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  • nicolefinkbeiner 10:58 am on June 28, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    I know we don’t have to post this week, but I thought you all would find this short article relevant considering our dicussions. http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011106280311

  • nicolefinkbeiner 4:58 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Did anyone else notice in the CoverItLive video “Writer Console Demo” that they just took a photo off a search and used it without permission? Isn’t that copyright infringement?

    • Steven Davy 7:25 pm on June 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Excellent question! Thanks for bringing it up.

      First, copyright is a very important part of publishing. You’ll notice that all the images I’ve use for this class blog are creative commons/attribution meaning they are images that I can use in my posts so long as I include a note about where the image comes from.

      Searching for good images that are licensed under creative commons can be time consuming. Check out this great tip from Matt Thompson over at Argo. This trick has saved me so much time!

      More on how images are licensed can be found at this link. I recommend everyone read through and understand how images are licensed.

      Concerning the CoverItLive video, my assumption is that the demo was designed for non-professional users. If I were hosting a CoverItLive at The World, this is something I definitely would not do.

      While I recommend everyone use creative commons images in their work, for this exercise if you need to use copyright material, please provide source citation as you would in other academic assignments.

  • nicolefinkbeiner 6:27 pm on May 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Kellogg Community College’s Men’s Baseball team heads to NJCAA Division II World Series


  • nicolefinkbeiner 10:12 am on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Should the Polk awards or other prestigious industry awards be given to non-journalists? 

    More and more people are publishing content through the use of blogs, videos, and other means. Some of this content citizen journalistic in nature and this content is on the rise. I doubt anyone would argue with that. But whether it is a good thing is a constant source of debate in and out of the traditional newsroom.

    One of the main concerns with citizen journalism is that they are not held to the Society of Professional Journalists Professional Code of Ethics as the majority of traditional journalists are. So, it is possible that the facts of the story may not be fairly checked, the way the citizen journalist got the information may not be ethical, etc.

    But what if the Polk Awards and other prestigious awards were a way to reward citizen journalists for following those professional standards? In this way, we would be upholding high standards by giving out rewards instead of punitively punishing them for going against traditional journalism standards. It’s more positive and it seems like a much more sustainable option considering how little control we have over citizen journalism and the fact that control will probably continue to decrease. It’s very similar the Five Guys secret shopper program. Instead of being there to punish employees for bad behavior, the secret shoppers are there to reward employees for positive behavior. The employees strive for excellence and Five Guys has to worry less about catching employees doing something wrong and then punishing them after the fact.

    But, it is still the responsibility of the main new organizations and those giving out awards to double-check the facts. For example PDA’s blog points out in it’s article Anonymous video of Neda Aghan-Soltan’s death wins Polk award that the BBC and other new organizations, when using user-generated content, check and rate it by experts. Only this way, can we truly rely on the accuracy of the content.

    So, my opinion is that non-journalists should be given the Polk awards or other prestigious rewards as long as they adhere to the high professional standards that traditional journalists do.

    • Lindsay Nowak 12:38 pm on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t agree that the Polk award or any other prestigious industry awards should be given to bystanders and citizens who simply photograph or video an event.

      These awards are intended for people who work and study in the journalism field, not for those who simply witness something and document it. I think these prestigious awards need to have standards so that journalists can work to the best of their ability to produce quality journalism. That isn’t to say that citizen journalists should be left out. Perhaps they could start a different type of award solely for people who want to enter their videos, photos, or even stories in to be judged for an award. Established journalists could even review their work and judge it based on the journalism ethics, credibility and news worthy-ness of the story.

      I just feel that trained journalists, who have worked their whole career to produce award-winning work, shouldn’t be competing against people who take a video or picture of an event and simply win an award.

      • Sara Ventimiglia 8:31 pm on May 24, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with this, people need to be professional about journalism.

      • Steven Davy 7:54 am on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        What standards, if any, should be set to for journalism awards?

        • ashleysap 3:28 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink

          I believe standards of journalism that should be followed is the ability to provide factual and non-biased stores, videos, pictures or any other creative outlets used to provide the general public with awareness. Most of the journalism standards, I have found to be important to me is writing for public, so anyone could understand, using correct grammar and AP style, and most of all, printing the facts, not your thoughts. I think so long as a piece of journalism portrays these things, despite if it was done by a professional journalist or citizen journalist, it should be considered for any journalism award.

        • nfinkbeiner 4:04 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink

          I agree with Ashley. Stoires must be factual and non-biased to be considered for the awards. They should also adhere to the Society of Professional Journalists Professional Code of Ethics that I mentioned in the original post to be considered for a journalism award.

      • harbcind 4:13 pm on May 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you Lindsay. I do not think that journalism awards should be given to any citizen either. I feel that journalists work hard in their profession and should earn rewards in their field. I am not a doctor, but if I happen to save someones life in the street, I wouldn’t be given a doctor award. It is really awesome that people have the resources now to film anything and upload it to the internet, but that does not make the material journalism. Journalism is not just about uploading a video clip such as the Anonymous Polk Award given out for the video of Neda Aghan-Soltan’s death. It is much more.

    • Lindsay Nowak 2:52 pm on May 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      I think the biggest journalism award standard should be to look for work that will enhance the public’s understanding on a certain topic through the use of creative, clear, and unbiased stories. These awards should only be given to journalists in the newspaper, radio, television, magazine and electronic web-based outlets.

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