Week 6

After learning about copyright laws, I do believe that they are necessary. Copyright laws protect each person’s work, no matter what form it is. By having copyright laws, the owner’s work is protected. Without copyright laws, the owner may be at risk of not being compensated for their work. By not being compensated, owners may be less likely to produce another work since the money they make typically has a part in what they create. It is important to protect yourself and your work. Copyright laws also give the owner the control to make copies of their work and choose where they want copies distributed. Another benefit of copyright laws is that if someone tries to steal your work or copy it, you have the right to file suit against infringement. This can reimburse the owner financially for what they have lost.

For these reasons, I do believe that copyright laws are necessary. They protect each person, as well as their works, and I find this extremely important so that someone else cannot take credit for what the owner has created.


Week 5 Post

This week, I explored a website called Symbaloo as well the website of a professional organization I thoroughly enjoy, Food and Wine. While I wasn’t personally a fan of the look of Symbaloo, as I perused, the idea of being able to organize websites on one page began to grow on me. I find myself staring at the thirty tabs I have open on my web browser constantly and watch it start to completely turn my computer into a turtle. Symbaloo seems like it would be a great way for me to organize all of the tabs I have open into one tab, on one website. While it may be of different use for someone else, organizing tabs is definitely what I would use it for.

Food and Wine, a website I leaf through often to find mouthwatering recipes and learn about cuisine around the world, proved to use a plethora of other social media websites. Food and Wine utilizes Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Snapchat to further reach out to their audience. While it does not seem that they reply to many tweets directed at them on Twitter, they do, however, have an Instagram called FWx that is geared to followers who want to share their love for food. FWx gives Instagrammers the opportunity to have their food photos shared with FWx’s followers by tagging their photos with #fwx. FWx will then feature posts from others (tagged with #fwx) and repost their food photos. This is a great way for Food and Wine to connect with its audience and create an even more personal connection.

While on Food and Wine’s website, I did some social media searching on the Digital Director of Food and Wine Digital, Alexandra Vallis, as well as the Senior Editor of Food and Wine Digital, Lawrence Marcus. I found that both individuals had Twitter accounts but surprisingly did not hold a substantial number of followers. Marcus had just over 400 followers and Vallis had just under 3,000. This completely surprised me what with their high-ranking at Food and Wine. I found that while Marcus does tweet a few culinary-related tweets, most of his tweets are personal-based. Vallis, on the other hand, retweets many tweets put out by Food and Wine’s Twitter account. I wasn’t really smitten with either of the two’s Twitter accounts. None of their tweets were anything too personal so I feel as if I did not get a solid sense of their personalities.

All in all, I found that Food and Wine’s website itself reaches out to many branches of social media thus connecting to even more followers. I would definitely like to accomplish having so many extra branches of social media attached to a blog I may create in the future. It definitely brings a greater publicity to the company and generates a wider audience.


Week 4 Post

This week, I further explored Diigo and learned about Bitly. To be honest, I am not the biggest fan of Diigo. While it is a great way to share information with others in a group, I do not find it the most aesthetically pleasing. Because of this, I find myself dreading going onto Diigo to post something.

Bitly, on the other hand, I think is a beautifully designed website. It piqued my interest as soon as I opened the website and I immediately started perusing. I think my favorite thing about Bitly is that it tracks the users who have opened the link you have shared. It tells you what of your content is popular, the crowd that is viewing it, and even as specific as what operating system they are viewing your link on. I think this would be incredibly helpful in the field I would like to pursue (journalism) because it would give me the ability to see what kind of readers are reading my writing. By seeing these specs, I could even broaden my target audience and in turn, collect an even wider range of readers, thus promoting my work even further. I truly think Bitly could be very helpful, not only to journalists, but to people who produce or advertise their work via social media so that they can gain information about the people viewing their links.

Week 3 Post

This week, I explored different internet tools and websites. Out of everything I tried, I would say that Feedly was the most useful for me. I follow an eclectic cluster of blogs and I found Feedly to be a very efficient way to organize the blogs into categories. Not only were they in categories, but they were all in one place, making perusing from one blog to another much easier.

I am an aspiring journalist and I definitely believe online resources will help me stay in my desired field. Journalism has expanded so much online, particularly with my generation. I personally have in interest in food journalism and am constantly reading blogs, online magazines, and watching recipe how-to’s. Without these online resources, I would definitely not be as educated as I am today in the subject of food journalism. I know that I will be able to further my education and experience with the rapid growth of online journalism.