A Look to the Future of Journalsim

Journalism will live as long as people continue to tell stories, and as long as people are willing to listen. New journalism focuses more on personalizing the news reading experience.

When I first walked into Steve Fox’s class I assumed that multimedia acted more as a feature for news reporting or newsgathering. I had no idea that so much effort is directed towards maintaining effective multimedia components that attract an audience.

Now I think of print journalism as a slowly fading industry. News organizations everywhere continue to lose readers and they are forced to adapt to the current trends and a deeper involvement in multimedia.

When I think of journalism, multimedia is the first thing to pop in my head. I am so used to seeing pictures, videos, and audio files to accompany a piece of journalism, it would seem strange to see anything else.

That does not mean that print journalism is dying, but it is becoming less prominent, generating opportunities for multimedia journalism to take over.

In recent years Twitter and Facebook have proved to be a useful tool for journalists. Reporters can connect with one another and share information with the click of a button.

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Ethical Implications of SEO

SEO, or search engine optimization is the “practice of improving and promoting,” a web site to increase the amount of visitors directed to the site from search engines.

There are many elements to SEO, from the text on your page to the way other sites are linked to the page. Using SEO is simply a matter of search engines understanding the structure of the webpage.

There are however, some ethical implications that come along with using SEO. Journalists explore ways to gain more readers online, and they have to use terms that the public can find in search engines.

One of the major ethical issues that journalists deal with is inaccurate information received by the public. This means that the terms that the public may enter into the search engine are incorrect, and will hinder the individual from locating a specific story.

This may not be an issue to some, however, if journalists have to use words and phrases that are wrong in order to gain readers, then it can become a problem.

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A Multimedia Piece Dedicated to Cubism

“The New York Times,” created a news package last week about philanthropist Leonard A. Lauder’s promise to give the Metropolitan Museum of Art his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings, and sculptures.

Cubism was a revolutionary style of modern art developed by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braques in Paris between 1907 and 1914. The term “cubism,” originated from a French art critic Louis Vauxcelles who described “geometric forms,” in the abstract works as “cubes.”

According to the museum’s website cubist painters were against the “inherited concept,” that art naturally should copy nature or that they should adopt traditional techniques such as perspective and modeling. These artists wanted to emphasize “the two dimensionality of the canvas,” which led them to reduce and fracture objects into geometric forms.

Lauder’s collection is said to be valued at more than one billion dollars, and it puts him in a class with “cornerstone contributors,” like Michael C. Rockefeller and Robert Lehman. According to scholars, the collection is “among the world’s greatest and is as good as, if not better than,” Cubist artwork in institutions like the Museum of Modern Art in New York or the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

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UMass Students in Debt

In recent years, student debt has rocketed to staggering heights climbing above $1 trillion of unpaid loans in 2012, becoming more of a major problem for attendees of the University of Massachusetts.  While student debt has started to become a rising issue for so many students of this generation, UMass Sociology Professor Dan Clawson, author of the book “The Future of Higher Education,” has made a number of observations and critiques of the modern system and where it has gone wrong.

In his book, Clawson refers to the current way universities work as a “business oriented model.

According to him, “There has been a huge decrease in funding for the university, and when that decrease comes the university says… we could make the university worse, we could lower the quality, we could squeeze the workers more, or we could squeeze the students more. To some degree, they do a little of all of those things.”

When Clawson began working at UMass in 1978, he says “the most common occupation for students’ parents was being a machinist… today I’m much less likely to have students with working class parents even though they’re still having to borrow.”

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