The End of Journalism for the Web

When I first made my blog for this class, I chose an obnoxious pink, because hey, I’m a girl and I like pink. Then I remembered that whereas I am female, I’m also a grownup, so I toned it down. I chose black because let’s face it, who doesn’t like black and used a splash of pink because I do still like pink. I added my twitter account, because we had talked a lot about syncing social media, and I saw that the professor linked his to our social media app, so I thought it would be a good thing to do. I also like that it added a bit of personality, but didn’t really take away from the blog posts that I needed to write. I changed the title of my blog to better suit myself, and added a delightful about me page that added a splash of personality to it.

Let’s face it, I have a lot of personality. In fact, when I started college over 11 years ago, I was a journalism major. But throughout many classes, I found myself getting downgraded due to the fact that my news articles had “too much personality.” Which led to a change of major – interpersonal communication. This brings me to the best thing I learned in this class, that as time has gone on, journalism is adapting and is welcoming a bit of personality. Of course, you can’t let it take away from the content that needs to be shared, but maybe I would have had better grades if I was allowed to be more myself. 😉

Throughout this class I learned the obvious, what the internet means for journalism. That even though physical papers may be purchased less and less each year, that newspapers are adapting and bringing their news to the internet, the place where many people spend a lot of time. They are able to build websites, gather revenue from advertisers and memberships. Use more graphics to gain attention, and bring their sites to the users personal devices.

That’s not all I learned though, I also learned how to manage my time for a class with small children. I learned that completeling my college education is not impossible, and that I can (probably) do this. I learned that even though something seems terrifying at first, (my first week or two looking at d2l was overwhelming to say the least) that taking it a week at a time is doable, and I can figure out things I didn’t think I would be able to.

I don’t know if I will continue to use this blog, (or if we are even able?) but I have always wanted to write one. Maybe one day I will have a hilarious blog with all of my mom anecdotes and boring day-to-day adventures, and I will be able to remember all I learned here to make it successful.


Instagram Update


As social media becomes larger, most apps are starting to blend into one another and add features that others have already offered. I imagine they are borrowing ideas to be able to perfect a social media app, and beat out others. I think that with social media being such a stable in many user’s lives, it will be impossible to knock out all others, but they can still hope to be the most favored.  A few weeks ago I discussed Facebook Live adding features similar to Snapchat, and Instagram has already added a “stories” feature that is similar to Snapchat.

This article discusses the new additions that Instagram has made to their app this week. You are now able to like each comment and reply easily to them. This will be helpful in moderating the comments. Other users will be able to use a similar tactic to voting on comments. The owner of the Instagram will be able to see what comments the community prefers, and easily be able to find those that they don’t like. It is already easy to delete comments you don’t like, and as always you are not able to edit them.

I am curious to see if one day all of these apps are just basically the exact same. I do hope that Snapchat stays a fun way to send pictures, and doesn’t ever allow an addition to adding comments, as those aren’t really necessary. I suppose they could give you to be able to “like” a chat that a friend has sent you, but that seems pretty redundant to me. I like each app for different reasons, and hope that they don’t just mesh into one big super app.