Goodbye Ties

La Vida Moda

chris jackson getty images.jpg Chris Jackson, Getty Images, retrieved from the New York Times

According to an article in the New York Times written by Vanessa Friedman, many politicians are beginning to loosen the knot, if you will. This phenomenon is not only present in the United States, but around the globe!

In Trump vs. the Disappearing Tie, the article by Friedman, US President Barack Obama is seen on several occasions without a tie. This includes the photo of our tie-less leader standing alongside Prince William and Prince Harry in London, who are both sporting an absent tie.

In addition to the meeting with the royals, Mr. Obama did not wear a tie to the press conference where he announced the death of Antonin Scalia, nor did he wear a tie for the opening dinner with Xi Jinping, president of China.

John Ortved of the Wall Street journal, author of The Tie Is…

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What is a podcast?


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from WNYC

What is a podcast? According to the Miriam Webster online dictionary, a podcast is, “a program (as of music or talk) made available in digital format for automatic download over the internet.”

But can a podcast be a medium in which one can share and report news? Absolutely.

According to an article by Jack Murtha in the Columbia Journalism Review, even WNYC, an esteemed public radio station based in New York City, has faced some challenges.

With the changing times, print news has converted to be more web user friendly. No longer do readers need to purchase physical copies of the paper, but rather they can find anything they’re looking for right on their mobile devices. But where does public radio fit into that?

The WNYC has turned to podcasts to maintain their audience in this progressive era. Murtha wrote, “WNYC owns or distributes six of iTunes’ 100 most popular podcasts,” which includes two in the top ten.

The ability to access and download these talk shows through the internet has been invaluable. People have more control over what they listen to and they can take it anywhere.

One of WNYC’s podcasts is Here’s the Thing hosted by Alec Baldwin. Baldwin talks to artists, musicians, actors, and policy makers on his podcast.

In the September 15, 2015, Baldwin speaks about Andy Warhol and his lasting legacy. In the 32 minute episode, Alec Baldwin interviews Eric Shiner, the curator of the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA.

Personally, I love listening to Alec Baldwin speak because his voice is very soothing and recognizable. Additionally, he finds people to speak about and interview that are influential in their industry whether they are popular or not.

Podcasts are similar to radio shows, however there seems to be a lot more substance to podcasts. They are also specialized to individual’s interests and with the wide variety of options, there is certainly something for everyone.

Changing seasons…changing sports

As one season ends and another begins, there is a change on the sporting front. As a way to welcome the new activities, here are some of my favorite moments from the fall season. These photos are a sort of photojournalism, capturing the moment and the energy of the NYS High School Superbowl. As a photojournalist it is crucial that you capture the moment.

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All photos by Ashley Seifert for the Times Union.

What is citizen journalism?



According to the Oxford Dictionaries, Citizen Journalism is defined as, “The collection, dissemination, and analysis of news and information by the general public, especially by means of the Internet.” 

Major news media outlets report on large important stories, but they don’t often provide information about what’s happening in the community or more personal stories. Citizen journalists have established sites and places where other community members can find out local news on a smaller scale.

One example of Citizen Journalism is Buffalo Rising, a Buffalo, NY based news site. The founder, Newell Nussbaumer, established the print product and blog to give a voice to the people of the grassroots movement, according to the Colombia Journalism Review.

Additionally, reporters for such blogs or establishments are often volunteers. They are real people in the community that are passionate about sharing information. Anyone can be a citizen journalist. If you find something interesting in your community, share it! You could be helping someone out.

What is a secret of Shenendehowa High School?


The greenroom off of one of the school’s biology lab. Ashley Seifert.


Plants and a bicycle in the greenroom. Ashley Seifert.


Potted plants grow in the sun. Ashley Seifert.


Red flowers enjoying the sunshine. Ashley Seifert.


Potted purple flowers surviving the harsh winter. Ashley Seifert.


Trees in the window overlooking the parking lot. Ashley Seifert.

What is the difference between photography and photojournalism?

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An example of photojournalism. President Obama and his wife, Michelle, in Old Havana. Credit Stephen Crowley, the New York Times.


An example of photography. BMX rider in the street with sunset in the background. Photographed by Murray Mitchell.

According to the Miriam Webster Online Dictionary, photography is defined as the art or process of taking a picture with a camera. On the other hand, photojournalism is defined as using photographs to report news stories. But what is the true difference between the two?

Photography and photojournalism have a square-rectangle relationship. Photojournalism is photography, but photography is not necessarily photojournalism.

Photography is a beautiful art form where the artist controls what the viewer sees. While a camera translates literally the image in front of it, photographers still have the opportunities to stage photos and manipulate the scene. Additionally, with photography, many artists use Photoshop or another photo editing system to alter the reality of the photo. With photography, there are no limits or regulations as to what you create. However, this is not true with photojournalism.

In photojournalism, the photographer needs to have more than just the eye for the photo. They must accurately portray an event or scene while still maintaining a fascinating composition. In addition, the photographer needs to be fast and fearless and be willing to push boundaries in order to get just the right shot.

According to a Chicago Tribune blog post by Alex Garcia, successful photojournalists have many obstacles that they need to overcome.

