Journalists have it easy…

It’s evident that this generation is powered and lead by social media; we see things and we feel we need to record it onto a social media platform, be it Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Tumblr or anything of the sort. We are controlled by letting others know what we are doing, how we are feeling and what we are thinking. This powerful tool, however, is taking over the and spilling from the general public to journalists using it for their benefit; to move forward with the new generation.

Mu Lin, a blogger, explains how live-blogging about a certain event can be beneficial to journalism and its students in this article. The advantages of live-blogging, or “real-time reporting”, are about having a subject that people are excited about or want to know about at that instant moment, such as award shows or conferences. Even weather updates on serious conditions are popular among the general public. This strategy of live-reporting makes it easier for others to tune-in without having an actual television or radio by their side. Our mobile phones now do all of the work and present an opportunity for more exposure when reporting certain types of news.

Twitter is also a great commodity for a journalist. The opportunities to use Twitter as a valuable tool to report and break news is increasing as more users join everyday. Steve, Buttry was once challenged by a journalist who said that twitter was not valuable, and fought back with 10 ways Twitter is Valuable to Journalists.

Like the title of blog post says, journalists have it easy. But not that east. Breaking news on Twitter is wonderful, when accurate. That’s the first rule: always be accurate and precise. Although breaking news on Twitter is the easiest way to get news out fast and is number one on Buttry’s list, the repercussions of it are not something anyone wants to be a part of.

Twitter can also be used to follow other important news organizations and newsworthy individuals which can help in tweeting events or facts that are relevant to the media. Crowdsourcing is also an important tool that Twitter can help with; letting the people of Twitter make a decision, choose, or have their opinion voiced gives the journalist a different perspective and keeps them objective on the issue or situation. Gathering community quotes and searching for sources also is a good way to use Twitter if it cannot occur in person.

You can see that having a blog or Twitter may be a waste of time… Or it can be used when used right. Both of these platforms can make a journalists’ life easier and interesting. The trick is to use these platforms in such a way that they will help you in how to report effectively and true to your core. Happy writing!


Reporters vs. Bloggers?!

In an age where the internet has taken over how people communicate with each other, it is evident that social media plays a big role in society today. Journalism has been overlooked nowadays due to the masses looking towards Google, Yahoo and other search engines for simple news stories and information. This has changed the way news is being reported phenomenally, as well.

Social media has allowed news to reach a new variety of people and different audiences, depending on the news being reported while also allowing different people to distribute and filter through stories, according to this article on The Economist.

“News is no longer gathered exclusively by reporters and turned into a story but emerges from an ecosystem in which journalists, sources, readers and viewers exchange information.”

The changing of the well-known traditional system of people receiving their news via newspaper started to occur not too long ago, and many were not comfortable with the change. In fact, there was much hostility towards the new tools being used by the new generation in social media.

Journalists have finally seen the light, however. Social media brings about a broader view of what the masses are thinking, saying and wondering on different events and news stories all around the world. Not only is this a change in America, but a global change.

As Nicholas Kristof mentions in an op-ed (The Daily Me), newspapers have been dying out because of users of social media — everyone is their own editor or gatekeeper. The fact of the matter is, social media seldom provides the masses with a filter; we are fit to search whatever we want, whenever we want. Kristof implies that the masses are becoming politically segregated because of social media and the option to search information that provide to our prejudices and opinions. His take on everything is to simply explore opinions that which we are not comfortable with; it will help provide a better perspective and view. The only problem is, journalists are not here to filter anymore. It is all on the audience now.

The digital age has brought about more information on reports on how Amazon, Google, Yahoo and other search engines are not  the only “technology giants” making an impact on people who heavily depend on social media. It affects the state of mind and thinking skills, but Gringas explains that a media shift is not the end of the world. Instead, he believes that the internet and social media is slowly making the U.S. more democratic, as the prime example was the 2012 presidential election. Twitter and Facebook were heavily used and tampered with to speak on issues from both parties. The effects of social media can be positive and the results show in reality.

Is standardized testing in public schools even helpful?

Sophia Stevens thinks not. What started out as just a joke, the 13-year-old NYS public school student showcases her belief that standardized testing is impractical and shows you nothing about the character or value of a student. She would know; she’s taken an insane amount of these standardized tests. She says that these standardized tests only usually work with how well a student’s memory is. She claims “…what happens if a kid is just having a bad day? You would only see that one test and and think he was an unsatisfactory pupil.”

