Twitter = Journalism?

I have been an avid user of twitter for a few years now. I have been able to keep up with daily news that goes on within my friend group, the world of sports, breaking news feeds across the country, and even trending topics for that day. Twitter is definitely a place where convergence is key, especially now that you can incorporate multiple images, videos, links, and even GIF’s into a tweet. Twitter makes receiving information extremely quick and easy which is one of the many things I like about it, the only downfall in my eyes is that sometimes a reporter needs more than 140 characters to truly portray the significance of a topic. This can become extremely controversial, because in some ways I love that I can acquire information in just a few short sentences followed by a photograph or a short video clip. But in other ways, for more major pieces of news, I feel as though 140 characters is nowhere near enough to highlight the importance of a certain subject which can ultimately lead to misinterpretation. Because of this, it becomes even more important to become media literate.

Twitter Implications as Journalistic Outlet

Twitter has become one of the most widely used social media platforms the world has to offer. The site allows millions of people to connect and share views, opinions, and ideas in only a matter of seconds. And depending the content, it can reach a wide range of users. But in terms as a traditional news source, its capabilities are often questioned.

Keeping up with Lamar: Covering News Stories in Sports Media

Recently, former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom was hospitalized after suffering a severe reaction to a mix of drugs at a brothel in Las Vegas. Since then he has remained hospitalized and in critical condition. In this post I briefly investigate two articles, one from ESPN and one from NBC, about the situation in order to see if there are any discernible differences in the way each outlet chose to cover the same story.

Keeping up with Lamar: Covering News Stories in Sports Media

Recently, former Los Angeles Lakers player Lamar Odom was hospitalized after suffering a severe reaction to a mix of drugs at a brothel in Las Vegas. Since then he has remained hospitalized and in critical condition. In this post I briefly investigate two articles, one from ESPN and one from NBC, about the situation in order to see if there are any discernible differences in the way each outlet chose to cover the same story.

Breaking News: Twitter

Using Twitter as a journalistic tool is a personal choice. It’s key feature of having the autonomy to follow as many pages as you want and who ever you want affects the kind of videos, images, and news you see on your timeline. Whether or not Twitter is a good journalistic tool depends on what … Continue reading Breaking News: Twitter

The Problem with Framing: How Facts Can Misrepresent Reality As Powerfully as Lies

And with this, Van Pelt perfectly captured the most chilling consequence of journalism: the fact that the media can skew reality through facts as powerfully – if not more powerfully – as they can with lies, and in the process strip real people of their real self, capitalizing on tragedy to squeeze a juicy story out of a deeply saddening situation.

Tweet Tweet

I think Twitter is an effective way of reporting news in todays fast past world. I looked at CNN Breaking News’ Twitter feed. Over the past 24 hours, the account has either tweeted or retweeted news related tweets, 20 times. Although tweets are limited to 140 characters, the news can still be relayed.

Joseph’s Tomb Set Ablaze

It’s no secret that the different news companies such as Fox, CNN, and MSNBC all like to add their own spin on different stories based on their biases. Fox news reports with a conservative view, CNN claims to be neutral but many can consider them to be liberal, and MSNBC reports with a liberal view.

Comparing Coverage of the Turkish Bombings

This past weekend, bombings interrupted a peace rally in Ankara, Turkey, causing an unprecedented number of casualties and deaths in the country. This post compares two CNN articles’ coverage of the incident with that of an English-language Turkish newspaper.

Covering News Stories in Different News Media: Investigative Journalism

Investigative journalism, like many other forms of journalism, functions not only to inform but also to grab the attention of the reader. Investigative journalism usually has a much more serious tone and, unlike with sports, or art journalism, the topics tend to be very serious such as political corruption or violent crime. The two articles […]

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