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Is this real life…

29 Nov

I love taking a trip to the Apple store because they always have some new crazy thing they are using. It’s kind of like stepping into the future for a little while where you wander if some of the things in there are actually real. I was walking around and waiting to get a new charger when I came across this little guy.  It is an attachment that lets you swipe a credit card on the go…on your phone! It is a square that goes right into the headphone jack and it takes the money out of the account at the end of the day. At first I thought people could just use it with their friends or something, but I can’t believe how much can be done with it. Think about it: street vendors, ticket scalpers, bell ringers collecting money outside of stores, and whoever else! Soon enough “not having any cash on me” will not be accepted, but I guess my credit card will!

Nerd alert…

11 Nov

The truth is I love computer stuff and I could probably work on editing photos or news pages for endless amounts of time. I do, however, get bored with a lot of coverage today. I understand that readers need to get their news in a simplified, practical way but does that mean it has to be boring? I think not.

I remember back in my high school days I loved making infographics for pages because it was a way to show my creativity and style. Also,  I believe that graphics, numbers, and pictures help people to better remember the information that was included because of the ingenious way it was presented. I know I would never use these infographics that I made in the past for any news publication, but I still think there needs to be more creativity in newspapers and newsmagazines!

Some people have even begun to take graphics to the next level on the internet by making them interactive, which is really cool! This website shows the growing population of the world through liquid colored dyes and canisters! It’s people like these that are taking the extra step to cater to their audience in a more effective way. Although there is not always an opportunity to produce online, I think reporters should still make a more conscious effort to engage their readers in other methods than just the normal print story.

The Main Squeeze

8 Nov

Looking for a new twist on your average meal in Columbia? Main Squeeze located downtown at 28 South 9th Street has a wide variety of food and drinks that are both good and good for you.
Owner Leigh Lockhart opened Main Squeeze back in 1998 and continues to run it today because she wanted to have a place for vegetarians to be able to eat.
“There is no vegetarian restaurant for over 100 miles and people in Columbia don’t sell organic foods,” cashier Natalie Duider said. “She [Lockhart] wanted a place to serve people healthy, natural food.”

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The time has come

2 Nov

A few weeks ago in my Journalism lecture we were visited by leaders in each department of the Journalism school. Hearing each of them speak about all the various areas I can pursue in life was overwhelming. Take these classes, do this amount of hours, get an internship….it’s all happening so fast! Then again, this is what I’ve been waiting on for years. I finally get the chance to move into upper level classes and even closer to my career! Hearing all of their presentations made me proud to be majoring in journalism because it demands so much of me. In order to the best that I can have to perfect all of these different areas and have a variety of skills: writing, editing, video, photography, audio, etc. Even since I was in high school doing work for our publications just a few years ago things have changed drastically in the way journalists inform the public. I found a cool article about how journalism is evolving and I’m excited to be one of the people who initiates that change for the future consumers of media and news.

New obsession

17 Oct

The new advances just keep on coming! As an avid user of facebook, twitter, pinterest, WordPress and so on I doubt that I need any more media sites to take up my life. I can’t help myself with this new Google + though! It is awesome and everyone should try it.

It’s really cool because, unlike facebook where you are “friends” with people you barely know yet refuse to kick off your list, you get to make specific groups tailored to your liking. You can create “circles” where everyone involved can post and update in it kind of like a group. You can also do “hangouts” with them where its’s like a huge skype session with as many people as you want! It makes it a lot easier to keep up with the people’s lives that you are really interested in. I’m currently encouraging all of my family to get Google + as well so we can all stay in touch as we get older and grow apart. Of course I have some loyalty to the social media sites I’ve been using for a while, but I like this new Google because it’s a little more sophisticated crowd, which makes people more inclined to sign up! Even news stations and other journalists are using this technology, as well as celebrities and others too. I took this online tour about getting started and read this how-to article to get more acquainted, which both helped me out a lot. Everyone should get a Google + and start taking control of the way they do social media!

Rising to the challenge

9 Oct

“They are just trying to weed people out.”

I can’t count how many times I have heard this statement. Since I go to such a large university, this idea haunts many students…including me. I do not like the fact that getting my journalism education depends on whether I can pass general education classes. Although I’m not sure about their contribution to my future, I know that I have to get through them. I understand that people are going to be weeded out but, despite my complaints and my troubles, I will not be one of them.

This is because I live for challenging situations. The times when I have to push myself farther than I want to are the ones in which I surprise myself the most. I mean if I can’t suck it up and get through some college courses I won’t be able to handle half of the situations I may encounter later on in a real job. Even in my favorite class, Fundamentals of Multimedia, I am being challenged. So far it has been the most enjoyable class in my two years at Mizzou because I already know how to use the equipment and software, allowing me to have fun with assignments and do cool projects. Now, however, we are moving into video which I have very little experience in. I don’t know how the perfect questions to ask, where to shoot from, what exactly to shoot, or how to compile it well. But, in a weird way, I love that. I like learning new things that interest me and forcing myself to just go out and try it! I went on the internet and looked up a bunch of information about the techniques to use when working with a video camera and now I feel a lot more comfortable with my assignment. There just needs to be more of a yearn from students to learn and not be content with barely scraping by. I think people have become more lazy and forget that their true strength can be revealed by doing things that are out of their own element and putting in a little more extra effort. So, although I do not exactly enjoy going through some of the things I am now, I know it will make me more successful in the long run.

 

Social media, round 2

1 Oct

So as I contemplated in my last post about the abuses of social media it became quite a lengthy affair. In that, though, I forgot to mention my biggest annoyance with all of the posting and updating. It’s kids literally throwing their futures down the drain with every post and photo that they upload. I’ve noticed this is happening among all age group and it drives me absolutely crazy.

If you go look at facebook profiles kids in middle and high school you see long posts of people fighting online, girls in skimpy outfits, and much more. Even worse is people in college. I understand that my profile may not be a prime example of what one should be, but I am smarter than to deliberately post something that sheds me in a bad light. I have no pictures of drinking or illegal activities or nudity or anything else (I mean I wouldn’t do that anyway) because  I know that all of the information on these sites are public for everyone to see. I don’t think people quite grasp the idea that, whether you like it or not, your profiles through social media become you. They define you and present an image that others will see you by, despite who you really are. I get so sick of seeing tweets about how hungover someone is in class or seeing photos that make me want to send them to the person’s mother!!! I understand that it is fun to share our lives together through facebook and twitter and be able to see what goes on in each others lives, but people don’t realize that other people are looking too: employers.

This video about employers looking at people’s facebook profiles is a little outdated, but it still gets the point across. CEOs, bosses, managers, and so on are always screening their applicants and looking at their sites to see how they “really are.” I know that most people at this point with the profiles they have would not stand a chance at getting a job. I feel like this conversation has been had over and over, but people just aren’t listening. I know personally know people that have missed out on an opportunity because of their facebook page. It may not be fair, but it’s reality. I know my profiles may not be perfect, but I have always made a conscience effort to pay attention to what I post and make sure it is appropriate. My method is to always think about if I would show everything on my media sites to my parents or a potential employer for that matter, and I would. People should ask themselves the same question!