Online Journalism

Facebook moves into China

April 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Facebook moves into China

Hear ye! Hear ye! The revolution is coming! The revolution is coming!

Well, wait. Maybe not a COMPLETE revolution. 

As of an April 8, 2011 Mashable.com article, rumor has it that the social media revolution that has been spreading like wildfire in the Western world seems to be coming to China.

With the CEO of Baidu Robin Li tweeting on how he has already signed a deal with Facebook, it looks like the wait is finally over.

However, with China’s history of censorship, I really don’t expect that Facebook will be the same as it is here.

Even China realizes that Facebook can be a liberating tool for those being oppressed and silenced. However, it is hard for me to believe that it will allow Facebook to roam free as it does in most parts of the world.

Since China has had a history of subjugating the press, it is almost expected that it would control this form of media too, even if it is online.

And unfortunately, all we can really expect is a watered down version of the Facebook we have known and grown to love.

Next up....China!

Tags: Comm361 · Facebook · Student Blog Posts

Facebook can make or break you

March 19th, 2011 · Comments Off on Facebook can make or break you

Some people love it. Some people say it’s the devil. But with over 500 million users, we cannot deny its power.

Facebook is the latest medium that can help decide if your interviewer will hire you.

We all have had someone put in a good word so that it can help us get a job. A more formal name for that is references.

Facebook is one of the leading websites that socially and professionally networks people so that they can apply for a job. It was designed to connect people to the jobs they want.

New jobs such as social media strategist, social media publicist and social media coordinator have opened up because of the Facebook Revolution.

Getting recommendations is one of the biggest boosts in obtaining a job. Whether you are in the automotive, marketing, fashion or construction industty, Facebook is the tool to market careers for all.

By networking through Facebook, it creates a much more personalized tone to showcase who you are. Posting pictures of you getting wasted with your tongue kissing a bottle of Jose Cuervo is not the wisest thing.

Facebook is not just about updating your statuses about what you are eating for breakfast. Writing about yourself in pursuit of a job to your friends…that can also help.

So, it’s time for you to get on Facebook, but this time for doing good and exhibiting your talents, not just stirring up drama.

Happy reading folks.

Tags: Comm361 · Facebook · Student Blog Posts

I really need you to read this blog, ok?

February 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on I really need you to read this blog, ok?

I really need you to read this article, okay?

Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post staff writer, is worried.

Where once was the time that journalists were not driven by money, this is certainly not the case now. Back then, money came with the job. Now, the job is aimed at making money. As print journalism is moving into the online platform, page views are determining what content gets posted because the more page views one gets, the more likely he or she is to make more moolah. The problem is that sometimes the best content really does not get a lot of exposure. As Achenbach mentions, topics such as American Idol rejects or Brittney Spears’s crotch get searched more often than other important matters. As humans, we love to read about gossip, entertainment and drama. The serious stuff, we save for later. Where once we read the morning paper with our breakfast, we now read the news on our Twitter as we drive to work. News outlets are so obsessed with chasing readers, they sometimes miss out on the action.

So it’s time we stop focusing on the quantity of page views and readers and instead put our attention to the quality of news. Here is a funny clip from the Onion that tackles a similar topic:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Happy reading folks.

Tags: Comm361 · online journalism · Student Blog Posts

I really need you to read this blog, ok?

February 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on I really need you to read this blog, ok?

I really need you to read this article, okay?

Joel Achenbach, a Washington Post staff writer, is worried.

Where once was the time that journalists were not driven by money, this is certainly not the case now. Back then, money came with the job. Now, the job is aimed at making money. As print journalism is moving into the online platform, page views are determining what content gets posted because the more page views one gets, the more likely he or she is to make more moolah. The problem is that sometimes the best content really does not get a lot of exposure. As Achenbach mentions, topics such as American Idol rejects or Brittney Spears’s crotch get searched more often than other important matters. As humans, we love to read about gossip, entertainment and drama. The serious stuff, we save for later. Where once we read the morning paper with our breakfast, we now read the news on our Twitter as we drive to work. News outlets are so obsessed with chasing readers, they sometimes miss out on the action.

So it’s time we stop focusing on the quantity of page views and readers and instead put our attention to the quality of news. Here is a funny clip from the Onion that tackles a similar topic:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Happy reading folks.

Tags: Comm361 · online journalism · Student Blog Posts

Quora: What is it?

February 17th, 2011 · Comments Off on Quora: What is it?

