Archive for February, 2012

February 23, 2012

Journalism and Social Media: The New Frontier

I have previously written about the advantages and disadvantages of living in a world when Twitter and Facebook have become crucial tools in the journalism field. Making points about the speed of reporting and the misinformation that could be spread around when reporting using social media, I have not fully explored the advantages of such a tool. While reading ‘The Big Book of Social Media’ edited by Robert Fine, many advantages of social media are discussed and how it has helped release a new type of online journalism. One that celebrates independence and recognition.

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February 16, 2012

Straight from the Source

As a report is released in the UK today citing the protection of whistle blowers and sources as a priority, it is always important to distinguish which sources are considered reliable. Credibility within the news and journalism cycle is always paramount. If you do not get a reliable source when writing or broadcasting a piece then you run the risk of being disciplined, fired or even sued. The question always is, what makes a source credible?

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February 11, 2012

Hitting a deadline

Most jobs entail a certain level of concentration and commitment. Most jobs also have deadlines, numbers you have to reach and reports you have to get drafted. However, in journalism the concept of deadlines is slightly more heightened to the point of thinking of each piece as a time trap.

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February 6, 2012

The art of the interview

As my first proper exercise out in the journalism field, my partner and I went out to interview students and staff around the University on Friday. Relating to the recent cold snap that has been embracing Britain, we were assigned to interview as many people as we could to find out how they were coping with the weather. Whilst going out in the sub-zero temperatures was not a pleasant experience, I found the actual assignment to be quite enjoyable!

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February 1, 2012

News Journalism and the Social Media: Reporting Events in 140 Characters

The internet has undeniably changed the way we write. Blogs, online Newspapers and Magazine websites have formed a new tool of communication in which one piece of writing can reach thousands, if not millions, of people all around the world.

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