Journalism in the Age of Data

I stumbled upon this video one day, and I found it very interesting. I never considered the developing information world to cause journalists to be overwhelmed with information. It’s basically an overload. This video expands on what can be done to organize this data into a visual way. This way, people can receive this information in a different way that isn’t necessarily difficult to understand.

China blocks a news website, yet again

As a writer and a journalist, the future of print is intimidating. After gaining so much awareness to the future of the industry, I have gained a sense of peace. I know that I can still be a writer regardless of the physical print industry. Most news sources or magazines have moved to the internet in addition to their print copies. The internet is only growing, and its users are also growing as well as becoming more efficient. The internet also allows anyone to become a journalist. It opens all kind of doors with the freedoms to express and write what they feel. What happens when countries disagree with this? What happens when an entire country bans a news site?

Yesterday I was surprised to learn how this has happened many times in the past and is actually not that uncommon. Just the other day, China banned The Wall Street Journal. China. The country of China. The world’s most populous country with a population of roughly 1.354 billion people. That has to affect the number of readers just a little bit.

Are these content risks really worth taking if it potentially can destroy the print industry? Should it be the concern of the journalists and employees of a certain media? I’m curious as to what you think.

Miley Cyrus Skateboarding

Happy day after Halloween and happy November 1st. My favorite holiday was yesterday, but the weekend still welcomes costumes for those who still want to celebrate.

Recently in my journalism class we were discussing SEO, Search Engine Optimization, headlines and their tactic uses. SEO headlines draw people in by using the most commonly searched terms to get more hits when the content is being searched. One of the most famous examples is the classic, “What time is the Super Bowl?”. We had a lesson in class to use an SEO based headline on Twitter vs. a normal headline or the title of our actual blog post. I stumbled onto a great example while I was using my personal time on my Facebook. I came across a YouTube video titled “Miley Cyrus Skateboarding”. You know what I did? I clicked it. I wanted to see Miley Cyrus skateboarding. Guess what? It wasn’t Miley Cyrus skateboarding. In fact, it was a guy dressed as Miley Cyrus for halloween skateboarding with about 20 other people dressed up in various costumes. He was featured in the film the same amount of time as everyone else. I was curious as how this affected their views. The video was uploaded one day ago and is now up to¬†263,996 views. There are no other videos that come close to this many views except for one other. What is its title you ask? “Lil Wayne Skateboarding”.

And on that note, I give you Miley skateboarding. (S)he’s really good.