Week 15 : The End

It’s the end of an era.

Okay not really. It’s the end of my journalism 2150 class at Mizzou though. It’s a bit sad, but a bit nice. The reason I’m most afraid of leaving this class is to go into the other ones. This one was fun and I learned relatively quickly. Let’s just hope the others turn out the same way… which is doubtful because everyone freaks out about them.

I’m actually considered taking less hours next semester because I’m so intimidated.

I don’t think any assigned work in this class was unreasonable. I think it was interesting if anything in particular. However, I just wish everything was more focused. We did it, but we didn’t know why we did. At least for the blogs, and maybe twitter.

The blog is a good way to attempt to keep tabs on people and their attendance at lecture, but it’s not very helpful otherwise.

Except it was the first time I ever made a blog, and that helped me prepare for doing another blog.

I still hate twitter though. I think I hate it more now. I’ve tweeted, and tweeted. There’s no point to it though. It is a good way to find info from the news, sometimes. I just can’t grasp the importance of hashtagging #girlproblems or something of the sort.

I enjoyed using the cameras, but I still basically have no idea how to use them. I still have major grammar issues, but that’s for another class to handle. I did learn a little more about reporting. Not the boring reporting but the fun stuff. The kind that I want to do: Finding stories.


Week 14: The Mobile Future

Professor Mike Mckean, director of the futures lab, came to speak to our journalism class on Monday.

Everyone is talking about cell phones. Mobile this, mobile that. They all say that the mobile world will take over the internet world. It already has, apparently. I agree that I like to use my phone for searching things, and especially checking my mail. However, I would not by any means substitute my laptop for my phone completely. Even though I don’t have an iPad, I don’t think I would substitute that either. Not that that is really a mobile phone.

The phones are too small. The apps are not as specific. The internet simply doesn’t work to it’s highest potential on a phone.

I think advertisers are correct in trying to be on tablets and phones. It’s hard to put adds on phones since they’re so small, and that’s annoying. Yet since everyone is on their phones, it’s a ‘no duh you should’ idea.

I know this is being picky, but I at times can’t get over errors when teachers are the ones giving them. He showed a graph of use of computer vs phones. It showed an E next to the year 2011 and the years after 2011. 2011 was the year the mobile phones passed the computers in usage. If it’s an estimate though, it may not actually have passed. That’s frustrating to me because if it’s so prime, don’t show me an estimate.

Or I’m wrong and it wasn’t an estimate.

It was a little interesting that a graph showed people access their tablets at a different time each day than when they access their phones. I guess I just never thought of it, but it makes sense. Therefore, advertisers and content varies from one to the other.

He showed us at the end this sort of futuristic advertisement. It was very Harry Potter esk. We have come this far, but how far are we going to go? Will we reach the point where newspapers are electronic, or when we can transfer something on our television to our newspaper. Maybe? Hopefully? It’s scary but it’s cool to think about too.

Week 13 : Back To The Basics

This speaker reminded me a lot of my principles class that we had to take. I took that class last semester.

My favorite part, and probably the worst part, was the story about the boy who was wrongly accused on CNN. How can that even happen?! It’s ridiculous that CNN let it happen. Regardless, it shocked me that it did and it just goes to show what can happen when we are not careful enough.

This link shows that people get wrongly accused more often than we would like. I mean I know I would like the number to be 0.That may not only be a journalists fault of course. In a case like this it’s not the journalist but the court that made the choice.

He went through some of the basics we learned in class in principles, but since they are so important it’s good to remind everyone. For example, he talked about libel. He basically explained libel to be a false statement that lowers the standard of a person within their community. On the other hand, there is a double standard for celebrities and public figures. With them, it’s harder to prove libel; that doesn’t stop them from trying though.

I liked the story about the farmer giving access to a reporter and then trying to sue them later. People are a little thick sometimes.

I had no idea that the Columbia Mall was a public forum though, so I’m glad he referenced that. That knowledge may come in handy at some point down the line. I wouldn’t think it was private property because everyone goes into the mall, but it makes sense that it is.

