This class really helped me in so many ways this semester. I did not realize it until the end, but the readings and the books we read really resonated with me. I could go through all of the points that I think go farther than this class, but then I would be writing a paper instead of a short blog post. Carol, you do a fantastic job teaching and the best part is you really care and want us to succeed, in and out of the classroom. I do not have any negatives about this course because it really gives a worldly perspective on media and the direction that media is going. This has been a great semester!
To start off I thought the James Foley movie was fantastic. It did a great job of making the viewer realize that outside of our bubble, there is some pretty crazy stuff happening in our world today. People like Foley made it possible for people like us to be kept up to date in the most powerful way: visually. Now, of course a piece of writing can also have the same effect on you, but seeing these things speaks volumes more than words. I really do believe in a the saying “a picture is worth 1000 words.” Honestly I disagreed in regards to what the first article said about having a pessimistic approach on speaking about the future of photojournalism. The one argument that I did agree with that he made was that newspaper can get pictures for half the price from freelancers than they normally could get, as well as photojournalism being “junk food” for newspapers and publishing companies. I think by “junk food” he means that photos can potentially take away from the quality of writing that is required for draw that reader in. You relay on a picture or photo to take the pressures off the writers. In regards to the other article, I liked how she took on a more optimistic approach upon the future of photojournalism. I liked how she tried to inspire the student that emailed her and set her into the right direction. More of this is needed in our negative and individualistic society that is created by putting people down and not allowing people to dream crazy dreams and be creative. I feel (much like anything) photojournalism is very opinion based. One person could say you are the best in the world and another may not be able to connect with your work at all.It all depends. But, me being a positive person, I love thinking that I can do anything as long as I put in the work, so I must side with the optimistic viewpoint going forward into the future.
Versatility is key. This is a huge part of really any sort of major or job that you get in today’s age. In class we went over a lot of this same material but it was nice to read through it to reiterate the points we have gone over. I really like how in class today we spoke about how in advertising you have to be personal to get products to sell. Like the video from “Mad Men” really showed how to sell products with emotion. “Today, ideas and content must flow furiously at a pulse rate that the digital landscape demands. But that quickening doesn’t obviate some basic truths. We must never lose sight of the importance that quality storytelling and a journalistic mindset have in an ecosystem where there is simply too much content and not enough time.” This was my favorite part of the presentation that we had to read on blueline. I understand it is a bit long but I think it makes total sense and does a terrific job of painting a picture for us on how to sell. Now, what I have spoke about before in this post directly correlates with public relations today. Like we have discussed in class, public relations is basically being able to do a whole bunch of different skills. In today’s age, we are moving towards more of a combination of these different skills and calling them Journalism or Public Relations for example. Being in these types of positions you need to be able to be comfortable with doing everything and anything that a future employer may throw at you. Because at the end of the day, regardless of the circumstances, you have to deliver.
I read this piece and I did not know what to think directly after I read it. I’m kind of shocked because this is the sort of story a lot of people do not want to tell, but when it is told, it is a fantastic piece of journalism. After reading it I had a few questions that I tried to reflect on as much as I could.The first question I had was “Did the way the author write the story make it about getting a message across to people about the realness of children dying, or did she make it more about herself?” This I still can not really find an answer to. She seems like a very sweet lady and seems to have her own personal struggles which I believe she thinks gives her an understanding on how to go about this story. The writing style she used allowed me to think that she was writing to promote herself in a way. It seemed like she kind of used the kid to pump up her own journalistic career. The next question I had was “Did the mother and R.J know really what she was doing?” The only I reason I ask this is because given all the stress that is surrounded for them both could definitely create a lapse in how one could think clearly. I’m not sure if this happened obviously but I could definitely believe it if I found out that it would be true.
I forgot about this assignment and now I am paying the price. Writing in pain from my wisdom tooth operation this afternoon is proving to be a pretty difficult task if I do say so myself. Regardless of my jaw feeling like someone wacked me over the head with an AP stylebook continuously for 8 hours, I enjoyed the first three chapters of our next book; Blur. Two of the main transformations that lead us to this day and age are definitely in the invention of the Television as well as the Radio. These two pieces of technology were frameworks for modern day business and social digital media that we deal with on an every day and almost every minute basis. Radio sort of set the stage for T.V and then T.V did the same for modern day technology. Radio was the first “true” communication tool that allowed people not only a very “personal” means for getting news and entertainment, but also allowed people to express themselves through the radio. To take this even further, next came the T.V. The T.V set the true standard for modern technology. Personal communication just got even more personal because you can physically see who was talking to you. T.V not only created more of a personal communication flow, but more specifically changed the way products were marketed to the American people. Once the T.V came to the market, huge corporations jumped on this as a new way to sell products and make buying things much for convenient for the consumer. These two pieces of technology paved the way for cellphones, desktop computers, laptops, and economic boosts over the years. Here is an article I found that goes more indepth.
