Google Wave

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Technology is evolving everyday and that is why the way reporters gather information has to evolve as well. A plausible way to do this is to use Google Wave. It is a blog site that many of the top and most current reporters use and is a great way of scoring information.

Wave helps build relationships between reporters and common people and allows everyone, through blog, to keep up with the most current information. It allows reporters to find people who are highly educated on the exact topics they are researching and it is a blog site so it is much more effective than tweeting to get information due to the depth of the others responses.

Being apart of a blog on Wave is much different than the traditional one-on-one interview system of old. The blogs allow credible sources to post what they know quickly and efficiently and that allows other reporters to feed off what they find out. This helps shape the posts of the other sources you are receiving and helps form a new and efficient way to get credible sources.

Many criticize Wave because anyone can post and the inaccuracy of normal people may not hold up to that of professional reporters. No one knows if Wave will stand the test of time but it is a new and efficient way of getting sources and information.


Opinion On Date Rape Causes Uproar

American University in Washington D.C. has proudly distributed it's campus newspaper, The Eagle, for over eighty-five years; claiming that the paper is "American University's Independent Student Voice Since 1925". Recently, the paper ignited student voices when it published a piece by staff journalist, Alex Knepper

Knepper, a 20 year old Political Science major, published an opinion column entitled "Dealing with AU's anti-sex brigade." In the article, Knepper exclaimed his disgust for what he described as the campus' "insular, solipsistic view of human sexuality." His comments were in response to student opinions about a Facebook note made by a potential student government body representative. The post contained what campus group Queers and Allies called "sexist, homophobic and explicitly trans-phobic and intersex-phobic remarks". They found the candidates comments disturbing, and voiced concern about his ability to lead the student government. Though the candidate claimed that the post was misinterpreted, the concerns were voiced not only by members of the group, but by others on campus as well.

Knepper's article described the note only briefly before labeling all who were concerned about the comments, "a sniveling bunch of emotional cripples." He continues on to elaborate on his opinions about the current state of Feminism and Gay Activists before claiming the statement below, which caused an uproar of protest from the student body.

"Let’s get this straight: any woman who heads to an EI party as an anonymous onlooker, drinks five cups of the jungle juice, and walks back to a boy’s room with him is indicating that she wants sex, OK? To cry “date rape” after you sober up the next morning and regret the incident is the equivalent of pulling a gun to someone’s head and then later claiming that you didn’t ever actually intend to pull the trigger."

The article was read and approved by a student editor, and published in the newspaper on March 28th. In response, the editor received over 75 pieces of mail and numerous comments protesting the opinion column. Someone on campus went as far as collecting the newspaper from various locations, and dropping it in front of The Eagle publishing office with a note proclaiming that the campus had "No room for rape apologists".

The editor of the paper has responded by stating that she chose to publish the piece to "foster an interesting discussion." She also responded in a letter to the student body explaining that the decision to publish the opinionated column does not mean that the paper itself is inline with the journalists views, but they are also not in the business of censorship. "As an editor, I would not feel right to fire or censor a writer who has offended people, because I believe that he has raised questions that warrant discussion."

She has a point; opinions are opinions, and not everyone is going to agree. Freedom of speech is something that is cherished by all facets of society and especially by journalists. The truth should be free and clear to the public.

But how much truth is in that very opinionated statement Knepper made? When rape, especially acquaintance rape, (which accounts for 77% of sexual assault crimes according to the National Center for Victims of Crime), is such a he said-she said crime, to have even one person believe that the victim was asking for it has the potential to cause more harm than good. How are victims supposed to feel if they know even one person believes that they put themselves in a bad position on purpose? Acquaintance rape is also only reported 2% of the time; articles like this could decrease that percentage that even more on a large campus, where the majority of these crimes occur.

Moving back to the freedom of speech discussion, does publishing an opinion like this, simply to encourage interesting discussion, stay inline with the Society of Professional Journalists 2nd point of ethics - that journalists should try to minimize harm? I, for one, do not believe it does. Knepper's opinion is a common one, which is why acquaintance rape remains a largely unreported crime. Victims suffer in silence, rarely get counseling, and have disastrous and troubled relationships following such assaults. How many journalists have published articles regarding surviving sexual assault, the importance of reporting the crime, and, above all, a person's right to refuse sexual contact, no matter what the circumstance.

By Tuesday, a group of students delivered a message to The Eagle demanding that they fire Knepper, and issue an apology for the insensitive comments. What will ultimately happen remains to be seen. In my opinion, Mr. Knepper should remember his comments regarding submission and acquaintance rape being an "incoherant concept" should he ever find himself at a party, under the influence of too much alcohol, and being led back to a strangers room for who knows what.


Meet the Magazine of the Future

VIVmag released several videos of their new iPad application last week. The completely digital magazine was featured in The New York Times as a "taste of digital reading's future," but according to Sarah Perez many still had doubts of its cost.

Since VIVmag is already an online magazine, it was not hard for them to make the switch to video rather than just photos. Creating this digital content costs about as much as making a print issue, and the magazine has created reusable templates to speed up the process.

This video shows how VIVmag will create their interactive story

VIV Mag Interactive Feature Spread - iPad Demo from Alexx Henry on Vimeo.

Zinio, the magazine's distributor, will also be creating an iPad application for publishers that do not want to make their own. Through this app readers will be able to easily find and subscribe to different magazines through an online "newsstand".

VIVmag has definitely found a great way to keep readers interested with a flashy app, but will users pay for content like this?


Student Columnist Under Fire

Alex Knepper, sophomore at American University, wrote an article on the way women will attend a "frat party" and then in the end should not be saying anything about rape. He says that the women are indicating that they want sex if they attend and get drunk.

Many people have critized the article and are wanting the staff of the school paper to fire the student who wrote the article. The staff and editors are standing behind the student. While they do not nessarily agree with the article, they are against censoring the article. Many students seemed appauld by the column and the decision to publish it.

A group of students are delivering a list of demands to the staff and asking that the editors actually fire Knepper and make him apoligize. They will make fliers, signs and other means to show support against the article.


Is Media Spin Wearing Thin?

Matt Lauer of NBC's "Today Show" sat down with President Obama at The White House yesterday for a wide-ranging interview.

Video of the interview was shown on this morning's "Today Show."

