Archive | September, 2011


30 Sep

Are there any disadvantages of citizen media?

26 Sep

Nikki on the disadvantages of citizen media..


“We the Media” Chapters 1 and 3 Response

19 Sep

In chapter one of “We the Media”, Gillmore highlights how journalism has shifted from the hands of reporters to those of the citizens. He compares modern journalism to how it was in the late 18th century when Thomas Paine used pamphlets to raise revolt against the British. Then, the written word was used primarily for the public. Whether, to aid resistance efforts or to spark a revolution, journalism was used mainly by those with a strong presence in the public sphere. Now, however, journalism has become as much personal as it is public. Blogs, as highlighted in chapter three for example, have become a phenomenon that have given average people a voice- a power to make their own headlines and handle the news for themselves. I have been an avid blog reader for a little over two years now and admittedly gotten most of my news from them. Also, blogs in the blogsphere are dynamic. Chapter 3, respectively titled “The Gates Come Down”, exemplifies how blogs are free from restraints and the writers are free to cover any topic that they wish. This also means that readers like myself have options and could easily find blogs covering topics that they are interested in. Through blogs, you could also start your own movements. In chapter 3, Gillmore discusses Trent Lott’s coverage of prisoner abuse in Afghan and how that stirred up attention. Similarly, I have read controversial posts on some of my favorite blogs regarding an inaccurate description of their lifestyle in Marie Claire Magazine. Even blogs not directly involved in the incident came forth and spoke out in defense of the bloggers and stirred the pot with their rants and criticisms of the magazine’s editorial staff.
All in all, I like the direction that journalism has taken since its start. It has become a vehicle for free speech and has given many common people a voice not limited by the standards of television and newspapers. This also means, that I have the power to speak out and be heard using the resources that the internet has provided me.

Blogging Manifesto

12 Sep

Hello- my name is Jazmin Sanchez. I am currently a junior communication studies major at Loyola Marymount University working on getting her journalism certificate. For as long as I could remember, I have loved to read and write. I was the girl who asked for books over toys and would beg my mom to take me to the library after school where I would spend hours at a time reading a single book. As I grew older, I was inspired by my favorite authors to write my own stories which I would later share with my friends and family. Once I got to high school, I thought it was only appropriate to feed my appetite for the written word by joining the yearbook staff of my school. Upon my yearbook advisors’ request and encouragement I also joined the newspaper staff. There, I realized my passion for journalism and found myself devoting most of my time to the paper as an editor. From then on I knew that was what I wanted to do. Once I started college, I did little journalistic writing but a lot of blog following, spending any free moment on my favorite blogs. Last year I decided that it was time to actively start working towards my dreams of one day being a journalist which is why I am in this class now. I do hope to eventually start my own personal blog, preferably a healthy living one where I could share my passion for health and fitness as well as my everyday life. I hope that this class could set up the foundation I need to become a successful and engaging blogger. I rely on my passion and determination to help me be successful in this class and I believe that they will help me propel forward towards my career in journalism. I definitely feel like I am a digital native. In fact, I don’t remember what life was like before I had technology! I doubt it could have been any more intriguing than it is now.


Hello world!

8 Sep

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