Valentí Sanjuan

14375066654242.jpgLast Wednesday on the 22nd , our class got to listen to a guest speaker named Valentí Sanjuan. He mostly talked to our class about all of the different careers he has had throughout the years and how through all of his different career paths he has made a living though digital journalism. He first asks our class what defines journalism. In the simplest terms he says, journalism is when you have a story to tell. He tells our class that he is infact his own boss as of now but has many other careers throughout the years. Valentí tells us he started his career doing mainstream journalism at a radio station titled “Vist i no vist” where he worked in the newsroom. This radio station had other ideas for the future so Valentí did not renew his contract and found another way of living.

Vantí decied  to start a show which by live streaming which as not a very popular way for using technology at this time. He was supposed by beer brands, (a promoter)  which was another type of boss he had to work for besides himself. The beer brands would give away free beers which helped gather a larger audience for the new show. His audience was a very relaxed crowd who drank beer and talked about the internet while Valentí was talking on the radio to the audience.

Valentí became so successful after his first few jobs because he took a normal show via the internet instead of the radio. He then got to the point because of its popularity to mix the show with a television show. This was more of a comedy television show and he had to be more interactive with the audience. The show did not do well at first so he came up with another idea and came up with another show called images-5.jpegVisto Lo Visto and this was almost a spanish stand up comedy show. This show had comedians, interviews with famous youtubers and musicians. This was different then his first original plan which was just himself and one camera where he did his own photo journalism.

Valentí also stated a personal Youtube account that has a big fan following. He is a very successful Ironman competitor and goes around the world with the intention of doing difficult sport competitions in each city he goes to.  His youtube account has videos of his Ironman successes which has a huge following because he films himself overcoming hard obstacles which represents some of the hard moments he has faced in his lifetime. The iron man videos show him dealing with the pain and overcoming his obstacles though perseverance.

url.jpgAfter hearing Valentí speak I found him very inspiring when it comes to choosing a career path. He is a very successful man but he had to explore different areas of work involving digital journalism before he found out what he truly loves to do for a profession. Valentí told us that journalism is a way of story telling and he uses his life journey as a way of expressing meaning to his viewers and this is how he gets such a large following. Overall he has sucessful been a influencer for many people because he takes advantage of social media and reach out to individuals and created a large fan base for whatever he is promoting.


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.