Archive for February, 2013

“Argo” and “Life of Pi” dominate the Academy Awards

Story by: Barrett Herrig

First lady Michelle Obama accompanied Jack Nicholson on stage at the Academy Awards to present an Oscar to Ben Affleck for best picture with his film “Argo.”  This was only one of three awards won by the film, but it still did not take home the most.

“Life of Pi” hit a grand slam for the night, taking home four trophies, including the Oscar awarded to Ang Lee for best director.

Jennifer Lawrence trips going up the steps at the Academy Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence trips going up the steps at the Academy Awards. 

 Other Winners:

  • Best actor: Daniel Day- Lewis for his role as Abraham Lincoln in “Lincoln”
  • Best actress: Jennifer Lawrence in the film “Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Best supporting actor: Christoph Waltz in “Django Unchained”
  • Best supporting actress: Anne Hathaway in “Les Miserables”

Many awards were handed out that night, but Lawrence’s will probably be the most memorable.  As she walked up to receive her Oscar, she tripped on the steps. It was an embarrassing moment for her, but entertaining for everyone else.

The Internet has made many changes over the last few years on ways to gather news.  There are the standard news sites such as Fox and CNN, but the growing popularity of social media sites, such as Twitter, have made grasping a constant flow of news easier than ever.

If you have a Twitter account, you probably know by now that you have complete control of selecting the people, companies, and news sources that you would like to follow.  As they tweet their allotted 140-character message, it is instantly posted on your timeline for you to read. This is what can make Twitter a convenient source to read news.  Reading a short post to get important information is not only easier, but also faster than reading a full story.  Keep in mind that if you would like to read further into a story, most sources post a link so you may do so.

Reading off of your timeline is not the only way to keep posted with fresh news.  Twitter also gives the option to hash tag (#) words, or acronyms, to connect with everybody talking about the same topic.  For example, President Barack Obama recently gave the State of the Union address last Tuesday.  “#SOTU” was a popular tag for tweeters following along with Obama’s speech.  Using sites such as Twitterfall, by entering #SOTU into the search bar, made it easy to watch a constant stream of what people had to say about this event.  With that being said, is Twitter an effective reporting source for news on big topics such as the SOTU address?  In my opinion, with few exceptions, it is.

When following along with a large topic on Twitter, you have to be careful as to what you believe.  Although there are many good, constructive tweets, there are equally as many bad ones.  There is a lot of garbage posted that can be distracting, but it is easy to weed through.  What I mean by this is you will know a good or bad tweet when you see one.  When I followed the SOTU address, I found that Twitterfall was a good source to use, but it became overwhelming because of the massive quantities of tweets being made at times.  According to Twitter Blog, at various points in the speech, there were 24,000 tweets being made per-minute.  This made watching the TV and following along on Twitter rather difficult, but does not discredit the value it has on relaying good updates.  A combination of reading my timeline and using Twitterfall worked best for me.

Overall, with the fast paced society we live in today, Twitter makes it very easy to keep posted.  I have had Twitter since 2009, but have only been active with my account for the last two years and almost to a fault, it has become an addiction.  Any second I get a chance to take a glimpse at my phone, I do.  It has proven itself, for me, to be a very good source to connect with friends and read the news.

The Future of News

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

Overall I think that the Page One film was good.  It was interesting to take a look inside a major paper company to see how it operates.  I believe the main point this film is trying to get across is that even though times are very trying right now, the New York Times is still managing to be successful.  Their employees are going the extra mile to secure their place in the company and in turn, it secures the company as well.

All writers and reporters are looking for that page one story and fighting for that spot in the paper.  In my opinion, if they continue to work at that level, people will read the paper.  It doesn’t matter if it’s the actual printed copy or on the web, the company’s success is certain.  The New York Times, along with many other companies, are constantly adapting to changes in the world to be competitive and successful.  This is key in order to survive, and Page One has exposed that it is possible.

When comparing the film Page One with Journalism: A 1940 Vocational Film, the most obvious difference was the technology.  With the advancements in technology today, it is much easier to deliver the news.  A reporter can now post the news instantaneously with the use of a cell phone versus calling back to the paper to deliver the story and send it to the press.

Journalism itself, I believe, has changed in a few ways.  As Dr. Ellen Mrja has said, journalists and paper companies used to dictate and publish what they thought was important news.  I believe that today, with the help of the internet, journalists let the readers form their own opinion of what is, or is not news.  Everyone has different tastes, so if you broaden the amount of topics to be written about, the marketplace for news opens up vastly.

Technology makes it much easier for people to find the news they are looking for, but I do not believe that it changes the news itself.  In my opinion, news is the same but is opening up to many other topics. With the ease of publishing the news to the public, more time can be spent writing about the non-traditional topics of journalism than possible years ago.  This is what makes the news as interesting and important as it ever has been.

I believe that it is a person’s responsibility to stay up to date with their surroundings.  It is not only important for our personal well-being, but our nation’s as well.  Online news feeds such as Twitter, Facebook, Digg, etc., have made the news much more entertaining than before.  It has become the addiction to millions of subscribers who cannot go five minutes without getting their dose of news.  With this being said, the importance of news greater than ever.  I predict a change in how it is presented, from print to digital media, but if news distributers adapt they will survive.