Posts Tagged ‘Journalism’

By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger

As technology becomes more multi-faceted and requires more than just a pen and paper, seasoned Journalists who have not maintained their sense of freshness will be sent out to pasture. A new wave has arrived in form of Digital Journalism, and in it’s vital state becomes a job requirement to complete the delivery of news to the sucking cyclone of data being flowed into smartphones, computers, and through the irises.

With this instant “I WANT IT NOW” type of need for information, Journalists must constantly be on their toes, always have both eyes open, and above all else, be able to see the story. UC Berkley Graduate School of Journalism’s Paul Grabowicz writes: “As more people consume news online, news organizations face the dilemma of reallocating resources to attract new readers and viewers while still trying to hold on to their existing, and usually aging, print or broadcast audiences.” This means using the technology they have in front of them to expedite the process of news sharing around the globe.

Citizen Journalism Creates Exposure for News

Many will slam the craft of the example of Citizen Journalists, saying that it isn’t accurately formed, unbiased information because it isn’t being distributed through the normal channels, but in certain types of situations, especially in places holding true corruption, Citizen Journalism is the only way to address these issues. In 2014 and 2015, we have seen an increase in Citizen Journalism airplay, and a large portion of it stems from racism. It began with Michael Brown, a teenager who was murdered by a Police Officer in Ferguson, Missouri, and became a movement for black voices to issue their concern of how racial profiling had become erratic. Many college campuses and different groups posted photos with hands raised, as a #DontShoot campaign to signify the support of the many lives lost due to this type of behavior.

With these powerful statements and releases, more cases came to surface like Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott and Eric Garner being choked to death by New York City Officer Daniel Pantaleo. Though mainstream media wants us to believe that there isn’t an influx of police brutality, but rather just more media exposure to it, these acts of Citizen Journalism expose what is really occurring in the United States.

Ferguson isn’t the first example of this kind of citizen journalism, which has been going on for years in any number of other places including Iran, Egypt, Occupy Wall Street and Syria. But the videos, blog posts, tweets, and photos from French and others on the ground have complemented the work of the traditional journalists on the scene – and have reminded us of what is becoming a civic duty in today’s America.” – Dan Gilmor, The Guardian

These moments captured by average citizens that have access to the internet have made Digital Journalism what it is today, and in turn, Digital Journalism would not be as coveted as it is now if Citizen Journalism didn’t exist. Another great digital tool is utilizing social media to expand in global reach.  Time Magazine or ABC News having digital versions that are easier to export to a viewer rather than requiring them pick up a magazine or sit down and watch the television. They can get the news when they request it, glance at it on Facebook or retweet it on Twitter. Other platforms like GlobalVoicesOnline.org are purely running on the fumes of Digital Journalism, spreading their seed through the wires, while sites and phone applications like News360 and Pulse are a melting pot aggregated topics.

Social Media Madness and the Effect on Journalism

Utilizing these tools have become intriguing to scholars, and have been subject of research on why it is effective. Washington Post’s Andrea Peterson reports that polled Journalists felt that social media is a “vehicle for self-promotion — more than 80 percent agreed that it helped them share their work, and more than two thirds said they are more engaged with their audiences thanks to the platforms.” On top of this, ING.com’s research on social media and journalists shows that “a majority of journalists feel less bound by journalistic rules on social media,” thus making it both more enticing to use, and for multiple types of people to use it.

As this digital mesh continues with the latest smartphone, the most updated devices, and the influx of digital improvement as the years pass, the big picture is that the information age has improved and expanded Journalism in a multitude of ways, and once newspapers find a way to go completely digital, they’ll never look back, except maybe to wrap birthday gifts in the comics section.

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By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger

Wikipedia defines Citizen Journalism as public inhabitants producing street journalism, collecting information, data, and reporting this knowledge through different mediums.  In the days of print media only, this was much harder to come by, as someone would have to pay and produce their items. In the current age, any individual with an internet connection has the means to be a citizen journalist, which is where citizen journalism gets a bad rap.

