Thursday, March 24, 2016

Blog 3

Journalism is the social work and work-craft, and profession  of reporting on the events, facts, and people that are the "news of the day," such that a society is "informed," to some degree. The medium varies, depending on the output format, but gathering, processing, and "dissemination", of news, and information related to news, goes to an audience. The word applies to the method of inquiring for news, the literary style which is used to disseminate it, and the activity  of journalism.
The media that journalism uses vary diversely and include: content published via newspapers and magazines, television and radio, and their digital media versions — news websites and applications.
In modern society, the news media is the chief supplier of information and opinion about public affairs. Journalism, however, is not always confined to the news media or to news itself, as journalistic communication may find its way into broader forms of expression, including literature and cinema. In some nations, the news media is controlled by government intervention, and is not a fully independent body.

In a democratic society, however, access to free information plays a central role in creating a system of checks and balance, and in distributing power equally amongst governments, businesses, individuals, and other social entities. Access to information about internet users gathered by independent media sources can be used to personalize users experience by what we call the "gate keeper" which are algorithms made by each company. They base these algorithms off of what you click on, share, your gender, age, location, and other demographics. These algorithms make so that we can only see things that we like or what we may be interested in. This may be a problem becasue what these algorithms do is basically putting us in our own little personalized bubble where we see only what companies think we want to see. In order to properly function as a democracy the citizens need to be able to share eachothers interests, build off of each other, and grow.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

The Future of Journalism

        What I've come to learn about newspapers is that the era for newspapers seems to be slowly dying. I think newspapers will still be around maybe even 10 years from now, but just in reduced form: fewer delivery days per week and smaller staffs. In order for newspapers to be able to thrive I think they will have to do a number of things differently for one, they're going to have to put the web first and start reporting from multiple sources, especially the web. Another thing successful newspapers are doing is finding their own niche. Mass-broadcasting doesn't really work as well because people like to find stories that interests them most or that impact them directly. I believe the way to go is finding what your journalists find most interesting and specialize in just one category of news like politics, local news, or only sports news, etc. One more thing I believe would benefit not only newspapers, but all news sources is being able to communicate with readers. It doesn't make sense for readers to not be able to comment on news stories. Allowing people to comment on news will do 2 things; for one, it will connect people making them want to come back and see what others think and allow people to get emotionally connected to your stories. The second thing it will allow is criticism. If people don't like the story because of how it was written journalists will be able to take this criticism and improve their stories and maybe even enlighten them to write about different stories.
        Journalism will always be apart of our everyday life, but in order for journalism to continue journalists will have to continue to change and improve. Instead of thinking of themselves as only print journalists or broadcast journalists, they need to think of themselves as journalists, period! Journalists need o be able to report the news in publication, online, or in front of a microphone. So, future journalists need to learn how to think, but most importantly they need to learn how to learn. The media isn't the only thing changing. The whole world of work is changing and as a result people are becoming multi-skilled workers. People are having to manage lots of projects and priorities and develop new skills all the time. What does this mean for journalists? First, they're going to need to get experience in multiple fields in order to make themselves more applicable. The other thing they'll need is preparation for the future. Technology is changing more and more and journalists are going to have to be prepared for significant changes. The history of journalism is basically a history of technological changes. In all, sure, the way journalists do their jobs may change, but there will always be journalism and a need for journalists.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

What is Journalism?

Journalism is changing more and more. As people become more used to using technology like laptops and cellphones, journalism will have to adapt to people's new interests. "Journalism is a form of writing that tells people about things that REALLY HAPPENED" . This is mostly the downfall of journalism: what websites can you look at and believe, and who can  you trust? Anybody can make up some story or post something they saw on a website onto facebook or twitter for thousands of people to see, and who's to tell if it's true or not? So I think the difference between some random person posting a picture or a story onto social media and an actual professional journalist, with schooling, is that you can somewhat trust a professional to come up with solid facts that you can trust.

Journalism and journalists will continue to exist by embracing the new technology and using it to there advantage. Nearly everyone owns an iPhone or some sort of smart phone, and they use it for various things including looking at news. As journalism evolves from more of a broadcasting model to a connection one, people will use technology more and more. Broadcasting news basically makes an educated guess of what they think we want to hear, but with social media we can choose exactly what we want to see or hear. I think people will continue to watch the news on T.V. also because that's more of what we think to be the "important" news, but people will most likely shy away from news like magazines and newspapers.

In all I believe journalism will always be a part of everyday life. It will just continue to evolve, adapt, and adjust to meet peoples wants and needs.