Archive | August, 2012

Traditional Media Meets Social Media

27 Aug

 Mallary Jean Tenore published an interesting article for Poynter.org that talks about how NPR is using new forms of media to bring back coverage of global health. http://www.poynter.org/latest-news/top-stories/185041/nprs-new-global-health-beat-blends-social-media-traditional-reporting/ The article really highlights some of the great uses of things like social media in the ever-changing world of news. Correspondents in other countries can communicate with media outlets in the United States, allowing us to get instant updates on things that used to take days or hours. This might also make people in the U.S. take a greater interest in international affairs, since they can get much more information than they used to.

It also sheds light on the numerous problems other countries have. People will be more interested in helping, since they will be able to feel a more immediate connection to the global community. It will force people to confront these problems, which used to be easy to ignore, due to a lack of coverage. It’s a prime example of how new types of media lead to greater and more targeted coverage of issues.

Internet Blogging

26 Aug

 Andrew Sullivan’s article, “Why I Blog,” gives a fantastic look at the world of blogging. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2008/11/why-i-blog/307060/?single_page=true There are a number of positive aspects to blogging, such as the immediacy with which an individual can post their opinion, and the interactions and exchanges of ideas that occur between bloggers. The article, however, seemed a bit too positive about blogging. There were negative aspects Sullivan didn’t touch on as much as he probably should have. People who read blogs can never be sure if the information they are getting is accurate, since anyone with an Internet connection can write a blog. This can lead to rampant dissemination of misinformation online. The advantages of traditional news outlets is that you know the information was extensively researched before being published.

Blogging is a great thing. I’m not trying to make it sound like it’s bad, but Sullivan could have devoted a little more time to the negative aspects of blogging to balance things out more. With that being said, blogging is one of the biggest revelations since the invention of the Internet. It helps people all across the world communicate instantaneously and provides an immense well of knowledge to draw from. You just need to be careful what blogs you’re getting your information from.

The New Age of Journalism

24 Aug

Emily Nussbaum makes a good point in her article “The New Journalism: Goosing The Gray Lady.” http://nymag.com/news/features/all-new/53344/ She describes how news is becoming an online, personalized, instantaneous source of information. The New York Times was on the verge of collapse, but was saved by hiring a team to update and innovate their website. The points the article makes are exactly right. In the time since it was published in January, 2009, online media has been exploding. It is a new kind of journalism.

We can now visit a newspaper’s website, and see constant streams of new information, and watch video. This is a revolutionary change since the days when physical newspapers dominated. In those days, an update would take until the next day’s paper, at the fastest.

Online journalism has other advantages, as well. News can be targeted to individuals, which is a great thing. You can get the news you want without wasting time searching through stories you have no interest in. As great as all of this is, there are even better innovations on the way. We will be seeing things that, at one time, only existed in fiction. Everything will become faster, better, and more personalized. The computer nerds, who were once shunned by mainstream society, are now vital to society’s daily operation. This is an amazing time that we live in. The new age of journalism isn’t dawning, it’s already here.

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23 Aug

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