When asked about the political polarization of America, President Obama indicated the media is partly to blame and here's what he had to say:

Frankly, it gets spun up in part because of how the media covers politics, in the 24/7 news cycle, cable chatter and talk radio and the Internet and the blogs, all of which try to feed the most extreme sides of any issue instead of trying to narrow differences and solve problems.
I absolutely agree with President Obama! I think there is much more "sensationalism" in the news than true "journalism." I think the media puts too much spin on stories and doesn't delve deep enough for the truth; the important truth. I think they too often go for the wild and outragous to sell newspapers, magazines, etc. and don't report on the most important, meaningful issues affecting our country today. There's too much high drama reported in the news!

How about you? Do you think the media's spin is wearing thin?


The Digital Age

Almost everywhere we go at any time you might find someone using a social networking site. Either in a computer lab or on their phone social networking is huge. What happens then when a government shuts down media and no longer allows news correspondence into the country to cover protests and violence? Well, we turn to social networking as a way to gather and disseminate information.

In Tehran, where violence and protests have been going on since June, local citizens have been using networks such as twitter and facebook in order to post live video and other information onto the web. The local government in Tehran has closed down all access from outside correspondence and have even kept local media personel contained in their news stations.
When there is a big clash between amatuer journalists and professional journalists this is a big case for why amateur journalism can be a good thing. How else would the world get video information? They wouldn't because they aren't locals with video cameras posting videos on the internet.
News nowadays should be an equal give and take between local non news affiliated citizens and news reporters. Locals are probobly more likely to open up to someone they know who has a video camera than a news reporter who wants to interview them. Also, by locals using social networking sites to display information there is non to little editing taking place from time of creation until posting. By not going through traditional means to display the news there is also not a bias as to what is shown and what wouldn't be shown. As we know reporting is supposed to show an unbiased side of an event, however we know that some news stations do edit their media for content and to maintain time limits. When locals film things such as what is happening in Tehran we see hard unedited footage of the life as a person living in these troubled areas.


Google...not a Media Company?

Monday, March 29, 2010

Although Google continues to reinforce that they are not a media company, last week they seemed to postion themselves with newspapers and television news shows. In David Carr's article in The New York Times, he calls this "the greatest fight over freedom of expression in years."

Last week Google announce that its division would be exiting China and moving to Hong Kong. China has strict senorship laws that are enforced by their govenment.

It will be interesting to watch as the future reveils itself, as conutries like, Austria, Itlay, and South Korea would like Google to monitor their access to some degree also. By walking away from China, and the vast opportunities there, it will be hard to see them standing for other restrictions.

How forgetful we can be when it comes to our right for the freesdom of expression and free press as residents of the United States.


Beating out the Competition

Are you using Twitter to its fullest potential?

According to Mashable's Jennifer Van Grove, there are five major ways Twitter is beating out other social media sites.

One way Twitter is becoming more accessible to users and non-users is with its new feature @anywhere. @anywhere will soon be made available to all website owners and publishers. The feature allows anyone to tweet about something directly from any website they are on.

Twitter users also have been using it to get news exactly when they want it. This is causing a competition between Twitter and television. Companies have been taking advantage of Twitter to air spoiler alerts. Whether this is a smart move or not, users are able to find out news and facts before they could find them out from television.

This is also the case with newsrooms. Tweets are an instant broadcast of news, whereas news that is produced via newspapers and newscasts take time to produce and broadcast. However, since tweets can be produced instantly, tweeters they don't go through the process of fact checking as thoroughly.

A third way Twitter is dominating competitive media sites is by offering multiple languages. Twitter is now available in French, Spanish, and Italian. By offering other languages, it gives non-English speaking users a chance to join the Twitter phenomenon.

A last way Twitter is rising above its competition is by appealing to celebrities, media organizations, and sports teams. Statistics have found that those who have a distinctive use for Twitter, tweet a lot more than those who use it for fun. By appealing to users with a specific purpose for tweeting, Twitter can continue to appeal to other users without ever losing popularity among the avid tweeters.


"Morning Joe" an Eye Opener in the AM

"Morning Joe", hosted by Joe Scarborough, former Republican member of the House of Representatives, has pushed ahead of CNN's "American Morning" according to recent ratings.

According to an article by David Hinkley of the New York Daily News, Scarborough's radio show is also beating out Glenn Beck on WOR (710 AM), 10 a.m.-noon and has been for months.

Of course, Scarborough can't make a dent in Fox's one million viewers, but Scarborough is appealing not only because he is more of a moderate Republican, but issues are discussed respectfully, without the inflammatory rhetoric. In Scarborough's own words, "His goal from the start, he says, was to show a conversation, "not people standing up waving their arms and shouting."

Typically, MSNBC features all Democratic views; but Scarborough provides the balance, a window into the other side that is palatable, entertaining and even educational. Joe's cohost is Mika Brzezinski and her father, Zbigniew Brzezinski, Jimmy Carter's National Security Advisor and a foreign policy expert, is a frequent guest and offers insightful observations into foreign affairs.

"Our goal is to present hard news and conversations on policy in a civilized manner," says the conservative Scarborough. ". He admits there are more liberal guests than conservatives because he wants to present both sides, not just have someone who agrees with him.

Tired of your friends at Fox. Have your morning cup with Joe.


More Options at Starbucks

New Yorkers now have even more decisions to make in the morning at their local Starbucks. Not only do they need to select the coffee and breakfast of their choice, but now which newspaper they want to read. For the past 10 years, The New York Times has been the only newspaper sold at Starbucks. The Wall Street Journal will now be available in 450 stores in New New York City, select areas of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The Journal is optimistic about their new relationship with Starbucks. "This allows us to expand that sampling environment, making sure that more people are aware of all that is within The Wall Street Journal," said Lynne Brennen, senior VP-circulation for the Journal. "It's a huge opportunity for single copy, of course, but I actually see it rippling through home-delivery subscriptions and subscriptions to"

Starbucks and The Journal have not commented on what the future may hold for additional distribution opportunities.


iPad Journalism

Sunday, March 28, 2010

The recent unveiling of the iPad by Apple has generated a lot of buzz - especially among journalists. Journalists are trying to find a way to make the iPad benefit the industry. Magazine editors like the iPad because it caters to their needs of designing. Several people agree that the iPad can change journalism because of its "immersive potential, its platform for rich multimedia, its ability to deliver information based on where it is in the world."

According to graphic designer Joe Zeff, newspaper editors should approach the iPad because of its graphic elements and how people will interact with it.

