The app, Snap Chat, had a recent but major update. Many users are aware of the changes made. The new update features “Discover”, the feature is for media sources to post stories. Users are able to see the updated stories right from the app; sources include CNN, Yahoo, and many more.
David Uberti wrote, “Snapchat ventures into news territory”, for Columbia Journalism Review. In his article, he points out that Snapchat is geared towards a younger audience. The young crowd has been using Snapchat as a quick messaging app. Media sources along with Snapchat, are hoping that the young users will scroll over to see stories every day. For media sources, this could be a good way to hit the young audience.
Future journalist are already in the loop. Journalist students may use Snapchat’s new feature. However, for future journalist, this just means the media we are learning to work in is changing faster than we thought.
We’re all familiar with the bleeps on movies and songs that come on the radio. What we may not be aware about is the censorship current journalist are experiencing.
Catherine Stupp wrote,”How reporters are experiencing censorship on social media”, for Columbia Journalism Review. Stupp reports that reporters in Turkey and Russia were asked to remove tweets from their Twitter feed. Reporters have been trying to get their stories out to their viewers, as quickly as possible, and like Snapchat, Twitter is a great source. The reporters have had complaints from Twitter asking that they had to be removed. Some of the journalist remove the tweets as twitter ask, even though their tweets are factually accurate.
In both Turkey and Russia, there have been accounts that were leaking government documents. They were taken down, however every time one account goes down, another comes up.
Both articles are a good read for journalism students. It’s important that we students understand we will run into problems in the future. The new “Discover” is a great way for media sources to target the younger audience. Future journalist need to understand how to connect with the younger audience. Snapchat new “Discover” feature may not be a problem, or appear as a problem, however, government trying to run journalist will be.
Stupp writes in her article, that by the government controlling what is posted on social media, affects a journalist freedom to write. Stupp and other journalist fear that we will lose freedom of social media. Since the government has successfully made tweets get deleted, there is a fear that they will also put a ban on social media altogether.
The Turkey government requesting that tweets be removed, reminds me of the Watergate case. The government didn’t want the story reported and they tried blocking the reporters from the story.
Future journalist must be aware of articles as these, they can prepare for what lies ahead. Issues with the government control will reoccur, as will new media sources.
Super semester update
Although both articles are current, they do not line up with how my super semester class is going, the way you would think they are. Both articles made me realize how hard it may be to get the news I need for stories, along with the importance of current news.
This was my last week of training for the semester, therefore i practiced putting together a package. Since it was for practice, the content may have been lacking, but I just needed a refresher on how to piece it together, and write it in Inews.
Even though taken last year, and was before the twitter censorship, this was a protest regarding Turkey controlling the media. I could go on for quite a while about how i feel, but I won’t. It’s very important for future journalist to understand what we’re walking into. This field was created so that the people could know what was happening with their government and area. Now the government wants to keep everything private. As shown in this video, journalist will continue to report stories that their viewers need to know about.
Although the embed code was not working, above is a semi-humorous video showing Snapchat’s new “Discover”. As I had discussed earlier, Snapchat is trying to target teenagers. Other media sources such as Vogue opted out of joining the “Discover”, because the revenue is shared therefore making the streaming costly. Most sources are thinking it won’t be worth it in the end.