Into The Light: Digital Age Evolving Journalist-extra credit

A look into how the digital age is helping journalist evolve with the times

                    By Jahi Seifert

Throughout Eric Newton’s article, he does an excellent job explaining how new journalists are driving thanks to the digital age while some old journalists are struggling to adapt to the new age of journalists. What I like so much about this article is that in chapter 3, Eric Newton does a great job at explaining how we as westerners take for granted how easy and accessible news is about to acquire compared to other places like North Korea that sensors a lot of information from of the outside world.

Jay on Twitter talking about Canadian censorship is like North Korea. picture by Jahi Seifert

One thing that I never really considered was the cyberspace constantly spreading hate, misinformation and harmful things to the point where it’s almost like we’re in world war 3.o And after reading the passage, I could definitely say I do believe that we are partially free because you are always welcome to say whatever is on your mind on the internet and do whatever you want however there is a reason why in 2011 David Drummond Google’s Chief legal officer reported that governments try and censor the internet. After all, many people spread this hatred. Once that happens, it could lead to situations like the capital being stormed and people, particularly the government, don’t want another incident like that again.

Maura on Twitter talking about storming the capital building. Picture by Jahi Seifert

The knight foundation has a lot of work cut out for them in terms of finding out what is the best best way to change the way how journalism is being produced for both young and old journalist but one thing’s for sure their program is extremely focused on making sure that they never stop focusing on bringing true News to the people and that is commendable in a world that’s always trying to censor things.  

Beta Testers: The Fear Of The Vaccines

Although the vaccine in our grass, many people opt to take it because of fear and concern it doesn’t work.
By Jahi Seifert

While 2021 is showing a lot of progress in healing the damage that covid-19 set last year, new fear around the community is that the vaccine isn’t going to work.

2020 was a year of fear, and anxiety was up to the roof because the covid-19 took so many lives, and not knowing who had the coronavirus made everyone paranoid. However, now that it’s 2021, things are looking a lot brighter Thanks to modern medicine, we have a vaccine from Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson; however, due to how fast the vaccine was produced. Many complications people are having with the vaccine have led to many fear, and people decide not to take the vaccine.

Kingsbooks vaccination center photo by Jahi Seifert

A lot of the distrust from people comes from the recent incident where the federal health officials had to pause and recall the Johnson & Johnson covert vaccine after multiple reports of people getting blood clots which cause multiple people to die for it. A meeting with the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) to discuss these random cases and concluded that they have to warn that there is a rare possibility that people may get a blood clot.

In a Washington Post article, they talk about how a Pole was done after the news broke out about the blood clots in the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, how many people that were not vaccinated was willing to take, and what we found was 73% of Americans did not want to take the vaccine after the situation and only 22% of people was still willing to take it. The article state, “The poll’s evidence of lower faith in the safety of the Johnson & Johnson shot emerges as public health officials acknowledge that, four months after the start of the largest mass vaccination campaign in U.S. history, residents who remain unprotected against the coronavirus are becoming difficult to reach.

The reasons include their mobility, geography or hesitancy to get an inoculation against the virus, which has infected more than 32 million people nationwide and killed more than 571,000.” The survey also raised a question on whether those who haven’t taken the vaccine should be requested to resume either going to work or college, with 45% of Americans supporting the idea. At the same time, the other half found it very rude to be asked to take the vaccine to go to work or college.

Kid take vaccination shot photo by Jahi Seifert

NBC news article brings it inside to even those who have taken the vaccine still have fair and concerns about still catching the Corona. We have people like Kit Breshears who have not stepped foot inside a store or a restaurant or have seen his friends in almost a year and even after getting the second dose of the vaccine. As kit said, “I fear that enough people are not going to get vaccinated, or they’re not going to get vaccinated in a timely fashion, and we end up getting a horrible variant that puts us right back to where we are,” Breshears, a communications director at a local university, said. “I don’t want to be sitting in a movie theater with ‘patient zero’ of a variant that bucks the vaccine.” and it’s not just him. Many more people feel the same way that even though they have the vaccine, the pandemic is still a thing, and they really can’t shake the fear that they could get the covert virus and feel like the vaccine isn’t as strong enough. When it comes on to Pfizer and Moderna found it was 90% affected by the virus, while Johnson & Johnson’s single door shot was 66.3% effective, and as stated before, it causes a real chance of blood clot.

The Fear of taking the vaccine is always running through the mine of Elias Salaam, who works for both Yext and Columbia University.

