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NY Times for Instagram

Posted by Melissa S.
Photo by Torrenegra. No changes were made.

Photo by Torrenegra. No changes were made.

The New York Times admits it has fallen behind in the digital age. With decreasing traffic to its website and smartphone app, the brand struggles to connect with the next generation of readers. Last April, Buzzfeed released The New York Times’ internal report containing plans to develop and grow a younger audience. However, the report is 96 pages long, meaning the brand should start by learning the internet’s retention rate. Continue reading

How much would you risk to report the news?

By Courtney Fishman

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Warning Sign by Robert Couse-Baker, Flickr, Creative Commons

Would you risk your life for for your job? Photographer John Moore does.

I’ll be honest. I’ve never viewed journalism as a “dangerous” career path, but after reading a NY Times article about the precautions photographer John Moore takes to ensure safety while shooting photos of ebola patients, I’m beginning to reconsider this notion. Continue reading

Is The News Becoming Too Interactive?

Posted by: Lauren Manecke

Wondering if the news is becoming too interactive may seem like an odd thought, but think about where you get your news on a daily basis. Do you see an article on Facebook and click to check out the link, or do you read the comments first and grasp the concept of the news from there? When scrolling through your Twitter feed, do you click the actual article or do you just look at the heading and responses?

With the world becoming more technologically advanced, news sources are taking to popular social media sites to get their information out there first. Although this is a good strategy and handy for those constantly on the go, news is easily twisted through reader’s responses. With the click of the “comment” button, anything can be posted. I believe this not only contorts the story, but it also sparks instant controversy, which can lead to other irrelevant discussions.

The recent Miss America pageant caused just that. On Sunday night, Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America, but shortly after her crowning, the internet started blowing up with articles bashing her talent act. The free reign of people being able to post whatever they want on the internet turned the focus from her winning the crown to making fun of her talent. Continue reading

Anonymous Sources and Pseudonyms in Journalism

Posted by Marissa Mumford

The Washington Post recently published the gripping struggles of a sexually assaulted war veteran. Per her request, the source is identified only by her middle name, Diana. “Diana” pretends all is well while secretly accumulating doctor’s visits and battling stress and paranoia.

Credit to Leland Francisco, licensed under Creative Commons

Diana was viciously brutalized and hasn’t shared her story with family or friends. It isn’t the Washington Post’s job to make her pain known to the world. I understand that. Ethically, it feels right. But from a journalistic point of view, is this okay? If a prestigious news source is going to publish a lengthy piece on sexual abuse in the armed forces, shouldn’t the source be entirely verifiable?

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“Real” News: a Needle in a Haystack

Posted by Marissa Mumford


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A common frustration is apparent in many of the class’s blog posts as we witness front pages flooded with killer cats and celebrity baby announcements. So what is “news,” anyway? What deserves to make the front page? What is worth our attention and where can we get the best information?


It has become increasingly hard to know what true news is because we are bombarded with a constant barrage of information.

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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