Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Future of Journalism

        With advances in technology and the growth of social media, people lose more and more interest in the old ways of journalism. Newspapers have taken a huge blow over the past decade as have magazines and even television news losing viewers. People's lives have gotten busier and so they slowly remove the non essential and time consuming activities from their daily lives. That 20-30 minutes each morning to either read a newspaper or watch the morning news has become one of the non essential tasks and with the rise of technology it has become much easier to get that news faster and more personalized.

        Today's culture is full of apps and websites for anything you can imagine. A huge number of these apps or pages are for news of all types. No longer do people need to sit though 15 minutes of news they do not care for to see the sports score of last night or read and flip through pages to search for the one story they want to read. It's so simple and quick you have to think why anyone would even consider reading a paper.

        Apps can be personalized so well that users can pick exactly who and what they care about so that only the things relevant to their interests will show to waste less of a users time. You can have an app for the weather, one for your sports news and anothe4r for all your political interests.

        Technology shows no signs of slowing down and certainly won't be reversing its self. No matter the number of hipsters, newspapers aren't coming back around. Public radio isn't going to gain much popularity as the years go on. People continue to search out the best and most efficient way to get their news. Businesses continue their work to come up with the most futuristic news.


This link above is the link to a presentation about futuristic journalism, more exactly, a direct application that a group of my peers and I came up with that explains how the app is used and what it does. I thought what we thought of was a good idea. Although it was simple and quickly designed, the idea was something I though would survive future journalism and a way to share news in a way people would still hold interest in. I am excited and nervous to see what the future holds for journalism.


Thursday, February 25, 2016

What is Journalism

        Journalism is one of the most broad terms that exists. By definition, it is 'the activity or job of collecting, writing, and editing news stories for newspapers, magazines, television, or radio', but it is so much more than just that. The product of the word is simply sharing news or stories with an audience to inform them on a subject. This though can be done in many various ways.
       When most people think of journalism they think about a reporter either writing a newspaper story or sharing a storing over the television verbally, but it is so much more than that. First off one must be aware that the first objective of true journalism is to simply tell the truth.
       Any real professional & successful journalist will tell you that ll the truth. Having reliable and trustworthy sources. Using factual information and research that goes in depth. Of course all truths can be argued which is what makes a journalist's job so difficult.
       Today more than ever people look to the internet for their news and even if you're not searching it out, by just being on the internet you will find yourself seeing links or advertisements for news.
       The journalism you find today is tough to judge. As far as reliability it's hard to say what is and what isn't. With pages like BuzzFeed and many others popping up on social media and the rest of the web, it has gotten harder and harder to define what is real and honest and what is not.
       What one considers journalism is maybe undefinable. You can write and report on any topic be it sports, politics, entertainment or any of the countless other topics.
       As long as there is an audience to read or listen then a story can strive, but it’s important I think to keep yourself independent and avoid being controlled or told what to report or what to say. Journalism shouldn’t report on behalf of what the public wants them to say, that’s why we have freedom of speech. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion so you may disagree with some of what you may read or hear when it comes to news but we live in an imperfect world.
       Though you don’t have to report on things everyone will agree on, true journalism should harm no one. It can sometimes be hurtful as far as one's feeling being hurt when disagreeing but it should never directly hurt an individual nor a group of people.
       It is hard to define what is and isn’t journalism but there is a good amount of common sense that goes with reporting. Sharing interesting, important and truthful stories is really what defines journalism but I suppose this is only the opinion of one.