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Embracing the ‘Elements’

Journalism 4990
As a first-semester freshman — and a newbie in journalism — I remember finding “The Elements of Journalism” to be dry and sort of confusing. I didn’t always see why I should remember what was in it besides the whole “best obtainable version of the truth” bit. (At least, I think this is in there. I guess I’ll find out soon whether it is.) Today, I chuckled as I read these first two chapters. A lot of the concepts introduced are ones I have gradually picked up on throughout my time here — ones I now enjoy reading about and actively seek out — and a lot of the viewpoints offered about the purpose of journalism are ones I’ve come to agree with. The purposes and facets of journalism discussed are the reason why I care about journalism and why…
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The crystal ball of journalism

Journalism
The Nieman Lab released today some predictions for what the media industry will look like in 2015. (Predictions will be added through the end of the week.) Thoughts I had about several of them: The year of the reader My favorite line in this is, "The only thing we should be chasing in 2015 is news." I agree with The Washington Post's Cory Haik; data show that people — especially my millennial generation — are consuming news like never before on mobile, and it's on news organizations to make this experience as easy and enjoyable for them as possible. Subscription models for not only media outlets, but also video-based entertainment companies such as Netflix and HBO Go have proven that people will still pay for something they find valuable. Or, to play off…
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Designing better ways to serve people

Experiences
I took the StandOut strengths test a few weeks ago. I don't always put much stock into these kinds of tests, but this one took one sentence to sum up a newfound passion that I've been struggling to verbalize for months: I like building things. I like serving others. And these interests have served me well this fall as a digital content strategist for Global Journalist. I love the news. I believe in its vital role in democracy and in the importance of getting clear, accurate information to the public, among other functions. This has been its function for centuries. But how we get this information and how we engage with it is constantly changing. Static, loyal audiences determined by location are no longer; people can get information from anywhere. With all of the information,…
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14 things I took away (and hope you do, too) from studying abroad

Manchester
"Here, there is an insane love of football, of celebration, of music." "A city that thinks a table is for dancing on." "We do things differently here." "It all comes from here." I smiled as I read these quotes about Manchester by famous Brits — actors, musicians and athletes — in a shop the morning before I left. That's because now I understand. I didn't know what to expect from Manchester. A few of you know that I originally wasn't even supposed to go there. When I did decide to, I hadn't done a lot of research; I hadn't even heard of the city except for Manchester United. (It was in the U.K. and didn't require knowledge of another language, which, in my frenzied state at the time, was enough…
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London, round 2

Manchester
My last trip before leaving England was to its capital city. I went for a weekend a month or two ago, and I felt like I didn't have time to see everything I wanted to see. So, between essay deadlines and friends visiting, I went again. On Monday, I did some more walking around London. My hostel was literally steps from Hyde Park, so I went through the Queen's Gates and walked the length of the park. I also went to the British Museum, where I saw the Rosetta Stone and other ancient Egyptian artifacts; London Bridge and Tower Bridge, the city's two most famous paths across the Thames River; and King's Cross Station, home to typical railways and tourist attraction Platform 9 3/4. Yep, definitely tourist status right here.…
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