The End…

This blog was done as a class project for Online Journalism 1 class at Rowan University.  The semester is ending, and at this point in time I am going to be stepping away from “Tweet,” said the Prof, but I don’t want to say this is it forever. I am calling this break an indefinite hiatus.

To go on a break in style, here are my top 5 best posts:

Top 5 Best Posts

1. The Whit: Online – Feature about Rowan’s student paper

2. RTF Students using YouTube: A look at the use of YouTube as a showcase for your video work

3. RU LinkedIn?: Overview of LinkedIn and the benefits of using it

4. Rowan Tube: An aggregation of Rowan’s YouTube channel

5. Social Media Dating: A look at the web and dating: welcome to the 21st Century.

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The Whit: Online

Rowan’s student newspaper, The Whit, won the 2009 Online Pacemaker Award in the Four-Year-Non-Daily Newspaper for its website The Whit Online.

The 2009 Associated Collegiate Press Online Pacemaker contest had 45% more entries than the previous year, according to a press release about the contest. The ACP concluded that college publications are “adapting to the steadily evolving world of media.”

Ellyn Angelotti, interactivity editor for the Poynter Insitute, judged the competition; she told ACP the top sites showed excellence  “in integration of multimedia and user-generated content, navigability, coverage, in-depth reporting; custom, clean design; sound news judgment for the homepage.”

It is not surprise The Whit Online won the award; they have all of those areas covered. Just three years ago, The Whit’s online presence was lacking, it didn’t have all of the stories as in the paper, or even use the school colors.

The current layout features blogs, a photo scroll on the homepage that links to news stories, a slide show, featured video, and a widget that aggregates comments posted on various articles.

The Whit now does live blogging during events where a reporter will provide commentary about the Oscar’s, for example, and allow students and visitors to the site to join in on the conversation.

The multimedia brings the site to a new level, not only because it’s current, but because it makes the site more interesting, and eye-catching for students.

Visitors will return to the site because of its attractiveness and interactivity.

Emily Kostic, current editor-in-chief, took on the role of web editor last year, and is responsible for the big changes to the layout and design of the site.

In addition to a redesigned website, The Whit also popped up on Facebook and Twitter.

“We use social media as a means to get people to our website,” said Kostic.

Facebook has allowed The Whit to direct more traffic to the website.

“There are not a lot of Rowan students on Twitter,” said Chris Carmena, current web editor.

Carmena helped get social media off the ground for The Whit, explained Kostic.

While Rowan students may not be interested, because “everyone’s friends are still on Facebook, so they see no added benefit to go to it,” said Kostic, the Whit’s use of twitter keeps them current with both national, and global news organizations.

Current newsstories are posted tweeted, posted on facebook, with all links going to The Whit Online weekly, in addition to any breaking news that comes up.

Just a few weeks ago, The Whit Online “posted a story about the fire alarm in the library that looked more dramatic than it was; four Emergency trucks and four fire trucks for a potato being burned,” said Kostic.  If it had not been for the story most students at Rowan would not have known what happened.

The Whit used their Twitter and Facebook pages to direct students to the site for the full article.

“I feel like its [Facebook] helped our transparency,” said Kostic. “We’re not these random kids hanging out in the corner of the Student Center.”

If students have tips for news stories, they are encourage to contact the The Whit via Facebook and/or Twitter in addition to the site, e-mail, and phone etc.

“I know one thing we’re hoping to do is add more multimedia,” said Carmena about future plans for The Whit Online.

Interested in getting involved with The Whit? Meetings are Monday 11:30 A.M. in the Publication Suite, Student Center or e-mail editor@thewhitonline.com

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The College Student’s IPhone/ITouch Application Wish List

I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 applications for IPhone/ITouch for the college student. The best part about them — they are all FREE.

The links will take you directly to the iTunes store.

1. Free Wi-Fi Finder – This app will search for Wi-Fi hot spots wherever you are in the world.

2. gFlash + Flashcards & Tests This app will allow you to make flashcards using a Google spreadsheet

3. Book Bargain – Find the cheapest textbooks on the web!

4. Word of the Day Lite: Learn news words and improve your vocabulary.

5. Dropbox: Sync files online and share them with others.

6. Pizza: Find the cheapest, and closest pizza to you wherever you are.

7. Fandango: Watch trailers and look up movie times

8. Local Concerts: Notifies you about shows from the artists in your music library.

9. NYTimes: The New York Times on-the-go!

10. Quickpedia: Browse Wikipedia from this app

Happy Holidays!

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New Ways to Update Your WordPress Blog

Tweetie 2 Application for IPhone

Mashable.com reports,  as of December 12, just two days ago, WordPress announced that users can read and create blog posts from any Twitter application like Tweetie 2.

Tweetie is a client for Twitter that allows users to update without browsing to the Twitter website via a mobile phone application or Mac OS X application. Tweetie allows the user to manage multiple accounts in one application.

Any Twitter application that allows for custom API URLs  can be used for WordPress.  When you go to add the username and password for your next Twitter account, enter your WordPress information in its place as well as this http://twitter-api.wordpress.com in the API Root Field and save.

You will then be able to post to your WordPress Blog in the same window as you would a Tweet.

I only wish this came about sooner!

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Social Media Dating

In my last post, I created a timeline of a day in my life with social media. I think an interesting topic that I have not covered yet is online dating. Even dating, finding an interpersonal connection and attraction to someone, has made its way to the web.

Online Dating is nothing new, but I think it’s an interesting topic because it seems like more college students are starting to try it. Rowan is a campus with 10,000 students, and it is very likely that there is a perfect match for everyone with that many people in the pool, however, meeting that person is an overwhelming task.

Facebook has a personals application that allows you to use Facebook to connect with other singles ready to mingle on the site.

YouTube users can even search the site for user personal ads.

Here is a list of some of the most popular online dating sites.

Ok Cupid

It is a free dating site that is popular among the college age group. It has the option to connect with Facebook, and then it will take information from your profile and match you with someone with similar interests.

EHarmony
Eharmony matches couples based on a compatibility test developed from information the user enters. You can also choose different demographics based on your dating preferences. These preferences include, but are not limited to Christian Dating, Black Dating, Jewish Dating, Hispanic Dating, Senior Dating, and Local Dating.

Dating OnDemand
Comcast will send a camera crew out to bars and other local hang outs, and ask singles to answer a few questions to create a video profile. The profile is available on their site as well as on demand. Users can aslo create their own profile with a webcam or personal camcorder, and upload it to the site.

Match.com
Match.com allows users to upload 26 photos, and has free writing spaces. When perusing a profile you can see pictures as well as responses to various questions that allow you to get to know someone online. All communication occurs with an anonymous e-mail address — name and contact information are withheld until the users decide they want to share. Match.com also allows for demographic preferences.

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Timeline

Social media runs my life, and everything that I need to do on a given day from school work to entertainment depends on it.

Unfortunately, Dipity was not working properly, and I decided to use Slide for the timeline. It displays the information in the best way for what I am trying to accomplish.

 

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Timeline Preview

One of the most interesting things about social media, which originally attracted me to the topic is how much I use it in my daily life. Almost everything I do from homework, projects, to keeping up with friends involves being in constant communication via different types of social media.

In an upcoming post, I will include a link for a timeline created via Dipity that follows a day in my life with social media including pictures and explanations.

Dipity is a site that allows users to create interactive web timelines that include video, photos, and text to track essentially whatever the user wishes.

In order to upload photos or video, source material must be hosted on another website like Flickr or  YouTube.

Look for this timeline over the weekend.

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