Tom Alderman of the Huffington Post added this information to his article from 2008:
“Citizen reporters provide independent, accurate, reliable information that the traditional media doesn’t provide, goes the argument. Independent? Perhaps. Accurate and reliable? Can’t be sure, say concerned professionals.”

This becomes the argument association for Citizen Journalism. If we don’t have people to fact check and edit, how is it real journalism?  Answer is, it’s probably not. On top of this, it creates a stigma for journalists versus non-journalists.

“On the face of it, blogger does the legwork that journalists don’t and gets a story is a good-news story about internet culture. Anyone who complains about citizen journalists doing their job must be a bitter old-school journalist, you think.” Talk Normal’s Tim Phillips adds to his article, “Citizen Journalism isn’t always a good thing.”

Now, if you take this logic into a Detroit perspective, it would be like Detroiters primarily getting their news from Steve Neavling’s “Motor City Muckracker” when primary news outlets like The Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News exist for Detroiters to get their news.

The flip side to this which would be an argument for Motor City Muckracker is that they are able to “print” what they want without having to go through the politics. Something specific would be Neavling’s constant updates on Dan Gilbert, owner of Quicken Loans, who is supposedly monitoring areas of Detroit, including alleyways he has no access to monitor – which seems to be a below the radar controversy.  A story like this wouldn’t necessarily run in the News or the Free Press unless it was 100% confirmed.

Which kind of Journalist would you rather give you information? One who has no higher up to answer to, who will cover stories that other news outlets won’t cover? Or would you like something that you know has been through the ringer through editors and knowledgeable chiefs of service? Regardless of which sounds better, it’s safe to say that both forms of Journalists are here to stay.

The evolution of a Journalist is an ever-changing world. They used to collect information, write, report, and on to the next story. Then technology happened, and Journalists were expected to cover a lot more ground, whether that be a required Twitter account, and a quota of how much multimedia content they produce. Movement has been made since in the last few years, and needless to say, writers aren’t just camped out at their desks anymore, and won’t be any time soon. A new trend is spawning with the technological advances with drone work, 3D design, and now virtual reality.
Many people are hands on learners, who use visual stimulation to soak in the information needed to understand a task. Now news is looking to apply this strategy to Journalism. With the reminisce of what sounds like a GoPro on test subjects, now artists like Chris Milk and Spike Jonze are wearing 360 cameras, getting into the action, and recording what they see around them. Using this tactic while reporting, the output could be a 3D/Virtual Reality quality the viewer is able to soak in while being completely immersed in the surroundings VIA headgear and headphones.

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Screenshot of a photograph by Spike Jonze used in “Virtual reality documentaries ‘take the middle man out of journalism'” from The Guardian.com

Milk, one of the Vice News VR partnered artists had a striking thing to say to The Guardian about how virtual reality reporting could be the new frontier. “’So much of journalism is conveying a place and time that existed, to someone at a later date: giving a person the context and trying to make them feel as informed as if they were actually there,’ he says. ‘Fundamentally, this is taking out the middle man in that process, and making you feel as if you were actually there.’”

BBC.com digs deeper into how this would work for viewers. “The viewer would then wear virtual reality goggles that track their position in the room and translate their movements into the scene in front of their eyes. In a documentary about Syria, for instance, (Nonny) de la Pena placed viewers in a street as a bomb exploded so that they could witness the terror unfolding – before then taking them for a walk around a refugee site.” Using more intense tactics such as this would cause the viewer to feel more than just watching nightly news program. Nonny de la Pena, senior research fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism, a creator of a program that combines and reconstructs scenes from traumatic events says “”It’s really a kind of a whole-body experience and is very unique – different than radio, than television, than any other kind of format for experiencing a story.””

The question is, will something like virtual reality take the place of standard journalism? According to MyFoxNY’s article by Robert Moses, there has already been speculation that it will hurt the journalism industry. Frank Rich, who has been a journalist at multiple publications like the New York Post, New York Times, and New York Magazine tells Moses that will not occur. He believes that as the way journalism changes, individuals will continue to want to know and see more.
Time will tell whether virtual reality will come to the forefront of journalism, or if it’s just another fad to fade away with good free coffee and holograms of dead musicians doing farewell tours.

iHeart Radio Detroit Director of Marketing and Promotions Aaron Klauber gives his firsthand accounts on why radio still rocks, rolls, bumps, and jives. 

