Social media such as Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter are used to keep people up to date in a more timely and effective manner in today’s technology reliant world (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012). It is evident in the two examples provided below that social media can be integrated into news effectively to inform the audience.
- What are the top stories in your area?
My local area is the wide bay. I have found that there were no listings in trends map. However there were listings under the location of Brisbane which was the closest to my location. According to Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith (2012) social media networking sites are now popularly used in a number of news articles.
The two top stories listed in Brisbane Queensland are: ’19yo Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship’, ‘shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition’.
The first article is a soft news story because it covers the field of sport; whereas, the second article is a hard news story because there is an element of injuries involved (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
ABC News (2015) provides a story about the 19 year old Australian boy by the name of Feliks Zemdegs who has just won the Rubik’s Cube world title for the second time. Some detail is given on what happens at these Championships and some history about them in the story (ABC News 2015).
Dye (2015) provides a story about Australian surfer Mick Fanning who gets attacked by a shark during a surfing competition. This was being held at Jeffreys Bay in South Africa.
One major comment provided by Mick Fanning that is used a couple of times through the Dye (2015) article is the fact that he would be happy not to compete ever again after surviving the attack.
- What is the relationship between the tweets and news stories in local media (if any)?
There is a relationship between them as these tweets are from the news companies that have written the article; although, the tweets only give brief headlines with links to the news stories (Whitaker, Ramsey & Smith 2012).
- Can you find evidence that tweets are being used in news stories?
The particular example of the shark attack story can be used as evidence that tweets are being used in news stories. This is because in the actual story you can see that the local media have incorporated tweets into it.
- Can you find evidence of tweets being used by organisations to promote an event of issue? You should make an effort to screen capture tweets that may be relevant to your discussion and embed them in your blog (see skitch.com if you don’t have screen capture on your computer).
The organisation Australia Zoo is currently promoting Bindi Irwin’s 17th birthday and the fact that it will be with them that she celebrates it (Twitter 2015). Australia Zoo frequently promote events using social media such as twitter.
ABC [ABC News] 2015, ’19yo Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship’. Tweet, 20 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/abcnews/status/623244333907480576
Abrams, S [Stephanie Abrams] 2015, ‘Professional surfer gets attacked by a shark during competition. Terrifying but he’s okay’. Tweet, 19 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/StephanieAbrams/status/622919907869634564
Bindi Irwin Fansite [totally bindi] 2015, ‘Bindi Irwin’s 17th Birthday at Australia Zoo’. Tweet, 24 July, viewed 23 September, https://twitter.com/TotallyBindi/status/624734329663561729
Dye J 2015, Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition, digital image, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/shark-attacks-australian-surfer-mick-fanning-during-live-competition-20150720-gifvux
GCB [Gold Coast Bulletin] 2015, ‘Just six days after being attacked by a shark. Mick Fanning returned to the surf this morning’. Tweet, 24 July, viewed 23 September 2015, https://twitter.com/GCBulletin/status/624719432221224961
Twitter 2015, Happy Birthday Bindi Irwin, digital image, viewed 24 July 2015, https://twitter.com/AustraliaZoo
ABC News 2015, Australian Feliks Zemdegs takes title at Rubik’s Cube World Championship, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-20/australian-takes-title-at-rubiks-cube-world-championship/6634244
Dye J 2015, Shark attacks Australian surfer Mick Fanning during live competition, viewed 21 July 2015, http://www.smh.com.au/sport/shark-attacks-australian-surfer-mick-fanning-during-live-competition-20150720-gifvux
Whitaker, R, Ramsey, J & Smith, R 2012, Media writing: print broadcast and public relations, 4th edn, Routledge, New York.