May 14

Paid channels are coming for YouTube

There have been rumors for months that YouTube was going to have paid channels, well it has finally become a reality.  Thursday marked a historic day for YouTube as it announced that it will have paid channels starting at just 99 cents.

The channels will offer a two week viewing period for free before you are charged, and some channels will even offer you a discount for an annual subscription.  There are so many channels to choose from already, but this is just the start.

What does this mean for online journalism you might ask?  In my opinion I think YouTube is going to be a huge part of news on the web if they can pull off these paid channels.  You could get news programs right at your fingertips.

YouTube is mostly known for funny videos and cool and outrageous things you can only watch to believe, but I think it could make a name for itself as a more serious and reputable news source with these paid channels.  Only time will tell, but I’m extremely interested in seeing how this pans out!

May 7

Instagram a source of breaking news?

Justin Timberlake is always on young girls minds, so they were all thrilled when he took to Instagram and announced he was coming out with an album The 20/20 Experience Part 2 on September 30.

Keep in mind, JT hadn’t put out any new music in 7 years, and now he’s coming out with two albums in one year?!?

Within the first hour after he posted the photo above on Instagram he had almost 50,000 views!  So it brings me to ask the question… is Instagram a new form of online journalism?

We usually see it used as just a cute way to show friends pictures of everyday things or special events, but now JT has taken it to another level.  Will we as journalists take notice of this and start using Instagram as news?

It could be a possibility as a way to share news, but as far as sharing hard breaking news, I don’t think so.  It could be a great way to share soft entertainment new such as JT used it.  I think we will see more celebrities and media outlets using Instagram as a way to share new more often

May 6

Storify: Boston Marathon

Apr 30

Is journalism the worst job?

According to a survey that was conducted by CareerCast a newspaper reporter is the worst job of the year.  It was rated even worse than being a lumberjack!  Stress, shrinking newsrooms and dwindling budgets were named the causes of this.

But what about digital journalists?  Do we have the same fate, or is our role any different?

With web journalism, deadlines are more demanding.  So if the stress of the job makes reporters have the worst job, web journalists have it worse.  However, with web journalism there is more stability.

When it comes to web journalism there is more optimism about the future.  There is so much room for growth and people are developing skills that newspaper reporters don’t have.

I definitely think that there are worse jobs than journalism.  We may have stressful jobs and hard deadlines to meet, but there are people that have it much worse.

Apr 22

Being first or being right?

As we all know last week was an extremely brutal week for Boston.  After the bombings but before the shoot out the media went wild in trying to be the first to break news. The New York Post claimed that there were at least 12 people dead, when there were only three deaths.

Numerous websites and media outlets claimed that the police had suspects in custody.  However, all these media outlets were wrong.

The Post also posted the photo below on the front page claiming that these were suspects in the bombings.  It turned out one of the men in the photo, Salah Barhoun, was contacted by ABC News and was shocked to see his face plastered all over the media claiming he was a suspect.

The Post stood by their story claiming that they never identified theses men as suspects, they were simply stating these men had bags.  On Wednesday the FBI asked media outlets to “exercise caution and attempt to verify information through appropriate official channels before reporting.”

Apr 12

As journalists it is important to engage your audience.  For print journalists you can throw functions or events to get to know your audience better.


As online journalists sometimes its hard to engage an audience.  The web has such a huge wingspan that you can’t possibly meet all of your readers and engage with them.  We see the retweet as a way to interact with our readers. As the article stresses it isn’t about quantity it is also about quality.  It doesn’t matter how many retweets we send out, it is more about the tone and the depth that goes into those retweets that is most important.

If we just take the time to engage with our readers, they will engage us back and maybe tell their friends about our news site and we will get more readers.

Apr 8

A new form of social media?

The founders of Twitter are gearing up to do something new.  The two founders have stepped down for their day to day duties at Twitter to pursue other projects at their Obvious Corporation.

They are dedicating their time to a project called Medium.    Medium is a publishing platform that was introduced about a year ago.  They are also working on a mobile app called Jelly which says one of the owners will help people do good.


This has a huge impact for journalism. Twitter is so popular that journalists can get breaking news out fast.  If there could be another app that comes into the picture that could enhance the world of journalism and relaying news to the public would be huge.

I’m really interested in seeing what happens with these projects and what kind of impact it will have on our jobs and lifestyles!!

Apr 2

Most Gruesome Injury in Basketball

The Louisville vs Duke NCAA Men’s basketball game will be something most people will never forget… and social media is making sure of that!

Yesterday Louisville Sophomore Kevin Ware suffered one of the most horrific injuries that basketball has seen. Even though no TV network will re-air the footage of the injury social media has made a huge spectacle about it. People that aren’t even basketball fans have looked up the video on YouTube because of all the hype happening on the social media scene.

Almost instantaneously people took to social media and Kevin Ware was trending all over the place! Celebrities such as Joe Theismann were tweeting wishing him the best.

Kevin Ware became an overnight sensation, which could be a little disturbing considering the circumstances. Something even more disturbing was someone set up a Twitter account pretending to be Ware and they picked up thousands of followers wishing him the best.

Social media is one powerful tool. People become overnight sensations because of it. It has a profound impact on society and it shows in this case. A lot of people don’t watch the college tournaments but they now know who Kevin Ware is and what happened to him from the buzz on social media sites.

Mar 15

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Mar 9

Brain Friendly

According to researchers at the University of Missouri School of Journalism the brain is engaged through motivation.  If you want readers to stay on your website you need to give them motivation to do so, such as invoking emotion with stories and pictures.  The researchers also said the simpler the design the better.

Paul Bolls and associate professor of strategic communication said there are two types of online media consumers.  The first being the “reward seeking” who are more likely to read on the go on a tablet or mobile device.  These people are more likely to leave comments and engage in the website.

The second type is “threat avoiders” who look at online new infrequently but they don’t seek it out or stay very long.

It is important as a website to know what audience you are targeting to help maximize your profit.  I thought this article tied in really well with what we discussed in class about website design.  It stresses keeping it as simple as possible while still delivering what your audience is striving for.

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