I think it’s safe to say that in today’s world, it is heavily influenced by how we are perceived by our, friends, family, and people we don’t even know from atom; online. The number of likes that we get on a status or picture, of how many times someone views a video we share or post, for a lot of people often times will determine their personal self-worth to themselves given that we live in such a digital age. One of the biggest downfalls to this methodology we have created is the lacking of “face-to-face” communication as well as the act of being connected on a personal level, instead of on a cellphone or through a social media account. Through the social media accounts and text messages we send to each other, I believe that we lose out on one of the biggest things that makes us human and that is plain old human interaction and face-to-face contact. This not only I think takes away from the human experience, but also doesn’t allow people to develop the crucial communication skills that is not only necessary for us, but it is also a skill that future employers look at heavily when going through the hiring process. With all this being said, I do think that despite the negatives I have proposed, there are also some positives. Some of the positives being always staying connected as well as always being staying connected to people that you normally would not stay in-touch with. Social media allows us to always be up to date in regards of what people are doing that we are close with, and also, always staying a part of the group. If you decided to stay in one night then and your best friends went out, chances are if you tuned into snapchat you would be able to follow the whole night, which I think in a lot of ways is extremely positive. Here is a link to see the effects of being on our phones too much as social media, just click here.
When I first decided to take this class I was not sure what to expect. I felt like I personally had a good handle on my social media and how to use it. The basic stuff like what not to post, keep your language clean, be careful about what you post because once you do, its out there forever and so on. Boy did I think I know it all! I was totally mistaken. There were so many things I was able to learn in this class. Such as making a social media strategy. I thought this was great because I felt like this is something that I may be called on to do if I am in this line of work once I am done in school. I thought it was great that you we also linked the assignment to a local Omaha non-profit, which is Abide. Besides all the tricks to the trade that is social media that I took away from this class was HOW TO PRESENT. I felt like that is not stressed enough in classes today. Being able to stand up and talk in front of people I believe to not only be a fantastic skill, but also to be a very important one. I thought the “how to use powerpoint” video was very funny but also very true and very useful. You can watch the entire video here. Trust me, it is worth it. Anyways, I was so happy that I took this class and it made me aware of everything that goes into social to make it successful, both personally and corporately.
PS. Photo credit to Tim Gill, unbelievable photographer and everyone should look at him on instagram! Even better person!
On social media, I feel as if there are some categories that will always be highly popular. One of these categories, are animals. Whether it be pages like “Cute Emergency” on Twitter or “Cats of Instagram” on Instagram, the Nebraska Humane Society is already at an advantage in my opinion. But it’s what they do with that advantage is what really counts. I was pretty upset about not being able to go on the field trip the class took, so Friday morning I decided to go with my roommate to the Nebraska Humane Society. Being able to go and see it in person is fantastic because it allows you to establish a more personal connection with them when going through and critiquing and looking through their social media platforms. To start out I remembered in class someone said something about them having a good presence on FaceBook(needless to say they have a strong presence on every platform they are on.) They have 122,297 total likes on FaceBook with a 4.6 out of 5-star rating. I like how they post about individual animals and not just about events. This allows us to really see what is going at the shelter and get a more personal feel for the animals and the people that work there. Using this tactic for adoptions I feel like is very successful. It allows people get a feel for the animal before going to see it. Anyways, after checking out their FaceBook page, I moved on to their Twitter account. The account was verified which is awesome, as well as having 15,000 followers. That’s really impressive. This account they have I feel like is a lot more “diverse in posts” than the FaceBook account. You see a lot of photos of people tweeting in about their animals and the humane society commenting back. Which is good because once again it re-enforces that personal feel. One thing I thought was really cool is that they had their main Twitter account, but also had satellite accounts that they also ran. If you want to go and check out accounts that are ran close to perfect, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a place better than the Nebraska Humane Society.