Journalism & Twitter is its tool

Thirteen percent of American Internet Users are Twitter users. People use Twitter to report on news events they witness or are in. Twitter is just another advanced tool in journalism’s world that has evolved.

A Norwegian Twitter user sent out a photo of a plane crash he witnessed and instantly it was picked up by a reporter who wrote a report on it for the newspaper. Twitter isn’t journalism, however, it is only a tool.



Add a comment December 12, 2011

Another about how journalism has changed

The advent of the internet has definitely changed journalism and how it operates as a business. The way people used to sale things was to put them beside something in the newspaper, their “new religion” now is to put them up on the internet. All of the big institutions question how they are going to go on, and some newspapers have even shut down.  Paul Barrett’s  first journalism job had typewriters, now we have computers.

Print journalism has changed over the years, so has the role of a journalist and might be drags on a journalistic career.

-Losser concept of what makes news

-Broadened definition of scandal, and its not always bad

-Fame whoring

-Reduced influence

-Layoffs and budget  cuts

-Smaller readership

Journalism has to be networked now to make a case. It is the “Age of  Complexity.” New media techniques aren’t conquering previous platforms, they are simply adding to them.


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Journalism & how its changed over the years

Journalism has undoubtedly changed over the years. One newspaper was in most cities. Only about 25% of households got the newspaper. Most of the news even if on T.V. originated from the newspaper. In the late 20th century we had a move toward oligarchy.  A lot of it collapsed because it wasn’t serving people, it was serving an economic system.

A lot of young people didn’t gravitate to that media system because they wanted it now, whenever they could have it. Digital platforms and digital media make this applicable. Migration to the web is increasing rapidly year after year, you can even gets new on your mobile now.

Distribution is now part of the journalist’s job wether they realize it or not. It is from their Facebook profile and how they respond to blogs. This has formed a key element in any news distribution. The “likes” you get from Facebook shows how important it is for the newspaper to be where the reader is, and not the other way around.

The media landscape in general has changed over the past fifty years. The American Society loves entertainment, movies, and television drama. For the news to keep up they often highlight the lives of celebrities instead of international affairs.

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Blog? I think so!

Press tips:

Travel journalists should remember that they are guests in that state, or country.

Getting a schedule together for a trip can be time consuming and must be planned beforehand. Flights are usually free and paid for in advance. Journalists who change their mind about the trip can be a real headache.

One of the great things about journalists is that there are no experts. The best travel journalists, as I’m sure any journalist or any person in any field, are the ones that are always excited and eager to learn something new.

Sometimes travel journalists are lucky, they get paid to go on a holiday! However, they still have to work and put effort and creativity into everything that they do. Travel journalism is a tricky business to penetrate. There is a surplus of willing writers, however, not enough employers willing to pay for the work.


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Every year thousands of journalism, english, and communication majors graduate. Many people are without the means to pick up and go to New York, L.A., Boston, etc. at a moment’s notice. This is what remote internships are for. Remote internships mean that YOU keep in contact with the rest of the staff and especially your supervisor. The person writing this article did an internship, unpaid, for a teen magazine and would have been completely lost if not for constant contact. It is definitely important for this kind of job, as well as any other in journalism, to keep in contact with your fellow workers.

Turning in work early is a good idea to get feedback and place yourself in the good light of your boss.

So many people are intimidated by journalists and fear of being misquoted.  However, this isn’t true. Often they just need to get their job done and have tight deadlines with little pay.  Some tips:

* If you lie, you will be found out! Don’t lie.

* Be open and respectful.

* Journalists want interesting stories about interesting people.

For journalists as well, they should do the same! Don’t lie to the interviewees, people that you meet. Be open and respectful. Even though you have tight deadlines due, show the kindness and respect you deserve from the people that you meet as well.

For Media Interviews:

* Research what you are after in the story.

*Know what you want to say/ ask ahead of time. Planning is very important.  Review the topic you will be discussing. Use the ‘rule of threes’. Make a note at the top of what three most important issues you want to discuss and get across.

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Journalism blog

Most graduates who are majoring in journalism have the “hard nosed” realism required for their profession, however, most think, “Oh! I’m going to get a job here! There! New York Times! It’s gonna be great.” But in reality a lot of newspapers are shutting down, going bankrupt, or downsizing. So in actuality it is going to be harder to find a job. Your not just going to go out and have the best job ever for the best company.

