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 Social Media is changing the Studying Abroad Experience

My mom used to tell me that when she traveled in her early 20s, she could only contact her parents every few weeks. She could only show her parents pictures after she returned home and had them developed. Now it is 2017, and I can send my parents a self in front of Park Güell when they ask what I have planned for the day. In today’s age it is all about recording the experience and sharing it online  by staying connected with your following base  through different social media platforms. Now we cam keep up with our peers and family by the simple click of a button. There is such an advancement in technology because I can now easily access the internet from my smart phone almost anywhere if I have wifi. I recently downloaded the app, City Mapper which is an app that indicates the best use of public transportation in each city I visit. For example, I can pull out my smart phone and figure out which metro stop would be fastest to take in order for me to get to the beach. The era of paper maps is nearly dead, and everyone is either using google maps  to get to certain walking or driving destinations.

My personal thing is #food. I have almost used instagram not only to post pictures of food but to find out more information on restaurants I want to visit. My mom visted me this past weekend and she wanted to go to this place called Brunch and Cake so I simply #brunchandcake on instagram to see what type of food options they had. I use instagram a lot to research certain restaurants or places I want to explore in Barcelona. The hashtag has vital importance because it helps you connect with other people and see what type of experiences they are having. One of my best friend is in studying abroad in Botswana, one is in Florence and they other is in Sevilla. For me to see what they are up to, all I have to to do is simply scroll down on my instagram feed to look at their latest posts. It’s a great and simple way to quickly see how they are enjoying their abroad experience.

I have always found that Facebook is useful to connect with family and peers around the world but it has been especially helpful during my abroad experience. I can use Facebook to find out about  activities, events, and certain brands and business that is local to the Barcelona community. I am in many different Barcelona Cea Facebook groups that has even helped me make friends in Barcelona and in my dorm. Also Facebook is very useful because it allowed me to post a status saying that I will be in Barcelona for four months and a good way to contact me is through my new international number or Facebook chat. Facebook chat is also a good way to communicate if you do not have someone’s phone number it is so easy to search them on Facebook.

Overall, I think this blog will help me share what I will learn and experience during these four months that I am studying abroad. Without all of these social media platforms it would be hard to stay connected with friends and family if we were only could make phone calls back to the states. Now my mom can text me everyday and suggest some resturaunts I should check out in Las Ramblas. My mom only had the chance to call her and update her parents a few times while she was studying abroad. Everything is changing so rapidly and social media platforms are becoming so accessible and useful for everyday life. For me it has enriched my studying abroad experience and has even helped me decide which metro to take in order to make it to class on time.