Poynter Online Managing Editor Steve Myers says that people don't want to read long stories even if the graphics are "stunning."

I would agree with Myers. It sounds like the iPad offers another platform of media. Most people who would be interested in getting apps probably have subscriptions to newspapers. Therefore, newspaper companies would just be giving readers another way to access information.


Your Morning News...Fresh or Stale?

Today our news comes from a vast number of directions and alarmingly fast. Journalists and newspapers are constantly challenged with selling what is elsewhere available for free. How we receive our information and news is widely available to everyone and journalists, once again, are struggling to sell the news--at least to people under the age of fifty-five. Editors and news directors feel the angst of the growing and continued population of the Internet. They now see the huge threat the Web represents to the way they distribute their product.

The days of getting your news and information from the newspaper are long gone. More often than not, by the time a story has been printed on the front page of your paper, it has been blasted online for many hours. It is often old news at that point. Many papers and journalists, while slow to this conclusion, have learned that they not only need to report the news but to offer other layers. These layers are often opinions, analysis, points of view, and interpretation. Is it finally time to sell something more than just the news?

In the days when the latest news was available to anyone who chatted in the street or at church or the supermarket provided mostly opinion--the something extra above just the news. The growth of cities and the development of weekly papers encouraged the development of the sale of news and mass production. This has lasted more than a hundred years.

If journalism is to move past just selling widely available, cheap, staler-than your morning coffee news--they must choose to impart of a ear piercing word--wisdom. Mainstream journalists are making a big mistake if they continue to believe that their ability to collect and organize information will continue to make them indispensable.


Welcome to the New Sports Illustrated

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The up and coming iPad has been all the rage lately. This revolutionary piece of technology that will be released April 3rd is expected to change media. The popular sports magazine, Sports Illustrated, is taking it one step further though.

On December 2nd, The Wonder Factory collaborated with Time, Inc. and sent a demo to YouTube of what Sports Illustrated is expected to be like on the iPad. Terry McDonnell, editor of the magazine, narrates the video.

The video starts out with a normal cover of the magazine on the iPad, but soon enough football player Tim Tebow comes to life and the cover is now a clip of his previous game.

The inside cover is not only a table of contents for the rest of the magazine, but also a score board of games being played and new breaking news stories.

One of the most interesting aspects of Sports Illustrated on the iPad is that you can rearrange the contents to whatever order you like.

Another feature of the magazine is that instead of having one picture on a page, by touching the picture, you get access to hundreds more related pictures. By circling the picture with your finger, you can send that picture to a friend.

Even the advertising is more dynamic. It is no longer just an ad, but now an actual video commercial.

You can even check up on and rearrange your fantasy league.

Probably the most talked about feature, is the fact that the Sports Illustrated: Swimsuit Edition is no longer just pictures, but videos.

And as if all of this wasn't enough, Sports Illustrated is working on games that can be played while watching games.

Sports Illustrated is just one of the many magazines to be working with the iPad, but they seems to be leading the way.


Further Thoughts on Twitter

Friday, March 26, 2010

In a recent Beginning Newswriting and Reporting class discussion, our professor urged the class to remain faithful Twitter users, as familiarity with the program will be a necessary skill for those of us entering a journalism/communication field. Then, searching for a blog topic I came across an article on MediaShift, written by media consultant Ian Capstick. This article, entitled "PR Pros Use Twitter to Reinvigorate Brands, Engage in Conversation," offered excellent advice on using Twitter and social media that greatly added to my understanding of the class discussion.

For starters, Twitter offers a new platform for businesses to communicate with their audiences. The article focused mainly on the ways in which the hospitality industry uses the tool specifically, Fairmount Hotels and Resorts. The company, which operates hotels and resorts across the globe started using Twitter to communicate deals and savings to interested audiences, with each individual property maintaining its own account. Since using Twitter, the company has seen higher occupancy rates after posting "online only discounts."

"I really found the genuine ability to connect with people valuable," said Brian Simpson, Fairmount's director of social hospitality.

It has been shown that Twitter has provided an excellent platform for reaching audiences for some companies, but has failed to do so for others. According to Maggie Fox, CEO of the Social Media Group, who has acted as Ford's social media consultant, tweeting consistently remains the most important and crucial aspect of using Twitter as a profitable business tool. Under this model, the number of tweets a company offers a day does not play as large a role, as long as tweets are coming consistently. We have discussed this in class and it seems only common sense that professionals would offer this advice.

However, for some companies, even consistent tweeting has not worked. In this case, Twitter simply may not be a viable communication platform. Another PR professional mentioned in the article, Steve Rubel, advises that the most important aspect for companies interested in utilizing Twitter or social media is analyzing the audience to understand what platform will deliver the message best. "Too many people start with the tools first. Thats like buying paint before you have a floor plan," said Rubel.

I strongly agree with Rubel on this point, as I have seen numerous student organizations on campus set up Twitter accounts, despite the fact that a majority of Simpson students do not utilize the platform. While I certainly am not criticizing student groups for using Twitter, in fact, I encourage it, I question whether or not it truly works as a communication tool with students at this point in time. Despite this, I hope to see students continually develop their use of Twitter and encourage anyone interested in further information to read this article and research further.


Checkbook Journalism

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

ABC News was accused and admitted to paying Casey Anthony, who is on trial for the murder of her daughter, $200,000 for exclusive rights to photos and home video for television broadcast while covering the trial. The Society of Professional Journalists calls this "checkbook journalism", and it is becoming popular among major broadcast networks.

According to the SPJ, "checkbook journalism" is unethical. Paying a source for any reason gives the public rights to doubt the credibility of the news outlet. Not to mention the fact, if sources believe money is involved, they could embellish and exaggerate the story in order to get paid a larger amount. It is also not fair to other news organizations to pay for exclusive interviews.

ABC News is not the only major news network to be accused of "checkbook journalism." Other culprits that have been called out by the SPJ include: CBS, CNN and NBC.

Why do these organizations do this? Surly, none of the major broadcast networks would take money from sources because it would create a conflict of interest, which is one of the Seven Deadly Sins of Journalism. So isn't paying a source doing the same thing, but in reverse?


Work of the Sob Sisters

Long narratives about disfiguring aiments, and fatal illnesses particularly involving young children pull at the heart strings. The lessons of redemption and spiritual stamina strongly tug at the emotional connection of the reader.