By: Amy Cooper, Detroit Ginger


Media enthusiasts and nay-sayers jumped the gun and proclaimed radio dead, and though supposedly “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the recent development in the drain of analog has been the Internet according to the general public. With the popularity of Spotify and Pandora radio platforms that are streamable right to our smartphones, more and more people are turning down the FM.  Does this scare the radio industry? Not in the slightest.

Radio is still in high demand. Between the general public listening in their cars, or even partaking in apps such as iHeart Radio, the industry itself is booked multiple times a day for events, people are buying audio ads and mixed media ads on the iHeart Radio App, and products and companies need endorsements. You wouldn’t see this on the surface of your stereo; you need to take a step into the radio world.

Aaron Klauber, the Director of Marketing and Promotions at iHeart Media Detroit (recently rebranded from Clear Channel Media and Entertainment) gives his firsthand accounts on why radio still rocks, rolls, bumps, and jives. “It’s not all fun and games, there’s business going on here mixed with fun.” said Klauber.

Each section of the office at iHeart Media Detroit has a specific process that tie in to create the entire package, and each section is exceedingly important. “When we have students here, they spend a full semester in an unpaid internship, and they get to experience every job that radio has to offer.” said Klauber.

Touring the office, you come across some of the biggest names in radio like 100.3 WNIC’s Jay Towers (and his Superman themed office), to the triple mic set up and production studio for 95.5’s Mojo in the Morning. The building plays host to the most popular stations that have been around in Detroit for decades including 98 WJLB to stations in their infancy like 106.7 The D. The station also has one AM station frequency that is home to 1130 WDFN The Fan, which is the sports talk team.

Some teams pull the business end such as organizing which commercials air and when, and in what order while the Promotions team goes out in the field for events such as concerts, business rallies, and charity events. There’s even an IT department devoted to making sure that everything rolls smoothly in the office electronically, and of course, the on-air talent. “There’s a role for everyone in radio.” said Klauber. “During an internship, sometimes they see a section and realize that’s what they like and what they are good at, and once the internship is over, they’ve already had experience and have the upper hand when applying here versus someone from the outside applying. We already have seen their work ethic.”

Internships are beneficial in almost all fields that offer them, but radio has special benefits as to getting that firsthand knowledge you wouldn’t necessarily get in a classroom. These types of opportunities are beneficial to students, especially with the need of across the board training for future journalists in print or broadcast. With the way the internet has taken hold, jocks now have to be able to run and produce for their shows, along with having journalistic knowledge. The DJs at iHeart Media Detroit all have their own blogs to which they contribute content, on top of their social media presence. The knowledge of writing, marketing, and digital background is all beneficial to this type of career.

Julia Qashat, an iHeart Media Promo Team Member handing out Maleficent Crowns at Detroit's Movement Festival this Summer in Hart Plaza. Photo: Acronym Creative Studio

Julia Qashat, an iHeart Media Promo Team Member handing out Maleficent Crowns at Detroit’s Movement Festival this Summer in Hart Plaza. Photo: Acronym Creative Studio


The allure of this career comes down to the final point that radio is an exciting job. You have an enriching experience of being part of someone’s day-to-day life, Promotions teams get to hang out with people from all walks of life at different locations, DJs get to go out to the club and MC live events, and team members have access to many amazing opportunities you wouldn’t get at a normal 9 to 5 desk job. When asked what’s cool about radio, Cody Trombley, iHeart Media Detroit’s Promotions Director for Channel 95.5 and WNIC had one simple answer: “How many people can say ‘Big Sean showed up at my work today?’” That’s the radio difference.

To find out more information for opportunities at iHeart Media Detroit, contact Aaron Klauber at AaronKlauber@iHeartMedia.com.


Portions of this article were published in The Eastern Echo under iHeartRadio offers EMU students a unique internship opportunity on November 2, 2014 by Amy Cooper, Staff Writer.