Coping with Younger Generation Ignoring the News

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Newspapers gone, journalists fired and education changed to cope with the digital age uprising.

The younger generation of the digital age has left the newspapers, and have moved to online
news. Unfortunately the question is still asked does this generation even pay attention to the online material?

The answer is no, they don't. The younger generation doesn't pay attention to news when they don't understand how it directly affects them.

Even with the news right online with quick and easy access, if the information isn't comprehended as having an affect on them, then there is no need to pay attention to the material.

So how do we help the younger generation grasp the fact that news is important? Start by making it important to them specifically when they are younger.

As shown in the video above, George Washington elementary has a third grade class that is being taught the importance ofblogging at a young age.

It can specifically be seen when the students are talking about blogging most of them post comments, and look at others comments.

Explained by some of these students, it helps them choose other books that they may potentially like to read because of others comments.

These students saw that the information 'posted by others' can benefit them and their choices of, in this case, books.

Essentially, these third graders are getting 'news' about books read by others. This could progress throughout their education to bigger news topics in the United States or throughout the World.

Whether it is print or online, as long as techniques like blogging show the younger generation how news affects them, there is a chance to grasp their attention.


Journalism Ethics in Student Newspapers

Ethics. They're what we live by.

In the world of journalism, it is ever so important to hold on to the proper 'codes of conduct' while reporting the news. This ensures that lawsuits are not filed and that journalists hold a level of accountability and credibility.

Unfortunately, some student-run newspapers around the country have had trouble with those boundaries...

The Badger Herald newspaper, printed on the UW-Madison campus, came under fire for letting an ad be published depicting anti-Semitic comments geared toward the Jewish community.

There was speculation as to wether this was intentional or an editing error, but the paper received negative feedback on its online forums and comment boards. The news spread quickly through online channels and the paper had to deal with a variety of consequences. -To read the original article click HERE.

This example shows that writers and publications need to be on their toes when it comes to the content they express. Whether it's in print or online forms of the publication, the speech that gets out there should be censored for such offensive remarks. In this context, this type of 'hate speech' would be only protected insofar as if it didn't target a particular individual...but that doesn't mean it should get printed.

Young journalists should conduct themselves in ways that will help establish their credibility as writers, which I have noted in the video blog about this article. Since these are students, and not professional journalists there should be a little lee-way granted, but it also reflects badly on the publication and the school when such issues are raised in stories.

I feel like the student organization should go to extreme matters to right the wrongs that occurred in this case, and also go to great lengths to ensure that ALL students know what should/shouldn't be allowed to run in an issue.

In order to report the news accurately and effectively, it takes the entire staff's effort to ensure that the right sources and content reach the a non-offensive way. Not all student newspapers have this problem, but it has become apparent that there needs to be more emphasis made on teaching journalism ethics to young writers and students.


New Journalists Emerge From Changing Climate

Entrepreneurial Journalism covers several
platforms, all of which begin with technology.
The City University of New York, CUNY, is set to debut its new master's program in entrepreneurial journalism.

As the world of journalism changes, it's important for graduate schools for journalists such as CUNY to stay on top of both media and the changing platforms for which media is to be displayed.

Entrepreneurial journalism is described in the article "New Journalism Degree to Emphasize Start-Ups" by Tanzina Vega, as "pulling journalism, business and technology closer together."

What this means to me is the greater use of media journalism as means to start being heard and recognized as a journalist. Additionally, if students are acquiring entrepreneurial skills, they are more likely to start up journalism-based businesses that will, indeed, further the evolving journalism world.

The school finds this type of journalism to be so important that they're recommending that journalists who have fallen out of date with mainstream media to begin taking these classes.

"We're all very concerned about sustaining quality journalism, and we think the future of journalism is going to be entrepreneurial," said Stephen B. Shepard, the founding dean of the school and a former editor in chief of BusinessWeek.

This type of journalism is going to become the norm for all journalists. It's going to become apparative that journalists are familiar with a vast number of technological programs and devices and self-management skills in order to thrive in such a demanding job market.

It's exciting to know that unlike many practices that will be taught the same way today and in 100 years, journalism is transforming along with the changing times, in synch with the advances in technology.


Mashable Names Top Travel Apps

Being informed about where you are going should always be important to travelers.

It helps you understand the culture around you, it helps you make sure you don't get lost, and as Mashable blogger Sarah Kessler said in her post "7 Ways Mobile Apps are Enriching Historical Tourism," it helps you distinguish famous historical sites from "just another old house or pile of rubble."

Although there are ample amounts of mobile travel apps, Mashable chose seven that they believe are among the most "innovative and impressive."

Of course, this should be especially important to my fellow college students, who may be preparing for future May Term trips.

Many students will be traveling to England for their May Term trip this year. The Time Travel eXplorer London app not only provides you with over 750 points of interest in London with personal guided commentary, but also gives you the ability "time travel" by switching from antique maps to a present-day map.

Other apps listed also boast cutting-edge technology.

The Walking Cinema: Murder on Beacon Hill app was the first app to be accepted as an entry into the Boston International Film Festival due to its documentary-like feel, and the Chicago Gangland Tour app was created by former Wall Street Journal reporter Jonathan Eig.

Need to save a few dollars? Getting an app for your mobile phone rather than paying for guided tours is a great way to save money. Furthermore, it can save you time and, more importantly, impress your fellow travelers.


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