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.