14 – What have you learned + comment in two blogs

Two parts:

1)In the first assignment you were asked to reflect on kom 109. What were your expectations for the subject? Looking back now – what have you learned? 

When I started the course I was expecting to understand better how to be a journalist in the digital era. The overcrowding of the net also give to the journalist a lots of new jobs, as community manager or web editor. I was expecting to know more about that jobs and discover if it could be a possible future for me. Also I was expecting to know more about the use of social media and all the possibilities that it have nowadays.

One of the things that I learned in this course is the different ways to think that they are in the journalism nowadays. Some media says that the printed newspapers have no future anymore, but other media is starting now and it’s being printed, so still is not clear if the paper has future or not. Another thing that I learned is how difficult is living today doing good journalism. In other words, doing traditional journalism. It seems that now you have to talk about the trends on the net if you want to get clicks on our page (that means clicks on the ads, the only way to earn money) because the serious journalism doesn’t matter anymore. For example, ‘The New York Times’ most popular story of 2013 was not an article, it was a dialect quiz. I also learned that pages like ‘Buzzfeed’ are earning millions of dollars just for get all the trends on the net and be the first to talk about it. One of the things that I discovered and seems more amazing to me is the amount of research and papers made just for explain the use of social media and how to use it to get more impact. I thought that social media was so new that it was impossible to studied it, but I was totally wrong.

One thing that I really liked is have been working on WordPress some months and have learned how it works and how to make that my blog get more viewers. Also, I did (more or less) one assignment per week so I really liked have this time for search and know about what to talk about.

To sum up, I learned more than I expected. Now I understand better how to use the social media to get more impact on it, how to search for news and how to know what is trend on blogs of communication. To sum up, I learned a lot about journalism and how it is changing since the digital era become the present and is no longer the future.

2) Another one commenting on other blogs: but only two this time.

First blog: click here (http://onlinejournalismblog.com/2008/03/06/ten-ways-journalism-has-changed-in-the-last-ten-years-bloggers-cut/#comment-188873)

“I agree with you in the idea that nowadays there’s a feedback between the writer and the reader that it doesn’t exist before but, it is always ok? Of course that for me, as a journalist, is perfect the idea of knowing what my readers think about what I wrote, but sometimes it could be used in a bad way. For example, we are tired of read bad comments in news of people that is just bored or angry. I think that we need a filter between the writer and the reader, because the direct link could be use in a very bad way. I also agree with you in the rise of the amateur, but I think that in the end they can’t be journalist. There’s people who is in the perfect moment at the perfect place, but it doesn’t mean that they are journalist. I believe that we need to differentiate between journalist with knowledge before or viewers of a new.”

Second blog: click here (http://sproutsocial.com/insights/how-to-use-hashtags/)

“I learned a lot with this post! I didn’t know the use of hashtags in Facebook until I read it here. It is true that hashtags has become a very important tool in social media: I always use it to get similar content or know what’s trend on the net at that moment. I think they are a very useful tool to manage social media and get the info that you are searching for more quickly. But also their use become so mainstream, for example, there’s and people just tweeting with hashtags.

I agree with you thinking that they are here to stay because I find it very useful and I think they sum up the spirit of the social media: know everything fast and in just a few words. The simplification of the news is the key of the success of the hashtag.”

Inés Luján

 

13 – Is social media a credible source?

How much should we trust social media as credible sources for news or other information? Discuss this question and use the article on Huffington Post:

Social media has changed the way the news flow: now it is possible that every citizen in the world inform about a new and the media use it to spread it. Not so long time ago this flow had only one direction: from the media to people, but now, it’s a circle where everybody can be part of.

At the beginning o the social media the people believed everything that was on it, exactly as happened with the beginning of the overcrowding of the Internet. But with the past of the years and a lot of experiences with fake news (the most know in the net is say that somebody very popular has died) the people started to be more critical and not believe all that came from social media. I think that nowadays we realised that social media it a tool to find sources and information, but no a credible source if you don’t check them out. It is like all the sources found in all the history of journalism: it only can be useful once you’ve check that they are reliable.

The big change with the sources that social media has made, in my opinion, it that now there are thousands of it and very easy to find. Fifteen years ago could be a nightmare find a reliable source that could have good information, access to it and the way to communicate with the journalist. But nowadays, the journalist can find sources in all the social media using the filters that it have and start a contact very easily with the new source. The way of communication is instantaneous and the journalist nowadays can live in USA and know what’s going on Thailand by their own sources.

The viral hoax is the most popular example of how we trust social media. It is a fake new which have a very fast spreading around the net and everybody believes it, but it is a lie. It can be related to a company, a popstar, an unknown person or whatever we can imagine.  The most popular hoax on 2014 were stories like “a machine that turn water into wine”, “Macaulay Culkin has died” or “A disfigured 3-year-old was kicked out of a Mississippi KFC”. This stories become so popular so fast but after a large spreading, journalist discovered that it was a fake.

Here we can see a radio host on US talking about the last hoax on Facebook:

The spreading of the news today is faster than we could ever think before and this makes that sometimes, the sources are not checked. The idea of be the first to write about a new usually is more powerful than the idea of make good journalism, so the viral hoax is very common nowadays. To sum up, the social media spread the news so fast and sometimes it spread fake news. The journalist today need to be so careful with the sources they use because a fake new spread by a very good journalist can end with his/her career. I believe that social media are a tool to find sources and information, but not a direct source or 100% reliable.

Bibliography:

  1. Washington Post,. (2015). The 15 worst Internet hoaxes of 2014 – and where the pranksters are now. Retrieved 23 April 2015, from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2014/12/18/the-15-worst-internet-hoaxes-of-2014-and-where-the-pranksters-are-now/
  2. VICE,. (2015). Here’s How to Prevent Fake News from Spreading on Social Media | VICE | United States. Retrieved 23 April 2015, from http://www.vice.com/read/only-you-can-stop-fake-news-from-spreading-on-the-internet
    1. YouTube,. (2015). 3 Fake stories spreading on Facebook right now. Retrieved 23 April 2015, from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XQff6wgzUVw

Inés Luján.