May 8th, 2016
Sadly, this will be the last time I update this blog since the semester almost over. It’s actually kind of sad seeing the semester come to an end. On the other hand SUMMER! So with the final days winding down. I thought I would look back on what I did with this blog to begin with and what I’ve done with it since. So let’s us a time machine to go back and remember what this blog used to look like. Why d on’t we use the time machine from the H.G. Wells novel? Now let’s go!
When this blog first started out, I was pretty new to the blogging scene. I thought a simple all white design would look best. I also thought that people would be want to ask me question so I set up an about me page that just stated a few facts and told everyone to comment with questions. It was soon brought to my attention by Professor Geissler and Kimberly Wethal (thanks for pointing this out guys) that I should personalize my page and add some color to it since all white was bland and unoriginal. They also brought to my attention that my about me page should give more and better information about me instead of just giving a little summary and open it for questions. So I took their advice. I started with adding more to my about me page until I felt content with the information given there. I also ditched the plain white background make a black background with a green header at the top and white space below it to post the content.
I look back at what this blog used to be and what it is now and realized I learned a lot this semester. I learned how to week up with a blog post at least once a week, which is something I thought I’d never be able to do. I learned how to use an online class as well, which is something I’ve never done until this class. I also learned a lot about how journalism for the web is making more of a push and impact that I ever thought before. I learned how to publish online. I learned the basics of how to design a website, how to measure an audience and how to use social media to my advantage. I learned about coding, data visualization, online media law, and how mobile sites are changing everything. The biggest thing this class gave me was a passion for journalism again. I was considering changing my major cause I just couldn’t find the desire to write journalistic pieces anymore, but blogging like this really gave me that spark or push I really needed. So that’s what I thought I learned this semester. What did you guys learn? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time.
May 1st, 2016
Hello again everyone. Hope you are all having a great beginning to the month of May. Today I want to discuss a topic in news that I’ve always enjoyed. The weird news. The news that makes a story that was made up sound crazy by default. I love the weird “what was this person/group thinking?” type of stories. An example of said story is one like “Teacher suspended after horrified pupils ‘shown sadistic Human Centipede 2 horror film IN CLASS’ (found here) or
“Brooklyn pizzeria to sell pizza box made entirely out of pizza” (found here). The weird side of news is so important and most people see it as just….. weird. Surprisingly though, weird news is more important than you think.
News doesn’t always have to be so serious. We don’t always need to be reporting on politics or crime or other serious topics. Now I’m not saying those topics shouldn’t be covered at all, but there is a time and place for everything. Why do most of the “fluff” pieces air around the end of the newscast? That’s simple, the last 28 minutes was full of serious and usually depressing news. Ending on a good note with a fluff piece or a weird story helps lighten the sad and depressing vibe of the news sometimes. We need to report on the serious news no doubt, but don’t treat the weird or heartwarming news like it isn’t important either. Just embrace the weird news. Keeping people’s spirits up in times of high stress due to politics and local news can do wonders for the morale of the viewers. Do you agree? Disagree? Leave a comment and let me know. Until then readers.
April 24th, 2016
Hello ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to my blog where I will be discussing the topic of local journalism. Today’s question is rather simple. Is local journalism more important now that it has been before? That’s what Radio Television Digital News Association writer Vincent Duffy is trying to discuss in his article. If you want to read the who piece by Mr. Duffy, it is available here
In Duffy’s article, he discusses the current drinking water crisis that is happening in Flint, Michigan. He continues on to discuss how the national press had missed such a huge story. He then praises the local news in Flint but saying, “Local journalists were there. Michigan Radio was there, and the Flint Journal (known online as Mlive) was there, local television stations were there, and we’ve all been covering this mess since the beginning.” He credits the local news for continuing to dig into this story while national news and the state of Michigan’s government didn’t seem to notice until it got too big to ignore. I think Duffy made some great points in this story. While I don’t agree with everything he said, I do believe that local journalism is more important now more than ever. As young journalists who will probably send a good majority of our careers covering local news, this article proves just how important local journalism is. In this case it saved lives. It probably won’t ever get that extreme for most of us, but knowing our journalistic sides and our determination to uncover the truth and report the news is helping people is a great feeling. Journalism is meant to inform and educate, but it it can actually help save lives like in the Flint story, that makes this job all the more worth it.
April 17th, 2016
Hello again everyone. Is every one enjoying their beautiful Sunday? I hope so, but enough small talk, let’s get into what I want to talk about today. Piggybacking off our social media discussion last week, I wanted to take a look at the article posted by Deborah Wagner about how much effort should journalists put into Twitter. You can find the article here.