Q: why aren’t you taking the vaccine in particular

A: Nah, not really. It’s because I don’t think it’s safe. Everybody is different, and there’s proof people had side effects after taking it. Death as well. I feel like you can take/eat organic stuff, and you can cure yourself or protect yourself naturally. I don’t like people that listen to the media and then get paranoid.

Q: So, would you tell someone not to take the vaccine?

A: no, if you feel like it’s the right thing to do, then go for it. Everybody has their own reasons for taking it, and I’m not going to bash someone for taking it; however, I would like people to respect my opinion for not taking it.

Q: aren’t you a little concerned that you might get covid, though?

A: Well, I was sick only once, which was last year in March. Since then, I have been healthy. I had two doctor checks and took 5 Covid tests. All came back negative

Q: in your opinion, when will be the right time to take the vaccine?

A: When you’re traveling but if you’re constantly in the house, no time soon.

Q: Okay, so let me ask you this do you believe they should start forcing people to take

A: Nah, they shouldn’t force anyone if they don’t feel comfortable taking it. Some people don’t trust that the vaccine is going to work entirely. Especially since some people think it’s rushed

There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done before things go back to normal, but one thing’s for sure even though we have the vaccine, the fair of if the vaccine is going to actually work or not is always going to be a lingering thing until it is fully proven itself.

The Enlightened Journalists

Graduated journalism York college students come to spread the word about their success and enlighten Young inspiring journalist

                     By Jahi Seifert

When graduating from college is always a challenge to find your footing but for journalists like Janae Hunter, Levar Alonzo, and Khorri A. Atkinson they been doing bigger and better things after graduating and decided why not share some of their information with others.

Some people who are not really trying to be a journalist but improve just writing skills it was very interesting to see someone like Janae talk about her experience and how going to a particular journalism activity that requires you to go around the whole entire borough and interview multiple people makes you realize that you can learn a lot by just asking simple questions and also putting yourself out there to get the story.

They also offered a lot of advice such as not being so scared to put yourself out there and also being careful not to take a picture of a local journalism place because as khorri told the story about a student who took a picture from One News outlet and was sued and had to pay 2000 for just using their picture. Reincentivizing the idea that you have to do a thing on your own and not take from others.

This interview was very insightful and shows that people who struggled and pushed themselves just like any other college student can find success in the world of journalism if they strive to push themselves to achieve their dream.

Storm The Capitol

By Jahi Seifert

I watch the discussion about many political topics such as the January 6 riot, Joe’s inauguration, and former president Biden’s impeachment, and I got to say for someone who is not really interesting in politics, this was very interesting. One of the conversations that really interest me was the talk about the January 6th riot. I talked about the difference between a riot and a coup. One of the basics differences is that a cool focus on overthrowing the government rather than making a point from what I gathered and is extremely more violent than a riot in the sense that they’re actually looking for blood more than a riot which is way less unorganized.

Tim on January 6 photo by Jahi Seifert

Robert Chaouad also went into more detail about a coup and talked about self-coup, and defined it by trying to keep their position by starting an incident that will eliminate everyone in position except themselves. These were all things I never really considered while watching the riot never really thought there was a difference between a riot and it cools up until now, so I found it very interesting. As for some of the questions, the idea that another riot would happen to me is a good one because I personally believe another riot will happen, especially if Trump decides to run again. I feel that word inspires people to act up again, but I don’t think it would happen in Washington, just like Palazzo said. I feel like it will happen somewhere else that’s even more important, like the UN or something on that level.

The Wall Street Journal’s Prodigal Son

By Jahi Seifert

After listening to Tyler Blunt-Welsh’s interview, I would have to say it was very insightful. Still, I think the part that interests me is when he talked about where you get his story ideas. What always interested me about journalism is talking to strangers about their opinion about certain topics or events and seeing how people react.

Welsh brings up the fact that he’s a working-class person in the city, and there’s a lot of relatability when you talk to people from the same area as you. That’s the type of writing I want to have in my blog, taking it from the news that affects the big establishment and then bring it down to the consumer/little people and see how they affect one another.

The Fight Of The Century: The story of Joe Frazier-extra credit

After listening to a virtual book talk title “sparring Smokin Joe” by Glenn Lewis, I said that someone who is not really interested in boxing was a very informative presentation. I think what I love so much about this interview is that it teaches me how a journalist works. If you want to take a story for an event that, in your opinion, is for a niche audience, you must find ways to make it appealing.

