Course Reflection Steven Trombello

Journalism is a career that is changing every year. Journalism has evolved into more than just reporting due to the internet and the digital world we live in today. No longer are audiences picking up a newspaper to get information on the latest stories. Instead of print people are now turning to the internet as their main source to get information. The internet has allowed anyone to publish their own stories and opinions due to social media and blogging. The way people obtain their news has been evolving in the 21st century.

Digital journalism differs from traditional journalism because anyone is able to post information on the web. No longer does one have to be a certified reporter, have to fact check their paper, and print out many copies in a newspaper. People can now upload an article instantly. Anyone can post what they want on the web. Another difference between the two is audience interaction. Audiences can now instantly leave comments for the reporter and state their opinions on a topic.

Blogs can enhance the coverage of news outlets because they help a journalist build an audience and a community. They are published outside of traditional news cycles and formats. They allow for quick feedback and bloggers can tap into the “wisdom of the crowd.” They also allow a journalist to share links to other sites.

Web 2.0 is web applications that allow users to interact and collaborate with each other. Examples of web 2.0 include Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Reddit, and Digg. They have added to news coverage because one gets multiple sides and opinions of different news stories. They also allow for news organizations to quickly share out information without having to put up a whole article. For example, someone does not have to go to the news’s website to find a story but can simply see a link to the story posted on Twitter. Visuals play a huge role in digital journalism because they help people see information in a way that puts a better perspective on things. Examples of this are maps, graphs, and galleries of pictures. This also allows for audience interaction.

The good thing about citizen journalism is that any news can be circulated instantly. It allows for an audience to see many different perspectives on things. The bad thing is that anyone can post any false information on the web. Not everyone or every site is credible so one has to be aware of the site they are getting news from.

I learned from our live guest speaker that digital journalism is a good way of reporting specific types of news; for example  news on a local community such as his website which provides all the news for the town of Davidson. I also learned from him that because of the digital world we live in it is important to have multiple skills and to get as much experience as you can. This is because online journalism requires much more skill than just writing. One has to learn how to use social media, upload videos and graphics, web design, editing and more. This is why it is important to get as much experience as possible so that one can learn how to do all these things.


Senior Year at Wingate_brittney sawyer

Eddie Lewis Course Reflection

In our society today, whenever someone needs to find out about what is going on in the world, they can simply pull out their phones, surf the web, and instantly be informed on whatever they are curious about. In the 21st century journalism has transitioned from waiting for newspapers in the morning, to waking up in the morning and becoming updated at a touch of a cell phone app. Journalism been taken over by technology, as has our entire way of living life.

Digital journalism and traditional journalism are separated simply by today’s technical advances. Digital journalism is significantly quicker than traditional journalism, which makes all the difference in news information. The quicker you get the information out, the happier audiences will be. Don’t get me wrong, for those who enjoy reading their Sunday papers, while relaxing in the book store with a hot cup of coffee, they will always prefer traditional journalism. For those who live the “on-the-go” life prefer receiving notifications on their phone about new, popular, updated stories.

Web 2.0 are web applications that allow users to interact and collaborate with each other. Some examples are: facebook, youtube, and wikipedia. These applications go beyond old media model of delivering content. With face book and you tube, they play in to each other, because friends can share their thoughts with each other about the different videos on you tube. 20 hours of footage is uploaded to you tube every minute, so there are an abundance of topics within these videos and when users find a video that is either useful, funny or informative, they can simply embed the video or its link to almost any site that they choose. Especially you tube and twitter.

Blogs are the short word for “web log”. These are internet based version of traditional journalism. There are more than 100 million out there. Blogs help journalist because they: build audiences, builds communities, publish outside traditional news cycle and news format, allows quick feedback and share links to other sites.

In digital communication, visual aids are very important. Certain audiences are attracted by different forms of entertainment. With visuals, especially pictures, it significantly attracts audiences and also gives journalism sites a guide to their stories. Designs and videos also do the same thing. All of these things give digital journalism sites a personality. Who doesn’t like watching videos and looking at pictures right??

Some good things about citizen journalism: Lets people show their creativity, gives people full exploitation to freedom of speech, lets people show off their skills, and possibly give them enough recognition to get a job in the field.

Some bad things about citizen journalism: Allows people to show ignorance and stupidity, Gives people opportunities to share irrelevant information, People don’t have a clue on what they are doing.

