The changes Facebook has made to journalism…

During the 1700’s the newspaper was pretty much our only source of news…mid. 1840’s the telegraph was used to send breaking news long distances…the late 1800’s brought the telephones and typewriters to journalists…in the 1920’s the radio dominated the market…in the 1950’s  people began to turn to the television for their news and until the 80’s media relied on print, television and radio. Now…for the last twenty-five years we now have the “new media”   

So…now that we are in this new media stage we now have social media beasts like Facebook. Back in August of 2008 Facebook reported 100 million users and today it reports over than 500 million worldwide! In a matter of three years it has increased over 500 million users!! With this number of users how can journalism refuse to jump on board??

“Facebook has dramatically transformed the way journalists do their jobs. It’s become an essential tool, making our jobs far more efficient.”

– Ian Shapira, Washington Post

Facebook has made it much easier for journalists to report on issues and in a matter of seconds reach thousands of people. Having so many journalists using Facebook is an opportunity for them to be more in touch with the average citizen; Minty at Al Jazeera English said “It has allowed us to get a true sense of what average citizens in some countries are thinking and planning,” Journalism has always been a matter of being involved with reporting of issues found in your community and the numbers show where a majority of the community spends quite a bit of their time….so, once again…of course journalists need to be involved with Facebook…how could they not be?

There are now tools on FB that help journalists when they are searching for information is tied to specific news events or people. These are features like FBInstant, Facebook questions, Facebook places and Openbook…I wanted to give it a try for myself so I went to FBInstant where I found a nice simple page with just a search bar at the top of the page and three categories below: pages, posts and events…I typed social media and in seconds I had so many links to all kinds of useful information….I can see how this would be sooo helpful to journalists.

Journalists have to give their audience information they need and want. Being in touch with Facebook journalists are able to get an idea of the communities likes and dislikes…their interests…what they are feeling about whatever it is they are posting about…their passions…there is really so much that can be learned from FB…

“As in any form of journalism, if you don’t understand where the audience is and what it’s doing, you don’t understand the audience.”  Kelly Wilson author of In Your Facebook

We must also think about how Facebook will continue to change journalism…what’s to come? To be completely honest I have no idea. I mean there are a few posibilities…as more people are able to become “journalists” themselves will many journalists begin to lose their jobs if they don’t keep up with social media…are we moving to a day where social media sites are our only place for news…I mean truly there are so many possibilities and not one of us knows for sure…only time will tell *


Facebook feelings…

Over the years my feelings about Facebook have slowly but surely been changing. It all began about five or so years ago when I had first heard about Facebook, to be completely honest  I originally had my doubts…I figured it was just another Myspace style site where people just logged on, found old friends and regurgitated mindless information. At this point in time I was already pretty much done with the whole Myspace craze so I didn’t exactly jump on the train to get involved in Facebook. But then, I started to hear many speak about the benefits of Facebook and how they liked it so much better than Myspace so…after about a year or two I decided it would be best if I just stop criticizing Facebook and try it out for myself.

After opening my account my main use for Facebook has been keeping in touch with family and friends as well as discussing topics of interest with other like-minded people. But, being how these are my only uses…in my life it has turned out to be nothing more than just a newer enhanced Myspace.

But, please don’t get me wrong…I am completely aware of the potential power Facebook holds. We have all recently seen the power of social media in the Egyptian revolution. It opened our eyes to what truly can be done with the help of social media. It’s awesome.        

Like I said…my feelings about Facebook have been changing over the years…after seeing the changes that can be made with the use of social media, taking a Journalism 65 class, exploring Facebook much more than I previously had and learning of the many benefits to individuals, professionals and students I now feel it’s a VERY powerful social media site, if used properly.

Social networking sites helping artists get their work out to the public…

After researching quite a few social networking sites in my journalism class, it got me wondering how many sites for artists I could find. So, I began to search and was pleasantly surprised by sooo many sites working to bring together artists from around the world…

“Social Networking sites focus on helping you build an online community of people and fans who share your interests and activities, or connecting you with those who are interested in exploring your interests and activities.”                                                                                                  – Christina Duren Cyber PR Urban  

I found a great site called Artist2Artist ; they explain how they have created an environment to “keep up with fellow artists, curators, art gallery owners and other art community reps. Exhibit your own artwork, videos and music, create your own groups, blogs and forums. Share links, chat and learn from artists around the world. The possibilities are almost endless…”

 They also created a great list of how artists can benefit from a social network:

Make Connections, Participate or Create:
Chat and learn from fellow artists, curators and artist reps in real-time
Create your own Discussion Groups, Forums and Blogs
Access art lessons, exhibition reviews, interviews, lectures, and more.

