Capturing young adults on Facebook




It’s no secret that college students use Facebook. The students currently in college today are considered digital natives. Businesses, towns, sport teams and news organizations are all capturing the growth of Facebook with fan pages. However, are news organizations capturing Facebook’s largest demographic? To explore this situation, it’s important to first look at how college media outlets are engaging their students on Facebook. These outlets not only train future journalists, they also train the future wave of journalism consumers. Wednesday Chris Snider, a former digital journalist and now journalism instructor at Drake University, released a blog post compiling data from Continue reading






Newspaper usage at Iowa State




A recent article by Bill Krueger published by the Poynter Institute suggested that college students are more likely to read the print edition of their school’s newspaper. I went out on campus and found people reading the Iowa State Daily to see if they also preferred the print edition.






Awakening to a new set of possibilities




I’ve recently reached a crossroads in my life. I started my journalism education with the intention of working in print for the rest of my life. Fast forward two years and so much has changed. Let me preface this post by saying I am still very much in love with print. I still read a newspaper daily, but I am no longer sure that working on the print side of a news organization is in my future. In the last year I have fallen in love with the innovation and the possibilities that the internet presents us as journalists. We Continue reading






Internship Catch-22




I wrote this post for a class blog a few months back. Since then, a lot has changed. While I still stand behind my belief that in this day and age most journalism students will have to work two internships to satisfy graduation requirements, there are exceptions. My hard work and numerous applications paid off and earlier this spring I was offered two different internships for the summer. I also want to send kudos to a close friend and co-worker, Jessie Opoien, who will be interning with the money unit of CNN in New York. I will be starting Monday as Continue reading






Refreshing attitude




As the new semester began at Iowa State today, I sat through two classes and two separate discussions of class expectations. It was the second class, Jl MC 342: Visual Principles for Mass Communicators, that surprised and delighted me. The instructor, Dr. Jacob Groshek has taken notice of the increased usage of laptops and smartphones. Unlike the majority of professors that ban these technologies, Groshek’s policy is “If you feel you can not pay attention for 50 minutes and must do things like text your friends, update your facebook status, or read the newspaper during class, I kindly ask that Continue reading