Scott Pelley Says it All

After watching Scott Pelley’s speech after receiving his award, I was impressed with a lot of the points he brought up. I found it very interesting how he referred to Journalism as “Our House on Fire,” to symbolize the bad few months of journalism. As time goes on, we all are consciously aware of the changes in journalism, and the challenges journalists face. I agree with his viewpoints on standards in our now digital age. I loved when Pelley mentioned how everyone is a publisher, but not everyone is an editor. I completely agree with him. The amount of citizen journalism we have now, can be great. We do have a lot more information available. But this also means we have a lot more bad information available. He also focused on the role of social media. In my opinion, social media has had its ups and downs for everyone as it advances. Sometimes it is used for good, but other times, people take advantage of it and the power they have behind the screen. I don’t think people realize how difficult it is for journalists and news rooms to get the right news out with all the posting done nowadays. We can’t report on everything we hear, and sometimes it’s a tough call. Pelley stated, “Social media is not journalism, it is gossip.” I love that he said this. I’ve had a lot of people make comments to me about my career choice, saying there is not much to it, anyone can post. But, there is so much more to the field. News is crucial, either you’re right, or...

Upgrades to the Ideal App for Journalists

  I was pretty excited when I read this article. I never heard of it before, but there is an app for users (that is especially useful for journalists) that was recently updated. For anyone involved in television production, we have all had those frustrating moments in the editing suite, even while trying to make a simple edit. Now we have the option of saving some time while using Replay. Replay was created last year and offers several editing options to create short news packages right from your phone or iPad. The app was updated earlier this year and now includes more filters, formats, fonts and graphic variations. This app looks great. It does some fancy editing for you! It’s simple and only takes a couple minutes to put together. There is automatic editing, along with a simplified timeline option. Here you can control how your shots appear by changing the cut, pace, and swap around the order of clips. You can tweak it to fit your liking by just a click. Another perk… you can have up to 200 images or videos and upload them right from your camera roll or social media accounts. Same goes for adding music. You can use Replay option or download songs from your device. The app is free, but for $7.00 you can get full access to get access to all video styles and exporting options. If you chose the free version, there will be watermark on your video and you won’t be able to use all the cool effects or export instantly. To me, that’s a pretty great deal for everything...

Change in Journalism, Change in Jobs

This week I read a very interesting article on Poynter.  Jeff Bradley used to have the job of his dreams. He spent summers at Major League Baseball fields, wrote beats for ESPN and the Newark Star-Ledger. He was living the life and enjoying writing for baseball teams for 25 years. Unfortunately, two years ago, Bradley was laid off by the Newark Star-Ledger. He had no income to support his family of four, two sons on their way to college.     Bradley went from the professional life of writing to shining shoes as a clubhouse attendant to make ends meet earning $15 an hour. He continues to contribute for the New York Times, but freelancing won’t cut it. He would rather do the chores at the clubhouse than write for free. The story on Poynter lead me to the original blog post made by Bradley, which further explained his situation from his perspective and explained his story. Bradley hasn’t had any opportunities to fully bounce back into sports journalism. He made some significant points regarding the ways the journalism field has changed. He explains how “he was an old dog learning new tricks” when he discussed the challenges he faced while trying to learn updated technology like posting and all the online use our generation has grown up with. He was a great writer, but this is a prime example today that shows you need to know it all to stay competitive. This prevented him from getting his foot in the door for other writing jobs because he lacked the skills others knew. He has come close, but others...

Mizzou Falls, The Maneater Rises

Within the last two weeks, I feel like there has been a wide variety of news occurring around the world. This past weekend, we all heard and saw coverage about the tragedy that struck Paris. Several lives were lost, and millions now live in fear. The media did a great job covering the horrific night in Paris last Friday. Every news station was giving updates and social media was up and running. With the way journalism is today, nobody is left in the dark. We don’t have to wait for weekly papers anymore, and people are taking advantage of the technology we have today. Which brings me to another notable story. Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the conflicts at the University of Missouri (Mizzou). Protests were going on for months regarding racism issues, but things got more serious when a campus activist Jonathan Butler announced he will go on a hunger strike until Tim Wolfe, the president of the University of Missouri system resigns. Katherine Knott, the managing editor of Mizzou’s school newspaper, The Maneater realized that the extreme actions of Butler needed to be covered.The Maneater  has struggled for a while financially due to lack of interest. But, when Tim Wolfe did step down from presidency, Knox saw this as an incredible opportunity for the paper. With all of the news floating around campus about racism, protests and faculty issues, students were on top of any updates, and The Maneater was in full swing. The 60 student writers for the paper were posting stories daily, straying from their traditional print edition and constantly updating online news....

