Attention Future Journalists!

 

 As a journalism student, I have heard time and time again that “journalism is dying” and I am “making the wrong career choice.”  Little do people realize the growing community of online newspapers and journalists – a whole new media outlet that allows journalists to experiment with news tools and expand their skillsets.

            In this fast-paced, ever-changing world, journalists are not just adapting – they are thriving. With the growing popularity of online newspapers and blogs, journalists are now able to use photos, videos, audio, and graphics to make their stories an interactive experience for readers or viewers. Future journalists need to respond to this shift in media by continually updating their knowledge of computer programs and online story telling techniques. All aspiring journalists should have an understanding of  a wide variety of computer programs, but should master one or two in particular so to be ahead of the competition.

            Another thing that future journalists should take into consideration is internships. Although internships don’t always pay, they offer valuable experience that looks awesome on a journalists resume. 

Future employers don’t want to have to train their journalists – they want to be impressed. So, to all of the aspiring journalists out there, roll up your sleeves, learn about the changing world of technology, and go find yourself an internship. 

Copyright or copywrong?

By definition, copyright is “the exclusive right to copy a creative work or allow someone else to do so.“ Copyright protects thousands of things we see everyday, such as artwork, literature, and even broadcasts.  Web programs we use, the books we read, and the logos we are bombarded with everyday are all protected by copyright.  There are economic benefits to copyright, for it ensures that the right person gets credit or gets paid for their work. Recording at concerts can get you in trouble from security, because the performer’s performance is protected under copyright. When copyright is broken, people can find themselves in some trouble. Although copyright does a lot of good when it comes to respecting creators and paying credit where credit is due, it can cause a lot of problems and confusion. In Canada, a copyright will protect something for as long as the life of the creator, plus fifty years after their death. After those additional fifty years, that work becomes public domain. Libraries and museums can display and distribute works without the creator’s knowledge, and are allowed to do so because of fair dealing.

            As you can see, copyright protects many things, and there is many exceptions and components to copyright that are confusing to the average person.