Manage and Promote your Art:
Establish your own website and internet presence
Create an online Gallery
Exhibit your artwork for view and/or critique
Create image portfolios and libraries
 Share your videos, pods, and audios
List and share your upcoming events, shows, resources, online galleries

I feel social networking sites can be sooo beneficial to artists.On these sites your work can be viewed at any time from anywhere…It’s awesome!

Below are a few more great sites I recommend viewing if you have the time to check out some beautiful work *

DeviantArt , Shapeshifters , Artbreak , Artslant , Artlog

Anyone know of any other social networking sites for artists??

Thanks for reading & have a great weekend **

In my Journalism 65 class I have learned many new things about Journalism/Social Media…

Let me go ahead and name a few: 🙂

1. There are soooo many social networking sites!! I did know there was a lot but, I’ll be completely honest…I didn’t know there were over 200!!

2. I learned about the power of LinkedIn, I have heard about how the site has actually helped so many people find jobs/careers!

3. I learned how to start my own blog via be honest, I never thought I would be a blogger but, I must admit it’s actually kind of fun 🙂

4. I learned what a new blogger should and shouldn’t do…two major points: whatever you do don’t get discouraged and always have a plan before you blog *

5. I learned many new social media terms…SEO, SEM, flash mob, blimple, lurker, troll, just to name a few… 🙂

6. I learned about the rise of the 2nd internet…”The social internet”

7. I learned about how social media can really help in the classroom…

8. I learned the MAJOR importance on time management skills…

9. I learned of the possible advancements in social media…quite exciting. 🙂

10. I learned so much more about how the social media world than I knew before…

11. And most of all I have learned how social networking sites are SO beneficial to many people around the globe…we can never forget how lucky we are to have access to the internet and all the great sites that can be found in it that are FULL of information.

Journalist/Curator…what’s your opinion?

I had never before thought of journalists as being curators; a great article by Shari Weiss inspired me to research it further. What first comes to mind when I hear the term “curator” is a museum curator but, after looking into the exact definition of the term curator, I now don’t see how journalists could not be called curators.


noun \ˈkyu̇r-ˌā-tər, kyu̇-ˈrā-, ˈkyu̇r-ə-\

Definition: One who has the care and superintendence of something; especially one in charge of a museum, zoo, or other place of exhibit. Origin: Latin, from curare to care, from cura care.

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Journalists care about and supervise the information they release to the public [at least they should 🙂 ]. They organize the information they have compiled into a nice little package for the reader. I feel it takes a lot of effort to put together an article that will be read by many, I don’t feel it’s such an easy task.

Now, there are those who feel that the title of “curator” should exclusively be used for museum curators. I somewhat understand this…as Christy Barksdale brought out in her article; Content Curation: Bringing Order to Information Overload, many museum curators have PhDs in their area of expertise, and believe that it is only with the highest level of education, and many years of research and experience, that one can be a true curator. Museum curators put forth a lot of time and effort to get that title, so like I said; I can somewhat see why they would be irritated if their title could easily be given to journalists.

Christy Barksdale also points out that merely sharing information over social networks is not curation; I agree. Spitting out mindless information on social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is not exactly curating information. But, when someone takes the time to research and put together a well thought out article I view this as curation.

But, honestly…we can go back and forth on whether or not journalists should be called curators. I feel it’s only a word…why should we really give so much value to any title?? Is it really necessary?? I don’t think so…but, that’s only my opinion. I know there are many who will agree but, I also expect many to disagree too and that’s ok…we are all different and that’s the beauty of life.

What’s next in social media?

Well…where can we go from here? There are many who believe we are already in the future of social media, but really…what does this mean? Do these feel we have reached the ultimate peak of social media? Once a peak has been reached is there not nowhere to go but down…what do you think? Have we really reached the social media peak? Will all else from this point on be like petals falling slowly from a bloomed flower?

Personally, I don’t feel we can do anything else but continue to climb up…that’s the only “logical” thing this society can do. Since the beginning of time our society has continued to grow and grow. For example let’s take the telephone; it all started with the non-electrical string telephone or the “lover’s telephone” it was pretty much like the children’s tin can telephone 🙂

 Then in the early 1900’s the first dial telephone…from that point on we have been advancing this technology. We now have smartphones that are basically a tiny laptop, and what will come next? Holographic phones…its already in the works! I feel it’s just a matter of time 🙂

In a great article by Jason Falls, the founder and editor of Social Media Explorer, he predicts the web will get much smarter…he says:

“Semantic search and artificial intelligence are upon us. As our browsers, social networking platforms and software packages evolve, they will all function more intelligently. They will track our every click, every keystroke and perhaps even eye movement, not to impose on us in some sort of big brother sort of way, but to serve up smarter search results, more intuitive navigation options and almost frightening sets of information.”

Jason’s prediction of social media platforms that may even track our eye movement is fascinating but yet a little frightening.  The future of social media is an exciting subject…there are so many possibilities. What’s the next step? Only time will tell…..