Consuming my news

Consuming my news

Every morning at 5 a.m. I get an email from theSkimm. I wake up, get ready, and while on the train to class I immerse myself in their email. This email contains all of the top stories in a condensed version that can be read in ten minutes, perfect for my commute to class!

Their topics of news cover a wide variety. There are always political stories, entertainment, natural disasters etc. They are also really good about linking to other credible news sources so you can read more about the issues in depth.

I also appreciate that they write stories about their investors. For example, 20th Century Fox is a minority investor. So whenever theSkimm covers a story on the company there is a little note letting you know they invest in the company. I believe this makes them a less biased as they still report on all of the major 

In addition to their daily emails, they have an app and podcast. This allows you to get more news at the touch of your fingertips or listen to it instead of read. 

This form of news consumption is perfect for me. It gives me enough news that I know what is going on and fits my fast paced lifestyle. I love the email because it gives me enough information that I can participate in conversations on the topic and sound intelligent. 

 

Notes for digital journalism: Agenda setting

Notes for digital journalism: Agenda setting

Notes from December 5, 2017

  • Classic question: “What is the most important issue facing the UK today?”
  • The power of media to present certain images, ideas and concepts to the public
  • Importance of agenda setting:
    • Public’s need for orientation
    • Repitition of message
    • Focusing on public attention
    • Framing: supplying context, organizing principals shared socially
  • Important questions:
    • Who sets the public agenda?
      • Media, government, one’s own environment, one’s own experiences
    • Who sets the media agenda?
      • The media (self fulfilling), government
        • Spin doctor: PR people who try to spin the story their way
  • Media setting agenda: 
    • Helps form opinions
    • Priming opinions (emphasis on particular issues)
    • Shaping opinion (emphasis on particular views)
  • Media is gatekeeping by setting agenda
  • Majority of media gatekeepers practice middle-class consensus politics that affects their news agenda decisions
  • The Overton Window of Political Possibilities
    • In a given public policy area only a relatively narrow range of potential policies will be viewed as political possibilities
    • This “window” of political acceptable options is primarily defined not by what politicians prefer but rather by what they believe they can support and still win re-election
    • In general, then, the window shifts to include different policy options not when ideas change among politicians, but when ideas change in the society that elects them 

Weekend in Edinburgh

Weekend in Edinburgh

Under the twinkling lights of the Christmas markets, Edinburgh appeared magical. All that was missing was a light dusting of snow, but it sure was chilly. Despite the cold, the city was warm and welcoming with its history and beauty. 

Sadly, the weekends of traveling have come to a close after my trip to Edinburgh, Scotland. Now it is time to hunker down and focus on finals before heading home. Yet Scotland was the perfect end to my trip and gave me so many memories that will last a lifetime.

We got in late on Thursday night, but that didn’t stop us from going out and exploring. We walked down the high street, admiring all of the architecture and made our way to a pub. We grabbed a few pints and enjoyed some local Scottish music, all that was missing were the bagpipes. But don’t worry we heard plenty of them throughout the weekend. We spent the remainder of our night pretending to know the words while singing along with locals.

The next day we woke up and enjoyed breakfast at The Elephant House where J.K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. Afterwards, we walked back to the high street to enjoy the architecture in the light of day. We went inside the beautiful St. Giles Cathedral. There is just something about the beauty of old churches in Europe that I really enjoy. We also weaved in and out of shops, picking up local Scottish souvenirs for our friends and family back home. 

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Weekend in Paris

Weekend in Paris

The City of Love and Lights, Paris did not disappoint. The grand boulevards and world-renowned museums are not to be missed! 

This was a very bittersweet weekend trip for me. It was the first time I was not home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Instead my flatmates and I made the most of it by going to Paris for the weekend! We ended up taking the Eurostar train underneath the channel.

When we arrived to Paris on Thursday we made our way to our cute loft air bnb. We ventured out in the local residential area we were staying to grab a bite to eat. Our waitress did not speak any English whatsoever, but it was okay because my one flatmate Gaelle speaks fluent French. I ended up ordering a traditional French dish since I could not be enjoying some delicious Thanksgiving food this year. We made our way bak to our air bnb so that everyone could call and talk to their family on the holiday. I was also keen on getting to bed early since I was feeling very under the weather and had a slight fever. 

The next morning we woke up early and grabbed a pastry for breakfast. We were then on our way to Disneyland Paris for the day! Despite still being sick, I was determined to make the most of it. The park was so pretty! It was all decorated for Christmas. We had a fun day riding all of the rides and being little kids again. We stayed for the fireworks and then caught the train back to Paris. 

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Weekend in Dublin

Weekend in Dublin

It was a weekend full of great company, music and beer! We were able to escape the city life for a while and enjoy the Irish country side along with the Cliffs of Moher.

Dublin was such an enchanting city! Upon our arrival on Thursday evening, we dropped our bags at our hostel and made our way to Temple Bar area. We found THE famous Temple Bar (not to be mistaken with the numerous other bars of the same name). It was overly crowded so after making a round to see the Christmas decor and hear some music, we went out in search of a pub to grab a bite and a pint. 

