Social Media’s Impact – Digital Reporting is the Future

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The rapid growth of digital media, especially the use of social media has started to create a change in how news stories are told today. Media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Tumblr and other blogging sites enables a much more “connected” community and any individual can self-publish by means of these platforms. Citizen journalism has become the tag for these individuals carrying these networking devices. One of the major problems with citizen journalism is that the facts usually can’t be verified; nor can you be completely sure it is not being used to promote an agenda.

Due to social media rapidly expanding, journalism as a whole has begun to change. Therefore, through this new digital age new types of jobs will be created. In return, traditional media (newspapers) will be outdated and arguably non-existent. 

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The major for concerns for traditional journalists due to the boom of social media are job losses. For journalism students on the other hand is to find  a job once they have completed their degree. Peter Fray, a former editor at The Sydney Morning Herald and now a media lecturer at the University of Sydney, saysalthough graduates with journalism skills are still in demand, they are more likely to work creating content for health funds or banks. As the media is broken down into smaller organisations over the coming decade, traditional cadetships (already now uncommon) are likely to disappear.” The Herald Sun offered six cadetships last year, whilst Fairfax suspended traineeships altogether in 2008.

In 2012 the Herald Sun appointed their first “social media editor”. This is an example of what sort of jobs are around already and a hint at what jobs may be just around the corner. It is also a recognition by the industry that social media is changing journalism and that the ability to communicate engaging journalism across different mediums is important from a job-seeking perspective.

 

 

 

 

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Out with the old, in with the new.

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Glued to his phone, Jake Cupitt is excited about what the future may bring for him.

Although they are four completely different people; journalism students Jake Cupitt, David Atherton, Tiarne Blackwell and Briana Kennedy all agree that traditional media will cease to exist in the near future.

“I think that with the prevalence of digital media and the loss of traditional print media there is a balancing act happening. People are losing their jobs in one area but jobs are being created in other areas that can make up for these losses.” says Jake Cupitt. Jake is aware of what the impact is of the rising dominance of social media in journalism. “A new job I know that’s been created at New York Times is a traffic analyst which is a person that monitors and controls the flow of traffic on the New York Times website. Something like that never would have even been thought of 20 years ago and now its a crucial part of the continued success of certain areas of the industry. Imagine what will happen in the next 20 years!!” Cupitt states. However, in Jake’s “perfect world” he would “love to work for Rolling Stone Magazine.” Jake recognises that it’ll take quite a few years and lots of experience to get there, but he has “patience”. Initially he would like to work in a lot of different areas to get a “deep understanding of the industry so that [his] skills will improve.”

Music journalism may be the path for Jake but for David sport journalism is where he is hoping his degree will take him. “My ideal job would be a sports writer or commentator for football (soccer) – hopefully in Spain, Germany or England as that’s where the best leagues are.” declares David. “My casual creative writing has aided my writing development and I rate my puns and vocabulary humour somewhat, additionally, my extensive knowledge of all sports in general – but mostly football (soccer) – allows me to provide reasonable analysis of content rather than vague descriptions.” David also agrees with Jake on the idea that the rise of social media will dominate over traditional journalism and is already happening globally. “I think that traditional print media will be on its knees and online forms of the traditional mediums will be booming – such as the online Sydney Morning Herald as opposed to the hard copy. This will raise the competitiveness for journalists as globalisation has made reporting easier to do from remote locations not nearby the event – making exclusive stories hard to come by.”

Tiarne Blackwell is another journalism student who’s thinking about what the future may hold for her and is keen on the more creative side of things. “I would love to write for a magazine or anything that I find interesting. I want to do something different and not have just a boring, normal job. I want to be able to have fun and be proud of what I do. I realise this may take a while, but that is fine.” Tiarne reveals. Tiarne’s career aspiration compares to Briana Kennedy’s as she would also like to work for a print magazine. However, Briana states that she is “not exactly career driven at this point.” and doesn’t just have one goal/job in mind.”

Both Tiarne and Briana agree with Jake and David about the increasing  nature of social media in journalism. “Technology only keeps evolving as new generations are born and older ones die out, so in a few years’ time, everyone should be technologically efficient. This will only mean that companies will increase their social media aspects. Therefore, I believe that a lot of new journalism jobs will be available” Tiarne admits.

If you’re interested in finding out more about these students you can follow their journalism journey at:

Jake Cupitt

David Atheron

Tiarne Blackwell 

Briana Kennedy

There’s plagiarism and fabrication in journalism?! Ahoy Captain Obvious!

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In recent years plagiarism in journalism has become a significant issue due to the rise of social media and the number of citizens who use it on a day-to-day basis. Self tagged journalists are becoming a lot more common nowadays with the rise of different media platforms (Blogs, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube) and because of this the notion of “copying and pasting” has become more frequent.  I found this an interesting article on plagiarism and fabrication being unacceptable in journalism. 

