Let me start off by saying that during my time in New Media I have learned so much about the communications industry that I didn’t even know existed. I learned about different kinds of media and how they play a vital role in the real world.
The topics that we have discussed in class was very eye-opening and educational for what I should expect when I get out there in the real world and pursue my career as a journalist. It has gotten me prepared with the tools necessary for me to communicate to the public and to get out information to them.
I have learned that people are staring to get away form print newspapers and are going online to get their news, how social networking has conquered the mainstream media and the world, and I learned that in the online blogosphere, that journalist have to clearly define the lines between fact vs. opinions.
My attitude toward all of this is that I have to up my technological skills to be successful in the world of news and that doing things the old fashion way with print news writing is becoming obsolete. I now have to go into this changing industry with the attitude of adjustment and acceptance of the way news is being published or broadcast to keep up with the Jones’ in media if I want a job.
What surprised me the most was the statistics on how many text messages people send in 1 hour, how fast news travels on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and that people now get their news online because it’s faster. What also surprised me was how fast blogging has caught on with people and that it is rapidly infiltrating people’s opinions with true journalism by professionals. It now sets that bar higher for journalists to be more truthful and to give accurate information.
Personally, I liked all the topics that our professor has given to us because they were very eye-opening, it let’s us express our own opinions through a blog and it prepared me for what I will experience in the field of journalism.