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December 13, 2010

Magazines repeating the same trends as newspapers

Goodbye magazines, each year the number of them has been decreasing and decreasing.

I like magazines for one reason. It is like the news consuming world today. It is customized news. People want to read about a specific thing and not have to buy something that has knowledge and articles about something they don’t ven care about and probably not read.

Magazines are designed for your type of personality. You can find dozens or magainzes that fit what you want o read, what you are interested, or at least you used to be able to.

“Launches of new titles dropped to 193 from 324 last year, according to the latest survey from, the online directory of U.S. and Canadian publications.”

I hate to see an idea as good as magainzes falling to the ground, losing its momentum.

How can magazines regain itself?

I think there are many ways that people are not trying to thinking up.

For instance, I read Cosmo magazine….I have an iPad. I probably would purchase an app that gives me a little bit in the magazine in it. If i would do that, probably hundreds of more people would do this too, while continuing to also buy the magazine. This would give the magazine a new outlet to revenue and a new outlet for advertisers.

But no, when I go to look up a Cosmo app what do I get? like 100 different sex position app for 1 dollars. First of all if i am going to have something like that is it going to be a book that I hide somewhere in my house for mine and my boyfriends eyes only…not on my phone or ipad that my niece, mom, dad, brother or any kind of family member could easily see.

I hate to hear news like this because were is the publishing industry, the news industry, the print industry going? Where are the people that can save an aspect of journalism! Even if it is entertainment…

December 13, 2010

Government Power

The question always arises, how much power should the government have. As Americans, we are suspected to live in the land of the free but we lately have been living in the land of the government, lies and secrets.

I know they government says they are just trying to protect us, but keeping us out of important issues, is that protecting us or protecting themselves? Because to them, I do not think they have the right distinct.

A website that is not new is causing all kinds of controversy around the internet and aggrevating the government these past couple or months and weeks. WiKileaks. The websites that you can post anonmyous government documents to restrict them from having too much control and power over us.

One article read, “The impact of WikiLeaks on journalism is more an impact of degree than of kind; what’s happening isn’t entirely new, but it is happening on a greater scale than ever before.”

 Another article read, “WikiLeaks has become more strategic and has been rewarded with deeper, more extensive coverage of its revelations.”

And then people disagreed with the concept. “WikiLeaks is not a news organization, it is a cell of activists that is releasing information designed to embarrass people in power,” said George Packer, a writer on international affairs at The New Yorker. “They simply believe that the State Department is an illegitimate organization that needs to be exposed, which is not really journalism.” 

No, WikiLeaks is not a news organziation. No, it is not journalism. But, it is the truth and I thnk that is what scares the government. Because they can no longer stand behind their statement that they are trying to protect us because it is obvious and clear thery are just trying to protect themselves!

WikiLeak as changed journalism and I think the stuff is publishes, the stuff that the journalist failed to report or failed to uncover should be a lesson to them. To work harder and remember, they are the watch dog!

December 12, 2010

Is the iPad the newspapers grim reaper?

I have an iPad, which I absouletly love. I have heard good things about them and bad things about them in articles. Are these people who are writing about the iPad actually have an iPad? because if not, I think their opinions would be different.

This article I read recently is different though… At least there is actual evidence this time to critcize. But are the opinions pointed in the wrong way this time?

“Are iPad apps the new newspaper killer? A new survey out today showed that print newspaper subscribers who are heavy iPad users are “very likely” to cancel their print subscriptions,” the article read.

Okay, so that may be a true statement but it is 2010 the only print I really read is the text on my laptop or my iPAD!

Who says that this can not be a good thing? Where are the studies saying that this may be able to bring new opportunites to maybe the New York Time websites and such.

Print is last season and that is what the newspapers need to realize, that is what I realize. Anyway, do we or do we not kill millions of trees just for paper? Maybe these iPads may be ruining these paper companies but there will always be news and the world needs to realize that the news is now because customized thanks to th internet.

Lets save the world, not the paper companies. Stony Brook is becoming green, how about the the paper companies.

