A successful journalist should understand and follow many branches of social media…


In these days journalism is MUCH more than the traditional radio, newspaper, and TV broadcasts.

Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, Friendster, Linkedin, Tumblr…this is just to name a few, the list goes on and on. Social networking sites have taken media to a completely new level. A journalist in our time period must be very savvy in the social media community. As the newer generations, Gen Y and Z are more involved in social networking sites the media has no choice but to follow. If they choose not to make the switch to a more technological style media they will be left in the dust. We can see how this is inevitably happening to printed newspapers…as you are reading this the newspapers are on their final ticks…they may be left behind forever with no chance of reincarnation.

Now, anyone of us today can become a “journalist”, it’s awesome. I don’t mean to be discrediting those who have gone through years of college to become an accredited journalist but, I feel that to a certain degree all of us in this Journalism 65 class are now journalists…we have started our own blogs where we are reporting on various things that are important to us…I think I really like this journalism business 🙂 With each post I am beginning to like this more and more. 🙂

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. breannadrew
    Feb 24, 2011 @ 19:28:05

    There was a wonderful mention on NPR this morning the guest was saying that they remembered when the news said that Russia had been defeated because of the fax machine as a new means of communication.

    Its interesting to think of all these things; radio, tv, twitter and even the printing press, as modern ways to share information. Makes you wonder how news was in the past (town crier?) and what it will look like 100 years from now (brain implant?).


  2. Jena Perry
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 03:42:21

    I am interested on your statement of how “everyone can be a journalist”. I politely disagree but am curious to hear your perspective and wish for you to write a blog detailing this further :). I am not stating that it is not possible for everyone to be a journalist; more so the common definition of what a journalist is, is not completely accurate and includes much more than writing blogs and having opinions.


  3. kimberlyglenn
    Feb 25, 2011 @ 07:47:20

    I agree, it is much easier to become a journalist these days with the invention of the internet, and it doesn’t have to be credited through tons of schooling either. Social media allows readers to do what they can’t do with newspapers, TV, and radio broadcast: have a voice! Social media sites allow readers to comment and share their thoughts with people around the world. Reader feedback is a major part of successful journalism.


  4. Vanessa Jensen
    Mar 01, 2011 @ 03:00:34

    @Brennadrew_ I know huh! I’m sure 100 years from now technology will be taken to insane level!

    @Jena_ Thanks for disagreeing with me…I have no problem with that at all, I encourage people to disagree and question 🙂 A journalist collects and disseminates information about current events, people, trends, and issues. His or her work is acknowledged as journalism. I feel this is exactly what we are each doing… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Journalist

    @Kimberly_ Exactly *


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