Combining the building blocks of
journalism with modern technology is what students at the 2013 National
Association of Hispanic Journalists convention in Anaheim are learning. So they can succeed in as journalists, in
years to come.
"Everything has to be not just
online, but you have to engage the audience and social media is the answer for
that," said Chris Dell, a graduate student at the City University of New York.
It's no secret many people now get
their news online, but it's interaction that's key. According to a study by the Pew Research
Center, of all of the adults who use the Internet, 72% also use social media.
"Social media is the way to truly get
those people, to not just read a story, but to feel like they're a part of it,"
Chris is currently enrolled in an
entrepreneurial journalism class, all the students are required to develop
their own social media apps. Chris is also avid user of social media and apps
already on the market and we're not just talking twitter and Facebook.
"I'm sure you've heard of Storify?
And being able to pull in people's tweets and social media comments and embed
them in a story. Basically you can let
their voices tell the story.
But even these journalism students
know to be wary of information from social media sites. Not everything on
twitter is fact. So it's important to
hone their basic journalism skills too.
"You're at that verge where it's just
changing, so we're learning that. I have an old soul so I'd rather just
pick up a paper and read it," said Monique Madden, a student who came to NAHJ
from Emerson College in Boston.
And if you want to know how
influential you are online, there's an app for that. Klout combines all your social media accounts
and rates you. Fox News has a score of
95 out of 100.