Today, like long ago, stories are manipulating emotions more than they are providing information. A study of trends in Pulitzer Prize-winning feature stories found that a significant amount of the winning stories were about illness or a death by murder.

Appetites for emotinal stories are growing. During a time of anxiety and recession, readers often find these tales comforting. Unlike its macho past, newspapers and journalism today is built on the emotional connection. In a competitive media market you have to deliver something "different". The need to find positive meaning in suffering and the redemption to over come is so strong that journalists tend to go overboard.

Matthew T. Felling, media director at the Center for Media and Public Affairs, attributes the trend to a "weep creep" from television to print. The "sob stories" have become a standard and have conditioned news consumers to look for them in every news product.

Does this emotional connection attract the otherwise less interested reader? Newspapers and other media outlets alike are taking the "shock jock" approach in order to maintain profit margins and business models.


Advertising on the Front Page?

Page designers, editors and even reporters are grudgingly gaining acceptance of page-one advertisements. For years unfashionable, advertisements are slowly making their way to the front page.

In the past, they snaked across the bottom of the page as a column strip or they have graced the page in right-corner boxes. Increasing in size, changing in color and shape, they are slowly creeping to a front page near you.

Many journalists believe this tragic, distasteful event violates the true meaning of news and journalism. Their is a fine line and a sacred wall between news and business. Many feel they scramble to flow and order of the page. In an ear of decreasing newsholes, journalists feel they eat up space otherwise devoted to stories.

The San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and many other Gannett papers have published front page advertisements for years. Page-one ads net premium prices and drive revenue. Somes papers such as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and the Boston Globe have dabbled in ads on section fronts but have kept page one off-limits. Some of the larger papers which debut front page ads feel that this is just an evolution of multimedia news.

As more and more papers dive into this taboo trend, the designers are working to minimize how distracting they may appear. Opinions about page-one advertising continue to surface at a constant pace. Some believe that if the ads are guided by taste, they are acceptable. While others feel this is a sign of painful ecomonic times for newspapers.

As long as newspapers continue to deliver the latest relevant news, and put better stories on the top of the front page, who cares what you put in an ad at the bottom of the page?


A Journalists Worst Nightmare

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Writers block.

It's happened to almost everyone at some point in their lives, and Jeremy Porter and I seem to be having the same problem right now. Luckily he has a few suggestions for what to do if you have no idea what to write, or have so many ideas that you have no idea where to start.

Here are a few of the strategies he suggests:

  • If you don't have any idea what to write about, ask your friends or readers for suggestions. They're your main audience after all and will more than likely be glad to help.

  • Keep a list of ideas at the ready. This can be especially helpful when you need to meet a deadline.

  • It may be helpful to have a few ideas in draft form. If you don't feel motivated to finish it now, you might be able to use it later.

Try a few of these out next time you're struggling for subject matter.


China Fires Back at Google

Recently Google and China are at a stand off over censorship and human rights activistism.

Goggle first announced that it would consider pulling out of China as of January, saying that it would no longer censor search results of the Chinese government after a set of cyber attacks targeting human rights activists.

"... we stopped censoring our search services--Google Search, Google News, and Google Images-- on Users visiting are now being redirected to, where we are offering uncensored search in simplified Chinese, specifically designed for users in mainland China and delivered via our servers in Hong Kong..."

However, in response to the recent tactic of redirecting Chinese users to its uncensored Hong Kong site the Chinese government began disabling certain searches or blocking the results, according to the New York Times.

Along with the change there has been some backlash for Google. China Mobile is expected to cancel a deal that was supposed to make Google its default mobile search provider.

People believe that Googles anti-censorship movement against China hasn't had much success, at least from the Chinese Internet users perspective.

In response Google said it hopes that the Chinese Government will respect its decision and announced it will be "carefully monitoring access issues," leaving people around the world wondering: what is Google going to do next?


A Different Kind of Battle

Monday, March 22, 2010

40 years ago, 46 women filed a gender discrimination lawsuit against Newsweek Magazine. At that time, 25% of the staff journalists were female. This year, 39% of the staff is female. And yet, the author of 46 headlines published by the magazine last year were by men. An article published in Newsweek last Friday addressed this issue and the battle that women still face in regards to our place in the work force and the control we have over our careers.

The women who wrote the 1970 article brought up several very valid points that even in my career I have been witness too. Women in positions of power have had to fight hard against the glass ceiling, albeit a thinner one that was there 40 years ago. This leaves them perceived as unkind, overly ambitious, and other sometimes not-so-nice stereotypes. Does this come from an unrealistic expectation that's placed on young girls during their youth? You can have it all: the house, the husband, the 2.5 kids, the SUV, and the career, if your willing to work hard for it.

But in reality, you can't have it all. And, in my personal life, I've experienced the opposite of the battle described in Newsweek. After the birth of my second child, I chose to downgrade my position at work to be able to be home more. This led me to experience opposite judgments than those who are trying to climb the ladder of success. I've been perceived as lazy, just a home-maker, unambitious; one co-worker even went as far as to tell me that in making that choice, I'm fighting against all that the women of the past had fought for. Didn't I appreciate the fact that I can be out of the house and have a career, instead of being just a mom?

Of course I appreciate that. I'm all for people advancing themselves; if you have a dream, go for it. But, the different battle I've faced is that my dream is to be a mom, and that's it. I don't have a desire for a title other than mommy. Does that make me unappreciative of the battle that has been fought by my female predecessors for the right to work? Of course not. But, in reality, shouldn't equal rights mean that I can choose to work or choose to be home?

It's a very good read and rather eye opening, but it leaves me wishing that when discussing sexism in society, that people wouldn't forget the other side of the battle: there are those of us who want nothing more than to be homemakers, and that should be acceptable as well as those who want to be CEO's.


Secret Service Dither Over Bitter Twitter

Tweeting - it sounds so harmless; but a Tweet is not just a Tweet when you are threatening to kill the President of the United States.

According to Adam Ostrow , that's what two Twitter users found out after publishing tweets reading “ASSASSINATION! America, we survived the Assassinations and Lincoln & Kennedy. We’ll surely get over a bullet to Barrack Obama’s head” and “You Should be Assassinated!! @Barack Obama.” Apparently, the two were frustrated over the passage of the Health Care Reform Bill.

The Secret Service takes threats such as these seriously and after being told there would be a federal investigation, both Twitter users tried to back track from their remarks. According to ABC News , the two were frustrated over the passage of Health Care @THHEE_JAY was taken offline and @Solly_Forrel posted "Let us all renounce the harsh rhetoric.....Several including myself have used inappropriate language. Let's remain civil!"

