The use of social media in our life

February 9, 2011

Social media has produced a whole new era of media. It means sharing a part of one’s life while soaking in and engaging in parts of other people’s lives. It is the way we stay connected to family and friends as well as meet new peoples. Social media build relationships as we would in real life: share, be considerate, connect people, answer questions, and show some personality.   The collaborative use of a community-driven medium to engage with others in transparent, genuine and honest conversation, being transparent, interesting, informative and listening and responding to what others have to say.

Social media reach audiences that might be inaccessible in real life, whether because of age or socio-economic status or geographical location. Imagine being able to connect around the world with a touch of the mouse, getting almost instantaneous feedback reaching millions of people, creating meaningful and authentic relationships and conversations.

Although social media has affected print media to a great extent, but does that indicate that doom is coming to all other traditional media outlets?

Social media expert does not believe traditional media will go away but sees social and traditional media will work together in the future traditional media is failing because it is not reaching the same audience that it used to reach. Instead, social media is reaching that mass audience.

It is true to conclude that social networks are a boon to some, an annoyance to others.

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How journalists use social network

February 8, 2011

Journalists are, by nature, crafty folk who are wonderfully adept at stalking — I mean, finding sources and relevant information for various and sundry stories. Well, the advent of social media has made the process of reporting all the more nuanced, and has served as a vital channel for everything from finding leads to contacting sources to sharing and furthering one’s brand.

Still, as the Internet continues to expand, it can be difficult to pick and choose which tools are right for journalists — it can be daunting to litter one’s desktop with Twitter applications, social networks, location-based tools and blogs.

Tools such as Face book and Twitter serve as excellent filters for the masses of information circulating on the web. Although many journalists swear by Twitter as a method of spotting and filtering out trends, Face book can also function as a vital reporting tool.

Journalists gather lot of information through these social networking sites. Much of the news would not have been possible even without these social sites.


What is modern Journalism?

February 3, 2011

One thing at present time is clear: whilst blogging and journalism fall within the same sphere of information transfer, factors such as authenticity and context differentiate the two. Bloggers do not pose a direct threat to the journalism profession; they simply add another facet of competition to the work of contemporary journalists. But those who wish to be successful in online publishing need to develop skills which relate directly to the online context as well as those which apply to the journalism profession in general.


Social media and education

February 1, 2011

Education and social media are part and parcel of the modern age. There is lot of use of social media in education. Social Media has not only greatly affected the students but in other words they are addicted to it. Having MP3, Mobile phone and laptop with a student are not just fashion but are the essential tools of today.

Audio and video recording in the classroom is very common now a day. Similarly, the information, observation and comments of every nature are shared by the students themselves as well as with others through social media especially face book and twitter.


Effects of Social Media on Journalists

February 1, 2011

The technological changes have opened great opportunities for journalists across the world to connect with the public on an unprecedented level. The rise of social media has changed the way how a story is communicated and consumed. As most of the news men make a great deal of social media for interaction with readers and sources both. Similarly, by using the new tools journalists can also get instant feedback as well as develop valuable relationships with the public at large.


What impact is social media having on journalists and journalism?

January 26, 2011

 

In the traditional world the news organizations had to give out information, and people would consume it. But simply making information available is not enough for today’s public. Today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they read, and most believe they should be able to contribute content and opinions, too. This shift is generally called the social media.

Basically social media use internet-and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. It has not only benefited journalists but has also helped give individuals a way to speak up to the world.

More and more people prefer reading newspapers online due to the online version being global, free and around forever. If most of the consumers are on line, it is better to reach them online. Traditional media is slowly becoming history. Journalists are now making a good use of social media to engage their audience.

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