To be completely honest, I was shocked that only 1.5% of top traffic referral sources. I was also shocked that Facebook was the leader in this category. For a young journalist, Twitter is a great tool to spread information quickly and effectively. I also feel like most of us young journalists check our Twitter feed for news more frequently than our Facebook pages. As a sports journalist, most of the breaking news happens on Twitter. I never get breaking news on Facebook like I do on Twitter. Although I do agree that Facebook is the main place to get news online, I feel like Twitter is much more effective at getting breaking news out faster, which is essental for young journalist like us.
April 10th, 2016
Hello everyone. How’s it going? I’m doing fine myself thanks for asking. Today we’re going to cover a subject that is rather new to the journalistic world. Today we are talking about social media. More specifically, we’re going to cover social media ethics. Debra Wenger recently posted an article about social media covering the basics for social media ethics for young journalism students. Click here for the article.
Being in a world that is slowly adjusting to using social media as way to get release and spread news and information, I believe this article is a good start for young journalists to learn about how to use social media responsibly and effectively. Social media can be a powerful tool for young journalists like ourselves and anyone else who uses it. It’s our job to know the proper ethics when using social media, cause it’s more than likely going to be around for a while.
April 9th, 2016
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April 3rd, 2016
Hello everyone. I hope you all enjoyed April Fool’s Day and are enjoying your wonderful weekend. For this week’s blog entry I’m going to be focusing on the article done by Steve Butry over on his wordpress (link here) about how the New York Times is going to be taking a “tougher approach” on stories that involve unnamed sources. According to the article, The New York Times finally has a new and (hopefully) improved process for handling stories using unnamed sources. The process is outlined in a memo. The memo states that their editors now need to sign off on different types of uses of unnamed sources.
As a young journalist, I think the New York Times is taking great strides to protect their writer from the menace known as the unnamed source. Getting news from an anonymous source can be very dangerous as the story and information they are feeding you can be lies and if people reading the paper find out that you published a story with inaccurate and false information, it can heavily damage your career, the career of those you work with, and it can hurt the reputation and business of the newspaper you work at. The New York Times are also helping their reporters who might overuse the unnamed source too, helping them enhance their journalistic skills by going back out and possibly finding a source who is credible and has accurate information. The unnamed source can be be something that helps a story or report and it can be also do a lot of damage to a story/reporter’s career. By putting this plan into practice, he New York Times is help us young journalists like us by showing the up and downs of an unnamed source. The unnamed source can be a blessing or a curse, now they’re making sure it’s more of a blessing.
March 27th, 2016
Today I’m taking a look at Deadspin’s article (link here) about Will Smith. Will Smith (the one on the Brewers, not the huge movie star) was expected to compete for his chance to be the closing pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers this season. He was in Arizona with the rest of the team during the MLB’s spring training period. After pitching in a minor league game, Smith was getting out of his uniform to change into his street clothes. While he was taking off his shoes, something when horribly wrong. Now Smith will be out for a “significant amount of time” with a torn LCL in his knee.
Now I bet you’re all wondering what this has to do with journalism. Honestly, not much. I wanted to take on a different spin on this story. Today I want to get across the importance of how amazing the human body is and how important it is for us young people and journalists to take care of our bodies. Yes, Will Smith’s injury was a freak accident that doesn’t happen 99 out of 100 times, but that’s where I see the beauty behind this madness. The fact that our bodies don’t completely destroy themselves with the vigorous exercising and the bad choices we make in regards to the foods we eat and the physical stress our bodies are put through is amazing. A good journalist needs to be able to know when they need a break and when it’s time to take some time to treat ourselves right. Most of us probably won’t tear a ligament in our knees like poor Will Smith, but the main point is journalism can be a physical job sometimes and we need to take care of ourselves in order to become healthier people and better journalists who might need to do some running to get a good story. That’s my time for this week so enjoy this beautiful Easter Sunday.
March 13th, 2016
Hello everyone. Hope you’re all enjoying the weekend. Today I’m looking at the article posted by Advancing the Story which states that 1 out of every 5 journalism students actually hate journalism. The article was done by a group of 11 researchers across eight countries in hopes to learn what motivates journalism students and what they expect from from their work. The research showed the 51 percent preferred softer news stories, 27 preferred hard hitting news stories, and a shocking 21 percent had no interest in journalism at all.
I found these statistics to be rather interesting. As a journalism major myself I prefer softer news stories too, but the thing that baffles me is that 20 percent have no interest in journalism at all. With most of the people reading this blog being journalism majors, I hope you don’t fall into the category of not liking journalism at all. As journalism majors, it should be easy to know that you probably should have an interest in journalism.
Why would you waste your time in college pursuing something you don’t have a passion for? If you ask me, that’s a huge waste of your college money. College is a place where we all should find something that we are passionate about and want to learn more about. Don’t waste your time learning about something you don’t care about. If you love journalism, then study journalism. Going to college just to go is not in your best interests. Find your passion and learn about it. I feel like I went on a mini rant there so that’s where I’ll finish for this week. See you guys next week.