Juniper Rose likes the convenience of audio news. Katrina Cameron reads news mostly on her iPhone. For Vanessa Ochavillo, Twitter is the best way to stay on top of many different news sources. Daniel Rothberg prefers emailed newsletters in the morning. Will Wright reads a variety of sites but follows Al Jazeera and Reuters for international news. Of all The Bee's interns this summer - we have 15 in news - only the youngest, Isabelle Taft of Yale University, still prefers the printed newspaper to stay informed. That's a preference I more often hear from readers at least in their 50s or 60s. Yet the habits of our interns reflect modern-day news consumption - they are choosing to read what they want, when they want it and how they want it.
The classroom at the City University of New York sat attentively watching the browser on the large screen point to LinkedIn. Everyone in the room was familiar with the social network, but they were journalists and had come to see how they could use it for their own specific purposes. While explaining how the audience could use LinkedIn, Corporate Communications Manager Yumi Wilson was also ushering them through a social media door, one she has unlocked for journalists in person or through online webinars over the past several months. It's all part of an expansion strategy for LinkedIn, which has seen membership grow exponentially from 32 million members in 2008 to 300 million in 2014. One part of that strategy is inviting journalists into a group called LinkedIn for Journalists, which boasts more than 55,000 members.
KATC, the ABC affiliate in Lafayette, La. (DMA #122), is using JVC's GY-HM650 ProHD mobile news camera as part of a multimedia journalist (MMJ) kit to provide live HD reports from the field. The camera has typically been coupled with a Verizon 4G LTE mobile hotspot for live shots two or three times per week. "It's just easier than some of the other systems out there," explained Don Mouton, Jr., chief engineer, KATC Communications, Inc. "I don't need the hassle or added expense of five modems in a backpack system to get a signal back to the station. I can get the same results in the field with our JVC camera and a hotspot shoved in a shirt pocket. It's more affordable and so convenient."
Every reporter knows the feeling of wanting to get closer to the action. There are a lot of traditional ways to achieve this – inside sources, telephoto lenses, news helicopters, just to name a few. But now that ever-cheaper drones can be outfitted with cameras, journalists have a whole new way to get a better angle on a story. And they want to use it. The problem is that in the United States, despite the increasing use of drones for things like photographing real estate, there are no real rules to control their commercial operation. The FAA is in charge of regulating “unmanned aircraft systems,” but they have been slow to formulate guidelines, and have admitted they won’t meet the 2015 deadline for doing so. In the meantime, it's technically illegal to operate a UAS for commercial use, and can result in a $10,000 fine, though that law is only enforced on occasion.
As police responded to a deadly car crash, they noticed an increasingly familiar sight: a remote-controlled aircraft, equipped with a video camera, hovering over the wreckage. The Federal Aviation Administration has opened an investigation of the drone, which was used by an on-call employee for a Connecticut television station. The FAA is developing new rules as the technology makes drones far more versatile, but for now operators can run afoul of regulations by using them for commercial purposes, including journalism. The case of the Hartford crash, in which the victim's body was left hanging out of a mangled car, highlights some of the safety, privacy and ethical issues that journalists will wrestle with as interest grows in using drones for newsgathering.
For years, Facebook has sworn by the power of algorithms to serve users a personalized mix of status updates, stories and photos. It's what makes up the heart of the company's premier product, the News Feed. Soon, Facebook will add another approach to delivering the news: Via a new app, humans working for Facebook will start telling you which news stories you should be reading. Over the past few months, Facebook has sought to hire contract editors to staff up Paper, the company's unreleased, Flipboard-like news aggregation mobile app, according to two people familiar with the matter.
At least 70 journalists were killed on the job around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 slain in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an Al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of those reporters were killed while reporting an Aug. 14 crackdown by Egyptian security forces on demonstrators protesting the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi.
The need for journalists to have strong social and mobile media skills has skyrocketed in the past three years, but the need for basic journalism skills remains critical, too. The bottom line is that journalism educators must prepare their students to do more than ever before. Those are the findings of an award-winning paper co-authored by Meek School Associate Professor and head of the journalism program, Debora Wenger. One of Wenger's co-authors, Dr. Lynn Owens, heads the journalism program at William Peace University; the two have been replicating this study since 2008 in order to track the needs of the journalism industry.
So the economy's tanking, newspapers are laying people off by the hundreds and no one knows what the news business will look like in five years. Depressing, right? Maybe so. But even in these tough economic times there are things you can do to improve your odds of finding a job in journalism. Want to know more? Read on... 1. Prepare Yourself in College: You can graduate with a 4.0 GPA and join whatever Greek-lettered honor society you want, but what editors want to see from recent college grads is experience. Journalism classes are fine, but there's no substitute for writing real stories, on a real deadline, that get a real byline in a real newspaper. So write for your student newspaper, then maybe move up to an editor job. And once you've got some student newspaper experience under your belt, start applying for internships.
On Tuesday night, "Morning Joe" cohost Mika Brzezinski--looking elegant in a ruffled black dress and a black coat with a ruffled fringe to match--stood in a pair of Louboutins before a long line of young women in the lecture hall of Columbia's journalism school. The women--mostly students and alumnae of the school--told Brzezinski one by one that she was an inspiration, a strong woman in the boys' club of broadcast journalism. They asked to take selfies with her. "Check if it's good!" Brzezinski called out after every cell-phone picture was snapped. If it was blurry, she insisted they retake it. If it was good, she asked them to tweet it. (Many obliged.) As the line dwindled, one young woman--dressed casually in a lacy, somewhat sheer purple sweater--approached Brzezinski.