Be Creative with Instagram

30 07 2012

By: Ashley Brown (@doubleAbrown5)

As a journalism major, enrolling in different classes has really broadened my thoughts about what my emphasis will be. I have always loved taking pictures, scrapbooking, and designing web pages. So why not pursue a career with a visual emphasis?

Here at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, the Journalism Department states that students who are interested in a visual emphasis will learn about classic photography principles as well as cutting edge technology. After reading this, I realized that I have learned a lot about my photography skills by using the innovative photo sharing program, Instagram.

Instagram is a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. With Instagram, all you have to do is snap a picture, choose a filter to transform the look and feel, and then post your photo. The best part is that you can share your photos through various social media outlets such as TwitterFacebook and Tumblr.

I use Instagram because I like to create photos the way I see them, and share my creations with followers. I capture images that I can transform into something more exquisite.

Here’s an example: Trees that are not exactly captivating can be turned into something mysterious with a little touch of black and white. Using something as simple as a tree and making it more fascinating to look at is what love about Instagram. It gives you an opportunity to be creative.

My boyfriend is a photo fanatic just like myself. We go to different places and take pictures of anything that catches our eye, then create a masterpiece together using Instagram. Not only can you be an individual when using Instagram, but you can work with friends and family to transform a simple picture into something special.  It is a great way to interact, imagine, share and create your talents.

If you’re thinking about sharing your photos in the Instagram world, it is simple to get started. You can find the mobile app available in Andriod and IPhone app stores or access it through Google Play and other online resources. Don’t be afraid to be spontaneous, take pictures and explore your creative side.


Innovative Technology Rekindles Relationship Between Journalists and Social Media

12 07 2012

By: Jonathan Dailey  (@Jdailey7354)

The rapid growth of social media has transformed the platform into a source of basic news for many people. Many key stories leak on social media sites as soon as they happen.  This has created an opportunity for professional journalists to roll out a story much faster than the mainstream media.

Ironically, one major problem journalists are facing is the ease of creating and sharing information through social networks.  Today, anyone can take control over the credibility of content. This has raised concerns about how easily there can be a spread of misinformation by non-professional journalists, whether it be accidently or intentionally.

Since professional journalists need to act ethically and hold responsibility in reporting the truth, using social media has become difficult.  It can pose as a real challenge to filter out false information from true stories, especially when it involves the hottest breaking news. However, this problem may eventually become one of the past due some innovative breakthroughs in technology that are starting to take place.

Researchers at Rutgers University and Microsoft Corporation have teamed up to develop a new program called Seriously Rapid Source Review or SRSR.  This program is still under development but when fully completed it will give journalists access to accurate, breaking news like never before.

The program will act as a “sieve” sifting through social media sites like Twitter and Facebook searching for things like: credible eyewitnesses, reports, images and video in order to sort the credible information from the false.

Nick Diakopoulos, one of SRSR’s project authors, stated in a blog post that: “the program was built to deal with how much news is breaking on social media these days… Its features should help journalists distinguish accurate and trustworthy sources.”

In my opinion, the sky is the limit for what can be accomplished using social media, especially in the fields of Journalism, Advertising, Marketing, and Public Relations. It’s going to be very exciting to see what other innovations lie ahead in the future, while SRSR serves as just one example of an innovative technology developed to overcome the obstacles in the field of journalism.