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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?


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

Trevor Noah’s Tweets: Are We Fair to Criticize?

Posted by Angela Ufheil

Many “Daily Show” fans grieved when Jon Stewart announced his retirement. Now, they are voicing another dramatic emotion – anger.  Comedy Central presented Trevor Noah as the new host in a recent press release. Noah is a South African comedian who has appeared on the “Daily Show” three times since 2014.


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Snapchat: Changing the world of journalism

Posted by Beth LeValley

Snapchat recently updated its app, adding a feature called Snapchat Discover that allows top news outlets to post bits of information to the younger generation. With a few swipes of your finger, you can watch the top news stories fly by in under 30 seconds. These stories are replaced every 24 hours, much like the Snapchat Story feature.

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With this new feature, Snapchat’s goal is to incorporate paid advertising in their app without being invasive. This also allows news sources to reach a younger audience. Before the update, Snapchat’s users were the ages 13-25, roughly, and that will remain its key demographic. While Snapchat does not expect to broaden its audience, it hopes to create another outlet for journalism to reach these millennials already using Snapchat. Continue reading

Journalism merges with social networking

Journalism is always evolving and with advances in technology and limitless access to information, the evolution is happening faster than ever before.

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Today’s world is community driven and moving away from individual blogs to open source and micro blogging platforms like Tumblr and Livejournal. Now, the web is overrun with social networks as creators around the world compete to have their voices heard.

If you’re a journalist with a great story, you no longer need a publication just some organization and a little bit of self-motivation. There are some credible, community oriented sites coming up for journalists and revolutionizing the field.

The first is Medium which comes from the same minds that brought us Twitter.

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Serial Podcasts: A New Medium for Journalists?

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

Photo courtesy of flickr user Patrick Breitenbach

As people drive around in morning rush hour traffic, they are probably twisting the car radio’s knob.  One man is trying to listen to music; a woman is struggling to find a traffic update.  Radio consists of both entertainment and news.  Is it possible to blend the two?   Considering a new podcast called “Serial” attempts to blend journalism and storytelling, it seems to be a possibility.

Sarah Koenig, a reporter and a creator of the podcast, made “Serial” as an attempt to re-investigate the 1999 murder of high schooler Hae Min Lee.  Adnan Syed, Lee’s boyfriend, was convicted of killing her and was handed a life sentence in prison.

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#GamerGate: Attacking Gamer Girls or Saving Ethical Journalism?

by Sydney Schulte

Photo courtesy of Marco Arment via Flickr

Photo courtesy of Marco Arment via Flickr

The real world can be a nasty place for people. For some people, escaping reality for a few hours in a video game may give them some peace of mind.  But as the online movement #GamerGate spews anonymous threats to opposition via social media, the virtual worlds of video games might become even worse than reality.

#GamerGate gained momentum when independent game designer Olivia Quinn released a free game called “Depression Quest.”As a non-traditional game with a more “choose your own adventure” feel, “Depression Quest” received mixed reviews. Some critics weren’t sure if it was a video game or just a new form of storytelling. Some gamers felt this was not a game at all; others saw it as a possibility to change the face of video games. This potential change is the main argument of the #GamerGate controversy.

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