“…the top photojournalists are actually smart, canny and very clever. So much of getting a picture is getting to the right place at the right time. On the way there are a host of logistical, technical, bureaucratic and personal issues that will trip many people up along the way,” wrote Garcia.

The article has a list of qualities that photojournalists need to have to make it in their field. The tasks that they face are often dangerous and fast-paced. While some photographers put themselves in risky situations for the right shot, photojournalists constantly face the unknown, trying to capture an image that will accurately tell a story and convey a message of truth.

The art of photography is very diverse, but nothing could compare to the challenge of photojournalism.

What KUWTK Kim would be “ugly crying” about now

1.) When your child literally falls more than they walk


2.) When your little sisters steal your game


3.) When you lose followers on social media




4.) When bae doesn’t buy you a Ferrari for your birthday


5.) When people still say you don’t have talent


6.) When Khloe and Kourtney take Miami and leave you behind


7.) When your husband is broke


8.) Kim would still probably cry about losing her earrings in the ocean.


Bonus: At least one of them recognizes that there are other people in the world.



Is it acceptable to publish photos of children in the media?

All too often, we see violent or graphic images of children in the media. It is upsetting and unfortunate, but in today’s world such awful events are a terrible reality. These devastating events happen everyday, and it is the job of the media to cover it and report on it. However, when recording the lives of children, especially in photographs, what is acceptable and what is not?

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has created the Ethical Journalism Initiative which establishes certain requirements and guidelines when reporting on children.

The Ethical Journalism Initiative says, “Journalists and media organisations shall strive to maintain the highest standards of ethical conduct in reporting children’s affairs.”

A journalist’s first responsibility is to report accurate information. If they are not honest, they lose all credibility and will not be successful.

Their second most important responsibility is to consider their audience when reporting. When talking about children especially, journalists need to focus on how their words and their photographs affect the both the readers and the subjects.

There are certain limitations that must be discussed when publishing photos of children. In Australia, the Government has forbidden the publication of photos of children that would allow them to be identified, according to the AIFS.

While it is nearly impossible to set rules as to what to or not to publish, there are certain guidelines. Every case and photo is different, but journalists must consider how the publication of an image will affect the life of the child and the people around them. If there is potential for danger or a negative response, leave it out.



What is going on with digital media?


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While it is important to be timely, the importance of being first has faded over the years. With the rise of social media, it is hard to deliver accurate information before anybody else. News spreads faster now than ever before. It is the responsibility of major news sources to not get intimidated by the amount of news that circulates the internet so quickly. They need to focus on finding the true facts and reporting them to the public.

In Who cares if it’s true?, author Marc Fisher talks about modern newsrooms and their changing values. One of the news outlets that Fisher mentions is Buzzfeed., and how the company is making changes.

“They’ve decided it makes good journalism and business sense to assure readers that their posts are true,” says Fisher.

Buzzfeed is now hiring editors and focusing on the correctness of the things that they publish. Not only are they concerned with the grammatical correctness of their articles, but they are making sure that what they are reporting accurate facts.

Even quick media is improving its accuracy. While it is not as important to the viewers of Twitter to get accurate facts than subscribers to a print newspaper, people are trying to improve the state of the news.

“…the Knight Foundation just issued a $320,000 grant to support development of software that determines if viral videos are real,” says Fisher.

Like the Knight Foundation’s Software, the news company Digital First uses a site called Storyful, which helps identify interesting, relevant, and appropriate news stories.

“Storyful’s staff of 18 monitors social media, YouTube, and other video sources to see what images and stories are trending; then they try to verify if the video is what it purports to be and pass along the results to their clients in newsrooms,” says Fisher.

As even the most traditional of news media outlets become more digitally present, facts are still a key part, therefor, fact checking sites and software are being developed for quick access to stories. Hopefully, the Journalist’s of the world will realize that more important than speed, is accuracy, and they will dig into their traditional roots to find those values.

How is “clickbait” so motivating?



First and foremost, what is clickbait? According to the Urban Dictionary, clickbait is defined as:

“An eye catching link on a website which encourages people to read on. It is often paid for by the advertiser (“paid” click bait) or generates income based on the number of clicks.”

The Washington Post released an article titles “What is ‘click bait’ and why Facebook wants to display less of it” in 2014. The article described the headlines of click bait being “teasers” and most often, they were misleading.

“According to a survey by Facebook that asked users what type of content they preferred to see in their news feeds, 80 percent of the time people preferred headlines that helped them decide if they wanted to read the full article before they had to click through.”

Clickbait is affecting more than just Facebook, it is all over the internet and people fall for it all the time.

A Poynter article written by Andrew Beaujon identified that clickbait really is just a disappointing way to put people down. He included a quote from Jake Beckman which says that clickbait articles are so awful because, “readers are being treated as stupid.”

At the end of this article, Beaujon and Nilay Patel, the acting managing editor for Vox, identifies one site that is doing a pretty good job at staying true to their headlines and that is Buzzfeed.

Patel said, “BuzzFeed headlines pay off particularly well because they actually make fairly small promises and then overdeliver. It’s validating, which is maybe the most valuable payoff of them all.”

Clickbait is generally bad, but being conscious of your decisions online can help you avoid falling into the trap.