Category Archives: In the Media

Links to published articles about journalism, writing, reporting, editing, multimedia, blogging, social media, etc.

Hijacking Social Media Movements

by Kendall Wenaas

Photo by Carmen Escobar Carrio. No changes were made.

Photo by Carmen Escobar Carrio. No changes were made.

Feminists are ugly, fat, pantsuit-wearing, people with body hair that would embarrass Chewbacca. At least that’s what some Twitter users are saying with the hashtag #HowToSpotAFeminist.

A couple days ago, the feed was filled with insulting tweets written by uniformed people. But now, self-proclaimed feminists are trying to take control of the hashtag.  Continue reading


Video streaming app changing journalism

by Emily VanSchmus

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With technology changing every day, journalists are constantly finding new ways to enhance their reporting. One of these new technological inventions is the app Periscope, an app that allows the user to live stream video online.

As the Periscope website describes the app, “A picture may be worth a thousand words, but live video can take you someplace and show you around.” Learn more about the app and how to download and use it here.

Periscope has most recently come to the public’s attention because it is being used to show the public exactly just what is going on in Baltimore.

Paul Lewis, reporter for the Guardian, reported from the streets of Baltimore with the app, letting the public see the rioting and destruction for themselves. The video can be seen on the Guardian’s website.

The media has faced controversy in the last week or so because consumers claim the reporters only show the rioters, rather than the peaceful protests that have also been going on. This criticism has led to people wondering if they aren’t getting the whole story. We, the readers, are not there to witness the actual events – we rely on the media to give us the story.

Do you see Periscope as a way for reporters to be lazy and just film, rather than report, or do you see this as a way for the media to become more transparent?

We talked a lot in class about what makes a reporter different from the average “citizen reporter.” Do you see technology like Periscope eliminating the need for online reporters since anyone can stream video through the app?

Baltimore News Coverage

Post by Angela Ufheil

Freddie Gray was 25 years old when he died from a spinal injury while in police custody. Activists took to the streets to protest what appeared to be yet another case of police brutality against an African-American man. Unfortunately, the point of those protests was obscured when several protesters became violent, and the “riots” became the focus of the story.


Activists march down historic US Route 1 to protest Freddie Gray’s death. Photo courtesy of Stephen Melkisethian.

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“Daily Mirror” Continues to Face Phone-Hacking Allegations

Posted by Beth LeValley

Mirror Group Newspapers, Britain’s biggest newspaper group, has been under question for articles that could include information gathered from phone-hacking. While the last three years it has been denying these allegations, it has recently confirmed that phone-hacking was involved in former stories.

Piers Morgan was an editor at Daily Mirror from 1995-2004, when these phone-hacks would have been present.

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Ted Cruz: hypocrite or lawful American citizen?

Openly religious president candidate (R) Ted Cruz once spent 21 hours filibustering ObamaCare. So, when the Cruz family adopted ObamaCare recently, media controversy was inevitable.

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Hillary Clinton announces run for presidency via social media

Posted by Taylor Eisenhauer
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On Sunday afternoon, Hillary Clinton officially announced her plan to run for president in 2016 on social media.

After much speculation over her candidacy, Clinton released her first campaign video “Getting Started” on YouTube and linked to her website (where the video is on the home page) in a tweet. Within an hour, that tweet and a second one detailing an upcoming trip to Iowa had amassed over three million views, according to Twitter Data. Continue reading

Should the video of Walter Scott’s murder have been posted online?

Posted by Emily VanSchmus

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On Tuesday, April 7, Walter Scott was pulled over in North Charleston, South Carolina for a broken tail light. Half an hour later, he was dead.

Scott was shot eight times by North Charleston Michael T. Slager and remained facedown on the ground without any medical attention for several minutes before he was pronounced dead. The video of his death was posted online by The New York Times later that evening.

Slager was charged with murder that evening, although he claimed Scott had stolen his taser and he feared for his life. The video shows the officer picking up what could be a taser from a few yards away and placing it near Scott’s body.

The question at hand is whether the video should have been posted on the internet. On one hand, it shows a human losing their life, which can be insensitive to family and friends as well as hard to watch. On the other hand, there was so confusion around the recent Ferguson shooting because no one actually knew what happened. A video like this could stop the public from speculating and let them see what actually happened.

I stumbled across the article late Tuesday night after it popped up on my ‘suggested news’ section on Facebook. I wanted to read the article, so I opened the page on the Times website. I saw a video at the top of the page, and it had been a long day, so I figured I could just watch the newscast about the event rather than reading a long article.

Immediately, my screen showed a young black man running from a police officer as the officer shot him several times. I was shocked – I had not planned to watch a man die right in front of me and didn’t feel that I was well informed about what the video would actually show. I wondered if the Times would remove the video or change the way it was presented, but as of 5:00 Wednesday evening they had not.

Poynter published an article Wednesday morning stating that posting the video was justified. It was also released that the bystander who filmed the incident gave the video footage to Scott’s family, who gave it to their lawyer, who then gave it to the Times.

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