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Crossing the Channel (A Response Post)

I return to Jeff Jarvis’ blog this week to find some insight on innovation going on in other parts of the world. Germany is in my top three as far as places I want to travel to and he mentions traveling to Germany quite often because he sees innovation taking place here. So, however trivial my attraction may be, I proceeded to read through the article. He uses John Paton, a sucessful pioneer of digital-first news who’s work was overlooked in America because it was in Spanish. It was only when Paton took over two English language papers that the world took notice of his innovative work. Jarvis introduces Paton in order to better explain why he keeps traveling to Germany. Wolfgang Blau, a sucessful editor-in-chief for an online news source, stands out to Jarvis because of his innovative ideas, but, much like the case with Paton, his ideas aren’t influencing the English-speaking world, because they are in German. Jarvis’ post is also meant to congratulate Blau, as he was just offered a job at The Guardian, Jarvis’ favorite newspaper and one he feels will challenge the major publications in the United States in this new digital age.

This brief article stood out to me because it was centered around another country’s innovative minds. The point Jarvis is trying to make, I think, is that the great media powers in our country need to put more effort into exploring what innovative ideas are taking place abroad, even if it means having to break language barriers in the process.

Within this posting, Jarvis includes three external links. The first being to a previous posting of his own, regarding the change in the newspaper industry that is taking place currently. The other two are links to official announcements of Wolfgang Blau’s acceptance to The Guardian; on The Guardian’s own website and Zeit Online (Blau’s online news site).


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Profession Themes

As I look through current calls for papers, academic journals, and studies, I am finding that one theme presents itself the most often. This theme is a product of the point in time we are living in. More specifically, it regards how technology is changing the field of journalism and in turn what needs to be done to keep up with the changes. A majority of the articles in my journal, for example, regard the teaching of new media practices and making sure that students interested in the field are learning what they need to in order to be beneficial in the actual field. In other calls for papers I have come across, it is evident that important traditions in journalism are still being stressed. Things like media ethics, media law, and the business side of media production.

This recurring theme of journalism in the modern age of technology undoubtedly makes sense. Journals and universities are looking for academics who are able to write about and offer insight on new technology and how it’s affecting and will continue to affect the field in the future. The other themes make sense too, as it is difficult to enstill knowledge on a new technology within the field if students do not have a strong understanding of the basics. With more and more new studies, there will come more and more understanding of just what this new technology means for the industry and discipline as a whole, but for now, there is a lot that is still unknown.

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Journal Research

I figured I would share some of the findings from my chosen academic journal, as this is what I have been working on lately. My Journal is titled Journalism and Mass Communication Educator. The issue I chose to draw from contains nine articles; four in-depth studies and five book reviews. The research study articles all seem to follow the general theme of journalism in the modern age. The first discusses online journalism and seeks out to discover possible discrepancies between teaching online journalism and actually practicing it in the field. The second article compares successful online journals in order to try and discover why they are so successful. The third article strays from that theme, as it is a study on burnout and job satisfaction among newspaper editors. Finally, the fourth article examines the necessity for professionalizm to remain in online journalism. Completing the analysis of published discourse has been my main focus lately, so I figured I would share a bit of that in this blog post.

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Response to the ‘Mobile Phone’ Misnomer

This posting really grabbed my attention, because it brings up a valid question: in this day and age, can we even call these devices we are using mobile phones? There is a really neat graphic that accompanies this article. A study in the uk was conducted regarding what smartphones are being used for most often; at the top of the list was browsing the Internet. What makes this post so relevant is that I’m reading it and typing this post on a so-called phone right now, and I haven’t used my phone to actually make a call in about two days; but all the while in between I’ve been using it to check Facebook, twitter, email, and text messaging. None of these really fits the very definition of a phone, which is a sound-transmitting device. Another point he makes, and one that I now share, is that it’s almost troubling to refer to these devices as phones, because they’re far from it.