This is an example of how social media does carry weight. We've all been cautioned about Facebook; how employers are monitoring and what you view as your innocent party pictures could hamper your efforts to snag that new job or promotion. Moms used to issue the warning "remember to wear clean underwear in case you're in an accident"; nowadays the warning is "remember, once you put something out on cyberspace it can come back to haunt you." The person showing up at your door, could be a Federal Agent.


Protect Dawn and Meredith

Recently a trainer, Dawn Brancheau at SeaWorld was killed when the killer whale she was working with suddenly grabbed her by the hair and pulled her into the water. Cameras at SeaWorld captured two different angles, but neither camera captured the entire event.

SeaWorld joined forces with the Brancheau family this week to try and keep photos and the videos of Dawn’s death out of the public eye. They are concern that members of the media will be able to gain access to the videos if they become part of an investigative file with law enforcement.

Lisa Bloom a legal analyst for CNN stated on “In fact, Florida's broad laws regarding access to public documents creates a great likelihood of such a possibility. As a general rule, matters of a police file are public record, and the media has access to contents of a police file. Most mainstream media are not going to broadcast someone being killed or someone's remains, but it's a matter of having that access to decide how to use it," Bloom said.

Another story that relates to this is the '>Meredith Emerson story. A reporter for Hustler magazine requested pictures of the crime scene for a story that they were doing on Meredith. The pictures showed Emerson’s nude and decapitated body. A judge blocked the request for these pictures, Hustler magazine is searching for options available if they choose to push this further.


CBS Turns Down Tiger

CBS was recently one of the three media outlets chosen to conduct a five minute interview with Tiger Woods.

To viewers, this may seem like an honor. To CBS? Not so much.

CBS has chosen to turn down the interview.

The reason CBS refused has nothing to do with the fact that the maximum time allotted for the interview is a mere five minutes. Or even that by the time the interview airs, viewers would already have had a chance to see his other interviews on every local news and sports report.

Though Woods is declaring several topics of conversation too personal for the interview, even that is not the reason CBS won't commit.

CBS simply did not see any value in an interview with Woods.

CBS is responsible for broadcasting the Masters -- the tournament Woods has chosen to make his season debut. Should he make it to the final rounds of the Masters, Woods would be getting more than enough coverage to keep viewers satisfied.

A five minute interview before the Masters over topics decided solely by Woods himself, would not be beneficial to its viewers, according to Sean McManus, president of CBS Sports.

CBS is set in their decision not to interview Woods. They may, however, be singing a different tune, should Tiger Woods win his fifth Green Jacket next month at the Masters.


Profile Of A Journalist

Sunday, March 21, 2010

For anyone considering a career in journalism, there's a great article in today's New York Times that is a must-read. It's the story of Eric Hippeau, a fifth generation journalist and current CEO of The Huffington Post.

Inspired to become a journalist by the assassination of John F. Kennedy, Hippeau talks about his early life in France, Switzerland, London and Brazil. His father ran the photo business for United Press International.

He began his career as photojournalist and sports editor, then became an editor in chief of a local English language newspaper in Brazil at the age of 20, where he learned all the details of putting a paper to bed each day.

Hippeau talks about paying his dues in the news business and marvels at how the industry has changed. Today, news is available around the clock. Just a few years ago, people depended on daily newspapers and the evening news for information. Current technology allows people to actually engage with the news by writing comments, blogging, sharing information on social websites.

Hippeau sums up his journalism career like this: "My career taught me that you have to go through life with your eyes wide open and be curious. If you do this, you'll find incredible opportunities. Just jump on them and follow your instincts."

Wise words for all of us, don't you think?


Local Newspapers are Dying

Newsflash: The newspaper industry is dying. I know this isn't exactly a new development, but the fact is that to most people, newspapers are already dead.

In his latest post for the Online Journalism Review, Robert Hernandez said that white males are the ones that don't realize that newspapers are dead. This is because newspapers tell stories that relate to this demographic. Hernandez said for African American, Native American, Asian, Latinos, gays, females and those under 25 feel that newspapers are already dead. These groups believe this because they are continuously left out of their local newspaper.

Hernandez said that if local newspapers don't reflect the diversity of their community then why would they bother to read it, or even buy it?

As a journalist, it is very important to cater to your audience. If you choose not to, readers will lack confidence in your reporting. They like to read stories in which they can relate to, and if your writing doesn't reflect your audience, they will lose interest in the paper. In addition, more readers are turning to the Internet to find stories that relate to them or they have become journalists themselves.


This is a test

Friday, March 19, 2010

Hi, I'm Stacy Johnson, the newest reporter from Simpson College for The News About the News. I'm really looking forward to becoming a blogger this term for our course.

To start with, my favorite news source is


Reuters' Social Media Policy and Twitter

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Reuters advises journalists not to break stories on Twitter in their new social media policy that was released Wednesday. Reuters wants news to be broken on the wire first.

This is only one of the stipulations of Reuters' social media policy. It is also suggested that journalists seek approval from managers to use Twitter for professional purposes and having a peer double-check tweets before posting . Reuters also encourages journalists to have two separate Twitter accounts, one for private use and one for professional.

Reuters claims that this a way to keep a journalists personal biased out of the news, but is it really? Maybe it is more the fact that if more news is tweeted first and then published officially later, less people will go to Reuters' Web site to read the whole story. In this day and age, losing readers to Twitter is something that no news organizations cannot afford to do.


Whose Rights are Being Protected?

You could be living next door to a rapist, and never even know. A man from New Jersey allegedly raped his five daughters, but the Associated Press is not revealing his name. Why is his identity being protected? He is not the victim.

The New York Daily News and the New Jersey Star-Ledger did not protect this perpetrator, however. They chose to reveal the accused rapist's identity. The Associated Press wants to protect the identity of the children. By not revealing his name, they are protecting a man facing criminal sexual contact, sexual assault, and child endangerment charges.


Protesting Turkey's YouTube Ban

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

In May of 2008, judges in Turkey banned its citizens from accessing YouTube, under the justification that the Web site failed to obtain authorization to operate within the country. Now, two years later, according to a March 9 article by Clothilde Le Coz featured on MediaShift, newspapers in Turkey are organizing to protest what they view as a suppression of freedoms of speech.