As for restriction of recording devices in lecture halls, is silly. I think if that was implemented the teacher should make some sort of disclaimer at the beginning that students are allowed to. Some people record their teachers instead of taking notes. It’s a good idea because that way they are able to pay better attention, in my opinion. Something to also consider with this idea is that there have been several cases in which recordings of teachers came in handy in court cases. So, if teachers want to restrict recordings, what are they hiding?

Week 12 : Mobile Journalism

Mobile Journalism is a great thing to learn how to do. We practiced this in our lab the other day when we had only an hour to go out with iPhones and find a story. We used this app for wordpress on the phone to post right from the phone instead of a computer.

I conveniently got the new iPhone 4s last weekend too. That made my job much easier! Before I got the new phone I had a Palm Pixi and I didn’t even use the internet. It was really easy to go out to speaker’s circle and just interview someone using the recording device on my phone. Later, when I was quoting him, it was great to have him recorded. I also took pictures on the phone and then used the wordpress app to post a short story to my blog. On top of that I used my twitter account to tweet a link to my blog.

In this world, as a journalist, it’s important to have certain skills. Using the internet from your phone is a major one! I may have to do something similar like blogging or just sending in a story from my phone. For one, because it’s the way to get internet on your phone. Also, your phone may be the only thing you have with you when you are suddenly in the middle of an important story. Then you will have to get out your phone and attempt to be the first person with the story.

Having internet on your phone is necessary because when you are out of reach of your computer and someone sends you an email, you can then get to it right away. You can be prepared, easily accessible, and ready whenever.


Are You A Republican?

Mizzou College Republicans is a club on the University of Missouri’s campus that has opened it’s arms this August to those who want to contribute to their movement. Craig Arnzen, President of Mizzou College Republicans, says “we are here to support Republicans and their causes, we’re here to be active, we help Republicans get elected, and we generally try to have fun doing it”. The Republicans are currently having their Freedom Week. This week consists of different events dedicated in part to veterans since Veterans Day is coming up. Arnzen said they like to “recruit, activate, and educate our members”. Mizzou College Republicans will be volunteering for candidates next fall, and hope to have a larger group by then.



Week 11 : Info-graphics…

I didn’t know that information graphics took so much work to make. You have to research, edit, plot, and review. Don’t forget to review. That may be the most important step because you want to look for spelling errors and errors in general. You want to look for the best way to get your information out there, and also make it the most appealing. The most appealing graphics will get the most attention. Like any piece of journalism, you want your work to be appealing.

Check out these appealing graphics.

Some videos have information graphics in them. For example, if you look up the Girl Effect campaign. There are graphics within the video to make it more appealing. Which it does.

The pie chart is personally my favorite type of info-graphic. It’s very simple and can hold some very useful information.

Remember to consider font and color when doing your graphic. Apparently, those aspects are quite important, because you want to make your graphic appealing to the eye. Also, so it is easy to read.

Week 10 : The Mobile World

Did you know that smartphones are awesome? I did. I have a palm pixi. It always shuts off randomly, but it didn’t do that when I first got it. It also has the ability to have internet, but I never use it because it is too expensive. I am not a fan of the touch screen texting; I always type the wrong thing in.

The pomegranate was hilarious. I thought it was real! Up until it was making coffee, then I was a little suspicious. The translator part of the commercial was a little silly too. I showed it to a couple people and they were like NO WAY. I had to then explain that it didn’t really exist and it was for an ad about Nova Scotia. Which honestly, is a strange way to lead into a commercial about vacationing. It seems like a lot of work for something totally unrelated to what you’re actually advertising. The good part is, it’s so interesting that people like me tell their friends to watch it. The bad part is, no one goes past the phone website to figure out about Nova Scotia and why they made the ad.

People are texting all the time now. It’s relatively new if you think about it, in terms of years. However, people are adapting. My parents as well. It might take some people in older generations a little more time than it took our generation to be as tech savvy, but they definitely are not out of the loop completely.

