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Coverage of the Fight for Fair Wages

By Kelsea Graham

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April 14 was Equal Pay Day: A day symbolic of how far into the new year the average American woman would have to work to earn what the average man did the year before. Today, a day later, workers are rallying across the United States to raise the minimum wage to $15. The fight for fair wages seems to be creating controversy on its trending hashtag on Twitter. The result? Thorough coverage by a myriad of both local and national publications. Continue reading


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

Tweets: Viral With The Click of the Retweet Button

By: Lauren Manecke

Photo courtesy to: Jon Gosier via Flickr

Photo courtesy to: Jon Gosier via Flickr

Many of us, including celebrities and news organizations, have taken to social media to express our thoughts, spread news quickly or ask polls. But what happens when a prominent person or source tweets something wrong? It goes viral.

This past week, The New England Patriots found this out the hard way when they tried to celebrate having one million followers on Twitter. By celebrating, they reached out to their twitter followers and told them they would thank them with a custom digital New England Patriots jersey. The jersey was a photo of the back of a Patriots jersey, and instead of having a players name, they put the fan’s Twitter handle (one’s name on twitter). Continue reading

Life Saving Social Media

By Heather Kilby
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Wikimedia via Creative Commons

Yes I said it. Social Networks truly do save lives. Many people ridicule social media as drama-ridden and wasteful of time. Certainly it has proven to be a bit of both, but I want to play the devil’s advocate here. Has anyone ever considered the convenience and public nature social media possesses as a positive thing?

Think about the lives it has possibly saved by children threatening to harm other students at school the next day by taking part in the bullying epidemic or even school shootings. Think about the way social media allows society to stay in immediate communication with breaking news and with their long-distance family and friends. Continue reading

How the media focuses on Olympic athletes rather than sports

By: Hannah Bruneman

With the 2014 Winter Games underway in Sochi, it is near impossible to come across an internet home page or newspaper that isn’t riddled in Olympic news.  Nearly every main news source around the world has sent reporters to the Olympic village to capture the athletes in their prime. However, it’s not always the sports that take center stage.

The Olympics thrive on the stories and gossip that surround the athletes. Each year, there seems to be a new “America’s Sweetheart” or story of an underdog who overcame so much. Our obsession with the athletes may be blinding us of what the Olympics are really about; the best of the best coming together to show the world what they can do. Continue reading

Breaking news tweets need context

By: Sarah Fulton

Should journalist tweet? My opinion has always been always been unwavering. Of course  journalist should tweet because they can reach a mass audience quickly. However, in August a new Twitter feature  caused me to question my stance.The feature allows users to view related news headlines below tweets. If newspapers were on Twitter than why was this necessary. 

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Social Media: How Far is too Far?

Posted by: Sami Smith

Most aspects of my life involve social media. Not just because I am a journalism student, but because it is how this era is. Communication is evolving, and the way we talk to each other is  directly impacted by the vast growth in the web and social media. I embrace this as the way things are. However, after seeing a post on the Fast Company site, I had to think twice. The post was publicizing a social media push to tweet at a plant to convince it to grow faster. These messages were sent in text-to-speech technology, which was tested against a plant given no “encouragement.”

I thought “Wait. Am I actually being asked to tweet at a plant? To encourage it to grow? It may have some scientific back-up, but is this really where social media is heading?” So where is social media heading? What aspects of our lives will we soon be able to control with a tweet? And what consequences could this have on the media dependence of future generations?

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