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Newspapers have been around for centuries. They have faced many obstacles over the years but have managed to continue providing fast, reliable news to citizens.

With the introduction of the Internet, newspapers have had to overcome many challenges, including direct competition from bloggers and other social networking sites such as MySpace and Facebook. With the advances in technology and especially the Internet, many predict the newspaper will not be around much longer. But there are others who see the newspaper facing the obstacle head on and in the end, achieving success.

In my essay, Newspapers: Here Today, Here Tomorrow, I will explore the history of newspapers and the obstacles overcome in the past.

I will also explore the newest obstacles newspapers are facing with the Internet. Many predict the newspaper will be just a memory in years to come. “Newspapers: Here Today, Here Tomorrow,” will explore those theories as well as take a look at some solutions.

Newspapers have coexisted with many other forms of media through the years. In the years to come, I predict it will continue to coexist with the Internet and any other challenges it may face in years to come.

To view “Newspapers: Here Today, Here Tomorrow,” click Newspapers: Here Today, Here Tomorrow

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EOTO reactions

I am posting my reactions on the EOTO projects on Blackboard but I thought I’d also post them here.

EOTO Reaction #1
Lisa Bistreich and Seniors: The Forgotten Digitial Divide

Lisa, I really enjoyed reading your each one teach one project. I found it very educational. Seniors and the internet is also a topic I’ve found myself intrigued by as well. My grandmother absolutely refuses to use the internet!! She’s 80 and she won’t even touch it. She calls it “that thing.” I thought that your concerns were very well said and I definitely agree. You had a lot of good information in your project, I thought. I couldn’t really find any additional sources on the topic that you hadn’t already touched on. I did find this article though: More Seniors are using the web for health information. It discusses the fact that a big majority of seniors that do use the internet, use it to research medical issues. That was one of your concerns. That article also mentions this article: Senior Health. If you look at this one, it’s VERY senior friendly. It even has a button at the top you can click on to make the text larger!! Sites that a majority of seniors look at should be more like this one, I think.

I know a lot of senior agencies are trying hard to promote internet use among seniors and I think the numbers are growing but still there always going to be those, like my grandma, who just won’t touch it.

EOTO Reaction #2
Marcie Barnes and Global Issues in Nutritional Communication

I enjoyed reading Marcie’s EOTO project. Healthy eating is something I’d love to be able to do but it’s difficult when foods are labeled as healthy but truly they are not. I think you make a great point in your essay on that. I especially liked your last fear: “- Consumer dependency on labels and packaged foods: a tendency to think it’s healthy because it is labeled, when it’s likely that the opposite is true.”

There are so many people who go out and buy things based on the label and the packaging saying,”SURE we’re healthy.” And then when they go to the doctor, they become lectured on how their blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. is still too high. A lot of foods are so misleading.

I’m overweight, as are a huge chunk of Americans and North Carolinians. I was raised by a meat and potato dad and admit, I don’t eat healthy. I’ve tried but just really don’t know what to look for. I agree with Amanda, you’re essay really was an eye opener. I doubt I’ll jump on the organic food train but I do think I’ll start doing more research and looking into healthy eating more.

Last thing, I think a lot of people, especially those who aren’t eating right have no clue what organic foods really are. I really didn’t understand all that much myself. Maybe you could include some links that discuss organic foods more so those that are clueless can understand what organic is and how it’s better. Here are a few links I found that kinda filled me in.

Organic foods: Are they healthier? Safer?

How Organic Food Works

EOTO reaction #3
Cynthia Anderson and Virtually Real

I read fellow classmate Cynthia Anderson’s EOTO “Virtually Real” and my initial response was, “huh?” I have never heard of Second Life and was immediately intrigued by the concept.I quickly imagined developing a skinny, beautiful woman for my second life character, a woman who would rock! I would create this woman who is everything I’m not on the outside but keep some of my internal features. Immediately, my mind wandered into my virtual world and all the things I could do there that I’m afraid to try here. But as the days went by, I kept pondering the idea and in the end, I find Second Life strange. My main concern is what you mentioned in your post: addiction. I can see people, especially insecure, withdrawn people becoming highly addicted to something like this. And, as with all addictions, it seems it can be dangerous. You also mentioned some advantages as well and I agree that it could be a neat tool for education but still, the negatives bother me too much. I still can’t believe people spend real money on fake things!! Thanks Cindy for sharing the concept of Second Life with me. I enjoyed reading your EOTO and also enjoyed the research I did after reading it!

