Archive for Barcelona

Citizen Journalism

What is the difference between citizen journalism and civic journalism? Citizen journalism, in my eyes, is journalism that is non professional but still practicing the act of journalism in their own way. Civic journalism is professional journalism where one works for a specific magazine, newspaper ect. Citizen journalism has gone a long way over the last few years. It becomes bigger every year, in my observation. The reason I feel citizen journalism becomes bigger and bigger is because of the easy access to the internet. Why would one pay for a newspaper when they could access all the information and more for free? Citizen journalism is slowly taking over civic journalism. Each year the amount of newspapers sold decreases because of the easy access to the internet. “In April, newspapers in the US reported circulation decreases of 3.6% on average, according to Bloomberg.com. Overall, US newspaper circulation dropped from 42.6 million in the spring of 2007 to 41.1 million in March of 2008”( romow.com). This is newspaper circulation just in the United States. It just goes to show, that each year newspaper sales continues to decline because of citizen journalism. Is this fair? In my opinion, the media as a whole continues to change. The internet is the reason for this. Because of citizen journalism, I can go to google.com and research recent news in Barcelona, Spain and most likely find out all the news I need to know without charge. This is not necessarily fair but it’s the way of the media these days. In my opinion, I feel that the reason internet media has become more popular is because there are no rules. That is one of the big differences between civic journalism and citizen. Citizen the rules are endless. One can write about what ever they feel without the rules and regulations that other journalism has. For example, when you work for the New York Times you are given a topic, the word count and where in the newspaper it is placed. If that same journalist started a blog on the internet, they would have endless word count and could discuss whichever topic he or she desires. The argument that people have agaisnt citizen journalism, is that it shouldn’t be considered journalism. Anyone can start a blog or type something into a webpage, like Wikipedia, but does it make them a journalist? A lot of poeple think it doesn’t. To be honest I dont really have an opinion either way. I think journalsim is journalism but at the same time I would not go to a docotor who doesn’t have his own certified practice or works in a well known hospital. Either way the internet is growing and this problem is not going to fade. Media all together is changing because of the internet and it is just going to get even more complicated.

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Switzerland

Swiss Alps

Swiss Alps

My first trip was to Interlaken, Switzerland. I flew into Geneva and took a train into Interlaken. I have never been to Switzerland and to my surprise it was beautiful. I arrived on Friday evening and checked into Balmers Hostel. It is the famous hostel in Interlaken and very cute looking. Afterwards, I enjoyed a big dinner with friends and than proceeded to the bar that was located on the bottom floor of Balmers. The next day I took a bus to another area of Interlaken and hiked up a mountain. My friends and I brought a picnic and ate half way up the mountain, it was amazing. After our hike, we walked to the lake that was in the center of Interlaken and walked around it. The site was indescribable. My friends and I would take pictures and the pictures did not do the site any justice. We made our way back to Balmers for a quick nap before a few of us were going night sledding. Around 5:30, we headed out for dinner on top of the Swiss alps, followed by night sledding and than a wine that was made hot. The dinner entitled Swiss cheese fondu with bread. A true Swiss meal. Afterwards we headed outside and made our way down the mountain on sleds. It was the worst and best experience. It was scary at first and than you got the hang of it and it was incredible. Sledding down the Swiss alps at night was truly remarkable. The scenery was beautiful. That evening we arrived back to Balmers around 11pm and tried to stay up but did not go as planned. Sunday morning we checked out of the hostel and took a train back to Geneva. We arrived in Geneva in the evening and walked around town for a little and had dinner. Most of the shops were closed because it was Sunday, so I did not get to see that much of Geneva but what I saw, was nice. We slept in Geneva for the night and took at 7am flight Monday morning back to Barcelona. My first trip abroad was successful. Switzerland was amazing and I would recommend it to anyone. I also noticed while I was there, that the cities were very clean. The streets were kept clean and the buildings always looked clean as well. Switzerland was a great trip.  

 

My first few weeks in Barcelona

I arrived in Barcelona on January 12th. I am currently in a program named CEA, Cultural Experiences Abroad. I am taking

4 classes, 12 credits. When I first arrived in Barcelona the first few days were rough. It took some getting use to the way people

live. I had to learn to eat meals later than usual and also the nightlife here is much later than where I am from. The first weekend

I was here, I was unfortunate and got the flu. I was in bed for three days trying to rest and get better. After the first weekend,

I began exploring Barcelona and the area that I live in. I have been to the Sagrada Familia, Parc Guells, Museo de Chocolata

and several restaurants. I am currently living in Resiencia Onix with other students in CEA. It is set up with two beds, two

closets, a bathroom and a little kitchenet. I have realized that living in Barcelona, people here are a lot more layed back than

where I come from. The food here is very different than what I am use to and it has taken some time to get use to. Overall my

experience here has been different but amazing. I hope that the rest of my stay here I will learn alot more.