In 2011 Paige Wiser was let go from her job of 17 years at Chicago Sun-Times after stating she was at a concert for its entirety when she clearly wasn’t. Her “Glee Live!” concert review awkwardly described one song that she didn’t see and another one that wasn’t performed at all on the night. When Wisner admitted her fault she said “I do understand what a big deal this was. I am ashamed, and it’s just a matter of making bad decisions when you’re exhausted.”

According to Wisner she was told that her kids “cutesy reactions” would be welcome, so she brought a long her 6 year-old daughter and 7 year-old son. However, “Jack nearly decapitated himself falling off his seat, and Audrey started murmuring “I’m going to throw up” 10 songs into the set.” Wisner admits she would’ve written that she left early but she didn’t want to let the paper down. Instead Paige included the encore song “Friday” as she was familiar with it. “Big mistake. I didn’t see it there, so it was a lie.” Wisner states

Editor in chief at the time Don Hayner  published Wisner’s dismissal stating that “accuracy and honesty in reporting are essential parts of the promise we make to our readers. We regret the incident and apologize.”

Fabrication and plagiarism are major issues that we are currently facing as a society in journalism. The expanding world of social media is only going to make situations like Wisner’s more frequent.

 

“Youtube is the main reason I chose to study Journalism”

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“Making youtube videos is the main factor why I chose my degree. Without Youtube, I think I would’ve been stuck on what to study. Youtube has really given me confidence as it puts me out of my comfort zone.” – Veronica Cremen (18, Bachelor of Media and Communications, Bachelor of Journalism).

At only 15, Veronica uploaded a video of her accidentally being hit by her bestfriend with a waterbottle. “We were laughing about it so much and we thought it would honestly get no views and it would just be for laughs and between us.” However, overnight it had reached 1000 views and had several comments from viewers asking Veronica and her friend to upload more. This led to Miss Cremen exploring Youtube in a whole new way. Stumbling upon the fashion and beauty side of Youtube was how Veronica decided what videos she would upload next. “I realised that this was an avenue I’d really like to explore. It was the best thing I ever did.” Cremen states.

Although your hobbies tend to not co-exist with your academic pursuits, this is not the case for Veronica. Studying Journalism and Media and Communications there are many skills that you either need to learn, or already have. And, Veronica feels she already has those fundamental skills that she can hopefully work on during her studies. “Making Youtube videos has  given me skills on camera placement, speaking in front of crowds, and knowledge about media platforms, advertising, digital media and the ever-growing world of social media. Which, has also made me aware of the possible jobs that may exist at the end of my degree.”

Making Youtube videos has also created many opportunities for Veronica and she is very enthusiastic of what the future holds for her. She has become friends with a few different bands (Elephant Laundry) and has a video uploaded of her doing Dylan Cartwright’s makeup (the lead singer). This has led to her doing their makeup for photoshoots, music videos and shows. Veronica has also been introduced to Mary Kay and is now a senior consultant for them. “Having contacts is really important, and I am close with the owner of Boom video who I’m going to sign with soon, which will hopefully create more opportunities for me in the future.”

Veronica is looking forward to what the future holds and can already see how things have started to change. “Starting my channel in 2010, there wasn’t many Australian YouTubers out there, but now there is so many! It’s great to see Australians out there on the platform and showcasing their best efforts.”

However, Miss Cremen states that becoming a full-time Youtuber isn’t a priority right now. “Being 18 years old I’m balancing my life between University, jobs, friends and traveling. Who knows that the future holds though!”

Link to Veronica’s Youtube Account: https://www.youtube.com/user/girlbeyoutee/featured

A list of other Youtube accounts that Veronica shared as her inspirations:

Bethany Mota (Macbarbie07)

Kandee Johnson

Troye Sivan

Zoella

Thatcher Joe

Caspar Lee

Jack & Finn

Your world turned upside down?

Writing an essay an hour before its due? Forgetting an assignment? Stressing? We’ve all been there. Trying to find a computer at the UOW library is an adventure in itself. As we eagerly await someone to look like they are leaving (sort of like trying to find a park) we are quickly disappointed as they scoot off to print something, get a coffee or have a chat to their friend on the other side of the room. We’re all in the same boat at uni.. we all want to go well and we all want to walk out with a degree and once you put all of us in one building together things can get pretty intense.

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Uni Night Life

The University of Wollongong has many on campus sites that enables students to connect with each other and showcase their talents + interests. The Uni Bar at Wollongong is one of the most popular places on campus. So far this year we have had two huge events (Ball Park Music and the Superhero/Villain Party). Having a Uni Bar on campus obviously creates a very different atmosphere to high school but it allows students to connect outside of class and develop friendships which is very important in 1st year studies. The Superhero/Villain Party on the 17th of April showcased a local UOW student band as well as a DJ throughout the night. The Uni Bar is not only a great place to meet a wide range of people but is also a great place to share your talents no matter what they are.  Even dancing!

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An interview with Jayden Perry

19 year old Jayden Perry discusses in this interview his passions for gaming and technology and how he may incorporate that in his chosen field of study. Uni life has been challenging for him as for many others but has found ways of dealing with this. Jayden showcases the wide range of wonderful personalities that UOW students have!

Song – “The Breach” – Dustin Tebbutt