Final assignment work on photojournalism class in Ball State University with Prof. Thomas A .Price.
Since 2000 the newspaper industry has shrunk. The publisher lost $7 in print advertising for every $1 they earned from the web. The accessibility of new media, particularly on internet makes people easily get the news without pay for a single newspaper.
The definition of media became larger, not only covered printed materials, but also virtual content. Washington Post, Time are now integrated with Facebook, Twitter, Amazon account. The following action also happens at Indonesia. News media uses internet to engage with readers. People get the information for free.
This phenomenon shows us that competition with the change of technology is inevitable. As a consequences, media has to cover the lost of profit from printed paper. This is purely the responsibility of the media that have nothing to do with audience. The demand for innovation and creativity are increased. They could gain advertisement to survive.
Just like radio. People predict sit would be disappear after television booming. But the fact is radio adopt and cover more field rather than only audio-broadcast. That what makes it survive. Moreover, there are a significant number of loyal audiences that appreciates radio and newspaper in physical appearance, not only the content. So does the newspaper.
In the other hand, other audience deserves free information because the commercial value of information relies on how hard people get that. If Bob Woordward and Carl Bernstein struggled high to investigate the Watergate scandal, at this time the technology help the journalist to make their work easier. They can easily go to Google to find articles rather than goes to library. They can find someone’s contact on LinkedIn rather than looking at yellow pages just what Woordward and Bernstein did. So i think the value of information on this era has changed. So does the media system to support their financial needs. Therefore the interest of media to gain profit should not affect the need of people to access the information for free.
My citizen journalism work on audio-story slideshow. Click here to listen about how US families celebrate the Independence Day at 4th of July.
For the 236 years of independence, USA has grows to be a superpower country that contained a wide range of diversity. The reflection of diversity showed up on The USA Independence celebration at Minnetrista Park, Muncie, Indiana (4/7/12).
Muncie resident gathered on one cultural center at 102-degree heat evening for the fireworks. Most of the resident bring up their family to this place to celebrate the holiday.
People tend to spend the quality time with family. Keep the tradition that strengthening the bonding in 4th of July. A 42 years old mother, Carol Bull, said while sat down on the grass and watched people playing Frisbee, “it’s important to celebrate with your family to remember the meaning of holiday, why you celebrating it.”
Over 100 families from different ages, races, and religion assembled in one spot. Minnetrista offers an extravagant concept to enjoy the combination of nature and local history at one moment. Like the previous year, this 2012 independence day celebration also colored by the musical performance from America’s Hometown Band.
“I want my children to see not just Anglo Americans, but to see everybody that is in our community, we got a rich community here,” said Dustin Smith (34) while watched his son playing around.
It is important for some families to have a cross-generation communication about what 4th of July means. How the freedom celebrated in a day out. Smith, continually, said that he loves the celebration because it is the symbol of what they have been given as a nation to living free. In a patriotic way, he felt glad for having an opportunity to live the way the USA people wants to live.
Dustin Smith and Carol Bull are two of a thousand head of family that being grateful for their freedom. And this value would keep going trough the young generation in a very diverse nation under the blue-white-red USA flag. Parents tend to transfer the understanding about diversity to their children by social interaction in the 4th of July celebration. That was the moment when they talk about the idea of freedom trough cross-generation communication. Therefore, children wished to be able to define freedom under their own definition.
Between the various kind of differences, it was so glad knowing that families celebrate the similarities. Like what Bull said, it is the meaning of being together. (Shofi)