Replacing the Old News Channels with Social Media

By Parker Cantu

Many people have decided that paying for TV isn’t necessary and in a lot of cases simply not worth it. 1 in 5 people have decided to go without cable, including myself. I never use it and when I do, I could more than likely be watching the same thing on a streaming service such as Netflix or Hulu and save myself a lot of money.

So what about news then? Where do you get it? Well, social media has got you covered whether you have TV or not, and there are plenty of options.


Most news stations nowadays have at least a Facebook page, if not also a twitter page. For example, the Dallas Morning News posts on their Facebook page just about all day. Reddit has subreddits for world news, country news, and most major cities that include news articles, and you can actually combine multiple subreddits into one, called multireddits, to create one place for you to go through the posts from all of the subreddits you want.

Okay, but why use the internet for your news when you can just watch the news? Good question, and there are some good reasons.

You don’t have to “catch” the internet.

The internet will always be there waiting for you. You don’t have to get up early to get your daily morning news and glue yourself to the couch for thirty minutes to an hour when it’s all available out there on the internet.

You can get multiple sources at once.

Let’s face it: all sources of media have a bias one way or another. That doesn’t mean they’re not good sources, but it’s nice to have multiple viewpoints on a topic. Just in case.

Getting more information is easy.

If you’re using social media to get your news, then you’re already using a computer or a smartphone (or maybe even a smart TV). These are obviously all connected to the internet and make fact checking and follow-up research super easy and quick to do.

So there you have it. Go like your local news station on Facebook.

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Share the Send!

By: Kalyn Baxter

Social media could be described as the act of sending, receiving, and communicating through various content online. When it comes to rock climbing, to make a “send” means to complete a route that you chose to climb without taking any falls. image1Routes for rock climbing are graded based on their difficulty, which usually range from 5.0 to 5.14. In most situations, it is acceptable to use word of mouth to get recognition for completing a route, however when it comes to attempting routes in the 5.14 range if it was not documented it will be difficult to avoid doubt or skepticism from whoever you boast about it to. Although rock climbing is a major outdoor activity and mostly technology-free, social media has become the friend of climbers who dare to complete routes that many aspire to even attempt. Social media is an important aspect to rock climbers, not only for have proof of completing difficult routes, but to also get recognition from various climbing gear and outdoor supply brands who may be searching for individuals to possibly sponsor. Without a video or picture evidence the climb might as well be labeled nonexistent to anyone who was not there. The help of common social platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram give acknowledgement to climbers who were able reach intense. Recently in February, a 19-year-old from Boulder, Colorado named Margo Hayes became the first woman to send a 5.15 graded route. This amazing record breaking news had to be shared for her to get the recognition and title she deserved. The thousands of shares throughout the web and social media stimulated the news to spread from the village of Siurana, Spain to all around the world. Social media is a tool that, when used tactically, can bring satisfying gratitude from online interactions.




A Business at Your Tumbs

Snapchat is still relatively new in the social media world, and more and more companies are expanding their advertising tactics to include Snapchat to reach consumers.

But how are these companies able to reach so many consumers through a simple, on-demand photo sharing phone application?  One of Snapchat’s most popular feature are its geo-filters. These filters are based on locations and vary by city or big event, such as a concert or sports games. Snapchat also offers interactive filters provided Snapchat or by sponsoring companies. Businesses usually create these to promote a certain event or product launch. Movie companies also create interactive filters, sometimes featuring characters from the film in order to promote themselves in a fun, creative, and easy way.

In case you can’t picture it, this is what I’m talking about. something like this is what you’d see what you’d see visiting Las Vegas or when you’re near a Starbucks.

Snapchat makes it super easy to create one of these filters by providing a template, instructions, and even icons and stickers you can use to help you get started! You can find more information here, straight from the source.

Aside from being able to create a custom filter, companies are also buying advertisement slots on universal Snapchat stories. Universal stories and “live” stories are stories available for everyone with a Snapchat to see (within a certain time frame), and are a blend of stories from Snapchat users at big social events, such as the Oscars or the Superbowl. Every so often of tapping through these stories comes an ad, the same length as a 10-second Snapchat video. These ads are a great way to get interaction and views of a company’s product since they are seen by a big majority of active users.

