This is the new age, baby.

INDUSTRY ISSUES BLOG #2

SMART PHONES, THAT AREN’T JUST PHONES.

ALTHOUGH VIEWERS SENDING IN A VIDEO ISN’T THE PROBLEM, FUTURE JOURNALIST NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THEY ARE LUCKY.

We all pretty much have them at this point, that sleek shiny brick-like device that stays in your back pocket or hand most of the day.  Yeah your smart phone.  For years now, they have had cameras on them.  These devices, along with their cameras are just getting better and better.  What else is getting better about these devices? More witnesses are recording footage of events that are happening.  These videos are either being used for evidence, or a news story.

Smart phones and video footage are not strange to reporters, nor are they new.  With more cases like Ferguson, Michael Brown shooting, reporters are having raw footage for the story from a witness.  This month a cop shot a man in South Carolina.  David Uberti wrote for the Columbian Journalism review, how a smart phone captured the story.  When the local story first published, it was identified that a cop shot a man after an altercation, later the video from a man’s phone was released, the story completely changed.

Below is a video of the story, along with the video a man shot using his camera phone.

Journalist need to read this article for more context on how smart phone videos have been changing the game.  We all see videos from phones on almost every newscast now.  Either a fight, a fire, a car crash, a robbery anything.  We may be able to work with the public more in the future for better quality of these videos.

SOCIAL MEDIA AND JOURNALIST.

Paul Bradshaw shared a helpful hint on a blog recently, he wrote, 11 charts that illustrate how you can use twittercounter to check your impact on social media as a journalist.

twittercounter

Of course, not everyone is using twitter, and that may be an issue.  Twitter and other social media platforms is where almost everybody is.  It may be a downfall that we are in this generation now, but that is how we journalist need to connect with our audience.  I personally know plenty of people who follow anchors and reporters from their local stations.  This connection makes them feel as if they have a say in something.  Viewers will not only use social media to keep up to date on what is going on; however they can also use it as a tool to contact their local reporters and bring up an issue.

It’s important for journalist to stay connected with their viewers in this way.  Bradshaw wrote in his blog, ways that he has been observing to get more followers.

Besides for using twittercounter to track how were doing with our followers, twitter’s own analytics will show what tweet has had the most impact on the account.  Things such as this are important for young journalist starting out to recognize.  Older journalist caught on this to trend, as we should too.

By the way, follow me on twitter! I will follow back.

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