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Samantha D'Ascoli
Merrick, NY
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Tim Pool, a specialist in mobile technology, just recently launched a new app for journalists who want to use images when reporting a story allowing them to brand their image as to avoid other journalists stealing their work. Tagg.ly, available for iOS, automatically stamps the author's name onto an image or video, alongside the date, time and location they were taken and a company logo Many journalists report stories and use great images to paint a picture of what they are reporting on. But there have been many instances where journalists photos have been taken to report the same story... Continue reading
Posted Dec 9, 2014 at Global Media News
Ever since smartphones hit the scene almost a decade ago, there is an app for almost anything. Journalists have so much they have to stay on top of especially when working from their homes. Freelance journalists have found it increasingly difficult to get everything done they need to in a certain amount of time. Now they can accomplish what they need to with these apps I have listed. According to Catalina Albeanu: Journalism.co.uk have put together a list of apps you can take with you everywhere to help you out every step of the way, from planning a story and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at Global Media News
LinkedIn in a social networking site used by many professional that are looking to connect with other professionals. It is a professional profile in simplistic terms. It is also a way for students who are aspiring professionals to connect with people they feel could help them with their future careers. Yumi Wilson, Corporate Communications Manager states, In journalism, I believe it is critical that those teaching and practicing the craft learn as much as they can to stay on top. Wilson helps many people "through a social media door, one she has unlocked for journalists in person or through online... Continue reading
Posted Nov 12, 2014 at Global Media News
Instagram is becoming one of the largest social media outlets next to facebook. Instagram is unique in its own way because one can express themselves through pictures. Journalists are using Instagram to get their name out there. On instagram the more followers you have the more popular you are. According to Rachel Bartlett : Journalists are keen to connect with the platform's reported community of 150 million 'active' users each month, both to collect images and short-form video posted by the network, and to distribute its own content to a potentially new audience. But journalists are not just taking pictures... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at Global Media News
Technology's usage has increased rapidly since the 2000's. People began to use computers much more than they ever did especially to interact with other people, thus social networking sites burst onto the scene. According to Paul Grabowicz, Social networks provided people with a way to set up a personal page or profile to which they could post updates on what they were doing, while also keeping track of the activities of family, friends and colleagues. He also states that: By May 2013, 72 percentage of adult Internet users were using social networking sites like Facebook, up from 67 percent in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2014 at Global Media News
Today, we use social media for just about everything. Social media used to be for just communicating with friends, now it has become so much more than that. There are many different types of social media sites besides facebook and they are used in many different ways by many different types of people. Journalists have been relying more and more on social media when researching topics for stories, so much that it has greatly changed the way journalists report stories. Margaret Sullivan, Public Editor of The New York Times, has noted the two different arguing sides of how social media... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at Global Media News
Recently, Apple has had a software update available for iPhone users, iOS 8. It is said, that the privacy settings that come with this new are so high tech that the police cannot even get into your phone. According to Brian X. Chen: the company said all this information was under the protection of a customer’s pass code, the four-digit number used to log in to the device. In the past, Apple was able to extract certain types of information from devices, even when they were locked with a pass code, in response to a valid search warrant. This new... Continue reading
Posted Sep 23, 2014 at Global Media News
In recent months, facebook has become a very large outlet for sharing videos. Although, YouTube is the top contender, Facebook comes in a not so distant second. According to, Vindu Goel Since June, Facebook, which has about 1.3 billion monthly users worldwide, has served up an average of a billion video views a day, two-thirds of them on mobile devices. Facebook is one of the most popular social networks so it is no surprise that video sharing has increased because it is another way for people to connect. Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, states that videos on facebook is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2014 at Global Media News
Last year during the early hours of Valentines Day, Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp at his home. He is now on trial for murder where he has broken down several times claiming he thought his girlfriend was an intruder and could not see her in the dark bathroom in the early hours of the morning. According to BBC news, Pistorius says : I crouched down over her... and I checked to see if she was breathing or if she had a pulse. The prosecutor in the case feels adamant about Pistorius murdering his girlfriend in cold blood explaining... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2014 at Global Media News