These are amazing opportunities to gain more consumers, since those consumers are getting more intimate, behind-the-scenes look at lives of all-stars, celebrities, and more. The more included and involved a consumer feels, the more likely they are to be a regular consumer.

President Trump’s Twitter Activity Could Potentially Bite Him Back

By Cesar Valdes (JOUR 4270.002)

As the rapper Drake once said,” trigger fingers turn to twitter fingers.”

Well, President Donald Trump is shooting away on Twitter.

Early Saturday morning, President Trump accused former President Barack Obama of spying on his campaign.

Since then, FBI director James B. Comey has deflected the accusation and even told the Justice Department to refute any such claim from President Trump’s party.

A spokesperson from Obama’s camp has denied the accusation.

President Trump’s accusations are, at the moment, baseless. He has not provided the public or the media with even the slightest bit of proof. Nobody, maybe his advisor Steve Bannon, except the president himself knows why he would make such a bold claim.

It begs the question: When will President Trump’s harmful language on Twitter be halted?

Whether it has any value or not, it should be noted that much of these claims are being voiced through President Trump’s personal Twitter account and not the POTUS one assigned to the President.

But there is no mistaking that the president’s language is creating a negative light on his enemies.

Back on February 8th, President Trump complained on Twitter about the unfair treatment he felt his daughter received when Nordstrom decided to drop her clothing line due to poor sales.

Within the next couple of hours Nordstrom’s stock took a plunge.

Here we can equate that Donald Trump the person has the same power as President Trump.

Defamation laws are not restricted from social media accounts. Libel is a possible on Twitter. The only thing difficult about proving libel, of course, is proving damage.

Over the course of his short presidency, President trump has been sued over 40 times.

None of those have been about his hurtful language, but I wonder how soon it will be before President Trump has his first libel suit because of his Twitter activity.

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Oscar my Tweets

By Abisola Adeyemi

This evening Oscars hosted their 89th award ceremony and i experienced it from the red carpet to the actual event from the comfort of my twitter feed. The hashtag #Oscars was pretty lit if i do say so myself.

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I experienced most from the official twitter account @TheAcademy account which was poppin’.

The page is following 1156 accounts which are majority of celebrities and other media organizations, and they are followed by 22.8k followers. The feed was updated every time there was something not to miss on the red carpet, a quote or when there was an Oscar winner.

I thought the award presentations via twitter were cool. This was a brilliant way for followers to experience the ceremony as if they were watching it or there themselves.

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This was the many of the twitpics shared to their twitter feed to honor award recipients.

The fact that it is a red envelope like the one presented at the ceremony was pretty cool.

They also featured quotes like this one from Emma stone, which captures in words the way she felt when she received her award for Actress in Leading Role.Screen Shot 2017-02-26 at 11.30.15 PM.png

Engagement during the show with the followers was high which ranged from 200-4.0 k likes or retweets.

I would say this was a remarkable evening for social media, a chance for the public to take part in the excitement of their favorite stars and directors received recognition of hard work.

I couldn’t help but to think of the team behind this account that made this happen. From the looks of how every moment from the show was updated The Academy’s social media team was on top of their “a game” i would say.

To show how much of an engagement twitter had on the ceremony.  Stars were chosen to read mean tweets about them. I thought this was awkwardly funny, particularly because the tweeters probably had no idea that their tweets would even make it to national television, but to see the reactions from the stars they talked about was priceless. They didn’t seem to be too bothered about it, it was all banter i would say.

Felt like we were all present and winning.





Beyonce goes BeyTWICE.

By Abisola Adeyemi



Beyonce aka Queen Bee  recently announced she is expecting TWINS on Instagram!!!

We are excited for Jay and Bey, babies are a bundle of joy, and twins are double the blessing and fun.

