Dec 15 2016

Blog Design Summary and Wrap-up

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wrap-up

Over the course of this semester I have made several design changes to this blog based on the things I was learning in this class. I had to alter a few as they did not mesh well with the design and/or content but I believe that all these design changes have led to a more readable, user-friendly blog that is worthy of readership.

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Dec 11 2016

This Year on Facebook

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election

2016 was a strange year for the news. A lot of interesting, and shocking, things happened and Facebook was the center of a lot of the conversations as it usually is. In a recent article published on Adweek, they break down the top 10 subjects that were discussed on Facebook over the course of 2016. Some of the things on this list includes Pokemon Go, the Olympics, and the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Dec 04 2016

Scott Pelley and Journalism Ethics

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CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY  inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.  CBS photo by John Filo ©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

CBS EVENING NEWS with SCOTT PELLEY inaugural newscast 6/6/2011.
CBS photo by John Filo
©2011 CBS BROADCASTING INC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

I recently watched the speech given by Scott Pelley at the School of Communications at Quinnipiac University. In this speech, Pelley addresses a grave concern about the current state of journalism. This era of media is entirely focused on the “Be First” mentality rather than the “Be Right” mentality. This type of journalism is harmful to the public and, as Pelley says, “only serves vanity.” No one watching the news CARES about who is first to break the news. They only care about good information. Pelley believes that journalism has strayed from its core ethics and standards.

I completely agreed with all of Pelley’s points in this speech. He addressed something that I have been blogging about this entire semester: Public trust in the media. This trust has waned  in large part because this straying from the core ethics. When a news story is wrong, the public remembers – and trust is lost. Pelley’s speech is very poignant and on-the-nose. I think all news media outlets would do well to heed his words.

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Nov 27 2016

Another Newsroom Reduces Staff

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downsizing

In a very short blog post on Adweek, Chris O’Shea indicates that as many as 24 staffers from the New York Daily News have elected to take a buyout package offered by the newspaper in lieu of layoffs. This action comes after years of reduced ad revenue and a shrinking profit margin.

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Nov 20 2016

New Kind of Ads coming to Facebook

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fb-ads

In an article on SocialTimes, Marty Swant examined a new type of advertising that will be coming to Facebook. This advertising utilizes user’s news feeds to deliver advertising to the masses. For now, the ads are only being tested by a brands Michael Kors and Lowe’s but more are set to join the tests later on. Continue Reading »

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