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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?


Political reporter leaves CNN for Snapchat

by Brita Olmstead
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National political reporter Peter Hamby is leaving CNN to join Snapchat as the popular photo-messaging app’s Head of News, Politico reported Monday. At CNN Hamby earned the reputation as one of its best political reporters, where he has his own weekly series Hambycast. On it he tells the stories “behind the campaigns.”

Hamby will work on Snapchat’s newer feature called Snapchat Discover, a feature for media organizations to share news stories and updates.

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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

Doing Good Goes Viral


The latest buzz in the app world (following the unfortunate fall of Flappy Bird) is UNICEF’s “Tap Project”  which has been the featured app in several recent publications and is growing. The “Tap Project” began in 2007 as a campaign to provide clean water to people in need but has recently gone social. UNICEF’s app challenges users to get away from their phones for a cause and for every ten minutes a user doesn’t touch their phone, one day of water will be provided to someone in need.

UNICEF is far from the first organization to entice browsers with the idea of doing basic online tasks in the name of charity but this app is just the beginning of a shift to more interactive media.  Continue reading

Facebook Still the Social Media Giant

Posted by Stephanie Kocer 

Last week CNBC posted an article on their website by Jason Stein entitled “Why Facebook Is Still the Future of Social Media.” This headline grabbed my attention right away, because recently I have felt like Facebook use is in decline. After all, in our digital world things become obsolete pretty fast. According to the article, however, “Add up the active users on Twitter(200 million), LinkedIn (160 million), Facebook-owned Instagram (100 million), and Tumblr (70 million). The result is about half of Facebook’s billion-plus active users, which is up 25 percent from a year ago. Engagement across Facebook is also up 50 percent.” Another article posted on The Next Web explains that Facebook use dominates social media in 127 out of 137 countries that are tracked every June and December by Alexa analytics.

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Social Media: Now in the Palm of Our Hands

Posted by Brianna Shawhan

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With the invention of smart phones such as the iPhone and Droid, and tablets such as the iPad and Kindle, people can carry all of their favorite websites on the go. The days of lugging a laptop around or waiting until you get home to boot up your computer are over.

According to The New York Times, there were more global shipments of smart phones than personal computers in 2011.

Therefore, journalists have to come up with new ways to reach the public. Finding out how people use their smart phones and tablets is a key component. Do they use it to check social media? Which sites get the most traffic? Do they play games? Or read the news? And how can we use apps to gain revenue?

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