The protest, which began in February, stemmed from two Turkish newspapers, Milliyet Cadde and Haberturk. Although there has been previous protests aimed at repealing the ban, they have been unable to attract widespread attention. The newspapers hope to overcome this precedent by publishing daily the number of days that has passed since the controversial ban.

In addition to the judge's justification that YouTube failed to obtain authorization, Turkish prosecutors and law enforcement officials have the right to "ban access to any website that incites suicide, pedophilia or drug use or that defames Kemal Ataturk (the first president of Turkey)," according to Le Coz. According to Reporters Without Borders, Turkey has wrongly applied this law to ban thousands of Web sites, including ten in 2008.

The ban has numerous political and social implications for Turkey, who currently awaits approval to join the European Union. It remains unclear whether or not the government's censorship of the internet will affect its acceptance to the union, however, many criticize Turkey's position as the 2010 "European Capitol of Culture," arguing that a "cultural" country should promote the democratic use of, rather than censor the Web.

I agree that Turkey's policies regarding YouTube and similar Web sites are not indicative of a country that values culture or freedom of speech. However, what interests me more on this subject, is how strongly journalists are fighting for access to YouTube. Clearly, what was originally seen as a means of entertainment, has become an essential tool for journalists. In my opinion, this is clearly a statement of just how much of a force YouTube, social media, and the democratic use of the Web has become in today's world.


New MSN Home Page to Feature Local News

MSN unveiled a new home page earlier today with a new feature adding local news about weather, traffic, and even local restaurants.

The MSN team says they are expecting their number of users to increase with the new feature. “In just a few months, MSN Local Edition has grown to 5 million unique users while still in preview mode, with more than 40% of those users coming back every day."

In a post by Cory Bergman, Cyrus Krohn, head of MSN's local efforts, says that most of the research done by the team showed consumers are demanding more local news.

It seems many other companies are getting the same results from this research, and lots of them are investing a lot of time and money to provide this service for users. I find it interesting that in a world where we can find news all over the world via the Internet, we still have a high demand for local news too.

Journalism students across the nation should take note of this trend. We need to remember that the little things happening around us locally can be news too.


New Journalists Found Weekly on Twitter

Twitter and their use of the "#" symbol connects you with anyone else who is tweeting about it. The idea that journalist are now using it to connect to one another is very interesting. #Journchat is a common chat is, by definition of Robert Hernandez, an ongoing conversation between jounalist, bloggers, and PR folks. It is currently held weekly on Twitter.

People have been debated whether this is actually on journalism. There was a tweet that stated that #journchat was a bad name, but good for public relations. The idea that something with this name is just for PR, seem negative. I would think that it would be more on journalism but i guess others have disagreed.


Journalists and Twitter Chat

Twitter chat is a live tweet chat created by @PRsarahevans with the intent of allowing journalists to come together chat and learn from each other on twitter. The chats are usually held weekly and revolve around a specific topic for that week. The first chat was held Feb. 10, 2010 I provieded the link to the conversation. Currently they are about three topics into their chat.

What this means is that journalists can come together to discuss topics. What it also eans is that normal people can join in because it's on twitter and input your thoughts as well. News is constantly changing and by having another area where they can discuss topics of interest with people who are interested in the topic is a great idea.


Big Changes to Social Media in 2010

Social media as we knew it changed dramatically last year, and 2010 is looking to be a year of even bigger changes.

In the final months of 2008, Ravit Lichtenberg, founder and chief strategist at, wrote a blog predicting social media changes that would occur in the year 2009. And after significant changes did take place last year, Lichtenberg decided to repeat this idea for 2010.

Lichtenberg believes that in today's world it is impossible to separate social media from the online world, so we should embrace this fact. In years to come, we will not be talking about social media, but rather what we are able to do with it.

So, in her blog on, Lichtenberg shares what she believes will be the 10 biggest ways social media as we know it will change in 2010. Here are a few examples.

1. Social media will be taken over on a mobile level.

It is no secret that everything is going mobile. Smart phones have almost turned the average cell phone into dinosaurs, allowing users to access the internet easier than ever before. The iPhone accounts for about 33% of mobile web traffic, and the IDC predicts the number of mobile web users will hit one billion by 2010. As mobile access becomes more and more common in the years to come, our phones will be even more commonly used as a social media tool.

2. Online-Offline Integration will hit, big.

It is becoming freakishly easy to locate people these days, but many people seem to want to be found. With tools like Yelp's latest geo-tagging enables application and Twitter application's like "Twitter360," social media will allow users to pin-point information about themselves and even where they are located, helping others to find relevant information and people depending on their locations.

3. (and I quote) "Women Will Rule Social Media"

This may have to be my personal favorite. Lichtenberg claims that in 2010 women will be more dominant than they have been in a long time. Lets face the facts: right now, women are making 75% of the buying decisions at home and 85% of all consumer purchases. Also, social networks have at least 50% female members, and women of ages 35-55 are the ones who make up the fastest-growing population on Facebook. With the role of women growing rapidly online and offline, it seems that the future of social media may be held in the hands of a female.

This may seem like a trending topic, since it is not much of a surprise that there will be changes in the future, but these changes are especially important as social media becomes such a necessary tool in our lives. It is important that we are aware of these changes taking place, not only in 2010 but all the time, and know how to use the vast amount of social media available to us.


How To: Land a Job in the News Business

Monday, March 8, 2010

Are you tired of filling out applications for jobs and internships again and again without results?

According to Mashable's Jennifer Van Grove, clever applicants have now been applying and landing jobs via social networking sites.

Van Grove's first tip on how to interest potential employers through social media is to take a risk.

"Put yourself out there," she said. Employers will never know you are interested if you don't let them know.

Van Grove's second tip is a little trickier. She suggests tailoring your online application style to meet the needs of the business, according to their networking profile.

If a company is looking to hire an employee responsible for its Twitter updates, Van Grove suggests being creative and sending in an application 'Twitter style.'

Her third tip involves a little luck. Van Grove suggests keeping your eyes open for additional opportunities to come up even directly after others have failed. Sometimes you may not land the job you were hoping for. However, networks met through failed attempts can lead to an even better job.

Van Grove's last tip is on how to be the best candidate for a position. The trick is to really show a company what you can offer. This may mean intensely following potential employers on social network sites to determine their values and needs in an employee.

Then, with your new knowledge about the company, you can tailor your application to appeal to the employer's wants, needs, and even general interests learned from their social profiles.