I found two articles on Time.com that discuss Second Life. One article rates it as the worst site and the other is by Joel Stein. He creates an avatar and wanders around Second Life for a while.

My So-Called Second Life

Five Worst Sites

EOTO Reaction #4
Leslie Wilkinson and
Adaptive and Assistive Technologies

I enjoyed reading Leslie Wilkinon’s EOTO project on “Adaptive and Assistive Technologies.” I especially liked how she included her own personal experience into her essay. Thanks for sharing that. Internet accessibility for those with limited vision has definitely crossed my mind, especially in regard to Seniors. However, I haven’t really thought about how the internet works for those who may completely lose their vision. It’s an interesting point and one web developers should definitely look into. I think with the popularity of the internet, the vision of everyone is going to be affected at some point. I’ve had to get reading glasses to combat eye strain and blurred vision after staring at a computer screen all day. It’s definitely a topic I think we should be focusing on more.

I agree with your final recommendation of awareness and education. I think that’s the key to any issue. I found your resources to be helpful and especially liked knowing the government is aware of the issue,even if they are forced to be aware!

EOTO Reaction #5
Marina Calabrese and Disasters and the Internet

I thought Marina’s topic was a great choice. The internet has definitely become an important tool in an emergency or disaster situation. I remember after 9/11, the web is where I turned for information. I didn’t have anyone I knew personally affected by 9/11 so I didn’t have any communication issues to tackle but I can only imagine that in an emergency, the internet is where I’d turn to communicate with family and friends. I do remember cell phone access being limited during the aftermath of 9/11.

I found the array of resources you provided to be very helpful. They were filled with a lot of different information that I thought helped answer your question and provide insight into your topic. Here is an article I found that also addresses how the internet is helping during disasters.

Blog phobia

The problem

For years, the demise of the printed copy has been feared by newspapers all over the world. Readership for the printed copy has dropped and instead, readers are turning to the web for their daily dose of news.
With the web comes new opportunities for writers to have their work published. Blogs have become a popular way to broadcast opinions, whether it be on a writer’s really bad day or a commentary on a serious issue. Blogs are even becoming a haven for people to publish stories very much like news stories. But will blogs take over the world of reporting and cause readers to turn to them instead of their local newspapers?
It’s a question I’ve asked myself constantly since taking courses on technology and communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And, it’s a question I bring up routinely in these classes. Is my career at jeopardy because of bloggers?

Fears

My fears on the issue are simple ones.
1. Will citizens turn to bloggers for information before they turn to newspapers?
2. The increase of blogs throughout the web could cause a decrease in the need for journalists.
3. More newspapers will begin to require journalists to carry their own daily blog, causing more personal opinions to enter newspapers, which are typically supposed to be neutral. This could have a drastic affect on the reputation of newspapers.
4. Once the blogging fad has passed by, will newspapers be here to pick up the pieces?
5. Is the future I hope to have in journalism bleak and should I start thinking about making my career in blogs?

Sources

Six resources that discuss the topic more:
1. Newspapers and Blogs: Closer than we think?
This article, written by David Vaina, compares newspaper articles and blogs on the Iraqi war during a week in March. Vaina exposes the differences in articles on both, also including sources from both.
2. Blog or Cog? Blogs forcing newspapers to re-examine role
This article is on blogging but more importantly, it’s on how newspapers are adding blogs to their own sites.
3. Should newspapers sponsor blogs written by reporters?
This article is similar to the previous one presented but comes from a different angle. It discusses the risks newspapers take when allowing blogs from their own reporters.
4. Blogs vs. Newspapers: Shirley Temple explains it all
This is a very interesting, yet satirical blog on newspapers and blogs. It’s actually a response to an editorial apparently written by a reporter on newspapers and how they are still going strong.
5. Gladwell.com – The derivative Myth
This is a blog written by Malcolm Gladwell, a magazine writer. In this blog he speaks about the importance of newspapers and how they continue to serve as information gatekeepers. The blog is actually written in defense of fellow blogger Chris Anderson, who disagreed with Gladwell on comments he made while speaking on a panel. Anderson posted on his blog his disagreement and this in turn, is Gladwell’s rebuttal.

