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.


What is citizen journalism?


from blogs.buprojects.uk

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.