Journalism for the Web

Graduation and the job hunt

April 30th, 2016 . by Justin Schultz

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The time is almost here. Graduation is creeping up on me, and the real world is starting to get louder and louder. But a question remains.

Am I ready?

There’s one thing I’m sure of. I am ready to graduate, but I am not ready to leave. I’m not ready to leave my friends, my brothers that I have made. I feel like I just met these people. How can I possibly say goodbye? It’s easy to say “don’t worry, we’ll keep in touch.” But the reality of it is harder. Luckily, I’m hopefully living with one of my best friends out of college, so that should make it easier to keep in touch with the rest of my friends.

But not only am I getting ready to leave the place that’s been my home since 2011, I’m getting ready for the real world.

I’ve been applying to all jobs and every job. I haven’t had much luck so far, but I have a phone interview on Monday and hopefully that will get the ball rolling. The job hunt is a stressful process, especially when I still have to deal with school and finishing out the semester. I’d be lying if I said I still had motivation.

I’m ready to be done with school forever. My mind is completely tapped out. I’m ready to make a life for myself. I am ready for the future.


Scott Pelley

April 22nd, 2016 . by Justin Schultz

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CBS anchor Scott Pelley thinks that journalists, whether it be print journalists or broadcast journalists, are getting things wrong now more than ever because there is so much information available nowadays. According to him, never has there been a time where we’ve had more information than we do now. And while there’s a lot of information available to us, there’s also bad information. That’s why Scott Pelley thinks we are getting so many things wrong today.

I agree with him for the most part. With social media sites like Twitter spewing out breaking news at an instant, how can we be 100 percent sure that information is correct? What happened to checking sources? What happened to getting confirmation from one source?

I run my own website about the Milwaukee Brewers. I refuse to print or publish anything until I see at least three qualified sources reporting the same thing. If three trusted sources are saying the same thing, I know I can run it.

In the digital age, checking sources and making sure the information is credible is even more important. The easy thing to do is to just trust what the internet tells us. It’s also the lazy thing to do. We must be diligent in our work. We can’t continue messing up.

There’s a lot of information available to us, but we need to be able to find the right information.

Please comment on whether or not you agree with him and what journalists should do to maintain their standards in the digital age.


Tattoos in the workplace

April 12th, 2016 . by Justin Schultz

I’m about to get my first tattoo, tomorrow actually, and my mom is worried. She’s worried my tattoo will hinder me from getting a job, that businesses will see it and think I’m a “punk kid.”

Frank McManus of Harrisburg, owner of Brass Monkey Studios, participated in a panel discussion on the issues relating to tattoos and body piercing in the workplace.  "I think people should be able to express themselves," said McManus.  The discussion was held at the Susquehanna Art Museum.  Other panelists included an attorney, an aesthetician and a professor of anthropology. REBECCA BARNETT, The Patriot-News

I had one reaction to this: It’s 2016, mom, things aren’t the way they were anymore.

I know that’s a cliche saying, but it’s nonetheless true. Tattoos and piercings are a part of everyday life now. More than ever before, it’s accepted. I pierced my ears when I was 18 (six years ago) and even then I didn’t feel judged. I worked multiple jobs with my ears pierced. I was never asked about them and never felt I was being unprofessional by wearing them.

The same goes for tattoos.

Tattoos are an art form, and you could even make the argument that it’s a small branch of journalism. Journalism sometimes involves deep thoughts, and that’s exactly what tattoos can portray. Businesses have no right to sensor people. Tattoos are an expression of freedom of speech, and no one has the right to limit that.

My mom is still worried, though, no matter how much I tried to convince her that it’ll be fine. Like most things, the world has adapted and has learned to accept different things.

Now more than ever, tattoos are accepted.


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April 10th, 2016 . by Justin Schultz


Twitter and the NFL

April 6th, 2016 . by Justin Schultz

Yesterday, the NFL and Twitter announced that starting during the 2016-17 NFL season, Twitter will be live streaming Thursday night games for free. Twitter will live stream 10 games in all. This partnership also includes in-game highlights, as well as Periscope broadcasts.

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Not only is this partnership the first of its kind, it’s also huge for Twitter, the company, as they have been struggling to make a profit since its birth. In fact, Twitter has never recorded a profitable quarter, despite its popularity. This partnership will drive more users to Twitter, increase time spent on Twitter and overall just make the social media platform more popular. Twitter has nothing to lose, but everything to gain by joining forces with the most popular sport in the United States.

Aside from the business stand point, this should add more fans to the already huge NFL fan base. Not everybody has cable. Not everybody has NFL Network (the channel Thursday night games are on). By joining with Twitter, the NFL is widening its audience by a humongous range. It’s a great marketing strategy.

Here’s to hoping the stream is of good quality. Nothing is worse than crappy video quality.