Uganda is one of the main countries in Africa that is against homosexuality, so it is no surprised that a popular tabloid, The Red Pepper, published an article naming 200 homosexuals in the country. According to an article in the guardian, The US secretary of state, John Kerry, said: the signing of the bill by President Yoweri Museveni on Monday marked "a tragic day for Ugandaand for all who care about the cause of human rights", and warned that Washington could cut aid. The list that was published in the country's popular tabloid included very well-known Ugandan gay activists, including... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2014 at Global Media News
Grace Amey-Obeng is one of the biggest and well-know entrepreneurs in Ghana and her cosmetic line has changed many people's opinions about what beauty really is. Many people all over India have an obsession with skin bleaching and Amey-Obeng, a dark-skined woman, believes in the exact opposite. According to Lauren Said-Moorhouse, Amey-Obeng mission is to, to restore and enhance the natural beauty of black women -- a passion of hers ever since she was a child visiting her mother's salon. Since Amey-Obeng has started her business she has had to battle against skin lightening because of how popular it is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2014 at Global Media News
Line, a Japanese social app, was originally created for smartphones usage, has grown rapidly in past two years. According to Eric Pfanner: Line, a two-year-old messaging application that lets people exchange information, send silly stickers and play games with their friends. It already has 230 million registered users — a milestone that Facebook did not reach until it was five years old. What started out as just a way to communicate with others is now manifesting into something much bigger. Akira Morkiawa, chief executive of Line, stated: We would like to turn Line into a common language for the world.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 26, 2014 at Global Media News
In the past month, Venezuelans have been protesting in the streets causing a great deal of controversy and chaos between themselves and police. It all began on February 12th, when three people were killed for protesting. According to Faith Karimi and Catherine E. Shoichet : Demonstrators are demanding better security, an end to goods shortages and protected freedom of speech. The majority of these protesters are students and some politicians fueled by the social and economic problems in Venezuela, and many of these protesters hold President Nicolas Maduro responsible for these problems. A man by the name of Leopoldo Lopez... Continue reading
Posted Mar 3, 2014 at Global Media News
Alba Gonzalez Camacho, 21, posted messages requesting for terrorist organizations to return to Spain and kill politicians. After these tweets were seen, it did not take much time for her to get arrested and "convicted for inciting terrorism using a social media network." According to Raphael Minder: It was the first verdict of its kind involving Twitter posts in Spain, and the case has touched on issues of where precisely the cultural, political and legal red lines lie in a country that not long ago lived under both the grip of Fascist dictatorship and the threat of leftist terrorism. This... Continue reading
Posted Feb 25, 2014 at Global Media News
Last week in Beijing, China it was announced by officials that there would be new rules enforced towards social networking sites on what people are allowed to post. Many internet users are not happy with these new rules for several reasons. According to Edward Wong: the most striking of the new rules requires people using the sites, called microblogs, or weibo in Chinese, to register with their real names and biographical information. They will still be able to post under aliases, according to a report by Xinhua, the state news agency. Chinese internet users will now have to be careful... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at Global Media News
On November 1, 2007 Amanda Knox's roommate, Meredith Kercher, was killed in the villa they shared in Perugia, Italy. Knox's so called behavior resulted in her becoming a person of interest right away. The authorities then accused and charged Knox with the brutal killing of her roommate without sufficient evidence. Knox's boyfriend at the time, Raffaele Sollecito, and boss at the local tavern, Diya Lumumba, were also charged with killing Kercher. Lumumba had an "airtight alibi" and was seen working at the tavern the night Meredith was murdered. There was also another accused of the crime, Rudy Guede, who had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2014 at Global Media News
Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook's chief operating officer, made a very important speech in Europe about the European Union's policy regulations. New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta reports that European Commission prepares to release a draft of a strict privacy regulation that stands to affect companies like Facebook. The law would apply across the 27 countries of the European Union and restrict the way Internet companies can gather, use and retain the volumes of personal data that their users post online. This regulation is being instituted to ensure the privacy of the public is being protected by making sure the gathering of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 5, 2014 at Global Media News
I decided to go on CNN.com and research social media and I came across this article that sparked my attention. I use twitter quit frequently as do many people around the world. In my opinion twitter should be used to communicate with friends or promote onesself, especially if you are a celebrity of some kind. Unfortunetly, twitter has been used to insult people on a regular basis. This is taking insulting to a whole different level. A feminist, Caroline Criado-Perez, from England protested that woman should be displayed on British banknotes and as a result, there were about "50 sexually-abusive... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2014 at Global Media News
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