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I believe I met my goal of bringing human interest to a construction story by finding a someone to interview who had a unique story to tell-but also one that others could find relatable. I met my goal of incorporating many different shots in my video and I took so many photos and videos that I could not use a good portion of them.

By making this video, I got more practice using my filming and editing skills. I learned that I can now produce videos more quickly and with more ease, as I now have a basic handle on what I am doing! If I had a chance to do this project again, I would probably take shorter shots while filming the interview so the segments do not drag on as long because I feel that one of the interview scenes in my video is a little lengthy.

While lounging at home after my first quarter of college (December 2008), I was first officially introduced to Twitter. My family was hanging out in the kitchen one night after dinner and my dad kept raving about Twitter. I had briefly heard the word mentioned a few times before but knew little of what it meant. “It’s the next big thing!” my dad claimed repeatedly. I asked him what it was and he explained that people could tweet where they were and what they were doing at any time to let their friends and followers know. I was genuinely confused; I told him that’s what Facebook status updates were for. How could a site like Facebook, but with fewer features be the next big thing? It sounded like a cheap copy to me.

My dad insisted that I make one, even though I told him there was no point since none of my friends had a Twitter account. Mostly just to spite him and show him how pointless the site was, I created a Twitter account. I wrote in my Twitter bio that my dad forced me to make an account because “it was the next big thing” and that I didn’t believe him. After that I pretty much just forgot about Twitter and my account stood inactive. Sure I heard more and more about Twitter as time went on, but I never had the urge to commit myself to the site.

Twitter Profile

Over a year later in my spring quarter of college, I found out I was required to sign up on Twitter and actively tweet for my digital journalism course. I had to laugh when I remembered the circumstances I made my account under, especially since I realized once again my dad was right (after all, he was the one who kept urging me to join Facebook). In April of 2010 I updated my profile and was ready to give Twitter a chance, this time for real.

First of all, I learned that Twitter was more than just a bunch of status updates. I quickly discovered how to link to stories, websites and photos, and to shorten the links to allow more character space on my tweets by using sites like bit.ly. I made different lists, such as fashion and class-related, to make browsing through my Twitter easier. There is a lot of language and styling specific to Twitter and I began to pick up on how to use the lingo. For instance, the at symbol and number symbol have different functions on Twitter than other places online and I discovered how to correctly use them. The “@” is used to directly link another Twitter account to a tweet and “#” (which I found out is called a hash tag) is used to tweet about a topic to others who are interested in or following the topic. #FF (Friday Follow) and RT (Re-Tweet) now actually mean something to me and I frequently utilize them in my tweets.

I believe Twitter is a wonderful tool for journalists and it will only become a more prominent and useful outlet in the future. Twitter has the ability to publicize a lot of information immediately, which is perfect for breaking news. The ability to link to other web content allows for more in depth journalism to continue on certain topics. Twitter can also highlight the most important or interesting aspects of stories to get more people interested in a topic. Freelance or independent journalists can really use Twitter to their advantage to get a large following and increase their popularity in the media world. Most major news organizations (for example: CNN, The New York Times, etc) have already jumped on the bandwagon and made a Twitter account. The way I see it, their addition of Twitter only has added benefits, such as increasing the organization’s following, both on Twitter and in the “real world”.

For citizens, Twitter can be used to get important, and not-so-important information from many sources in one place. I enjoy using Twitter to get information on more trivial things like finding out what my favorite celebrities and bands are up to, but then I also get a healthy dose of what’s going on in the word and stay updated on current events from prominent new sources. Since I am not an avid reader of news, Twitter makes it easier for me to keep an eye on world events. Whatever reason citizens are using Twitter will only continue to grow as more and more people begin to tweet.

My last 5 journalism related twitter accounts to follow for class purposes:

@ezraklein– Ezra Klein: “Blogger for the Washington Post, columnist for Newsweek. Eater of food. Hater of filibuster. Lover of charts.”

@bobsacha– Bob Sacha: “multimedia producer, photographer, film maker, digital immigrant,”

@chadastevens– Chad A Stevens: “filmmaker and teacher living in the documentary world” at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

@marcusod– Marcus O’Donnell: “journalism academic @ Uni Wollongong interests: convergence, lit jour, myth&media, storytelling, art & image” (from Australia!)

@TonyaMosley– Tonya Mosley: “Television Reporter, KING 5 News”