Social Media and Journalism

Technology has given the mass public an opportunity to engage in and participate in the news industry.  These days whenever a reporter posts an online story there is a comment section where people are encouraged to leave their thoughts on that particular story.

Technology has also given rise to social media and now people can remain to connected to the news and each other at all times if necessary.  Websites like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and blog sites gives anyone the power to express themselves however they see fit, but has social media given people too much power? Has social media allowed anyone to be a journalist?  In some regards social media has allowed people to act as pseudo-journalist.  In today’s society someone could find out about a breaking news story through Facebook or Twitter from a friend on his or her news feed.  That individual has now become a channel of some sort for that particular news story

Today some people take it upon themselves to report the news whether it is through their blog sites or other websites like Facebook.  An average citizen could act as a journalist in some regard by reporting their own stories and posting them online to social media sites.  This could potentially lead to serious issues dealing with accuracy and biases.  This idea of social journalism grants someone the power to speak to the public and potentially alter the judgments of those who pay attention.  For example if it were election season someone could post stories or snippets online through social media about one particular candidate that could alter someone’s viewpoint.

Social media has allowed all of us to stay connected with one another, but has it given too much power to people with no journalism experience

Hello World

Hello my name is Charles Richardson and I am a senior at WVU’s P.I. Reed School of Journalism and I am from a town called Pennsauken located in New Jersey.  I initially fell in love with journalism when I wrote for my high school’s newspaper during my sophomore year.

I previously worked as a news staffer at the campus radio station, WWVU-FM, which is commonly referred to as U92. At U92 I wrote, produced and broadcasted live news story as well as put together news packages. I also worked for WVU Her Campus as a staff writer. Every week I was responsible for producing an article that pertained to events or issues occurring on the West Virginia University campus.

I hope one day that I will be a television news producer for a major network.  Working behind the scenes in the control room or the editing room is exciting.  Putting together a television or radio production for many people is something that I will take great pride and joy in.  In addition I would like to work for a news network that is located in New York City.  I would love to work in any major city, but New York City is my number one destination for my career.

I am starting a new blog here on WordPress that will discuss how social media has given more power to the people in regards to the news and breaking events.  I also want to explore how, if at all possible, if the perception of a journalist has changed since the rise of social media.  Certain aspects like how fast a story is published versus whether the story is accurate is one of the many things I would like to cover.