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The Powers and Dangers of Networked Journalism

May 20, 2018

When the concept of networked journalism was in its infancy, it was thought by many to be journalism’s salvation from the flailing commercial media system. As networked journalism has evolved from an academic concept to an undeniable reality, it has certainly changed the face of journalism, but that’s not to say that this brave new world isn’t without its own particular pitfalls. In the old commercial media system, journalists competed with other journalists. There was competition between coworkers as well as rival journalists at competing news agencies. Everyone wanted to “scoop” the other guy by breaking a story first, or…

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Contextual Journalism or “Just the Facts”?

May 1, 2018

The phrase “Just the facts, please,” or some variation on it appears in countless film noir and mystery stories. It’s a call by the detective for the witness to present only circumstantial facts, not adding any personal bias or opinion to the testimony. While that works for fiction, it may not be so cut-and-dried in modern journalism. This occurs due to human nature and the sheer amount of information available. Does adding interpretation to the facts clarify or muddy investigative reporting?   Pure Content This is the “just the facts” approach. It distills basic questions about an event into easily-digestible,…

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Comeback of Long-Form Journalism

April 8, 2018

Long-Form Journalism makes a surprising comeback. In today’s world of digital communication, we have adopted a short-hand writing style. Facebook acronyms like BFF and LOL are common substitutes for complete phrases. Twitter messages are limited to 140 characters. The vast majority of articles published on the web range from only 500 to 700 words in length. The reasons for this trend vary. Some say the average web surfer doesn’t have the time, patience or interest to read longer article. This is born out in a study that showed nearly 55 per cent of internet users visit websites for an average…

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Risks of Augmented Reality in Journalism

March 17, 2018

Make no question: There’s a lot of hype on the subject of augmented reality—especially when it comes to video games and other forms of user-driven entertainment. In order to assess the risks associated with augmented reality, it’s key to first have a working understanding with the core principles of the concept. Augmented reality—abbreviated shorthand to simply AR—is defined as a live direct (or indirect) view of a physical, real-world environment, the elements of which are augmented or supplemented by additional sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data, all of which is computer-generated. Augmented reality is related to…

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Chances of Augmented Reality in Journalism

March 10, 2018

There is a lot of hype in the media right now about augmented reality, especially when it comes to interactive video games and entertainment industry. In fact, augmented reality is even being used to market business brands today. Augmented reality can even play a part in the field of journalism too. But first, for those readers not up on all of today’s hi-tech terminology, some background information. Augmented reality, otherwise known as AR, is essentially a live indirect or direct view of a real-world, physical environment whose elements are supplemented or augmented by various computer-generated sensory input such as graphics,…

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Long Live Journalism!

February 19, 2018

Since the rise of the internet, the media landscape has changed a lot. Especially print media has been in free fall with declining circulations and shrinking ad sales. Many newspapers and magazines had to downsize in a painful way or even went bankrupt. Many journalists became unemployed. Is this the end of journalism? Not at all. It’s a new beginning! Some 110 years ago, people were traveling with horse-drawn coaches. But then the first automobiles came onto the market. The demand for coaches declined. Coachbuilders, horse breeders, and coachmen got into trouble. Everybody who didn’t adapt to the change got…

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Twitter for Research?

January 17, 2018

How can you get the most recent information? Consider Twitter as a source. Here are several good reasons for you to try it.   Why Twitter can be beneficial Journalists want to gather new information as quickly as possible. Twitter is an underestimated tool when it comes to research. Finding news and trends on Twitter can be very productive and beneficial for journalists. The relevance and usefulness of Twitter depends on which accounts you are following. By following different Twitter accounts that are important for your research, you can broaden your point of view extensively. The more appropriate accounts you…

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E-Sports Reporting

December 12, 2017

Competitive video gaming has existed since the earliest days of arcade systems and home entertainment devices. In 1980, Atari hosted the Space Invaders Tournament, which had over ten thousand competitors and hinted at the potential for future large scale video game competitions. For the most part however, in the late 1970s and 1980s competitions would often not extend beyond contests among friends and rivals. At the start of the 1990s, as home video game consoles and personal computers became more advanced and they were acquired by larger and larger numbers of the population, there was a growing demand for these…

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McLuhan Revisited: The Distracted and Overwhelmed News Consumer?

November 18, 2017

In 1964, when media analyst and philosopher Marshall McLuhan formulated his now famous maxim the medium is the message, the newspaper was the dominant source for news and information. Television was the newcomer in a world of print journalism, and a perfect ‘cool medium’ for ‘hot’ news stories. Being a cool medium, TV could not compete with print journalism in terms of the depth and breadth of its reporting. In Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man, McLuhan remarks on the changes observed in the reading habits of children since the rise of the popularity of television in the early ‘60‘s:…

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Beat Reporting

October 19, 2017

He’s got a finger on the pulse of a designated section of town, been down the block extensively and knows its real flavor including all its nooks and crannies. This is someone who’s trustworthy and credible, with full access to the local people, and on point the moment it happens. The split second there is something occurring that is newsworthy, it’s a beat reporter that captures the true essence of that story. There’s no flim-flamming involved. A beat reporter is someone who is specialized, covering a particular segment of the population or a select geographic area, neighborhood or business sector.…

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Personalized News Portals

September 19, 2017

A printed newspaper and even an online magazine has a determined set of articles in a fixed order. Next-generation news portals promise to be more personalized:   Apple News Apple News advertises they collect all the stories you want to read from the top news sources based only topics you’re most interested in. By combining these news links under one Apple app, you no longer need to move from one app to another in order to stay well informed on current and pertinent news stories Apple News brings the same quality editorial layouts and typography of print media to your…

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Snapchat: A Hub for Journalism?

August 5, 2017

Snapchat may have started out life as a private messaging app for teenagers, but its rapid adoption by people in older demographics has given the app an added role: as a news aggregator. The original purpose of Snapchat was simple. App users utilized their phones to send short photos or videos to specific friends or post them as a “story,” visible to all the users friends. After a set amount of time – no more than 10 seconds for a single “snap” or 24 hours for a story – the image would disappear. This simple model – similar to that…

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The Fake News Problem

July 7, 2017

Deep down, most people really do want to know the truth. At least, that’s what any good journalist hopes is true. Reporting the truth is the basis of the modern journalistic tradition, and honest reporting helps to build an informed, functioning and free democracy. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics lists this concept as its very first principle: Seek truth and report it. However, there is another, less palatable human urge that runs parallel to the pursuit of truth. In the 1960s, Peter Wason conducted a series of experiments demonstrating that people favor information that supports their preexisting…

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