In a world of twitter, twellow, bebo, cloob and fotki, there possibly couldn’t be any use for Quora. Turns out I am wrong.

Quora.com, a website founded by two former Facebook moguls, has been buzzing in the world of media gurus lately due to its community-driven Q & A repository. Deemed a “social network for knowledge” on its website, Quora is a fresh take on an old idea.  It lets you post questions and answers on any topic and search for ones that have been posted already. There is no dumb question, but there are dumb answers. But, as always, the good ones pop out while the horrible ones are shoved to the back.  When I created my account, I noticed a lot of factual questions about how much Kanye West makes to a lot of philosophical questions like what is love? According to a recent Mashable.com article, there are nine ways to utilize Quora for what it’s worth. Here are the top five!

  1. Strengthen customers’ experience: Talk about your name or company on Quora and monitor who is talking about it as well. Follow your name or company as a topic and respond to people’s questions that are asking about you. Respond to the concerns, criticisms and give feedback to keep a following!
  2. Research your competition: Learn about your competition. See what they are up to and what people are saying about them. Remember the saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer!”
  3. Connect with journalists: Find reporters and market your ideas. Remember, by connecting with others, you are creating your name!
  4. Embrace long-form dialogue: No more 140-character limit! Expand and write out your thought process…..Be creative! Just don’t ramble.
  5. Mine for hot topics: Find what is hip, new and exciting! The Quora network lets you keep on top of your game!

For more tips, go to Mashable.com or Quora.com.

Happy reading folks!

Tags: Comm361 · social media · Student Blog Posts

Twitter raises awareness for the homeless

February 16th, 2011 · Comments Off on Twitter raises awareness for the homeless

I never thought of myself as much of a blog or Twitter person. Yes, I have a personal blog where I vent and write about issues that are important to me. And yes, I have a Twitter account where I would tweet maybe once every two months. However, when I started this class, doing these weekly blogs and tweeting has gotten me excited for what’s to come. It has gotten me excited because personalized social media is creating such an awareness of things around the world. And now, Twitter has come to save the world, one person at a time.

In a recent Mashable.com article I was reading, Underheard in New York, an initiative created to raise homeless awareness, has brought the magic of Twitter to these men.

Four men were picked to start tweeting about their lives in the real world. They were given a cell phone, unlimited texting and a Twitter account.

The goal is to showcase the huge challenges the homeless community faces and by giving these men the opportunity to tweet, they are giving them a voice that they have long craved for. According to the mentioned Mashable article, homelessness in New York has increased by 34 percent in the past year alone.

Although these men are operating on inexpensive phones and aren’t making money off this project, they are being given a chance to explore technology as they have never before. Twitter is paving the way to do big things. But all those big things start small.

Happy reading.

Tags: Comm361 · social media · Student Blog Posts

Mandy Jenkins Visits COMM 361

February 14th, 2011 · Comments Off on Mandy Jenkins Visits COMM 361

There’s a famous saying that the harder you work, the luckier you get. This saying holds true for Mandy Jenkins, director of social media for TBD.

Coming from a town in rural Ohio, Jenkins has always worked hard. She wanted to be a part of the media world; however, she discovered that her career path would not go the same way as past journalists. She would have to come up with something new.

She discovered Twitter back in 2007, when no one had even heard much of it. Not even Kanye West or Ashton Kutcher. Writing up a creative plan, Jenkins became the first social media coordinator for a newspaper in Ohio. Along with tweeting, Jenkins discovered blogging, Facebook and other social media websites.

When Jenkins arrived in my COMM 361 Online Journalism class, she spoke regarding the evolving state of journalism due to the fast development of the Internet. She gave a few details about her job that I found interesting and would like to share with you:

“90 percent of the work I do is reading and researching,” – Jenkins

Being a social media editor is not all about tweeting and using Facebook. One has to know what other people are talking about in order to keep up.

“I always do my best to respond to those who message me, even if they didn’t have anything nice to say,” – Jenkins

Responding to your followers is a nice way to keep them interested into following you. Even if they say inappropriate things, it is sometimes better to just address it in a nicer way. Just because someone is stooping low, doesn’t mean you have to stoop down to their level.

“I met my employer through Twitter,” – Jenkins

Although this is not the most traditional method of getting a job, it worked for Jenkins. The media world is rapidly changing and even Twitter can land some a decent job these days.

Happy reading.

Tags: Comm361 · social media · Student Blog Posts