As someone who really struggles with that listening to this interview, Lewis found a way to make this cool little story about Joe Frazier and show Joe’s humanity and what he values most out of life. I take a perfect example of that is when Joe Frazier stood up for the waitress despite being a bar in the south, especially around that time with racism, he seemed like the type of guy who didn’t care about the consequences as long as he did the right thing it was well deserved. I think it’s because Lewis did a good job at explaining what drives a character, Joe, to do the things he does, and that’s because he sets up the setting and the time period so well that you can buy.

Breaking News: Trump Say… – extra credit

By Jahi Seifert

After reading the article “The amplifying Trump tweets about election integrity” by Claire Wardle, it was fascinating to realize how many times Trump has treated ever since he’s gone into office but just over 12,000 times from January 1, 2020, to January 19th, 2021. Someone who is always on his social media accounts, I find it interesting that Donald Trump tweets more than me, and I’m just a 26 old college student, and he’s running the government and has all this spare time to tweet about things.

a old Trump tweets from Twitter Photo by Jahi Seifert

What makes this article interesting is how much new stations continuously report Trump tweets. You have MSNBC airing his tweets around 11 hours a day, CNN 10 hours, and Fox news 9 hours, and when you add all of that up, that’s 32 hours of hearing Trump talk about things you don’t want to hear. When you hear stuff like this, it makes you wonder why news stations decide to show office treats frequently. I would love to say that it’s for a rating or to keep everybody informs of what he’s saying, but what I theorized is that it’s a way for some of the news stations to get people riled up in and generally Fed up with Trump so it would make people want to hate Trump even those who really don’t even care about politician stuff like myself have found myself saying multiple times how much I wouldn’t say I like Trump even though I don’t really pay attention all too much to what’s going on when it comes on to politics. I personally feel like this article does a pretty good job at reminding people how manipulating the news can sometimes be and how you must do your own research to come up with your own conclusions on a particular situation because if you rely on the media. At the same time, you’ll get one side of the story. You won’t get a complete picture of the story.  

The Last of the Negro Girls-extra credit

By Jahi Seifert

I love the article “We Were The Last Of The Nice Negro Girls” by Anna Deavere Smith because it is saying that up to this day, we’re still struggling with racism in America. Still, I think the part that really touched me is when the character said that she could only go to one slumber party with her white friend and that only was until 10:00 because the parents didn’t want her hanging out with white people. It is moments like that that I feel really devise us as people, but I also understand where they’re coming from because they don’t really know the parents.

If anything happens, I think the parents felt like they would always be wrong even if they made a good argument because they were black. And also does a very interesting on how different each generation is because she states that in the ’50s and 60s, her parents grew up with six or eight cousins or one to six brothers. I was thinking about my family tree, grew up with just four cousins, and heard that there was more than that was very interesting to hear back in the day. I also like how she talked about how the black community, particularly black students, felt after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and it inspired them to make be more demanding on what they want in terms of what the school should be teaching. It reminds me of the idea that it will take one person’s loss of life to inspire other people to continue the fight in their own way.

The Downfall of Journalism: Will True Journalism Survive

By Jahi Seifert

After reading “Does journalism Have A Future” by Jill Lepore, it reminded me of this documentary I watched called Page One: Inside The New York Times, and it was this fascinating documentary that I highly recommend everybody watch about a real-life journalist trying to come to terms with the idea that because social media and the internet has become so easy to obtain news and information regarding any topic they feel as though people don’t really care about actual news and their biggest fear is that they’re not only going to lose their jobs, but people don’t care about how factual the news is. As someone who really hasn’t thought much about what makes journalism so important to us as a society, it was very disheartening to know that people would want to read a catchy headline instead of reading the article that pertains way more information and has legitimacy instead of some other places that regurgitate nothing of interest.

Page One: Inside The New York Times is available for streaming via Twitter. photo by Jahi Seifert

As for the article “Jill Abramson’s Book Charts Journalism’s stormy seas with some personal regrets and score-settling” by Nicholas Thompson, I do like the idea that Abramson exposes a lot of the corruption that goes into journalism and the sexist undertones that come with working at the job it gives you this idea of what sense of like as a woman working for a company like a vice. Still, I also liked how vice also came around and exposed some of the plagiarism elements in her book, and she owned up to her mistakes; however, it still doesn’t excuse all the shady and nasty things they did.

Finally, the interview with Jill Abramson by Rachel cook and I like the fact that they talked about Donald Trump’s election raised the interest in news and journalism because I did notice when Trump got elected and even throughout his four years run every single social media account would talk about him non-stop. Still, you only ever hear true journalism talk about the things that he’s done for the country or what he plans to do rather than following every word for word he said when you’re on social media, it’s like you can’t escape you Donald Trump which I also feel is what led to the overwhelming amount of hate plus defense on his behalf.

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