This pregnancy announcement was a very interesting time on social media. Most of the time i just sip my tea and speculate when it comes to celebrity lives.

They’re no different from us. I see a pregnancy post and I’m like “aww congrats” and i go on about my day, but Bey’s fans were super excited while others were like “does she pay y’all’s bills?,” so what are y’all so excited about haha.

This particular picture above was shared millions of times and i even had Facebook friends saying “We’re pregnant!”it was all cute and funny, and then the memes were hilarious.


This was rather clever. I kind of wish i came up with this myself lol.

Then there  were those that remade the picture. Like ( cough cough) Ellen Degeneres.


I agree with @tigernath123 you look hilariously weird haha.

Back in 2011 when she was pregnant with first daughter Blue Ivy, a photo was captured at an interview that exposed a foldable belly. Didn’t know they made those lol.

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Critics questioned if her pregnancy is for real this time or not. I mean the belly photo was very bold in your face out there this time. While others wondered why she even had to post a picture with less clothing.

I feel the controversy  from back then is what sparked this reveal.

Sarah Haines, co-host on the view gave an interesting break down of this photo which can be seen below.

Beyonce Announces She’s Having Twins | The View (copy and past into youtube to watch)

It was just interesting to see the internet arguing back and forth about matters in the life of Beyonce. Regardless of what the people say, i not interested in criticizing her life or attacking her fans about why they are so excited about her pregnancy.

Im just happy for her, and i love that social media can come together and celebrate the coming of her babies.








Chaos in The City Upon a Hill

By Abisola Adeyemi


As you can tell by my name, I’m foreign. I mean I was born in Maryland, but I was born of Immigrant parents. My parents came here for college, and growing up they will tell us of how they wanted to give us a better life. I love being Nigerian, but I also really love being American. I do feel blessed being here.

It wasn’t by accident that we were learning about the “City Upon a Hill” concept in my nonprofit PR class while my Facebook feed was in complete uproar about the recent immigration ban. I believe in meaningful coincidences. My instructor couldn’t have pre-planned a better time to cover this topic in class.

I have never heard of “The City Upon a Hill” concept until this time, and instantly I couldn’t help but to think of how ironic things were in our country at the moment.

This concept was founded by American Colonial Governor John Winthrop. He was the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, also part of the Puritans which founded New England. Winthrop stated their purpose saying “We shall be as a city upon a hill, the eyes of all people are upon us.” He got this reference from The Holy Bible; Matthew 5:14 saying “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” Winthrop believed they had a special mission for those in need.

Since then, this concept has been popularly use by politicians such as Ronald Reagan, Barrack Obama and so on.

This was Reagans Farewell Speech back in 1989:

“The past few days when I’ve been at that window upstairs, I’ve thought a bit of the shining “city upon a hill.” The phrase comes from John Winthrop, who wrote it to describe the America he imagined. What he imagined was important, because he was an early Pilgrim – an early “Freedom Man.” He journeyed here on what today we’d call a little wooden boat, and, like the other pilgrims, he was looking for a home that would be free.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind, it was a tall proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind swept, God blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace – a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity, and if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors, and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here.”

This is information is enough for us all to understand what America stands for. The founders before us believed we had a mission to cater for the ones in need. Refugees are in need. What makes America is the diversity of us that comes from different backgrounds. We are to accept those with heart that look to us, because we are The City Upon the Hill.

I do understand if it was done for protection, but majority of the people were people in need. Its Un American for us to turn away those in need.

During the weekend of the ban there were many live videos coming to surface of protestors, Muslims praying in airports and such.

This particular bible verse was passed around my Facebook feed; in fact, I have never seen this verse till the chaos occurred:

Leviticus 19:33-34 and 24:22 – When the alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien.  The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt:  I am the Lord your God.”

It’s very relevant and a reminder that this is a Christian nation founded upon God. We’re to embrace others, because truth be told a lot of here are immigrants.

I do admit that I am proud of the Americans that went out to protest for those in need. Although we are facing difficult changes, we seem to still have our spirit.