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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.



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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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