Archive for Journalism 2.0

Podcasting

Podcasting is the way of the 21st century. Now you can get most songs, television shows, music and much more online through podcasts. This simple term has made its way around the world. In simple terms, Podcasting is a new type of online media delivery. With podcast, you have the freedom of creating your own radio or online talk show. With this new technology, you can transfer your podcast to your iPod and watch or listen to it anytime. I never realized that I used podcasts until I came abroad. Now that I am over here in Spain I have to download Podcasts to see my television shows from home that I miss. It works out great because the television websites do not allow me to watch them because I am not in the United States at the time so I have to download them from other sites. Because of the huge demand for iPods and being able to put them on your iPod, I think that Podcasting has made its mark. I believe it will be around for a long time. The convenience of it is amazing, and we all know that Americans are all about their convenience. We want things fast and right away and Podcasts give that to us.

Besides making things simpler for all of us, Podcasts give those struggling music artists a change to be heard without paying to be in a studio. Or even someone who wants to be a talk show host they can create a Podcast in their benefit. Beyond Podcasts, the internet has made so many things possible. Things that we never thought would be done. Millions of people are on the internet every day using it for several different reasons. The internet is a way of connecting with other people and it has made that impact. Now the internet and podcasts can be received on your cell phone. Making everything more convenient once again.

Now you do not have to go through the hassle of finding an agent and being discovered when you want to become famous. If you want your voice heard than make your own Podcast. People around the world have made their own show and put it on Youtube. Depending on how many people view there videos, shows their popularity. A few guys in Spain were videotaping shows, making fun of celebrities and such, and it received so much publicity that they now have a spot on the local channels. As I stated before it is not easy keeping up with what is going on in America. Podcast´s make it easy for me. When you got podcast.com I can listen to several different American television stations news or even a clip from discovery channel. For example CNN, the news channel that I watch at home, is on this website for me to watch conveniently.

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Everybody is Irish on March 17th-Media Story

saint-patys-7“The first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place not in Ireland, but in the United States. Irish soldiers serving in the English military marched through New York City on March 17, 1762. Along with their music, the parade helped the soldiers to reconnect with their Irish roots, as well as fellow Irishmen serving in the English army.” This quote I found on the website History Happens Every Day and it was very shocking to find that the first parade was in the United States. This day use to be a holy day but now it is more of published holiday. I feel that the United States does celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day as big as Ireland does but I feel as though this website proved me wrong. When I was little I remember going into class and my teachers would all dress up and have everything green with a pot of gold candy in the classroom. I thought of this day as fun and a day where we did fun activities in the classroom. As I got older it became a day to celebrate and another reason to drink.

I never understood what Saint Patrick ’s Day really was but I learned in Dublin. I learned that it started out as a Catholic celebration and that it was said Saint Patrick himself rose from the dead and fought off all the snakes. This to me does not really make sense but that is what I was told by an Irish person. When I went to Dublin I was expecting it to be less commercialized than it was. There were a lot of American and also a lot of Scottish people as well, which I did not expect. What I learned about Saint Patrick’s Day while I was there, from the true Irish, that in the beginning of the day they attend church and then drink and eat for the festivities the rest of the day. The festival that I went to in Dublin was full of food, face painting, music, dancing, and fireworks. Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, including me and my friends.

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At night there was heavy drinking and dancing at bars all throughout the city. Dublin also makes the festival a week long, having different events throughout the week. Now Saint Patrick’s Day is celebrated in so many different places. “Today, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.”

You can also take an irish quiz

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El Periodico Newspaper

sunsentinelLooking over the El Periodico I noticed that most of the sections, such as sports and economy, are pretty much the same. My newspaper from home, The Sun Sentinel, is very similar in that aspect. They also both have newspapers for different regions. The Sun Sentinel for example is most of south Florida. It’s my area, Boca Raton, and the surrounding areas as well. While I was looking through the El Periodico I noticed that in the classified section they advertise women; women selling theme selves for money, also known as prostitution. This type of thing would never happen in a newspaper in the United States. Prostitution is illegal in the U.S and I am assuming from the newspaper it is not here. I think that it is vulgar and should not allow being in any newspaper. Women should not be selling themselves as though they are an object meant for sale. It disgusted me that they would even consider having that in a newspaper. I know that prostitution still goes on in the United States but it is not as clear as it is here.

Another aspect of the newspapers is that the El Periodico is a lot more colorful. The Sun Sentinel uses color but I felt as though the newspaper in Spain had more, and also seemed as though it had more pictures but that might not be true. The Sun Sentinel, while looking through it online, I noticed that they had a few articles about Spain and the El Periodico had a few articles about the United States. For both countries they mention each other, in my opinion, about the same amount. They write articles on what they believe should be printed.

Overall, my conclusion, is that media has influence on most people. Whether or not you read the newspaper or see little clippings of it while you are walking past a news stand, something catches your eye and that’s the point. Every newspaper is out there to get your attention one way or another. I am a mass media communications major and have learned the ways of media. They are all after one thing, you. Newspapers, radio shows and news shows, whether they will admit it or not, place things in certain orders and timing to make sure you hear exactly what they want and for how long. Even the newspapers control the length of the article and tell the writer the strong points to make sure they are in the article were the reader can easily spot it. Media has a way of getting to all of us whether we like it or not.