Youtube Worth $1.1 Billion

Because Google discloses almost no information about YouTube's financial performance, the best anyone can guess is to make just that, an educated guess. Youtube, the world's biggest video site, will generate over $1.1 billion in revenue by 2011. Google will keep about $700 million of that.

According to Mark Mahaney from Citigroup's, who estimated the revenue of Youtube noted that the site is continually growing and that it is rapidly placing more ads on more videos.

To explain the outrageous figures that YouTube is supposedly taking in Mahaney explains the logic. He takes Myspace's revenue-to-page view ratio and applies it to YouTube, shown in the table to the right.

If you want to play analyst, you can tweak Mahaney's math based on your own assumptions. If you think Google (GOOG) is doing a better or worse job at selling ads than News Corp.'s (NWS) site, you might want to adjust the estimates accordingly.
If you believe YouTube generates much more traffic than comScore (SCOR) counts- which Youtube's people like to hint at even though they will never come out and say it- you could tweak it again.


Do we need another news forum site?

Does the web need another site dedicated to the mass media? A site where the news comes from everywhere else excet those who actually run the site? Well the answer should be no but it apparently is going to be yes. Mediagazer, the newest of these sites to launch will be dedicated solely to the purpose of posting media from outside sources.

So what does this mean for the news industry? Well, because people get thier news from places like this they no longer need to subscribe to traditional forms of media such as newspapers. As the newspapers begin to lose subscribers they lose money. The news is a business and websites such as this steal money from people who are trying to make living for themselves.

So what would some options be for the news industry? First they need to get websites such as these shut down. The creators of these sites are using materials that are not thiers. Even if they give credit for an article to the proper author they are still stealing any monetary gain that author may have made from the article. Until there is a way to regulate and keep these types of websites out of business the news industry will lose money.

On the other side of this argument people would say that websites where news is gathered from all different sources and put in one place is just an evolutionary aspect of the news industry. In order for the media remain they need to embrace websites such as these.


Conan O'Brien Will Change Your World... Whoever You Are

Conan O'Brien, the ousted host of the Tonight Show, made waves on March 5 when he began following one person on Twitter.

Until that moment, O'Brien was not following anyone on the popular social networking site. He announced his decision to change one woman's life in a tweet to his 579,338 followers.

This woman, Sarah Killen, lives in Michigan and likes gummy dinosaurs and cantaloupe. Initially, she only had three followers, but just hours after O'Brien's post, they increased to 3,750. That was only two days ago, and now Killen's follower count is 16,419.

Killen is taking advantage of her newfound fame. Her tweets have increased exponentially, and she is endorsing people and products that she likes. Killen posted a link to a 3-day for the cure website, and between 9:46 p.m. and 11:58 p.m. on March 5, $970 was donated by her followers. At press time, Killen has raised $2,580 for breast cancer research.
In our age of social media and instant access to information, fame is available to everyone.
One person with a modicum amount of fame is able to bequeath a small portion of his fame to another. This person, previously unknown, suddenly has power and influence. Climbing the social ladder is amazingly simple in the digital age.

We used to discuss a person's "fifteen minutes of fame," but with the availability of information, fame can last infinitely longer.

A YouTube video called Shoes was released in 2007. It became a pop culture staple at our college, referenced by everyone and recognized by everyone. A few weeks ago, my 15 year old little sister told me that there was a new YouTube video I just HAD to see. She and her friends were circulating the exact same video I'd seen years before, but to them, it was new and exciting.

Killen's time in the limelight may fade and never be unearthed again, but there is another possibility. What Killen does with her fifteen minutes now will influence whether she impacts the future. O'Brien changed her world; now, let's see if she changes ours.


Curating the Web

Sunday, March 7, 2010

One of the best practices for journalists is creating significance for readers by curating the web. Curating the web means to find stories of importance to readers and directing them to those stories. Writer Scott Karp outlined six of the best practices in doing so.

1. Make it a collaborative effort - it is much easier to have multiple people contributing than a single person trying to do it alone.

2. Let the readers know why the link is important - New York Times deputy technology editor Vindu Goel said, "readers should know why you are recommending a certain item so they can decide whether it's worth their time to check out."

3. Attribute, attribute, attribute - most people click on links based on the person who recommended it to them. Attributing stories helps journalists build their personal brands by sharing what they are reading.

4. Share links on Twitter - journalists for New York Times' technology blog, Bits, automatically publsih what they are reading to their Twitter feed. Sharing links to interesting stories is one of the easiest ways for an organization to enhance their Twitter feed - and boost its number of followers.

5. Integrate into existing workflow - due to the auto-post option for links, the only change to workflow is that all stories are shared with readers. Previously, some interesting stories would not be run due to lack of space, but by curating, every story can be published.

6. Complement original reporting - posting links to the original source of information (such as the column on the right of this blog) makes it easy to inform readers.

All of these points are very important in creating value for readers. These tips are also helpful for journalists and those wishing to pursue a career in journalism. Not only can it help build your reputation, but doing things such as attributing original sources can help establish your credibility.


Fallout Due to Authoritarian Action

Friday, March 5, 2010

In November of 2009, Kurt Greenbaum, an editor for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tracked down an anonymous commenter on the newspaper's Web site, who posted a vulgar response dealing with the female anatomy to the "Talk of the Day" feature. Greenbaum then informed the commenter's employer of the vulgar response, who subsequently fired the employee. Lastly, Greenbaum documented this story in his blog and on Twitter.

At the time, Greenbaum could not have expect the type of negative reaction his actions would cause. However, in the four months since, Greenbaum has faced widespread criticism, especially on the Web. Thursday, in an article for the Columbia Journalism Review, writer Justin Peters examined the fallout from the incident and its implications for the future of journalism.

As Peters pointed out, most of the overall anger directed towards Greenbaum stems from question, what led him to believe he had the authority to censor the Web site? This question points to the shifting nature of journalism. No longer, do newspapers have the authority to control readers' attitudes the way they could in the past. In the past, newspapers established authority by sifting through news and deciding what stories to publish. In turn, they set a standard for the appropriateness of certain topics among the paper's community. Readers had little access to other news resources, which forced them to adhere to the standard.

Over the past several years, however, and with the development of the Web and forces such as social media, readers have found new mediums of news consumption. In addition, they have become better equipped to participate in a more democratic format of media. With this new format, those who participate now expect greater power to set standards for conversation, making Greenbaum's actions, in which one person/entity controls and censors the conversation seem to authoritarian. Also, readers and community members have become more empowered to form their own "news organizations," in this case a Web site dedicated to criticizing Greenbaum.

