Storify: RIP Paul Walker

paulI chose to Storify the passing of Paul Walker which happened on Saturday November 30th. The reason I chose this subject is due to the fact that it was current seeing as it took place 2 days ago, but mainly because of the popularity of the subject when this happened. By population I mean, the out pour of  sympathy from fans, celebrities, as well as his costars, and coverage on almost every media outlet and website. It is clearly a horrific event which took place and I wanted to capture his life, his most memorable career choices in film, as well as his passing. Storify taught me to search the internet and use specific types of media depending on what I wanted to portray. For instance Twitter, and Facebook for coverage and reactions from the public, YouTube for videos, Google and Google+ for images and clips without sound. It is an interesting outlet to show different sides of a story with a range of multimedia tools. Very enjoyable and useful tool to use in the future.

The link below will connect you to the Storify which has created to Remember the late Paul Walker.

Live Blogging the American Music Awards

I chose to liveblog this years American Music Awards. With the theater packed with a slew of entertainers and fans the show was sure to be a hit. Everyone listens to music so teh AMAs were sure to appeal to a large audience no matter what their preference in genre; Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, R&B, or Country.

Liveblogging the AMAs taught me the importance of doing research beforehand. Before the AMAs began I studied a list of nominees and categories as well as presenters and performers who would be making their way to the stage for the evenings excitement. It definitely helped in knowing how to properly spell their names, having a bit of background on their previous AMA appearances and any controversy surrounding them; for instance Miley Cyrus.

To make the liveblog lively, I not only included my own commentary, but videos of the host, the best and worst AMA moments and Rihanna (who won the Icon Award). I wanted to catch the viewers up to date with any important and relevant information. From then on I continued by including comments, and tweets from others watching the AMAs as well as fashion bloggers talking about anything from Mackelmore and Ryan Lewis’ speech surrounding Trayvon Martin to Rihanna’s hairstyle of the night.

Definitely enjoyed the experience of liveblogging this event and sharing it with those who were incapable of catching the eventful night.

Social Media: The Newsrooms’ New and Improved Tool


Social Media has grown in popularity over the past decade.

The debate whether or not journalists should rely on social media has been one, which is ongoing. While many newsrooms are sticking to the old way of getting news out to the public, many newsrooms have adapted to the new conventional way.

 The Internet is fast developing and social media is a primary resource for the public to get their news therefore forcing journalists to adapt to new methods of publishing their work.

Journalists have begun to use this medium for several different purposes. Social media sites are smart online tools with connections to billions of people all over the world. This has helped journalists reach a wider audience quicker and more efficiently. Journalists have also begun to rely on tools such as Twitter and Facebook to break important stories faster to the public and post photos almost immediately. This is definitely more useful then having to constantly wait for the newspaper to print overnight. Now people literally get up-to-the-minute news.

People tend to rely on social media to keep them up to date with everything from breaking news, to what their friends are eating. It makes sense that the public would also follow news on their smartphones, tablets and computers. Todays society is fast paced and in a stage of constant change. Because of the quick moving changes taking place, people have become increasingly impatient forcing up-and-coming journalists to have to learn the ins and outs of social media. The public has no time to sit down and read a newspaper cover-to-cover when they have kids to get ready, themselves to get to work, a train or metro to catch. Sales of newspapers have gone down because of this. On Twitter people can stop and read only the articles and breaking news, which interests them. This has greatly led to the popularity of online journalism. 

Newspapers and broadcasting companies understand the need of social media causing them to create and open career positions dealing with online sites; for example social media coordinators and consultants.

 Because of social medias’ growing use for journalists, courses are offered in school and as extra classes outside of school in order to learn proper etiquette; meaning what should and shouldn’t be posted on sites including Facebook and Twitter.

 A site like offers reasons as to why newsrooms and journalism should depend on blogs and social media sites. They also explain effective ways to conduct yourself in a proper and professional manner. It is a site, which prides itself in believing that the newsroom should use social media daily for their work, but by following guidelines.

Although social media has been perceived as negative it can be more positive then anything. Social Media sites can be used as an online and visual resumes for many journalists where they can post works they have written or produced. Journalists should only use sites like Twitter and Facebook to showcase their talents and skills not to post inappropriate photos and opinions as well as pictures of their supper last night.

The Buttry Diaries, a wordpress blog created by Steve Buttry has a page in which he lists the guidelines The Washington Post expects its journalists and employees to follow when it comes to social media in and out of the newsroom.

Many press companies and newsrooms aren’t opposed to using social media sites because they understand the growing need and popularity, however they see that they can be a negative and are attempting to steer away from that type of portrayal.

Social media has helped the newsroom grow and reach a larger geographic audience. If journalists continue to learn the right way to use it by following guidelines there is no doubt this tool will continue to grow as a powerful one that will only continue to benefit journalists in the newsroom.