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Storify offers people a different way to tell stories

This is also serving as a show and tell for this class.

Recently creates is Storify, a website that allows users to tell a story through Tweets, Facebook posts, other social media posts and original content. Just last week, Storify was used to tell the stunning story of the tornado disaster in Joplin, Missouri. The author, Steve Streza, used tweets, pictures, videos and blurbs from other news websites to show the devastation in Joplin.

All of the different places on Twitter and news websites, photos and videos taken from different people are all seen in one story. It is a very powerful way to convey one story that canvasses an incredibly wide range of opinions, view points and perspectives from all across the world.

We all thought Twitter was huge. It gave us all ways to express short opinions and share stories in the same place. Storify takes it a step further. All of those thoughts we would have to click on individual profiles, pages or links — across different online and social media platforms — can all be seen on one place.

If used well, there are no limits to the advantages of using Storify to tell the news of any given day.

Websites like ‘Huffington Post’ gaining steam in gatherer role

Arianna Huffintgon and Kenneth Lerer began the Huffington Post in 2005, a news website that basically gathers already published information from other sources and turns it in to its own content. Although some might look at this as glorified plagiarism, the Huffington Post is emerging as one of the most looked-at publications on the Internet.

It recently was bought by AOL for $315 million — after it started for only $ 1 million — marking its arrival as a majorly-respected news source. The New York Times articles reported the Huffington Post ade about $60 million last year, a welcome sign in otherwise dire times for news publications.

The Times article also mentions the Huffington Post’s status as a news aggregation site, which I touched on above. It produces minimal self content, but its ability to generate readership from “making over” previously published articles has no doubt drawn interest — and, more importantly, money.

The obligatory Twitter post

As a group, we would be remiss if we did not mention the effect of Twitter on news in the future. It’s been pretty obvious through class discussions, our media-free assignments and probably everyday life that Twitter has become a HUGE force in the future of presenting the news.

Various articles have been written analyzing Twitter’s staying power, effectiveness and popularity. It’s obvious that Twitter has emerged at the forefront of news in the 21st century and beyond. When news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke, it was later reported that Twitter was flowing at a rate of 5,000 tweets per second!

As recently as this week, news broke of singer Sean Kingston being in the hospital with injuries sustained in a jet ski accident. The first place I heard the news was Twitter. Sean Kingston’s name was a “trending topic,” meaning it was popping up in more tweets than just about anything else across the Twitterverse. Even though the news did not break on Twitter, the tweets helped the news spread quicker than it otherwise would have, which is the point of the medium.

Those examples show that people look to Twitter for news. Heck, there is even a Twitter account titled ‘breaking news‘ that reports news stories from the first reliable source as they happen. “Breaking News” takes articles from other sources and re-posts them to its followers. It’s the latest in news gathering, and it’s the topic of my next post.

‘The Daily’ shows another instance of news in the growing technological world

Rubert Murdoch recently launched The Daily, the first-ever newspaper exclusively for iPad and iTunes apps. It has no print element and can only be viewed — for $39.99 per year — on an iPad or bought as an iTunes app for an iPod and iPhone (2011, Johnston and Mullany)

This continues the advancement of news from print and television to the Internet. Apple products are skyrocketing in popularity, and any success a publication such as The Daily can have will only accelerate that advancement.

According to the New York Post article, Murdoch said he would consider The Daily a success when “we’re selling millions.”

It will take time to find out the sales, income and profit of The Daily — if any. But if the numbers are as good as Murdoch hopes, expect more apps of this nature in the future.

Prediction: newspapers will decline in future

By Alex Dugan

We can already see this trend by looking at the circulation numbers of a popular news magazine, “print subscriptions have been dropping across the industry. Newsweek’s reported figures were 3.1 million subscribers in 2007, then 2.6 million a year later, and 1.5 million as of January 2010” (Sciullo, 2011, pg.1).  These dropping numbers can easily be attributed to technology and the beating it is putting on these print media sources.

With millions of subscribers cancelling their subscriptions every year, we once again and predict that within ten years, most, if not all news will be in transmitted via the internet.  We are losing the days when a person grabs a freshly printed paper and reads it over a cup of coffee before work.  Now this same person will be drinking their coffee while scrolling down the webpage on their laptop, tablet, or smart phone.  It’s just easier, cheaper, and way more efficient means on getting the news that people want.

Blogs are the present and future

By Alex Dugan

Blogs are not only the new wave of news, although we feel they are the pinnacle, there are other players in this new media frontier.  Specifically, online newspapers, whose muscle and scope are taking over leading giants in the news field.  In the future this online startups will not only be the first place young people get their news, but also older generations will start to rely on them as well, as soon as the benefits are simply too large to overlook any longer and printed material is fading away.  James Fallows, from the Atlantic Monthly, eves goes as far a saying, “digital upstarts are undermining the old media — and they may also be pointing the way to a brighter future” (2011, p, 34-49).