December 9, 2010

Paid to Free and Paid?

I used to subscribe to the New York Times but it became just a waste of money to me. I would never read it.

I love the idea of print and I would love to write in print but the news paper is too big and complicated to read that I always just switch to the online verison.

For the past couple of years I have had the luxury or not subscribing to the NYT but still getting it online the full and free verison. Now I can not imagine how that must effect the Times revenue that people like me are just sitting getting all the news they want for free.

Friday, the 3rd my worst night mare was annouced. the NYT is planning to go behind a pay wall starting in January.

Now, if you read the Times London recently went behind a pay wall and its readership went down about 90 percent. The NYT is coming up with a different stradegy in hopes they will not mirror the Times London mistake.

It will allow access to a certain number of free articles and once you reach the limit you will be put in the position to have to subscribe in order to receive anymore articles.

I only go to the NYT for my news. It is really my only outlet I like to read. I feel like Newsday and other papers just focus on entertainment but the Times is concerned with real issues at stake and it gives a clear and sophisticated way of explaining what an article is about.

“We’re going to test it. We’re going to learn. We are going to adapt,” Sulzberger said in the article.

I’m nervous and dreading the day this comes. Stay tuned to how it all pans out.

November 30, 2010

Is the iPad the new PC?

Various reports predict that iPad sales will overcome PC sales in 2011.

I feel I can give some helpful input to this information because I have my PC, well I have a laptop, and I have an iPad and I agree with the reports.

I thought iPads were stupid until I recently commented on it. In fact I blogged a couple weeks ago about how the iPad had to step up its game. It is different now.

I must rather prefer my iPad over my computer. I used to have to lug my laptop into my bed room if I just wanted to browse online and play computer games. Also it is so heavy I would have to drag it to school also if I wanted to be green and take notes on my laptop but then eventually I would get bored and switch back to taking notes by hand.

Having an iPad is so much easier. It is light that I can carry it aorund the house wherever I go. The battery lasts way longer than my computer of iPhone put together.

The iPad even has a wireless keyboard that I am planning on buying and now I will use my iPad to take notes and cary it around campus. I read my books on it and everything. I tihnk the iPad will go way beyond Pc sales and books sales and more!

I know it has some kinks to work out but it is really the best thing I own. I won’t let anyon touch it because I’m afraid they will touch it. I have plenty of different cases for it and many back up screen protectors.

So yes, the iPad is the new PC, atleast for me and if you picked up one to you’d see why.

November 30, 2010

Guest Speaker

Before the break we had a guest speaker who really opened my eyes and gave me a new perspective.

I am aware that I rant and I ramble in my blogs but one theme that seems to come across is that I am sick of profit ruling everything but I guess that is because I am young and not even close to being in the real world yet.

Her name was Jane Seagrave, the Associated Press Revenue Officer.

One of the main thing she talked about was how they try to make money off the news with all the transitions news has gone through.

I understand that people can not work for free that even if we want it to be a public service news can not and will never be free, I mean honestly, I am trying to get a profession in this job, obviously I am going to want to get paid but no one really stuck that in my head the way Seagrave did.

She talked about how we are in the middle of a revolution, she brought the class through the inner workers on how to make a profit and how hard it is to keep your information valuable.

So, I am sorry America, although I hate that profit rules business and decisions we would not be able to live without it. You wouldn’t be able to feed your kids without it.

We need money to live, breathe and honestly be happy. Money does not buy happiness but it does buy a life and pay for your hard work so how could you can you’d rather live without it? I know I would not be able to, and I realize that now.

November 16, 2010


I am torn as a journalist between reading entertainment news and writing entertainment news.

I just recently saw a People magazine’s issue of “Sexiest Man Alive.” Now this magazine is based soley on entertainment, mainly celebrities and their lives but then I read that Wednesday night ABC is hosting a hour-long special about the issue. (I was not able to read the whole article because it was on the Wall Street Journal’s online site, stupid paywalls)

Not only is ABC airing this but the host is none other than reality TV star Kim Kardashian? What is this? Since when is she a journalist and what is she doing on ABC.