We found the perfect little spot, the Merchant Arms. It had a warm and inviting interior along with live music. We were able to grab a seat upstairs and enjoy some grub and some Guinness. We stayed and enjoyed the music till closing time before heading back to our hostel because we had an early morning the next day. 

Up before the sun, we made our way to the meeting point for our tour. On Friday we made our way across the country to see the Cliffs of Moher and the city of Galway. It was gorgeous driving across the Irish countryside. Everything was covered in frost in the early morning rays of the sun. 

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Day trip to Bruges

Day trip to Bruges

The medieval architecture was absolutely enchanting in Bruges. Also way too much Belgian chocolate was consumed during this trip, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

One of the positive things about driving all the way to Amsterdam was that our tour group was able to stop in the city of Bruges on our way home. I was blown away by all of the medieval architecture. I was sad we only had a few hours in the city because there was so much more that I wanted to see. I could’ve spent the whole day wandering through the streets and churches. There is a church in Bruges that claims to have a relic of Christ’s blood. I am not sure how believable I find that, but it sure would be something to see.

After wandering around a bit in Bruges, my group grabbed lunch at a local restaurant. Bruges is known for their mussels so we made sure to get some of those. When we were done eating we walked along the river and found a little hut that offered cheap canal tours. Even though we did a canal tour the day before, we decided to do another one because it would be a great way to see the city.

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Holding on to tradition: Tensions between traditional and technology-driven journalism

Holding on to tradition: Tensions between traditional and technology-driven journalism

The journalism field is being invaded by Silicon Valley. As the world moves to become more digitized, traditional news sources much keep up. This can be a challenge when the traditional an technology-driven journalism don’t exactly see eye to eye. 

This difference was seen in Franklin Foer’s article “When Silicon Valley Took Over Journalism: The pursuit of digital readership broke the New Republic– and an entire industry”.  Traditional journalist have a vastly different agenda from technology companies. Tech companies want as much traffic to their site as possible, while many journalist are not consumed with numbers. Rather they want to write a a ground-breaking piece regardless how many readers it gets. Traditional journalist rely on loyal readers, but they are not obsessed with the amount of readers they have, but with the integrity of their work. 

Another underlying tension is making a profit. After all, in order to be a viable business you need to turn a profit. Traditional journalist rely on selling advertisements like they do in print to turn a profit. They strive to keep their news free in order to keep readers, however, technology-driven journalism is more likely to make you pay to access the articles. 

Finally, one last tension between the two is where they place their faith. Journalist believe it is the writers and their work that make a company while tech people believe it is the site and its tech people that make it happen. Regardless of the tensions and what you believe to be correct, both tech and tradition are needed in any business model today. 

 

Notes for digital journalism: Big data and data journalism

Notes for digital journalism: Big data and data journalism

Notes from November 28, 2017

  • Big Data- Extremely large data sets that may be analyzed computationally to reveal patterns, trends and associations, especially relations to human behavior and interactions. A collection of our behavior and interactions. A collection of our recorded digital traces we leave both on and offline. 
  • Data Journalism- Journalism done with data, opening up new possibilities when one combines the traditional “nose for news” and ability to tell a compelling story with the sheer scale and range of digital information now available.
  • What can you do with data?
    • Tell what a certain development might actually mean (e.g. the next financial crisis that is in the making; the economics behind the products we use; the misuse of funds, etc)
    • Create personalized calculators to help people make decisions (buy a car, how tax changes will effect you, etc)
    • Analyze dynamics of a complex situation like riot or political debate and help solve problems
    • Building articles on facts and insights supported by data
    • Using data to improve reports 
  • Convergence- symbiotic relationship between computer science and journalism

Weekend in Amsterdam

Weekend in Amsterdam

Fun fact: Amsterdam has more canals than Venice. It also has some of the world’s top tourist attractions with the Van Gough museum and Anne Frank House.

After a few weekends of not traveling and exploring London, my friends and I embarked to the Netherlands for the weekend. We went with the tour group Something New who organized all of our travel and hostel arrangements. I thought this would be beneficial, but sadly it was not. 

Rather than take a short flight to Amsterdam we took a bus, a ferry, and then continued on bus all the way to the Netherlands. This took a whole day of travel. Upon our arrival in Amsterdam at 7:30 p.m. we found out our hostel is another 30 minutes outside of the main city center. And public transit stops at midnight. I was not the most thrilled with all of this.

However, we made the most of it and had a wonderful weekend in such an enchanting city. Our first night in Amsterdam, our tour guide taught us how to use the public transit and gave us a tour of the city. We were then free to explore for the night. My group decided to grab a nice dinner, walk around, and do as the locals do for the evening. We made it over to the red light district to see what it was like. It was such a sad sight. I could not help but feel bad for the women on display because they are forced to sell their body to make a living.

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