Blogs in the Corporate World

Why are blogs the way of the World these days? Blogs have made a huge impact in today’s society, especially because we are internet literate. Corporations are slowly choosing to make blogs between their employees and also for customers to read and discuss their opinions. There are both sides of the spectrum and I am going to discuss both. I understand why blogs could be beneficial to a company. They can receive feed back on a product and analyze how they can improve it. They also can become more personal with their customers and take into consideration their thoughts and feelings about different issues. I also think that blogs between employees is a great way to stay in contact. If a boss wanted to make a general comment to all the employees, writing it on a blog may be more beneficial than sending a mass email. Now for the other side of the argument; why blogs can not be useful. Companies, like Sony and Wal-Mart, take advantage of the idea that you do not know who the person writing the blog is and make up a fake story. This is one of the big reasons why my generation is not trustworthy of today’s society. You never know who is telling the truth, who is really who they say they are and so on. It makes us question everyone and this is not they way I would want things but it is the way it is because of people who do not tell the truth. Me, personally, I would not start a blog for my company because I feel that it has not made it big enough yet to make an impact. I feel that my generation is what companies aim to. We are the next generation of doctors, lawyers and politicians and we can make a difference. To further discuss the trust issue, I feel that Americans have lost the trust of many, even in their own country. If I was a company in a different country, I would probably have more motive to use blogs or even make a blog for my company because they are more trustworthy. I have learned this just by the few months that I have lived in Spain. I notice that Europe trusts their citizen much more, which I like. For example, even though this is the littlest thing, but when you go into a Tapas restaurant they trust you to bring the toothpicks to the front and pay. In American this would never happen. No restaurant would do this because many people would just walk out without paying. I wish things in America were more trustwrothy than they are. All of this comes back to why I do not believe the blogs out there. When they say that Obama has a blog and answers all of the citizens quetsions, I beg to differ. I do not have trust in many things of the world.

Politics 2.0

American politics compared to most countries is very different. Politicians spend much more effort and money into their campaign. They start their campaigning almost two years before the election even begins and they are extremely clear in their beliefs. I have lived in the United States all my life so I only know America’s way of politics but I can say that I do not totally agree with it. Politics should not be swarmed all over the television for a year before the election begins. Also, the amount of money that politicians spend on campaigns is sickening. What happened to voting for a president or senate based solely on their views. Now a day it is based on how much money you put into your campaigning. I also feel that several Americans vote based on their party only. They do not listen to the candidates point of views before making up their mind, which in my eyes is what makes many voters uneducated. I believe, in my opinion, that there are more voters than there should be that do not totally understand what they are voting for. Several Americans just follow the rest of the crowd than truly vote for what they believe. There are also many that are ignorant and do not want to listen to the other side. I consider myself well educated when it comes to politics but of course I do not know everything. I try to always be informed and educated when it comes to what I truly believe in. I think that both parties whether republican or democrat has a lot of offer to make the United States better but we need to focus on that instead of the little things that do not matter. America needs to focus on America. We have a problem with wanting to save other countries but our country needs saving first, we are to worried about other countries that we have let ours get to the point it is in now. We also have made decisions in choosing a president that is very inexperienced. I worry about what is happening and what is going to happen in the future with the economy. It is hard for me to trust a man that does not have a lot of experience to back him up. From what I have read, and this is just based on that because I am currently out of the country, but he is not backing what he was saying. Obama is getting a lot of criticism from people for not pulling through with what he said but once again I guess this is just a another politician lying to get his way to the top. I hope for my countries sake, he proves me wrong.

Multimedia Convergence, Good or Bad?

Every day media is changing. Technology as a whole is rapidly changing and media goes along with it. Now a day’s its not good enough to just have a cell phone, it has to go on the internet, take pictures, text, be able to send pictures, and occasionally make phone calls. With the technology growing, media has to keep up and the ways they do this is by making things easier for the reader. You can have articles sent to your phone about any topic you want, the second they are released. This is a huge media convergence in today’s society. Another is the multimedia story. In my opinion, multimedia stories are easier to read in the sense of I am going to pick and choose what I want to read. I click where I want to begin and end. An example of this that’s not a news story is Facebook, one of the fastest growing social networking sites. In a way though it is an example of a multimedia story, but it is telling a story of a person. You can click anywhere you want on the persons profile page. You can see info than look at pictures and then read their page; it doesn’t have a certain order of events. The last example of multimedia convergence is exactly that definition. Media companies are buying out other media companies, limiting the amount of information we are receiving. “The idea of the new century comes with a variety of innocent labels conveying a single conspiratorial idea: One media company sending out its collection of news to the public through a variety of media 24 hours a day. This is the opposite end of the media spectrum where different companies own different pieces of the media. Instead, in this brave new world of news and information, one company would own the city’s major newspaper, television station, radio station, and multimedia website” (The Brave New World of Multimedia Convergence). Exactly this is what is wrong with the media today. When there are only a few media companies owning everything from TV stations to websites, they are relaying the same information. We have no variety anymore with our media. The companies are caring more about owning everything than giving society the right information. Also a big problem this brings is the news is very biased. It is not giving enough of other people’s views on situations and politics. The news is making our minds up for us. Pretty soon its going to be two major companies owning everything and the variety that we are use to, is going to change.

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.