When it comes to dispensing advice for modern journalists, CNN Digital Editor Marideth Artly says it best with her Rule No. 3: “Pick a social platform that suits you and suits your story”.
Some people choose Twitter over facebook because of the pace of the social media; it’s faster. Some people choose facebook because of its infamous Timeline. Some people choose it all because they just want their story heard by everyone.
“We have an innate desire to be heard, to be included, and to be valued,” Tsh Oxenreider wrote about her very public life as a Disney-sponsored Babble.com blogger. At the time she posted this, she and her husband were celebrating their 10th anniversary virtually free of electronic expression.
Isn’t that what we think about when we post things to Twitter, Instagram, and obviously Facebook?
What photo can I post that will get the most likes I’ve ever gotten?
I’m guilty of that. Just the other day I posted a photo on Instagram of my brother knowing that that’ll attract more viewers and ‘likers’ because everyone loves him.
What can I say on my next status that’ll grab the attention of all of my “friends?”
Isn’t this exactly what journalists think about when writing stories or getting videos? The whole world can be described as full of potential “friends” that we are trying to get to “like” us.
From posting photos of events with a caption, to promoting businesses, the average person is practicing journalism techniques every day.
That snapchat you posted of you and your friends at the Kanye West concert, that’s journalism. Your status change from single to engaged, including that entire “I love you Jeremy” album, is journalism.
So why aren’t we all getting paid?
We live in an age where the line of journalism is changing and is being blurred by the need for normal everyday people’s voices to be heard and people to be seen. Sooner or later there won’t be a line. Then what?