Reading Response #1

Read the assigned materials for this week, and review the “Reading Responses” section of the syllabus to make sure you’re following directions. Here’s the question for the first respondent to answer:

What does Briggs mean when he says that journalism is about people, not technology (and do you think he’s right)?

Post your response as a comment here. Remember, after you answer a question, pose a question for the next student to answer!


6 thoughts on “Reading Response #1

  1. When Briggs says that journalism is about people, not technology. He makes a great point because journalism is about people who write for other people to read. Technology is quite simply an easier and more effective gateway for journalists to spread their stories to people all over the world. Journalism is always about the people and run by people. Technology is just used to help it run smoother and more effectively. To make it simpler, people use technology for journalism, technology does not use people.


    1. Michael, it is fair to state that one day print media may be gone because of it being old news. With the growth of internet and up to the date news, print media is almost a thing of the past at this point. My question is, what is the next form of technology that will come out that will surpass the internet.


  2. Briggs makes some very interesting and eye opening comments about technology that make a lot of sense. He makes it clear to me that the future of journalism is in our hands; we have the ability to be bold, innovative and risk takers while using all the technology that is available. We have a responsibility to learn and be aware of the technology that “our customers” are taking advantage of and use it to our advantage. This requires us to be innovators. He expects that we take charge and be different. In other words, the same way that the old successful newspapers appealed to yesterday’s audience, within the new technology, we need to find the right forum to reach our customer base. We also have to conduct the right research to find out what type of media will reach our customer fastest and most effective and also most cost effective. Additionally, since technology is forever changing, we need to constantly be updated and retrained to be at the forefront of our industry. While I can state that I basically grew up with the Internet, as a digital journalist, I will need to look at Facebook, twitter, Instagram and Snapchap not only from my eyes as the consumer but from my new eyes as a future digital journalist. I am looking forward to learning and becoming a part of this new community.
    To respond to Literate Louxe, if I understand the question correctly the idea of censorship is a difficult one. I know that many people are concerned about what can and cannot be written. We know that via our social media we can state anything we want; therefore the more difficult task for consumers is to be educated on what resources and websites are reliable and which ones are not. Think about these blogs we are using. These are forums for people to express opinions without any basis of authority or expertise on the subject matter.
    The question I pose is, ” Is it fair to state that print media will one day be gone because by the time it is printed it is already old news?”


  3. Briggs says that journalism is about the people, not technology and I agree with this. Technology is evolving everyday but the people need to be ready to evolve with it. As the people of journalism evolve with the technology, the distribution if information will improve. I think it is interesting how social media has played a huge role in the way society finds out their news. How do you guys think about this movement? Is it better?

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    1. In regards to what Briggs statement to journalism being about the people not technology I would acquiesce ,however, In the more recent years a large part of journalism is about the technology. They no longer are separate. They go hand in hand. but I do agree that the people have become mini journalists in their own right with out the degree and the formal training largely in part to technology. In a reply to @kaenicole do I feel this change is for the better? Yes and No. Yes because we as consumers of media have now become more aware of how much media influences our views due to the influx of technology, and No, because just because any person with a phone and typing capabilities has access to an audience doesn’t mean they should. I pose the question should the media we intake become legally censored because of all the access that any tom dick or harry can has or say?


      1. For me I got an understanding that Briggs Is saying that the people should dictate journalism and not just rely on technology. I further thing that he believes that journalist should be aware of the new technologies because it keeps evolving and does have a fact on their careers. I feel that the Journalist has to learn to evolve with the new technologies but have to stay true to their journalistic style. @Literate Luxe I don’t believe that there should be a sensor on the intake. The viewer should always have the choice of what it is that they want to see. If they are going for the truth, they should filter out the sources that they find or unreliable. My question, how does new technologies affect the credibility of the news?


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