Social media and journalism is something that has great use for the next generation of journalists, but it also will and has already been used to attack journalist as well.
The article, Your news in 140 characters: exploring the role of social media in journalism, brought up the topic of the good and bad parts of social media for journalist. This write up focuses more on Facebook and how people connected online.
At first it was believed that social media would be a great way for friends to keep in touch, but according to the article it has turned into more. It brought to light the fact that it allows national and local news outlets to break information on social media.
It was a strong article, but not sure it was the right way to go about describing the social media trend.
We saw in a recent PSA/article by women sports journalists, that they are receiving personal attacks tweeted at them. On occasion, this included death threats from random people through social media.
In the video, men were brought in to read these tweets to these women’s faces. The two women were, Sarah Spain and Julie Dicaro. These men constantly felt dirty when saying these tweets to Spain and Dicaro.
“I’m having trouble looking at you when I’m saying these things.”
It went into detail about how this happens daily and for the most part, you just try and ignore the comments made on social media, but we are human and our first instinct usually is to respond.
My opinion is that there are great and awful things through social media, it is our job to know the difference.
In the first article, it spoke on how social media was designed to connect with friends online. Sure, it has certainly done that, but it has become an outlet for news sources to give information to the public in an instant.
The negative side of things came in the second article, when the public wanted to respond with personal attacks at these journalists and TV personalities. It does not make me feel right that journalists have to deal with this, primarily women in the field.
I interviewed Carley McCord from ESPN, and she gave great advice to future women looking to become journalists and broadcasters.
· You have to stay professional
· Do not take the easy way out, keep your head above water
· Intern and make connections, instead of letting people use you
· Use your talent and get better
I believe that social media has a very good use, especially in news and journalism, as it allows the viewers to relate to the anchor or journalist doing the piece and not just the content. That does lead to some issues though, as it can bring out the worst of people, personally attacking journalists, because they disagree with them.
We need to take a stand as young journalists and make sure that people know this use of social media is wrong and no one deserves to be treated like this, because they are in the public eye.