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

 

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