Some tips to help us when we do get a good job, for interviews, are as follows:
* Don’t ask yes or no questions! How are you going to get a good descriptive story if all they are saying is yes and no?

*Don’t ask misleading questions. Get straight to the point! Don’t mislead the interviewee or guide them on a whole other topic.

*Don’t ask irrelevant questions. You’ll never  get your story out or even find the story if your asking things like, “what is your favorite color?” I mean if you think the  interviewee is cute and single, ask them out later! Work comes first if your trying to get a successful story out.

Journalistic writing can be tricky at times. You want to make your interviewee feel comfortable and let them know that you are interested. Don’t ever say, “Oh! I was hired from this person, or this company, to tell your story! It makes you seem like you don’t care. If you are interested in the story and in the person then the interviewee is going to feel comfortable and open up more. Plus it won’t be a stiff, dry interview, hopefully anyways! There are some things that you can’t avoid and have to learn how to deal with such situations.

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If you give yourself enough time to prepare in journalism then you shouldn’t have too much to worry about!!! If you don’t  prepare your questions or research what your going to be interviewing or writing about then I could imagine the amount of stress that you would be under if you didn’t prepare. It also leaves a bad impression if your running late or unprepared. Focus is very important as well. You need to focus on a few points or you won’t get the whole story out like it should be told, especially if your limited on how much you can write.

Complement, don’t repeat. You can be creative with all of your tools if you use different ones and don’t use them all to say the same thing. Working on a team definitely helps to accomplish more. One person could be focused on the interview and writing everything down while someone else takes video or pictures.

Everyone has a story to tell. If you include everyone you are sure to find something good to write about. Its good to start  with public figures but don’t forget about artists, shop keepers, retired academics, etc. You can even get out on the street and ask people what concerns them the most.You can ask them what annoys them, and what they would like to see changed.

Add a comment November 28, 2011

Yet another blog about journalism.

How to gather news:

Treat new sources fairly and professionally.

Don’t promise favorable coverage in return for cooperation.

Never pay for interviews or unpublished documents.

Don’t ask tons of questions about people’s personal life.

Journalism ethics can be as easy as 1,2,3 and as simple as rules that we learned in kindergarten.

Be honest and fair.

Don’t lie or steal.

Don’t take advantage of people.

Accept no gifts and no favors. [note, this website says it too, so its serious!]

Show compassion.

Keep an open mind to criticism, and correct mistakes.

Online Journalism Ethics from the Conference:

If you publish online you have new and meaningful ways to tell your story.

Don’t let values such as truth change as you face pressure and competition as you publish.

Limited resources can not be an excuse for crappy work or causing harm.

Add a comment November 21, 2011

Blog about Journalism

The first known death of a journalist killed while trying to cover Egypt’s revolution was reported in Los Angeles Times. He was shot in the back from a long distance even though he was wearing a jacket that clearly said PRESS. This just goes to show you, again, how being a journalist might be risky.

Investigative journalism continues to be risky and difficult  in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Although, SCOOP, a network and support structure established by IMS, supports reporters.

Public journalism supporters usually support journalists. This helps defend journalist’s traditional style and philosophy of objective.

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A journalist is a person who is engaged in journalism, a writer or editor for a news medium. This journalist aims their stories at a mass audience. This first known use of journalists was way back in 1693.

Robert Niles has a different approach to journalism, especially journalism pertaining to the web. He says that we must, “unlearn some of the assumptions that journalist’s have developed about reporting and writing news.” Niles describes that most elementary aged kids have read all of the Harry Potter books cover to cover.  People will read something if it is 800 pages long and interesting. However, they will not waste a minute reading garbage. I totally agree with this! I hardly ever find myself reading anything unless it pulls me in because it is interesting. “Its not the reader’s attention span that is the problem, it is the content of the story.”

“You can’t get too detailed or you will lose your audience.” Of course some people might not know some thing that you are explaining in the story, but that is what Google is for! You risk losing your loyal devotees by detailing every single thing, according to Niles. I somewhat agree with this, however, I think some details are very important! I believe that is about capturing all of the details and then throwing out all of the ones that you don’t need.

Some journalism jobs are going to be hard to complete, regardless. One that is strikingly hard is the protest on  Occupy Wall street in New York City. According to this website, more journalists have been arrested covering the movement more frequently while on the job. May journalists across the country have been attacked by police and demonstrators. They have been charged for disorderly conduct and trespassing even with press credentials. This is outrageous! Many risks and problems come with journalism.

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