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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?


The missing side to every story

By:Claudia Williams

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Last month, Rolling Stone released an article “A Rape on Campus: A brutal assault and struggle for justice at UVA.” It was about a violent rape that occurred on a college campus fraternity in 2012. Due to the touchy nature of the subject, the victim Jackie, asked the writer of the story, Sabrina Rubin Erdely, to refrain from speaking with her attackers and to keep names private. When the story was published, it made worldwide headlines and put the fraternity and campus into question.

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Female journalists combat sexist comments

Posted by Rylee Maxwell

“Now that I don’t have to worry about you quoting me, I can hit on you.”

Photo on 2013-03-03 at 17.21 #2Following up on Women’s Bylinesand The Media Gender Gap, which speak to the prevalence of men in journalism, a new Tumblr blog has surfaced that catalogs all of the sexist comments directed at female journalists, including the one above.

The blog, “Said to Lady Journos,” was created in order to give female journalists a place to submit and share stories, as well as comment on similar situations, according to Poynter. Continue reading

Use J-term to make an online portfolio

post by Lindsay Susla

If you’re not planning to take a class this J-term, you may be unsure what to do with the six weeks off school looming ahead of us.  Use that time to learn a new skill, update your resume, or make a website or blog to showcase your writing clips and portfolio.  When it comes time to apply for internships, you will be glad to have this fabulous way to showcase the work you’ve done, as well as show off your web and technology skills.


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DSM Band Bombshell: Local Music Journalism

The Des Moines music scene is ever growing.  More and better bands are getting a stronger following than in years past.  Erika Owen, a Drake University journalism student, recently created a blog dedicated solely to that explosive scene.  DSM Band Bombshell is your new one-stop shop for all things local music related. Continue reading

Restaurants adapt in the age of social media

A screenshot of Gusto’s website.

Posted by Casey Morgan

Gone are the days when restaurateurs relied solely on chalkboards and neon signs to advertise their businesses.

Restaurateurs have altered their business models by advertising through social media outlets such asFacebookTwitterfoursquare and blogs to increase awareness about their presence and ultimately drive up sales.

Gusto Pizza Co., located in downtown Des Moines, has utilized various forms of social media to advertise since their doors opened in January 2011.

In addition to having a  sleek, social media-drenched website, Gusto Pizza Co. also maintains an active Twitter account, a Facebook page, a“Chef’s Blog” featuring local, socially responsible organizations, as well as humorous promotional YouTube videos tailored to their clientelle. They even have an App for smartphone users.

In similar fashion, restaurateur George Formaro developed a social media advertising campaign preceding his latest business venture in downtown Des Moines, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab. Formaro tweeted voraciously leading up to opening day, amassing a huge fan base well before even opening the doors to hungry patrons.

These social media-savvy business owners still use traditional forms of promotion, like advertising in local publications such as Cityviewand Juice. But TV ads, chalkboard promos and neon signs are simply a thing of the past.

Restaurants are adapting in the age of social media, using intangible means (social media outlets) to promote their tangible products (pizza, burgers); and it’s working. Zombie Burger + Drink Lab served upwards of 1,500 patrons on its first day, smashing previous estimations; and Gusto Pizza Co. has seen an uptick in sales undoubtedly due to social media promotion.

The question isn’t if restaurants will eventually suck it up and get a Twitter account, it’s when.

 Amid all the technological advances brought on by smartphones and tablets, restaurant owners and operators need to become lean, mean, social media machines to survive in such a climate, racking up tweets and Facebook posts daily.

The bottom line simply doesn’t consist of profit margins and growth projections these days; success is now unequivocally measured in terms of ‘Retweets’ and ‘Likes.’

If a given restaurant fails to create a multi-faceted online presence, how can they expect to survive and flourish in the age of information?

Would You Give It Up?

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Posted by Christy Wittmer

I recently got a few thoughts about Facebook due to articles surfacing that portray it in a bit of a shady light. The most recent I’m referring to is an article I spotted on The Huffington Post. The article is about Facebook going ahead with a plan to give third-party developers and external websites abilities to access information about the users, such as cellphone numbers and home addresses. This plan was supposed to start in January but received harsh criticism, and has now been affirmed once again by Facebook.

In a direct response to the post, Facebook wrote: “Despite some rumors, there’s no way for other websites to access a user’s address or phone number from Facebook. For people who may find this option useful in the future, we’re considering ways to let them share this information (for example to use an online shopping site without always having to re-type their address). People will always be in control of what Facebook information they share with apps and websites.”

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