My Storify sums up the story pretty easily and shows that this is not only a problem in New York State but in other states as well. Thank you, Sophia. Your intelligence will take you far. Revolution, here we come.

Fresh Out The Runway.. Don’t Be Late!

The hustle and bustle of fashion constantly gives me a rush; a good feeling. Like this is where I’ve wanted to be my whole life. Except, instead of doing it, I’m okay with just writing about it. The Chriselle Factor‘s blog touches upon the chaotic nature of Fashion Week. Generally, it occurs in all places including:

  • New York
  • London
  • Los Angeles
  • Tokyo

NYC Fashion Week

Creatively showing off the snowy weather in New York while rocking fashion-forward styles is what it’s all about. The real interest here is to see how weather conflicts or works with certain styles and clothes.

In the blog post by Chriselle, she models a simple outfit for the winter, but so fashion-forward, it actually makes you think twice about why it isn’t easy to dress like this at all times. The key is to find clothes and accessories that will complement the weather and is simple.

Sunny winter day in New York City calls for sunglasses, a sweater dress, and a cute Celine bag. Also, leather is in style. A leather shirt with a cheetah print shawl in contrast to the weather will make the print pop out and direct people’s eyes to the shawl.

The picture to the right is showing a model coming right off the runway from Fashion Week in NYC. Her face, in my opinion, is calm and collected and nothing like the frantic rush of being on runways and changing clothes to showcase beautiful, and sometimes ugly clothes.

Fashion is about working with what you have. The real target is to be happy with yourself and your surroundings. After that, you find things you are comfortable wearing. Essentially, that is fashion. It doesn’t have to look good to everyone else. All you have to do is find what you think is beautiful and make it your own. Seriously.

Photo by – ChairWomanMay

Comments on Blogs: Beneficial or what?

Blog posts are a thing of wonder. One can write what they please, post it, and readers can leave comments on their perspective/opinions. I’m not one of those. Truthfully, after reading a post, I’ll piece together an opinion and leave it in my head. Some people, however, choose to voice that opinion. The wonders of blog posts.

The Huffington Post’s Comment Policy (here), requires an account with the site. Moderators, a team of staff and community, patrol the site in order to keep the blogs a civil and enjoyable place to be. Everyone is welcome, but many comments are pre-moderated and it is encouraged to be yourself and not pretend to be someone else. There are also ways to “favorite” comments, follow other bloggers, and flag abusive or inappropriate comments to further help the site with moderating. These rules and regulations definitely influence the nature of the bloggers who comment and it can be clearly seen by the content and intelligence of some comments, this site is for serious opinions and discussion.

In an article by Amy Hatch of the Huffington Post about violent speech (Words Mean Something), she retells the story of how her 8-year-old child was asking to buy an app from the Apple store to “buy a gun to kill some people” in her game. Hatch goes on to explain that she found talking to her child about violence was even more difficult than it would have been to talk about sex. The main point of the article was to literally watch out for the things you say, such as “Someone kill me!” or “Ugh, I could just kill someone today.” Becoming an example for children is much easier than speaking on it.

As I read the article, I formed my opinion, as usual, and found that I thought Hatch was right. We live in a society today where violence is plastered all over the media and to become examples of peaceful human beings is the right way to go.

One comment that caught my eye was about parenting, and how Hatch was aware of her own part in how her child was speaking and behaving. The blogger also explained that accepting responsibility for her’s and her child’s actions. The comment reflected on knowing when to “blame it on yourself” instead of blaming it on everyone else. I found this comment to be reflective of the Huffington Post and its content. It was intelligently written and stirred discussion among other bloggers who commented.

The next post I found was on Gizmodo (here) about the Superbowl Ads. Actually it was just a post of the videos and a comment next to it describing the commercial in a somewhat nice way. The comments on the post, however were not so nice. One person posted something about Beyonce’s halftime show, which had nothing to do with the blog post. Using foul words to describe the performance, they went on to complain about how she is not relevant and did horribly and should “go to f***ing hell.” Well. I can give you many reasons why that post was harmful, but I think you can certainly get that on your own.

Gizmodo’s comment policy is very different from The Huffington Post’s. In their FAQ (here), anyone who is invited by Gizmodo or a friend is allowed to comment. This rule right here changes everything because you don’t need to create an account for that. You can also comment anonymously, which usually brings out the worst in people. The harmful comment I spoke on above was, not surprisingly, anonymous. Maybe Gizmodo, although a more relaxed site from The Huffington Post, should revise these rules so that people think twice before writing a mean, foul comment.