I agree with Clyde’s statement that cellphones are becoming an extension of one’s self, not just another piece of technology we use. I use my phone all the time. If I could use the internet, I would be using it everywhere I went. I would be another one of those people who are waiting on a bus while on their cellphone. I actually am one of those people, I’m just not on the internet. I use my cellphone as my main communication, I haven’t used a home phone in about 5 years. I use it for fun and business. I know I’m just a student, but I have business too. Whenever I need to know something, I text another person who I think would know.

I’m glad we advance in technology like this. Sure, it makes other ways of communication obsolete and keeps us on our toes, but isn’t that what we want? Why are we so fascinated by these increasing statistics? It’s amazing! It’s also typical now. I know that many people are texting and using the web. The reason why I believed the fake phone commercial for so long is because I don’t doubt that a phone in the near future can do those things. We are constantly advancing, and I’m proud of that.

Week 9 : The Thing About College..

The funny thing about college is that you actually have to pick a major, and beyond that a sequence! Coming to Mizzou I thought I had my whole life planned out, at least through college. I surprised myself when I was no longer sure just what I wanted to do.

I still don’t know what I really want to do. I started off being very interested in Magazine. Then I thought about Convergence because it’s the best of more than one world, or so it seems. Now, since I have lots of friends going this route, I thought about Strategic Communications. I really don’t know what I would like best, or be best at. However, some of these short lectures scared me.

A twelve hour shift at a news station like KOMU scares me. Not only the fact that I have to do it, but how am I going to make time for that?

Regardless, I liked the Strat Comm teacher the most. It seems that people who have talked at me about Strat Comm lately are very interesting. I don’t know why, but maybe it’s because they seem a little more laid back.

I joined Her Campus Mizzou, which is an online magazine. I love it so far, but it’s my first semester. I also have to take into consideration that it’s run by students in a very ideal environment, which is hard to find in the real world.

With anything news or writing related, I become afraid that my writing is not good enough. It doesn’t help that I hate getting critiqued, but I deal. I started off liking writing because of it’s creative elements.

If we are talking creative now though, I don’t know if I’m creative enough or artsy enough to take a route with that. Even Strat Comm seems a little artsy, just not as much in the context of writing.

I like to think of myself as creative, smart, a good writer… but in reality I have no idea. There’s no chance I’m switching majors though. I’m not good with science or math. I’m in a philosophy class and I don’t like it – I thought it was going to be awesome. I want to take a film studies course, but if I liked that I couldn’t switch to it because it’s just too easy.

I guess in the next month I will just have to decide; this lecture helped a little with that.

Here’s what I have to decide between.

Week 8: KOMU google chat!

It’s really neat how much technology has advanced over the years. Think about in just the past hundred years how much we have invented and progressed. Cell phones for one, which are a life saver, literally at times .

Google chat reminds me of skype. I thought it was interesting how into the presentation some of the people were. Especially the older ones. I think it’s actually funny how older adults think about technology as if it is a space ship. They talk about things like it’s insane that we have progressed like we have.

To our generation, it’s expected. We are not as amazed as some. Even talking about final cut pro, and how people put it on their resume. I think it’s silly to put on my resume that I know how to work final cut pro. To an older employer however, it’s a great asset. Some employers may not even be able to work final cut or a similar program themselves.

Skype is amazing. It is a lot like the example that was used in the presentation, or so it seemed. I got skype a few years ago and didn’t start using it until college. It is a great resource for long distance ties to family and friends. It’s the next best thing to being with them. Seeing someone as opposed to just talking to them (which alone is fantastic) is truly amazing.

Though all this is great and wonderful for businesses as well, our generation overlooks that. Our generation looks at a new technological advancement and goes wow that’s cool, and by the next day it’s second nature to use it and not think how it came into being.

The one thing that stuck out to me, though, was that you don’t need internet access. For skype, I have to be connected to the internet.

For those of us that do not know how to work these programs, here’s a demo for it.