It does not surprise me that ABC would run something to get viewership up and more profit but it makes me cross a question in my upcoming career.

Is it okay to have a guilty pleasure in reading these gossip, celebrity magazines and also think it is a degrading for a journalist to surcumb to writing it?

I mean, I do not who can resist a litle bit of gossip especially when it eals with fame but I think do not think it should have a place in journalism. Papers have a whole section to entertainment that I do not think belongs but sadly without it news would barely exist because it is what the people want. The people do not realize or care that this is not news and too many americans read it more than they read real problems, like hey what is going on in India?

Publications and broadcast will spend less than 60 seconds on a issue about the president or India but yet  they will air an hour long episode on the Sexiest Man Alive?


November 16, 2010

The iPad

Recently I heard that apple sales are not doing well in the iPad deparment. I found this surprising at first. I feel that apple is always number one and ahead of the technology curve. Many newspapers and journalism publication turned to apple to help them regain readership and hopefully improve profits but now apple might be the one with profit problems.

Students use the iPad to do their readings, although I heard that there are not enough textbook prints available on the iPad but I wouldn’t know because I do not have one, my sister has one. I know that students like to use them because CWP supported the iPad and bought them for their undergraduate students at the college.

Supposedly, the niche apps have some limited capabilities that consumers are hesitated to use it or download it on the iPad and they are right, why download something on your iPad when you can reach the full specturm on your own computer.

I am a strong supporter of apple though. As a news consumer and a striving journalist it is always important to keep up with the changing times . I have an iPhone myself and I have an many news apps on my phone but, I do believe that the apple needs to tweak a couple of things in order to get its sales up. If i can subscribe to a monthly access to my textbooks on an iPad I would buy it in a second and it is a lot easier to view and read the news from my computer because I feel like I have more access and freedome to roam around the page.

November 14, 2010

Has G.P.S met its match?

You used to have to subscribe to a G.P.S application on your cell phone and would pay a monthly fee, today pretty much any cell phone you buy already has the G.P.S installed at your very conveince.

This did not really affect G.P.S at first because the cellphone screen is small and it is drains your cell phone battery and it is hard to navigate, read, and type while driving a car, (although people still seem to text and drive anyway).

Cell phones has advanced it’s G.P.S app that might just chang the standard for other G.P.S devices. These new apps can detect where you are, how fast your going and how fast you are moving toward your destination. Not only that but it can tell you where car accidents, delays and traffic are so you can do your best to avoid any bumper to bumper mess.

G.P.S will have to find a new way to get heir sales to rise again.

It is funny how one advance for one thing can lead to th disastor for another. Take newspapers, which are slowly dying, advance on radio made their lose sales then advance to television made radio lose listeners then advance online made television lose viewers.

Another thing that makes me mad is like I said before, cell phone screens are small and I feel like these apps are just promoting driving on your phone. It is no different from texting and driving. Even though you might now be messaging someone else you are still typing on your phone and your eyes are off the road.

Technology advances can also kill off real people

November 14, 2010

Emails Emails Emails!

Remember when you would have to spend a letter to a friend then wait days or weeks or possibly longer to get one back. When going online meant having to listen to a stupid dial up for 10 minutes or even when we did not have long distance calling?

Today I can hear from my friends in a matter of seconds and everything is designed to go to my phone so if you called me, emailed me or even facebooked me I would get the information from my phone

Now, AOL, which I have already blogged about a couple times in the past months, is trying to set up an email service in hopes to regain itself in the technology world but that is not what surprises me. Now facebook is trying to set up an email service also so that more people would use facebook more often.

Now, I know I am guilty of being a digital native, it is just how I have been programmed since I was born but what I am sick of is everyone living their lives online. Do we really need to use facebook? What ever happened to a friendly call or meet up at lunch, now I never even have to see my friends to remain friends with them. I can facebook them, read their statues to see what hey are up to and I can even web chat through a camera on my computer too.

I am all down for technology, it does advance us but it has gave us a disadvantage in relationships and I tihnk that is more important than technology, just saying…