How Are Journalists Using Social Media?

Social media has changed the way that journalists work, in the way that they interact with their audiences and how they tell their stories. News is no longer something that people need to find, nowadays news finds you and this is because of social media. Audiences themselves share news even before journalists, due to user generated content being a big part of social media. The world of social media is very popular. It is a huge source for news as it easily accessible via smartphone for example, meaning that news is at your finger tips. Social media is an essential tool in journalism, and is important for all journalists to acknowledge this in today’s media-driven world.


More and more journalists are taking to the universal social media site – Instagram. News on such platforms allows to reach new audiences, mainly a younger audience. Instagram has 500 million users, all of which share their own content in a creative way. Instagram is becoming a new hot trend for journalists to share their stories in a more inventive way. A few are experimenting with the platform, to create a new and exciting style of literacy journalism. This platform could be a big step for journalism, it has huge potential due to its sizeable audience. Journalists are using Instagram as a tool of telling stories of others in an interesting way. Images are being used in a way of introducing viewers to the story, as a first sentence of a paragraph.


Journalist are also taking to the popular messaging app – WhatsApp. Many are experimenting with this as a way of gaining more personal information that they would not usually gain from social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook. It acts as a great communication tool. One reporter Rossalyn Warren, used WhatsApp as a way of communicating with a refugee. WhatsApp provides a fast and easy way of communication that is reliable. A useful feature of WhatsApp would be the “read tick” which acknowledges if the person has read the message. A double grey tick indicates that a message has been delivered, once the tick turns blue it means that the message has been read. WhatApps also offers facilities that help verify a persons identity, so you know exactly who you are conversing with and where they are (only if they share their location). WhatsApp is a private and personal messaging platform unlike Facebook or Twitter. This helps to break down the barriers between reporter and the subject, allowing for personal information to be shared.

Social media is the way forward for journalists, and new platforms are encouraged to gain as much coverage as possible. It is important for journalists to keep up to date with the ever-changing developments of the media world, in order to spread news in the best way possible to all audiences.








Back at Manchester Met.

My first week back at Manchester Met.

Returning to MMU for the second year now officially a fresher. Last year I studied a foundation course, so now I have returned as a first year studying multimedia journalism in Manchester. Studying a foundation year last year I feel has benefited me as it offered me an insight to the degree without throwing me into the deep end. Confidence is a major issue for me, and I believe over the year my confidence levels grew.
The first week as a fresher involves many crazy nights, lots of alcohol, humiliating drinking games, missed 9am lectures (accompanied by an angry email) and the dreaded fresher’s flu (which is NOT a myth). Fresher’s week is all planned out for you, with society fairs to messy club nights out. It is unarguably certain that the society fair will leave you bombarded with information, stocked up on unnecessary freebies and knee deep in leaflets (which all end up stacked high in the corner of your room for months on end). You almost feel pressured into signing up to societies you’ll never actually attend, and they WILL send you countless emails for the rest of your life.
Unlike last year living in the luxury of halls, I’m living in an uninhabitable student hovel. The ultimate student digs.


My student house.

When I moved in, the house was still having work done. Your typical student house includes, hundreds of bills from the last tenants dated back to 2014, the unavoidable damp walls, unclaimed out of date fridge items, an over sensitive fire alarm, a missing curtain here and there and finally the good old trusty Henry Hoover. Being away from home can feel a bit unsettling so I’ve added little touches to my house to feel more homely.

This is all apart of the university experience however, and i have loved living and fending for myself. Having your own house means no rules. And no rules means the best time of your life.