How to use Social Media

Journalism and Social Media

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I believe the topic of utilizing social media to expand your stories as a journalist is extremely important to the profession. Social media has become the most influential internet discovery of the last decade. From MySpace to Facebook, Twitter to Instagram; social media has taken the entertainment and news industries by storm. With every newscast having live Twitter polls and every reality show having live votes via Twitter; it is a responsibility of a journalist to understand how to use social media.

As this is Journalism for the Web, this topic hits on a number of different things we need to know about writing online. Whether you’re linking to another article or your own blog, a journalist can use social media to his or her advantage. Twitter can also be a great source for news. Almost every news organization, from politics to sports, has a twitter handle that provides up to date stories online.

My opinion on this topic is that it is quite important to understand everything there is to know about social media and how to use it. A common misconception is that social media sites are simple, dumb-downed websites for communication purposes, but the truth is there is a lot more to social media sites then what the average user may use. That is the responsibility of the blogger or journalist to find out how to use those resources for his or her own benefit.

No One Safe in Proposed Budget

Mayor Gustavus G. Petykiewicz’s proposed budget for the city of Kittatinny, PA seems to be lacking a few dollar signs this year after the Susquehanna Steel Corporation shut down one of its units resulting in the loss of 1,200 jobs.

This large lay off and lack of monetary income will result in about $400,000 loss in taxable money to account for specific city expenditures. This tragedy is a result of competition with foreign suppliers, specifically China.

The entire city seems to be upset with the cuts that are being proposed. What seemed to be the most controversial proposed cut was an entire police shift during the hours of 4 am and noon.

Chief of Police Roman Hruska expressed his feelings on the possible loss of this shift during a news conference held in the Kittatinny City Hall on Monday, October 1. He said “it’s unacceptable!… we gotta have officers.”

Local 34 President Bjarne Westhoff of the Police Association, whom did not agree with the Police Chief often, did express the same kind of anger as Hruska when addressing the shift loss.

On top of the loss of the police shift, two city employees as well as two full time officers would be laid off as a result of this proposed budget. Martha Mittengrabben, President of AFSCME Local 644, expressed her feelings towards the loss of two union workers. “We are not happy. We strongly encourage the mayor to reconsider this.” she stated.

Mittengrabben discussed the possibility of contract renegotiations with the Union and the city of Kittatinny, however, this does not look probable as she made it clear that there would have to be a strong sense of “shared sacrifice” in order to accomplish this goal.

One proposed solution Mayor Petykiewicz raised was a 10 percent salary cut to all city officials. He said he would be willing to do this if all the others agreed to do so. This miniscule but helpful amount of money seemed to make sense to Police Chief Hruska and City Council President Denelda Penoyer as they said they would be willing to take the cut.

Penoyer made sure to let the community know that the “Budget is not final. We have yet to hear from the people.” She continues to explain how they will have a number of extensive meetings to discuss this budget, however, the finalized budget is due December 1 causing this decision making process to be done in a timely fashion.

Mayor Petykiewicz finished by stating that he was “not happy to make any of these cuts. They are painful.” He also encouraged the people of Kittatinny to contact him with any questions or concerns about the proposed 2013 budget.

Road to a Healthier Lifestyle

Road to a Healthier Lifestyle

By: Paul Schaum

            Sometimes it takes a special moment or an epiphany of sorts for one to find motivation to make extraordinary change in their life. However, for Eric Terry, Biology student at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, change just meant something new and interesting to try. After attending numerous upper-level biology courses, Terry put extensive thought into attempting a vegetarian diet based off curiosity and recently discovered health benefits. It did not take long for the Whitewater senior to buy in to the vegetarian lifestyle. Actually, Eric decided to dive deeper into the dietary options that are possible to obtain and furthermore maintain the healthiest lifestyle available. Eric decided to explore the world of veganism and continues to discover new healthy habits to this day.

            In an interview with Eric, he was asked to define what being a vegan actually demanded. “Veganism is just a strict form of vegetarianism. You know, no animal or dairy products at all.” Eric explained. Eric went into why he decided to explore such extreme diets explaining that he learned an array of different ways of self-sustainability and has been thinking about taking that path after college. A bit uncertain on the requirements of a self-sustainable lifestyle, I asked him to further explain what he was aiming to do. He went into describing how he would set up his own greenhouse allowing him to grow his own food. Eric further explains, “The one tricky part of accomplishing this lifestyle would be the variety of crops needed to produce all the nutrients necessary to be healthy.” The ultimate form of efficient healthy living would be growing your own organic food naturally. This is something that could help both our health and our environment’s health in the near future.

            However, uncertainty arose when he addressed the most controversial aspect to this type of diet. “How do you remain active with this little amount of nutrients replenishing your body?” I asked. He responded but assuring me that there were substitutes for every form of protein and carbohydrates that he correctly assumed I was referring to. He discussed with me that he bikes every day as well as works out in a traditional gym.

            Following the summary portion of the interview, I asked a couple more detailed questions like do you have milk and cookies? He again replied with the same response entailing that there were substitutes for all of those products. For example, milk is considered dairy but something such as almond milk is not making it appropriate for vegans.

            When asked how difficult it was to make such a drastic transformation, Eric answered that it was extremely difficult and that it would be nearly impossible for an unmotivated individual to jump into. He later explained however that if one could dedicate themselves to this diet, they truly would be on a road to a healthier lifestyle.