Monthly Archive: May 2015

Net Worked | May 20th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
#SPJ4All: More than a hashtag

My selfie for #spj4all. (Photo by the author.)

A year ago this week, an email appeared in my inbox confirming my membership with the SPJ. I had just graduated from university, and I was trying to figure out the next steps. The journalism industry was changing, and I knew there was still more to do. But little did I know what would come since that email arrived, and how my thinking would change when I became a member. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 18th, 2015 | #
Reporting on Race: Is the Media doing it right?

Over the past nearly 10 months we’ve seen continual clashes between police and African Americans over what some call “excessive force” and “police brutality” towards African Americans. With much tension in the air, many of the mostly peaceful protests that were occurring across the country began to become overshadowed with ones that turned violent in cities such as Ferguson, Missouri, or more recently Baltimore, Maryland, with mainly peaceful protests quickly being overcome by groups of people looting business, damaging personal and police property all the while causing the city of Baltimore an estimated 9 million dollars in damage. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 13th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Instant Articles: A revolution in journalism

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, whose social network launches the Instant Articles initiative today.(Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr under CC)

Today, Facebook is launching its Instant Articles initiative, where news organizations will be hosting content on the social network’s site.

The official confirmation comes in a blog post from Facebook after previous reports, most notably in March from the New York Times, prompting rampant speculation as to what role Facebook would have, and how it would exactly affect the relationship it had with publishers. Continue reading

Journalism and the World | May 11th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #
SPJ Observes World Press Freedom Day

On May 4, SPJ’s International Journalism Community hosted a panel discussion via Google Hangout to mark World Press Freedom Day. Observed on May 3 each year, World Press Freedom Day “celebrates the fundamental principles of press freedom; to evaluate press freedom around the world, to defend the media from attacks on their independence and to pay tribute to journalists who have lost their lives in the exercise of their profession,” explains UNESCO’s website.

Organized and hosted by IJC member Jennifer Karchmer, the community’s hour-long discussion included such topics as mounting threats to journalists worldwide; the lack of public understanding of the work and resources required to produce quality reporting; U.S. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 11th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Dissecting the State of the News Media 2015

There is no denying the media landscape is shifting toward a mobile and digital focus, and on cue the Pew Research Center confirmed it. Last week Pew released the State of the News Media 2015, reaffirming the growth of mobile and digital journalism, while not reporting on the most promising data for legacy media. In the report’s 12th year, it has released some interesting information about digital audiences and advertising that journalism outlets should be paying attention to. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 10th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Could Twitter be more than a curator?

Twitter is said to be considering buying the mobile app Circa, according to reports. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons under CC license)

Twitter is known by many journalists to be a curator for information, allowing a new way to inform and engage audiences on various subjects. But a recent report may suggest Twitter may be going beyond its curating role.

A report from the Business Insider web site suggests that Twitter is considering acquiring the mobile app Circa. Continue reading

Journalism and the World | May 3rd, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #
We Are Still Charlie

French political cartoonist Jean-Marc Héran displays his work inside a bookstore in the French city of Aix-en-Provence.Courtesy of Kami Rice.

I wasn’t sure whether I was supposed to be watching, but it was too intriguing not to. Tucked away yesterday in a corner of the front terrace of the Librarie Goulard, one of the bookstores lining Aix-en-Provence’s storied Cours Mirabeau, Jean-Marc Héran was drawing. And I was watching over his shoulder from a few feet away. Continue reading

Net Worked | May 1st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Can social journalism thrive on Snapchat?

As Snapchat hires its first Head of News, there are questions as to whether it can revolutionize social media journalism. (Photo: AdamPrzezdziek/Flickr under CC)

Social media has changed the course and direction for engaging audiences, especially younger audiences. Instagram is at the core of that, with a recent study from the Pew Research Institute saying 53 percent of 18-29 year olds use the photo sharing app, while 49 percent of users use it daily. It has also become a way for many journalists to tell stories, including NPR’s White House correspondent Tamara Keith, who was featured on this blog in January. Continue reading