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.

Google Glass on your doctor’s face

Well, I’ve shared my opinions about the much-talked about Google Glass, but I’m starting to see the other side. Though I find it to be a bit pointless at this stage in the development for journalists, I did stumble on some interesting reads regarding the medical profession.

Some good points are made in this video that completely shook what I had formerly believed. Medical technology is so important and so, so advanced. This will only make hospitals or other offices more efficient and better managed.

Moreover, of course there are cons to the technology. The glasses themselves can cause discomfort and are limited in basic settings like brightness or colors. In my opinion, these flaws can easily be tolerated and do not stray away from the benefits of the product.

Regardless, I’m still having a hard time seeing the point for it for a journalism perspective. I just thought this bit of information in the medical world on Google Glass was very intriguing, especially when I wasn’t behind it at first.

TGIF / tips on not getting sued

As the Internet gives literally anyone access to report on any topic they choose, it also opens a lot of questionable doors. Traditional journalism has tons of rules and limits. I mean, TONS. There quite possibly is an ethical dilemma you could face in almost every story. There are physical guidelines that you must take into consideration. Aside from ethics, there’s a rigid format a journalist must follow, a list of things to cover and a list of things to not cover. If a journalist reports something false, there can be serious consequences. Consequences can stem from being sued to losing your career. It’s a touchy business. 

But how has it changed since the Internet has begun to be an outlet for tons of reports every day? They can come from journalists to high school kids. Who is monitoring the content? Who gets to say what is right, wrong or too far? 

Cleland Thom provides e-books that cover these topics. I’m actually thinking about purchasing one or both of these. The books elaborate on proper techniques to avoid conflict and to ensure the responsibility as a journalist that is experimenting and moving to online media. The book actually has specific cases from recent years. 

Over the next few days, I will elaborate on this topic. I’ve found it to be very complicated, and it can’t all be summed up in one post. Such legal issues like copyright, harassment, libel and more all affect a journalist’s way of writing. What needs to be acknowledged is how far is too far on the Internet? Can information truly be free and up for grabs? Can there really be rules for the free world wide web? 

On another note, let’s call it Friday and brainstorm what is being done, what can be done and what is impossible to do. Please let me know about your experiences or additional readings on this topic. 

Predictive Policing and its affect on journalism

I am living in a generation that went from having some of the first basic computers in our households, to having various gadgets and applications at our fingertips. As the internet is a large, mostly free source of information, there are a lot of opportunities for privacy to be invaded.

As journalists, we look up questionable material. Material that may be seen as “alarming” triggers an analytical system that’s used to prevent crime. These kind of situations make it more difficult for sources to put trust in you and your stories. Are there ways to prevent this?

Alan Pearce wrote a book that goes into specific techniques to protect you and your sources. I, personally, have not yet read it. If anyone has, I’d love to hear your opinion. Some of the techniques include simply changing your privacy settings or not using WiFi on your phone if you’re in an area that offers it.

You can see a brief list of techniques that are also helpful. I never realized there was an actual issue to this until reading through some articles and other blog posts. This affects investigative journalism, especially political, greatly. In a professional world, we rely on emails for so much of our conversation, spreading information and having a, what we think, private conversation.

There have be numerous cases where emails have been hacked and forwarded the information sent to a third party email. One great tool to prevent this from happening is two-step verification.

To sum it up simply, you don’t only use a password to sign into your account, but you are asked to verify the account on a separate system. In most cases, a code will be sent to your phone.

These are just a few tools used to protect the privacy of you and your sources  research and information. More and more precautions must be taken as online media expands in order to avoid conflict and even legal situations that could harm your career.

hello world

my name is Natalie Snyder, and I am here to spread my words for your eyes to see if they find a reason to stay awhile. I’m a Print Journalism student at P.I. Reed School of Journalism at West Virginia University who is creeping closer to graduation and stepping out into the “real” world.

As an aspiring journalist, the future looks, well, not necessarily so “bright”. In fact, it’s more of an intimidating, foggy road. Personally, I’m not afraid to travel down the road, but I am full of uncertainty and a little hope. I have worked in various sides of journalism- photography, video, marketing, advertising, documentary and print. I truly love all sides of it, but my love keeps circling back to writing and the print media. (This is where the curveball comes in. )


I’m currently an intern in the Media Department for the Adventure WV program. Seneca Rocks, W. Va. Photo by Matthew Shreve.

Being a waitress in ones college town is sure to begin with the inevitable and haunting question, “What are you in school for?” I’m very happy with my decision in school. In fact, I can’t imagine actually committing myself to any other field. This just feels right. So, I answer in a proud tone, “Print Journalism.” Sure, the word print is maybe a little out of date and gives the assumption I’m talking strictly about newspapers, but I’m not. Print not only means the old fashioned printing press, but the whole world of writing in journalism. Newspapers and all printed material are struggling in this generation. People don’t read the newspaper at the coffee shop like they used to, but hell, how can we expect people to be living in a time warp? Things change, we advance and we depress, but rarely do things stay exactly the same. As humans, we’re built to adapt and evolve. We wouldn’t move from Florida to the North Pole and continue to wear our swimsuits and flip flops.

So here I am: not being bitter that the field I decided to dedicate myself to is changing every day. Instead, I’m embracing it and  planning on learning to adapt to it.  I will use this blog as a way to research and write about the impact internet reporting has on the future of the physical print industry. The near future may not include black and white newspapers, but the laptops, tablets and smartphones hold every type of news anyone wishes at his or her fingertips.