Solution

So, what can newspapers do to ease their concerns about this growing problem?
To me, the only sensible solution to combat the issue is for newspapers to simply start reporting better. As a weekly newspaper reporter, we sometimes have stories that come out after the daily newspaper. My theory is since my article may be “old news” to those who read both papers, I need to ensure that my article is better than the daily. I think the same could apply to newspapers battling for attention over bloggers. Make your work better.
Some newspapers are stretching out and using blogs themselves. I tend to disagree with reporters having their own blogs IF they contain a host of opinions, especially if those opinions are based on an article they presented facts on earlier in aa news article. Readers may be mislead and possibly feel the reporter’s writing could be slanted. However, I do feel newspapers need to venture out and somehow take hold of the blogging revolution in other ways.
Finally, it is my personal opinion, and secretly my hope, that the popularity of blogs will slowly diminish and newspapers will again come out on top. I think blogs are a great resource for people to use but like all new things, everyone’s got one right now and I predict a majority of blogs will slowly disappear, leaving the real bloggers still going at it. These are the blogs I feel will eventually play a key role in newspapers success and rapid rise back to the top.

Best and worst #2

Best
Citizen Journalism Tips

The cyberjournalist site contains a lot of useful information for my research but I felt this particular article would be very useful because it contains a lot of information on how citizen journalists can handle various issues that may arise. The site has an about section, which gives a great deal of information about both the publisher and the site itself, both of which I found useful in determing whether to trust the site.

Worst
I’m a Pig at Breakfast

There’s a lot of things I could say about this site, but I won’t. I’m not sure if I can be nice. Number one, I disagree with this site’s stance on bloggers and journalists but disagreeing isn’t why I dislike it. I think I find his use of language my reason for putting it on my worst list. I think if you want someone to take you seriously, you should refrain from using bad language. You can provide a wonderful point, or stance, on an issue without using bad language or having a bad attitude. I just didn’t like this site at all and I definitely wouldn’t use it in my research.

Best and worst #1

Best
Blogging: the new Journalism
This site is from the UK but still is very informative as far as the how blogging is changing the face of journalism. I found this site while looking for some international sites and after looking through it, found it very intriguing. This particular article may be useful in my research.

The reason I chose this site is because the site layout is very well put together, in my opinion, but at the same time it’s simple. The article is written by an actual journalist, which makes it more believable and hopefully more accurate than say if it were written by a blogger.

Worst
Dullard Mush:Blogging and Journalism

At first glance, I thought this site would be a useful one for my project. I was wrong. Though I like simple, this one seemed too simple and also didn’t include much information that I could use in my research. Another reason I put this site on my ‘worst’ list was becuase I couldn’t find any information about the author. I feel uncomfortable using information in my research on someone I know nothing about, especially if it’s from someone else’s blog. So I know nothing about this Dullard Mush person and decided to pass on this article.

Issues with blogroll

I didn’t encounter too many problems in incorporating my blogroll on my blog. I think part of that was because I’ve used wordpress in a previous class and knew how to do the class blogroll.

However, I did have trouble with the categories. Once I made a category I couldn’t figure out how to delete or edit the category altogether. It wasn’t a big issue but it was one of the problems I encountered.

Another problem, which is more my own doing, was that I had trouble figuring out what sites I wanted to put on my blogroll.

As for other’s blogrolls, sometimes blogrolls will have the site’s name and I think it’s one thing and it’s something different. It would be nice if the blogrolls had a way of describing what the site actually was, and those blogrolls that do have that feature would actually use them.

My blogrolls

In doing my blogroll, I tried to find a variety of sites, sites that showed my interests, sites of my classmates and also sites that I regularly visit.

Though my blog is meant for a class, I want it to attracts all types of people, not only those that may be interested in my research topic. More importantly, I want people to know what I’m about and who I am. I included not only news sites and more intellectual sites on my blogroll but also sites of my interests; pit bulls, cats, etc. I hope to eventually add more once I get to that point.