Over the past few months, I’ve become a bit of a social media nerd; I’ve become a Twitter addict, and I’ve discovered that I actually quite enjoy blogging. I’ve learnt so much just by using social media, and I can now see how it’s such a vital tool for journalists.
Before this module, I always refused to use Twitter; I could never see the point of it, and so embarked on my own little anti-Twitter campaign. Now I just can’t get enough; Twitter was the first medium that informed me about the Christchurch earthquake, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and it’s kept me fully informed about the constant developments in Libya. In short, it’s been absolutely vital in keeping me in the loop with breaking news from around the world. Using Twitter has meant I no longer rely on traditional media such as newspapers and TV, and I can now access live breaking news at the click of a mouse.
I’ve really enjoyed the blogging aspect of social media. As an aspiring writer, I leap at the chance to write anything I can and this blog has given me the opportunity to share my thoughts on a number of stories, as well as sharing some of the work I have produced for University. I never thought of blogging as a tool for sharing news; before I purely used blogging for fashion and photography. Now I regularly use blogs as tools for finding out information and opinions on a variety of topics, from the uprising in Libya to the tragic murder of Sian O’Callaghan in Swindon.
I am now able to successfully use social media as a tool for accessing news as well as providing news, not just for social reasons. I have enjoyed using Twitter and producing blogs for my Journalism module and I fully intend to keep using them to keep up to date with all the latest and breaking news.