Why Write?

Writing to me, and probably a lot of people is an outlet for relief. Being able to put your thoughts down on paper and allowing yourself to analyze them is a very powerful tool in my opinion for self-growth as well as being therapeutic as I said before. Throughout high school and years before, I hated writing. When I say hate, I mean I HATED IT. It also didn’t help that I wasn’t very good at it either. Anyways, I have always been a good speaker. Being able to get my point across to people in a very clear way either personally or in large groups. Finally, my parents sat me down and enlightened me with the fact that the basis of writing is just speaking on paper. Once I heard this, it was like a bomb went off in my head, everything about something I clearly forced myself to dislike was now something that finally made total sense to me. Around the time that this epiphany had happened, I had just gotten my first cell phone. My parents required me to text, and to text a lot. Not really something you hear from most parents, but boy, for some reason this really helped trigger the fire within me to start writing. I started keeping journals and writing for fun about all types of different topics, happy or sad, fun and not so fun. I think the thing that I love about writing now is that I view it as pieces of art. Art can come in different forms and it is all based upon our of morals, ideologies, and preferences we have developed over time. This is one of the reasons I love soccer so much is because of the diversity of the opinions the longer you stay connected within the game, the same holds true for writing. I think my writing has a good basis but I think I could work on transitions a bit more. But then again, that is my opinion and other people who read my work could say something completely differently. When finding a topic or a lead to a story you need to find something that you feel connected with. In my eyes, the best work comes from something you love and are passionate about. When I look for a story or a lead that is the main thing I focus on, I will not be able to deliver my best work I am not connected to it in some shape or form. It has to grab my attention.

 

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Entrepreneurial Journalism

The piece written by De Marchis to me was very interesting. Although interesting, I felt like I already knew what he was talking about and other people in the class probably felt the same way. The reason I say this is because media and social media in our day in age are changing by the minute. There is always a new ideology or a new social media platform that is coming out and changing how things were done before. On top of that there are new devices coming out everyday that display our content for us whether it be computers, phones, smartphones, etc. I think this is one of the things that pulled me into the Journalism major is that everything is constantly changing and you have to be one to adapt easily to different situations as well as being able to cut your learning curve to almost no learning curve at all. De Marchis’ piece touches on everything that I have spoke about, but the one thing I haven’t touched on was probably the most interesting part of the reading. The very last paragraph in bold which states “Beware of the status quo. Even if you think your business is very solid and protected by high entry barriers look at the Music business lesson and think ahead. Don’t let other disrupt your business, do it yourself. The long term competitive advantage is under attack, look for the next transient competitive advantage.” I think that is piece of advice is the most valuable thing he says  because I believe in the “do it yourself” type of methodology when it comes to starting your own business and in a lot of cases just doing business in general. With taking all of this into consideration of course, entrepreneurial journalism is a very scary thing because of the changes that happen and how quickly everything goes. Being able to make decisions on the fly and work quickly will help entrepreneurial journalist succeed in an ever changing world.

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Wrapping it all up

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!Placeholder Image

Photojournalism

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. Placeholder Image

Versatility is Key

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.IMG_2032

Right or Wrong?

Placeholder ImageI 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.

T.V and Radio

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.IMG_2032

Positives vs Negatives

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.

 

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Interconnectivity of People

In another blog I wrote a couple years ago in highschool, I proposed the question, Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite? In our day in age, people cannot go 5 minutes without having there phone out to check social media, text messages, emails, etc. Technologies like these I think help everyday life move in a much quicker direction, but I think we fail as a people to use our “off” switch. Having the personal people to people moments are what human beings thrive on, human interaction. The overwhelming aspect of our technology can affect everyone at some point in their day. I know for me personally, it is very difficult to have my phone on me every second of every day. At some point for me, it puts my in this crazy mentality that I am constantly behind on something and am always playing some sort of game like “catch-up”. A lot of my friends that I sort of observed during the weekend and people that I would pay attention to in passing, seemed to be glued to their phones. This type of feeling that you cannot live without something gets back to initial question of “Are we as a people more social today than ever before, or is it the total opposite?” I think this is a legitimate question that I think could be very useful over a discussion with the class. On one hand we are so social all the time, but in contrast, we aren’t social at all(as a total population I think) in the matter of face to face connectivity. Immersion into another person instead of an IIMG_2295.jpgnstagram account. The “JOMO” (Joy of Missing Out) that was on our class blog 2 page, is awesome and is a really cool concept that I’m sure a lot of people and families buy into to try and regain that interconnectivity with people and that person to person interaction that I feel has left us in way now that we are so technology driven. Here is a really cool article I found that kind of backs up what I’m am saying.

First Impression…

This is my second class with Carol and I can not be more thrilled! To start off, I am taking this course because it is a requirement for my Journalism major and the Journalism track. The class I had last semester with Carol was a social media course in which I learned a lot about the use of social media and how to effectively strategize it to benefit you personally, as well as in the workplace. Anyways, my experience with social media and media in general I like to think is more advanced than the average bear. I use Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Snapchat which I feel like is pretty standard. I am an athlete so I try to use it sort of as self-promotion and to create my own “personal brand”. I wouldn’t say that I am glued to my screen, but I feel as if I am on my phone as much as anyone else. I do love technology but I’m also into either reading a good book or having good conversations. I’m a sucker for a good story and a good conversation over almost anything. When it comes to news media, fake media outlets online is probably what frustrates me most and honestly I do not see it going away anytime soon. I think media and journalists who tell the truthful story as well as not carry along their own opinions to influence the truth is good reporting and good media to me. I think that social media can cure this “flow” of “bad news” but I could also see it making the big problem that we already have much worse given the raise of social media users everyday. Honestly, I do not have any experience on the programming side of things. Social media and media in general does a fantastic job of keeping our world so connected and so small. Keeping in touch with people across the world is as easy as a click of a button. Being connected is a very beautiful thing. Another huge plus is being kept informed. Knowledge is always power.

 

 

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