Reading Response #10

Over the next two weeks, read:

You can write your response about any or all of the readings. I’ll start with a question about the third one: according to this article, why has it been difficult for news organizations to cover the “Black Twitter beat”?


4 thoughts on “Reading Response #10

  1. It has been difficult for news organizations to cover the “Black Twitter Beat” because there are so many voices out there with similar and different viewpoints, that news organizations don’t know who started saying what and it is very tough to cover a story without strong a base of reliable, go-to sources. With so many tweets possibly getting plagiarized, it’s almost impossible to find that first tweeter that news organizations need to get to know in order to fully cover the story at hand. My question is, are news organizations hiring/working with tech people to invent some type of application that allows news organizations to locate an original post, not plagiarized, on Social Media, in order to find a reliable, accurate source for a news story?


    1. In response to the question, Nowadays we see more and more articles online that are not true. My belief is that the journalists just want to get the story out in order to get the viewers. If they are first to get it out, then people will view their article regardless of whether it is true or not. I am not sure if people are being hired to investigate, but I believe that the fake news sources are taking advantage and just posting whether the information is true or not. This is a real issue and one that must be addressed with the increase of so many “citizen journalists”.

      The article that I read from Columbia Journalism Review, introduces a new platform that makes it easier for journalists to connect with their readers. A radio station called KALW in San Francisco, wants listeners to call in and submit questions for the station to answer. A lady called up and three months later got her question answered by a reporter. Her question actually led the radio station to follow up and do an investigation. That is “Hey Area’s” goal, a storytelling project that pairs questions from the community with reporters who get the answers. Hearken, another company makes it easier for journalists to do their jobs. Arthur Miller once said “A good newspaper, I suppose, is a nation talking to itself.” Hearken also allows organizations to sort readers’ questions for the reporters. Is this the only platform that is out there right now that can connect its viewers with reporters, or are there several that we may not know about?


      1. To answer your question of the available platforms out there for reporters to use in order to engage their audience is infinite. With the introduction of Twitter like we have mentioned before in class it allowed this sense of accessibility that was once not there before the use of social media. I know they are now trying to incorporate even more audience engagement with the use of VR , how much that will affect the world in news it could either do a lot or it could do nothing.

        The article I Read was the “black twitter” article on Poynter, my favorite and probably the most effective quote/comment which essentially states in the article is whether or not the Times looking into “black twitter” simply like a tourist looking into a monkey cage at the zoo or are they really here to be educated of the concerns that plagued our community. I think the largest concern of allowing the media into the famed ” black twitter” is that when a reporter comes in and simply copies and pastes a tweet the actual context or intensity of the tweet can sometimes be lost and even misrepresented or misconstrued.

        At this point the media has only taken away that #blackgirlmagic, and #blacklivesmatter, and the other millions of hashtags are little quips that want to make headlines when in reality they are dealing with such larger issues that affect the African American community. I can say i appreciate the “curiosity” that the media has in minority segments on social media however they must be careful that this is not some experiment to become aware of the ” slang” and to really open doors to some issues that plague different communities that may or may not be aware to the mass public.


      2. To me I honestly found the article, The “Black Twitter “Beat Rises Questions of Cultural Competency and Audience Engagement for Newsrooms, to be very funny. It is funny that they are trying to connect with a so-called “Black twitter” demographic. It is weird how interest has come about this and that people are actually trying to focus on it. I really don’t get why they don’t try to just go into the communities and actually try to interact with African-Americans that live in different social and economical backgrounds. To me they just make it sound as though African Americans are weak and that the only way they can really express themselves is through this “Black twitter”. This might also be the best way to connect with the youth.

        To answer the question posed I believe the reporters can connect through applications that are both out and coming out and with different websites and other things on the internet.

        What are other ways to connect with the African-American community?


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