Digital News Gathering Final: 3 lessons learned

Spencer DeVine is right on time

Me, Spencer DeVine, taking his J226 Final in style in Humanities room 312 on May 18, 2011. Typing facts and taking names.

Multimedia and Social Media: What i Learned from J226

Let me start off by saying that I don’t quite understand what the world’s beef is with new social media.  To be honest i was not sure how I was going to like Digital News Gathering as a class but I have in the end learned a lot of stuff that I know will be super useful in my future.

I Learned how to effectively use twitter, hashtags, @ mentions, the whole deal.  I’ve been able to follow some of my favorite news organizations on twitter like the BBCworld, and SFGate(I’ve also been able to follow some of my favorite celebs, go Steve Martin!). I love being able to follow what news organizations are doing, it’s so cool

I’ve definitely learned about how to edit audio, I’m still not a pro at it but it is super fun to do when you get into it.  I’ve learned that when you’re working on a project like that ALWAYS SAVE. Save constantly because I’ve lost my whole work several times just due to an absent-minded mistake.  I’ve learned soundcloud gives you a really cool medium on which to post your audio and make a attractive presentation for your words.

I’ve learned that facebook is for more than just poking your friends and posting birthday messages on people’s walls. There is not only news organizations on facebook, but you can also use facebook, as well as twitter, to share your work with others, and in the end isn’t sharing our work and knowledge what journalism is really about?

I’d have to say one of the favorite works i’ve done all semester was the Interview with Professor Chris Sterba , a professor in the humanities department, which i did, regarding his love of teaching and the time he spent in Spain. I loved doing this work because it is so interesting to see the other side of teachers, the background and past that you never get to learn in the one hour a day environment.  I think that it is my best work because i got alot of possible information but i narrowed the interview down into one area so that i could edit it effectively. I loved doing the piece and i think that the quality reflects that.

Percentage of Internet-using adults searching for online medical information

As the years go on the internet is becoming more and more of a part of our lives whether we like it or not.  Facebook, twitter, whatever it is that draws us in we are certainly there and standing at attention. I found the following study of the Social Life and Health Information, 2011 and it states that despite just having fun online there is also a large portion of individuals who have surpassed the advice of doctors and turned to the internet for their medical advice and information.  Doctors are expensive right? And the internet is free isn’t it?  And yet even with these questions seemingly answered so easily, there should probably be a concern about how effective the internet can really be in the place of a trained doctor. There is much to be said for the  quality of human interaction when dealing with sickness. That is the angle i would take if i were turning this into a full story: the human interaction vs. the internets almost infinite knowledge.  I would interview doctors, computer programmers, and just regular people. I would find info and do charts not only on how many people consulted the internet for medical problems, but how many had those problems solved with internet information. Only about 74% of adults use the internet so all statistics come from that pool of internet-using adults.

Royal Wedding Coverage: Audio Interview with SF State Students

Royal Wedding

Expectant royal wedding fans camp out on the streets in order to get a good view of the procession April 28,2011 at Whitehall,London, England. Tents, lawnchairs and flags lined the sidewalks in anticipation. Photo by Flickr/Aurelien

International relations, although the US can sometimes be lacking in cultural sensitivity, is an important factor of our everday lives. To truly be learned individuals shouldn’t we know what is happening outside of the United States.  One event that was definitely worth covering was the royal wedding between Prince William and his bride Kate Middleton.  And got coverage it did, in fact it got a lot of coverage. The real question is in proportion how much was really needed? A group of SF State students were interviewed with the question: “What do you think of the media coverage of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton? (Was it adequate, too little or too much?)”  This is a compilation of interviews of those students concerning the amount and appropriateness of the royal wedding coverage in the media.
Students interviewed ( in order of appearance):
Kelly Goff

Caitlin Olson

Tom Garcia

Meghan Dubitsky

Kelsey Avers


Thank you Staci!


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