Tweeting My Life Away

Twitter has been around a lot longer than I thought it was. I didn’t get into twitter till 2012, six years after it was first founded, and I really didn’t even want too. I had a Facebook and I thought that was enough social media for me. However, all my friends started to get into Twitter halfway through my senior year so I thought I should join in, then I fell in love with it. Facebook became a thing of the past when I signed up for Twitter. I was able to follow my favorite celebrities and athletes (which I love) and it became a great media outlet to connect with people that have the same interests as me.

I agree with Mallary Tenore in saying that Twitter has helped me write more succinctly. Tenore says ,” The social networking site taught me that in writing, every word counts (literally). By limiting myself to 140 characters, I have to be strategic about how many words I use and how I use them. Training myself to write succinctly on Twitter has made me more aware of extra words in my stories.” I agree with Tenore that it has made me be less wordy as well. It has helped me take out those extra words that really have nothing to do with what I’m trying to say and are basically just filter. I don’t necessarily think Twitter has helped me become a better writer in all, but it has definitely helped me be more concise in what I’m am trying to say or write. 

Twitter has also helped me become a better news reader and become more knowledgeable of what is going on in the news. Steve Buttry says in his article ,” When public news breaks in your community, whether that news is a plane crash, terrorist attack, earthquake, flood, mass murder or snowstorm, people who have seen and experienced the news event tweet about it.” This not only happens on Twitter, but all of social media. Twitter not only helps me find out news going on across the world, it has also connected me to what is going on in my hometown while I’m at school. The news you could find out can be amazing and great, but you could also find out about tragedy. The hash tag has also been a great source of finding out news. When you click on a hash tag, it gives you a bunch of other people or news that contain that same hash tag. Twitter also helps news sources get straight to the point with the news they tweet out because of the 140 character limit (another plus!). 

Twitter will continue to become a bigger part of journalism and the future of journalism. Personally, twitter helps me let out my thoughts about anything and everything and it has become a great source for connecting with people and finding out news. Tweeting at celebrities or athletes trying to get a retweet or a follow is something that is fun, and who knows, maybe they will respond ( I’m still waiting to get one). I think the future of journalism is bright with social media being added to the mix and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me. 

Give me a follow on Twitter! @bleghammer50 for my personal account or @chris_bleggi50 for my school account

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Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

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In my personal opinion, plagiarism is a pretty big deal. As we discussed in class, if I were a person who wrote something and I either heard or saw it being used by another without giving me any credit, I would be pretty angry.  However, I do agree with the Lakeland Plagiarism report when it says that most cases of Plagiarism are unintentional. Now, that is not to say that all incidents of plagiarism are unintentional because there are some cases that it is just blatant.

There was an interesting case of blatant plagiarism that I read about recently that happened at the University of North Carolina  in 2012. A football player at the school blatantly copied a report done by 11-year olds to fulfill a school requirement. He literally used all the wording from these kid’s reports and just changed some punctuation animagesd numbers and just added some words to make it seem like he didn’t just copy and paste the whole thing. After reading this article on Yahoo.com, I didn’t know whether to laugh, feel bad or just stare at the screen with a dumb look on my face.

Though this is one case of blatant plagiarism, there are many cases where journalists, writers, analysts, etc. use other people’s work as work of their own unintentionally. Do I think they are doing it on purpose? No. But, people need to be held accountable when they do plagiarize, intentional or not. I don’t understand why it is so hard for a person to not give a person credit for something they did? I don’t think a person would be considered dumb or anything of that sort if they gave person credit in a report, broadcast, etc.

Plagiarism is something that needs to be stopped and people need to be accounted for when they plagiarize. Whether they do it intentionally or not, they still do it. Those who take other people’s words must give credit where credit is due, it is not only rewarding for them, but it is rewarding for those whose work is being used.

Chris Bleggi’s Media Diet

On my way to classes early in the morning I always pick up three newspapers: The New York Times,ctb The Daily Collegian, and USA Today. I usually don’t read the whole paper, however I try to read most of the headlines that are found throughout.

The main section I focus on in all three newspapers is the sports section. Throughout the day I read bits and pieces of all three newspapers. I do most of my reading, however, online and on social media. Every morning after college football, NFL, baseball, basketball games, I’m always looking online at the box scores to see how my team did and how other teams fared.

I’m also always lurking on Twitter to find out the latest news in the sports world. I follow every large sports media outlet and every major sports analyst on Twitter to make sure I find out the big news that happens. I also periodically take a look at websites like ESPN.com, Foxsports.com, etc. ESPN-Red-Logo-largeOne reading that I still try to keep up on while I am here at State College is the sports section of my home newspaper, The Erie Times News. I’m able to look at all the sports news online at GoErie.com. I’ve always been heavily interested in sports and read anything about it whether it’s transactions made by NFL teams on “Cut Day” or the latest news in the Aaron Hernandez case.

All throughout the day I am reading something:  sports, global news, entertainment news, etc. I usually try to keep up on my current events.