Will Spying Protect Your Child?

As we all know, technology is advancing rapidly. It amazes me to see the amount of young children walking around with Apple products. All Apple devices have access to the internet, which could result in safety issues regarding kids. This article went in depth about some of the common situations where children could be in danger while being online, or simply just not looking at things that pop up on the screen. Advertisements play a big role in this. A child could be watching something regarding video games on YouTube, but the ad could show scandalous images or drug use. There are now an option for parents to take some kind of control. Luma is a new security started up for families, and it has been said to revamp the home WiFi system. Parents can now use their smartphones to track their child’s online activity. They can block access, set levels of permission and even let you limit access for certain times of the day. If a child stumbles upon a website that is questionable, Luma sends the information to the parent for them for either accept or deny their children from viewing the site. Parents can even press a button to pause the Internet! The reality of Luma is that it is a spying program. Parents share different opinions about Luma. Some feel they should be able to trust their kids, especially when they get older and are in high school. Others feel that this is the time parents should be checking up on online activity the most. Everyone will have a different opinion on this new program, depending on...

Help Jorja hear Taylor Swift

It makes me so happy to see social media being used to help others. This article I found on BuzzFeed really touched my heart. Jorja is only twelve years old, and she has bilateral inner-ear loss. Doctors can’t give this poor girl a time frame and it is out of their hands to stop it. Her hearing is quickly getting worse, and the one sound Jorja is heartbroken to stop hearing is the sound of Taylor Swift’s voice. Jorja’s twin sister, Chloe, wants to make sure Jorja can be in Taylor’s presence and hear her favorite singer’s voice in person before it is too late. Chloe created a Facebook page, “Help Jorja Meet Taylor Swift in Sydney 2015”. Likes and shares from family and friends led to this story being covered in the local newspaper. Jorja and her family are hopeful that she will get to experience this chance of a lifetime. Jorja really deserves this, and the goal is to spread the word about this enough so that Taylor will see it on any form of social media and reach out to this sweet girl. The beauty of social media is that there have been so many amazing stories that have resulted in happiness with just the click of a mouse. It gives all of us to voice our opinions on topics we are passionate about, and whether you share, tweet, post, whatever you use, you can spread the word. That one click could change someone’s life for the better, and it is great to see social media being used in such a positive way.   Help make Jorja’s...

American Scandals: Updates with Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters is bringing viewers up to date on some of the most mysterious events she has covered throughout her years as a successful newswoman. All of these interesting, bizarre cases have values of either human impact, unusualness, currency or all of the above. After reading a brief overview of some of the outrageous events, I can tell this is going to be a hit, especially considering Walters was there originally to cover the stories. Her nine-segment series, “American Scandals” will premiere Monday on Investigation Discovery. Walters commented saying that ABC does not use news magazines anymore. This new show is a prime example of how journalism is transitioning. People want up to date information, and most would rather see it than read it. Walters also went on to say that many journalists or reporters are strictly on news programs. She is excited to have this opportunity with Investigation Discovery to unveil updates about some of the most popular events that got media coverage in the past. I think a lot of people tend to forget that people involved in journalism can do more than just tell the news. Barbara Walters has made quite a name for herself. She has so much experience in so many different areas that qualifies her for shows like this. She has a talent in interviewing, and she knows how to gain an audience. Her qualities help her strive, and she continues to display her talents in different ways. Theses interviews are up to date, and people don’t have to opportunity to find out what happened in major cases everyday. The schedule of episodes...

Lindsay Lohan for President?

Social media gives us everything we need to know about celebrities and athletes, due to the increase of online use and the growth of apps such as Twitter, and Instagram. We are able to keep up and follow the people we love from our favorite shows or artists music we can’t get enough of. Celebrities use this to their advantage to keep fans updated by being extremely active on social media. Anything a celebrity posts will get some kind of attention, whether it is good, or bad. Which brings me to this post I came across on Huffpost Entertainment… That’s right, Lindsay Lohan announces her dream to run for president in 2020. Many of us see this and laugh, but Lohan posted this for a reason. Maybe she thinks her fans will support her… who knows?! She could think she has a chance… She’s proven herself to be pretty unpredictable. Her post gave people the opportunity to go against her decision as an Instagram user said they are unfollowing her because it looks like she’s not in her right mind… The internet allows anyone to share pretty much anything, and social media makes the world know that much quicker. Once it is posted, we all here about it! I thought it was funny that this journalist made a reference to Donald Trump basically stating, if he’s running, anyone can! Sorry Lindsay, but with the criminal record you have over the last few years including burglary, domestic violence and DUI’s… I don’t think you would be the best person to run our country. But, it just goes to show how quick celebrities...