Currently, I'm rather split on this issue. On one hand, I understand Greenbaum's actions and that preserving the integrity of organization's Web site may have necessitated the removal of the comment. However, in the end, I agree that on an ethical level, Greenbaum was wrong to go above the democratic process to censor material he disagreed with. His actions set a precedent that this kind of behavior is acceptable for news organizations and in the future, the public will have to be responsible to hold organizations accountable in similar circumstances.


How to Get Noticed

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Here is something that will interest a lot journalism students, especially those who are attending smaller, lesser known journalism schools. How to get noticed by big newspapers.

's segment Ask the Recruiter points out that the biggest problem, that students of smaller journalism schools have is visibility. Bigger schools have very little trouble getting noticed by recruiters. The easiest thing you can do to be noticed is build a network.

Big schools already have their own networks that are made up of the thousands of alumni established in the working world. This makes finding the right people to talk to a lot easier for students that attend the larger schools.

You can do three things to start building up your network. First, participate in journalism associations that can get you connected to people in the newsrooms you want to work in. Second, attend workshops to meet potential contacts. Finally, request informational interviews at the newsrooms you desire.

Doing these things are not a guaranteed in to your dream job, but they are a step in the right direction.


How Reliable Is Twitter?

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Twitter is increasingly used by average citizens to share breaking news and information before typical journalists, but how reliable is this method of shared intelligence?

In a piece by The Root's Natalie Hopkinson, the author discussed the availability of immediate news updates and the ability to hear one person's voice quickly and succinctly. However, Hopkinson pointed out some major flaws with Twitter's reliability as a news source.

Though one can receive immediate information from others on Twitter, the reliability of said information is questionable. Anyone and everyone can say exactly what they want, and it is up to readers to decipher what is accurate or relevant.

But how is this different from all the other media we encounter? To exist in a society where we are innundated with information on everything under the sun, we need to be capable of critically examining what concepts and ideas we embrace.

We have developed different ways to hone in on the information that is relevant and valuable. For instance, we are used to examining sources when considering information: every student has been warned away from using Wikipedia because of its communal but largely unsubstantiated knowledge. However, with a medium like Twitter this becomes difficult to do.

Twitter offers its users a sentence and a photo to identify themselves. Unless if a user is linked to a source who is already considered reputable in our minds (ex. a name brand or news organization we recognized before Twitter), the opinions or statements of that user are considered unreliable.

Hopkinson cites the incident when someone yelled, "You lie!" during Obama's speech to Congress last September. In moments, Twitter users had identified the man as Rep. Joe Wilson, gave his phone number and listed his Web site. Another link was produced giving readers the opportunity to donate funds to his political oponent.

Hopkinson reflects on this scenario and wonders what might have happened if Wilson hadn't been the culprit. If Wilson was identified, even wrongly, the same immediate consequences would result. Twitter users are not subject to any official censorship if the information they report happens to be incorrect. With mediums like Twitter and Wikipedia, the only fact-checkers are other citizens. Is this enough?


Yahoo Puts its Comment Feature Back Up

After three years, Yahoo News has decided to reinstate the comment feature to its stories.

In an article by Joseph Tartakoff, Yahoo says that the decision to pull comment boards off the site was made in 2006 because of "poor quality of discussion". The company has added filters this time to try and keep quality comments at the top and control offensive ones.

But why did Yahoo News make the decision to put comment boards back up in the first place? Mark Walker, head of Yahoo News in North America, said users basically demanded it.

“We sort of looked at our customer satisfaction research and some of the feedback from the audience was that the right to comment was sort of an extension of their first amendment rights,” he says.

People are already using this right to its full extent on the site, with one story having more than 2,200 comments on it.

This is just more proof that news consumers have a lot of say in what the future of the media will look like.


Politics Cymru

Three former Welsh journalism students are changing the way that political endeavors are being reported online. Cemlyn Davies, Steffan Powell, and Glyn Tansley were assigned as students to cover a beat on the Welsh Assembly.

The three were frustrated by their inability to get into the council because they were just student journalists. Out of this frustration Davies, Powell, and Tansley created the blog sight Politics Cymru.

Since creating the sight the three have had better reception and cooperation from the Welsh Government.

"The Assembly press office came round to the idea that we were here to stay." said Tansley.

The sights specialism and approach to political reporting has won it many loyal followers. Tansley accredits this gain in readers to the lack of political reporting that goes on in the Welsh Assembly.

The sight was named one of Total Politics magazine's top political blogs and the three creators have ridden the success of this website to greater heights.

Davies has landed a job at the BBC while the other two creators, Powell and Tansley, who continue to run the sight are involved in changing the structure of local news programming.


Newspapers Pro or Con: Citizen Journalism Networks

Many newspapers have now joined citizen journalism networks. The main concern about this is whether there are more positive things that can happen compared to the negative. One of the largest concerns seems to be the actual indepth perception. While these networks simply post breaking and critical stories, they do not always add detailed information that comes out later. the main concern is to inform of the current and seem to be careless about the past.

A positive aspect of this idea is that you will be able to gain income from the many advertisers that are already set up with citizen journalism network. The choice is what you want: profits or well developed stories.


Social Media Almost Top Media Platform for Readers

Monday, March 1, 2010

How do you get your daily news?

According to Mashable's Stan Schroeder, social media is changing the way users get their news. In a study by Pew Internet, 75 percent of 2,259 polled adults admit to getting their news by emails or posts on social networking sites.

However, the high percentage was to be expected. What's shocking is the 59 percent of those surveyed that get their daily news through a combination of online and offline media.

With numerous ways to get news via online sites, it's interesting to wonder how a somewhat large number of readers still get news from offline media, when print media is supposedly dying.

Still, the study also shows that only 7 percent of those polled get their news through a single platform, while a whopping 46 percent get their news from four to six media platforms each day.

Some other ways they got news were through radio, local newspapers, national newspapers, and from applications available for cell phones.

The lowest percentage was in regards to how many people still got news from national newspapers like the New York Times or USA Today. Only 17 percent of those polled admitted to reading news in national publications.

78 percent of those polled are said to get their news from a local TV station, making it the top media platform according to the survey. Still. social media sites still provide the second largest percentage of those polled with their daily news.


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