Megan Taylor

front-end dev, volunteacher, news & data junkie, bibliophile, Flyers fan, sci-fi geek and kitteh servant

Web, 2.0, Media, Journalism, Citizens, Blogs, Google, News

On Thursday I caught the tail end of a meeting of the UF chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Gary Ritzenthaler (a grad student at UF) gave a speech

about the trend of personalization of online information, and what it means for the future of media.

Google, Facebook, blogging and citizen journalism were all brought into the discussion. Gary also showed a video called EPIC 2014. I’ve seen it before and it still scares me.

Some ideas that were brought up during the meeting:

  • Google news benefits newspapers via clickthroughs. But as page views lose value as the standard of a site’s popularity, how will Google and newspapers react? We can get customized news in feed readers. If you are subscribing to Google news instead of a news Web site, what happens to the news site?
  • Breaking news will stray from news Web sites to blogs, a.k.a. citizen journalism.
  • Journalism will become more like magazine writing. Journalists will write more in-depth, feature-style articles.
  • Whats are the pros and cons of citizen journalism?
  • Is all this Web stuff just a trend?

Today, this popped into my awareness:

This is a short history of “Web 2.0, ” produced by Michael Wesch, an Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Kansas State University. It’s pretty amazing.

This is what makes journalism such an exciting field to study right now. The uncertainty, the changes, the adventure of it all.

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