How Journalism is Changing



Data journalism is a more updated way for journalists to distribute information in the digital era. It is a combination of the traditional way to tell a compelling story and a range of digital information that is now available in our digital age. Data is the main source of journalism or it can be told how the story is told. Now Journalists in today’s age mostly use data journalism because it is an efficient way to tell a story with current statistics and data. It is basically a set of tools and techniques to storytelling. Data journalism is a set of skills for searching, understanding and visualizing digital sources when traditional journalism can not deliver.

Journalism continues to evolve and change during the digital age because of all of the latest technology. I will mention some tools that have changed the face of communication news today. For the sight and sound aspect in journalism: Digital cameras, podcasts, audio recorders and even youtube have changed the way things are seen and heard. Journaurl.jpglists now can go wherever with a tiny recording studio in their pockets and not worry about the unnecessary heavy equipment for interviews. Digital cameras are a great device used for photojournalists and even smart phones now can be useful because it has such a great camera. Digital cameras and smart phones freed journalists from dark room processing and allowed photos to reach the newsroom in minutes rather than hours. I think youtube is a great tool for journalists because it is not only personal videos it has many videos that are filled with education and journalism. It has transferred the video news broadcasts to content that is shared on the web.

Some media tools that have changed journalism are: computers, mobile apps and smart phones. Laptops are a given and they allow journalists to leave the office and work anywhere via the internet. There are tons of mobile apps that are useful for data journalism. There are apps for film ediImage result for social media tools journalismting, streaming and different types of media platform sharing that have all made journalism even easier for data journalists.

6073189513_4a1a700026_b.jpg is another major key to how journalism is so different today. Telephone networks, email, social media and internet all play a major role in data journalism. For telephone networks, they can routinely carry data in addition to telephone conversations. Text messaging is now so easy and fast the date journalist could get a text of an address and be asked to go and cover a story. Email is the fastest way to communicate with other people and sources. Journalists working from a certain location can now easily reach out to other experts or journalists quickly to gather more information or simply do a fact check. Social media is really changing the journalism game. Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram help deliver news and engage their audiences by using different platforms. Social media helps provide a wider range of voices and ideas in a quick and efficient manner. The wireless internet is also crucial for photo journalism and has changed the way classic journalism is completely. Most digital equipment would not be the tool for journalists if it was not for WIFIF The wireless internet allows journalists to report from the field without having to physically return to the newsroom. Without the wireless internet, data journalism would simply not exist.


Useful Journalism Tools

Journalism is different than traditional media because of how all of the different tools that have changed Journalism all together. Some examples of social networks that journalists use are Facebook, youtube, Twitter, Google plus. All of these are the social networks one would suspect and journalist would use. Some other tools they use that usually do not come to mind are: Every Post, LiveStream, and Bambuser.


Every post is something I was unfamiliar with and had to research. Every Post makes it easier for you to pull relevant multi media from multiple different platforms such as Youtube and Instagram. With this tool you can publish all of your multimedia content on all of your media platforms at one time. This is a good way for journalists to share relevant content from other sources with your followers. One very interesting feature that sets apart Every Post is the drop box. When posting to any network you can choose to include a drop box and safe your post in your own personal vault for your own reference, or simply just post on Drop box. Over all, I think every post is a great way for journalists to share content with their followers and get their word out on all social media platforms. It is a very fast way for content professionals to create and customize and post content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and other Social media networks.

Another journalism tool I was unaware of was LiveStreamLive-streaming-app.jpeg This is an app that can be very useful for Journalists because it allows you to explore from other broadcasters around the world. If you follow some broadcasters, you will be notified when they will go live. You can broadcast yourself from your phone or tablet to viewers on Facebook, Twitter or any other website and engage with viewers with the built in chat. Also a plus side to this app, you can live stream live online television programs. Users can mix live webcams, Youtube videos, and add graphics with the tools provided by LiveStream. This app would be helpful for journalists because it allows them to create and edit live television channels and provides hosting for channels as well.

The final journalism tool that I researched was Bambuser . Bambuser is a swedish company that provides a platform for interactive live video broadcasting and streaming live video from mobile phones and webcams to the internet. This app can help Journalists effortlessly share live video using a smart phone equipped with a web cam if they are on the go. This app can help news networks get more live coverage and have viewers interact with the reporters on the scene. This insures your followers news updates, and whatever subject the journalist is covering. Overall journalists need fast live streaming apps in order to get your videos out to the world. Whether it is breaking news or studio events, these are some top tools that make video streaming and sharing social media for journalists a piece of cake.  Bambuser_new_app_iOS_0912_cropped.png

How apps make Traveling Easier Today

I was so excited to come to Barcelona for a whole semester and I was willing to embrace all of the cultural differences and culture that came my way. I knew I had to be prepared that I was not going to be able to call my parents all the time, get an uber, or order late night pizza delivery. All of these seem like minor set backs, but these are things that very often in the US.

I decided that I needed to research certain popular social media apps that would be useful for my journey this semester. I found that instead of going over my data plan because I facedtimed my parents too much I decided to download the WhatsApp app. WhatsApp is an application for smart phones that uses the internet to make phone calls, text messages. This app is popular because it allows you to make phone calls and send messages by passing your wireless carrier’s SMS and MMS charges. I now no longer get all of these absurd charges from my AT & T international plan and now call my parents every day, free of charge! Another App that has been extremely useful is Hailo. Hailo is a substitute for Uber and it is a local taxi service in the Barcelona area. It is great for when I am coming home when the metro is closed and I want a safe, reliable taxi. You simply just download the app and submit your location and a licensed, reliable driver comes and gets you within only a few minuets. I have also read online that it can be much safer then simply hailing at random cab. Another thing I miss in the US is delivery food-but now with the help of the Glovo app I can get food delivered straight to my bed! Glovo is a delivery app that delivers almost anything you need delivered such as I am craving, or even medications from a local pharmacy. This service has people buy, pickup, and deliver any product right to your door step in Barcelona. I think I was impressed with this app because it’s not just a food delivery system app, but it’s like having your own personal errand runner. This is a great idea if you are too sick to even get out of bed you can have Glovo deliver the medications you need from your pharmacy it right to you. I have already recommended this app to almost all of my friends who are also studying abroad in the Barcelona.

We are lucky that we even have the apps available to help us make traveling and settling into another country much easier. My parents will never stop reminding me of the “old days” when they traveled and they had to find local telephone office in order to make an international telephone call back to the states. Now, with the advancement of technology and all of the apps that have been developed, all you need is to click a few buttons in order to get what you need. Life is so much easier now with current technology and all of the social media that helps us stay connected with one another. Who knows what wonderful improvements will be available in the next 10 years ??