposed to give off.
From a personal standpoint…
But that’s besides the point.
As for a journalistic standpoint, I would use the official name of HB1228, but then explain that it is more widely known as the “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”, just to cover both bases. If I thought that the average reader would know what law HB1228 was referring to, I would definitely say to just use that name in order to avoid any propaganda bias.
March 4th, 2015
Ninety-two years ago today, March 3, the first issue of Time Magazine was published. Time is one of the most relevant and influential magazines still in circulation today, so I thought this article extremely interesting. The article said it only cost 15 cents to buy; now, it costs around $16 for a subscription.
An author at the time said that this idea for Time magazine would never work, and he obviously could not have been more wrong. Reading this short article reminded me how relevant Time magazine is and how long it’s been around, because honestly I had no idea it had been that long. Even though not nearly as many people grab the paper copies than subscribe to it online, some Time covers are priceless. I know my family has quite a few actual solid copies of some issues, as they are apart of history. One that stands out in particular is the JFK one.
So this begs the question: How long will Time Magazine still sell hard copies of their issues?
March 1st, 2015
I was immediately drawn to this headline for some reason, because lately in my own life I’ve been thinking about how important mobile applications have become. Upon reading this, I agree with most everything this blogger says: that the mobile web is dying and mobile apps are replacing it.
The main reason I happened to be thinking about this is because I was doing a project for my video production class. We were asked to come up with a question, and my group decided on “What is your main news source, and how do you get that news?”
The answers from students were overwhelmingly apps-but not just random “news” apps that come on your phone. They were applications for popular news sites like CNN and BBC. So while the actual websites aren’t being looked up on mobile devices, their apps are being utilized.
I started to ask myself if this was a bad thing, or if this was just a part of technology evolving.
That is what this post is essentially asking. It’s also saying that mobile websites aren’t as dead as everyone thinks. They use an example of a link being shared on Facebook. When you click that link, it takes you to the company’s mobile site, not it’s app. I agree with this for the most part, but I also know that if I get to a company’s mobile site, it will give me an option to download the app, depending on the site. The best example I can come up with for this is fandango.com. If I type that into my mobile browser, right away it asks me to download the fandango app.
So where do I stand on this issue? Well, I think I’m pretty indifferent to it. More and more companies are creating apps for their websites, but there will always be people using their mobile browser instead. For me it’s kind of like how they say newspapers are dying out (which they are), but there will always be a generation of people who prefer holding a newspaper than reading it online.
February 8th, 2015
This week I read a story from the “Advancing the Story” blog on Feedly. One headline that popped out to me was “Whatever Happened to Audio?”. This post went on to talk about how important it should be to teach students more about audio in the classroom. It emphasizes the need for journalism students to be well versed in all forms of multimedia.
I believe this post is very important because, being in the radio business, audio is stressed a lot at my job. I’ve always been more of an audio person rather than a visual one, so I believe learning how to create quality audio production is of the utmost importance.
Like I said, I wish to go into the radio business as my career, so the fact that studies are showing a lack of audio knowledge is extremely concerning to me. Here at the radio station on campus, we are encouraged to have extensive audio production experience, and we take pride in our knowledge of it.
January 31st, 2015
1.) Craig Custance
This is a blog I’ve been following for a long time, and it mainly focuses on the NHL.
Greatest Strength: What I find to be extremely key in any blog entry is the personality of the blogger. I really enjoy when the blogger puts his/her opinions into the entry, to the point where you can tell what kind of person the blogger is. Craig puts a lot of character and charisma into his blog posts, and I believe that is his greatest strength.
The way that Craig’s blog gains community is by having his link on the NHL page on the ESPN website. That is actually how I originally found his blog; he wrote a really interesting piece on Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman a while back, and I’ve read his posts ever since.
Craig also has his social media in his bio, as well as a link for user content to be submitted. I believe this helps him gain a sense of camaraderie with his readers.
2.) That Lit Site
This blog focuses on quotes from great works of literature.
Greatest Strength: While I wouldn’t say that this blog has a lot of content, the blogger posts several quotes a day from famous works of literature. I would say the greatest strength of this blog is the fact that there are various works to choose from. For example, you can look up full essays and interviews from authors and just regular people who send in their work. It also has a section for poetry that users can submit.
I found this blog while searching through a blogging website called Tumblr for a blog that had a lot of user content on it. By enabling users to submit their work, I believe it creates it’s own sense of community.
Here in this section of the blog, there are ways to get in contact with the blogger. Having this section makes it easier for the user to feel connected to the creater.
3.) Adulting Blog
This blog is dedicated to teaching young adults tips and tricks to becoming a “real adult”.
The original format of this blog was kind of like an advice blog.
Greatest Strength: The blogger Kelly Brown is in her mid-twenties, trying to learn how to function like a real adult in society. By her being the one giving advice to the users, it gives the reader a sense of understanding, because she is a very relatable person. Like I said previously, I believe having a personality and charisma is what makes a blog enjoyable and successful.
I found this blog while searching through Tumblr. What really made this blog successful was the book that came from it, “Adulting: How to Become a Grown-up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps”. This book has a collection of tips to become a fully functional member of society. I feel that this book made the blog popular and gave it a readership.
In this section there are ways for the community to get involved and in contact with Kelly.