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What will come of Facebook’s potential new partnership with news organizations?

Facebook may be forming a new type of partnership with news organizations soon. While nothing is official yet, many people are concerned about the effect that this partnership could have on news content.

This partnership would allow news organizations to post their stories directly onto Facebook, differing from the current system that forces readers to follow a link to access news content.

This new partnership could bring in a great deal of revenue for news organizations.

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What does the future hold for college journalism programs?

Posted by Stephanie Gaub

The Southern Institute of Technology has just announced that it’s dropping its journalism program after 16 years, saying it is unlikely that the program will ever return to their campus.  SIT is one of many schools experiencing declining interest in the field of journalism.

According to a study done by the University of Georgia in 2014, enrollment at Columbia College Chicago and Indiana University-Bloomington has been falling in recent years as well.

Kaua‘i Community College in Hawaii announced today that it will be shutting down it’s student newspaper at the end of this semester, after more than 30 years of production.

With so many schools struggling we are faced with a difficult question. What is the future of college journalism programs?

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Journalism Solutions: A New Reporting Style

Photo courtesy of Sabestien Wiertz

Photo courtesy of Flickr Sabestien Wiertz

My media law professor asked students in the class if we thought journalism was ethical. Approximately 60 students were in the lecture hall. Five people raised their hand, and I wasn’t one of them. I wrestled with this for a while after the class. Although I don’t think journalism is completely unethical, I agreed with many students that said journalism focuses too much on sensationalism, ratings, and negative problems.

I started perusing the Twitter chat, #muckedup, and discovered a discussion on Solutions Journalism, a style of reporting that explores social issues and explains credible responses to them. Continue reading

Media Coverage of Muslims and Islam

I went through customs in Rome after studying five weeks in Morocco. The customs officer asked me a lot of questions. I told her I lived with a host family. She asked me if they helped me pack. She asked me if they could have put anything in my suitcase.

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Net Neutrality: What is it and Where is it Headed?

Posted by Morgan DeBoest

Maybe you’ve heard of net neutrality. It’s probably come up on the news or in class, but you’ve never given it much thought. Common Cause‘s definition of net neutrality is “the principle that Internet users should be able to access any web content they choose and use any applications they choose, without restrictions or limitations imposed by their Internet service provider.”

Photo courtesy Steve Rhode

Photo courtesy Steve Rhode

So what does this mean? We are all able to use the Internet on our computers, phones, and tablets for as long as we can remember without giving the reason we can do that much thought. The freedom of expression and innovation has been widely available because Internet users haven’t been overly regulated by Internet providers. Net neutrality has been law since 2010 (when the FCC adopted it), but recently it’s been spun into a bit of a controversy.

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Netflix for E-books is Now Reality

Posted by Morgan DeBoest

It’s a widely accepted fact that Netflix is a beautiful thing. Have you ever wished you could have the convenience of a subscription movie service in other aspects of your life? That’s now a reality in the literary world thanks to Scribd (check out what they’re saying on Twitter here).

Scribd, you say? Yes, you may or may not use the largest library of e-books already. Scribd is about to launch a “full-fledged subscription service for e-books and other written works,” according to Mashable. Many e-book companies have been vying to be the first to offer this sort of subscription book service–one of these is Oyster, an iPhone and iPod touch-friendly app boasting over 100,000 titles for $9.95 per month. Scribd is unveiling what will hopefully end up becoming a mainstream commodity–over 25 million ebooks and documents at just $8.99 per month.  Continue reading

Service Dogs and Reporting

From iStockphoto website

From iStockphoto website

Posted by Malinda Jorgensen

    Last week I read an online Des Moines Register article about a lawsuit against Drake University Law School. The article was about a lady who was training a service dog, and she filed a lawsuit against Drake University Law School. This person felt like Drake University officials created a hostile learning environment when she brought in her service dog that she was training to her classes.

     As I read the article, I began to think that the article seemed to favor one side of the issue-the service dog’s side. All the quotes are by people who are supporting the lady’s cause of shining a spotlight on the issues that people with service dogs face.  I had to wonder what was Drake’s side of the issue, because pretty much nowhere in the article someone from Drake says something about the case. No “Drake University has declined to comment” either.  The quotes leave me questioning my education of quotes from J54. I thought we were supposed to get a variety of quotes from a variety of people? Anyhow, this article is not a good example of variety of quotes.

    The article also did not include all the details that I wanted it to include, so it left me with questions. I know not every article have all the details, but there are a few important details that the Des Moines Register article should have included. Here are the few questions it created:

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