When the guest speaker came to the class to talk to us, I realized that experience means a lot in the field of journalism. Especially to get started. Even though he explained that he knows of a couple of people that he’s hired without any experience, he also elaborated on how important it was. That is all I kept thinking about as he was speaking, because I realized that I have no experience in the field. Not even an internship. Also, he showed me that in order to get to that “journalist” title, you have to go through all of the small jobs first.

Course Reflection – Kayla Flowers

I have greatly enjoyed taking Digital Journalism. I am a part of the generation that has experienced both the tradition way of journalism and the new innovated journalism that incorporates the web, television, and cellular devices. Digital Journalism gave me a better insight of how the news world is adjusting to the changes in technology. (a) With the internet being the go to source for information, news stations have learned to use it in a way that gets information out quickly and to a large audience. Digital journalism differs from traditional journalism because you have so many sources of information. (b) With traditional journalism, a reporter most go out in the field, talk to victims, the police, witnesses, etc. This still has to be done in order to create a story but digital journalism allows news stations to piggy back on other stories, include instant photos and videos, and to post stories instantly instead of having to wait for the next day’s paper. (c) Weblogs are helping to expand the news coverage in journalism. Weblogs allow journalist and free lance journalist to write and comment on today’s news in a way that allows them to incorporate their own personal opinions. Doing this allows readers to see the news covered in a different perspective. (d) Web 2.0 is a site that allows users to interact socially with one another across the web. Examples of Web 2.0 are social networks, blogs, and video sharing sites. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook allow news to be posted instantly and shared with the world. Blogs allow users to make write about or comment on news stories and video sharing sites such as YouTube allow people to upload news stories for the world to view. (e) These Web 2.0 sites also allow people to share media. This includes pictures and videos. The main purpose of these is to visually share what is occurring in the news. Visuals can reassure an audience, cause fear, and inform. People like to know what is going on and visuals are usually used when they relate to a story. (f) Unfortunately, because everyone has access to the internet and social media, people can fabricate stories or post false information that can get circulated around the web. (g) Our guest speaker gave me hope and motivation for journalism. I was worried at a time that journalism may disappear but people like our guest speaker have made a way to adjust and work with changing technology. He has been able to create a website and utilize the news to provide information for his small city area.

course reflection_brittney sawyer

This semester has flown by but as always I walk away from another one of your classes with more knowledge than I started with. Journalism is a field that continues to evolve with technology and generations. Journalism in the 21st century changes every other day. With the way technology continues to advance journalism is more available to readers than it has ever been. I feel that as social networking continues to develop journalism will develop as well.  Digital journalism is so different than traditional journalism. Some of the pros would be that it is more accessible, you receive it faster, you don’t have to pay for news and the news is available everywhere. This is completely different from traditional news because back in the day news was basically in the newspaper. Readers would have to wait almost a week to find out what different things were going on around them and in the world. Although journalism is better for several reasons there are still some cons; for example it makes the job of a journalist very challenging. To be a journalist in the 21st century you have to be able to work under pressure and have the skills to create a story quick. Sometimes this makes the readers question how trustworthy the news is. Readers can access news everywhere, from Facebook, to twitter, and even blogs. Blogs have become a trending thing in the past year. Blogs are great to not only deliver news but it is a great way to express how you feel about the news you read. Blogs are also great for non-professional journalist. A blogger can post a story and receive great feedback on how readers feel about their blog. This makes the job of a journalist so competitive because anyone can deliver news. Citizen journalism is on the horizon and continues to grow as technology does. This can become annoying at times because you never know how accurate the news your reading is. This also allows bias opinions to be released. In class we learned a lot about web 2.0. This is a great way to have social media interaction. Web 2.0 is also great for using technology to create social publications. In journalism today a story is not complete without a picture. We all know a picture is worth a thousand words. In most cases readers will overlook a story with no photos. Visuals create a complete understanding of what the writer wants the reader to grasp.  When we had our guest in class, he spoke a lot on the difficulties on developing his on business and webpage.  There is so much that goes into creating your own page that I never thought about. You need writers, editors, photographers, etc. I had a different respect for websites after our speaker.

Crazy Dunks – Deion Turman Storify Assignment

Crazy Dunks – Deion Turman Storify Assignment

The exciting, attention getting dunks that happen in the NBA.

Here is the link to view my spotify

Here is the link to view my spotify story for the final exam: Wildfires in California #storify

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