A Weekend Of Modernism

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I have always been familiar with mid-century architecture and design. As a former architecture student, I was made aware of Palm Springs, CA’s significance to the modernism movement and its impact on design, architecture, art, fashion, and culture. However, even with my interest in architecture and design, I had never attended Palm Springs’ Modernism Week celebration.

Modernism Week is an annual celebration that takes place in February and draws people from all over the world. It’s mission, according to the organization, is to “celebrate and foster an appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area.” Continue reading “A Weekend Of Modernism”

What They Never Taught Me about PR in Journalism

Photo by Draco via Flickr
Photo by Draco via Flickr

One writes and publishes stories, and the other wants to get stories written and published. To the lay person, the main functions of journalism and public relations are only thought to boil down to just this symbiotic relationship. However, there is more to these two industries than what gets published in the news. Even now, with the advent of the Internet and social media and networking platforms, the functions and the relationship of both professions has changed to accommodate the evolving landscape of the modern age.

This shifting trend has become more evident as more journalists have transitioned or, “crossed-over to the dark side,” as many journalists have put it. Although the ability to write clear and concisely helps journalists become great communicators in PR, there are also a few important skills that are never quite covered in J-school. Continue reading “What They Never Taught Me about PR in Journalism”

“X” is for Xerox

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A huge part of my Communications research in grad school has a lot to do with the introduction of technology and how this influences the behavior of media usage and society. I focus primarily on new and social media, but I often refer to examples from the past such as the invention of the printing press, which led to books and newspapers, radio, television, and the Internet.

There are obviously hundreds of devices and technologies that have shaped and developed the system of information sharing and public discourse that we have today, but one of the many devices that have contributed to our presently Internet-focused community of social sharing, which I never really considered before, is the Xerox machine. Continue reading ““X” is for Xerox”

In the Defense of Journalism

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Facebook, Twitter, videos uploaded from iPhones to YouTube; information comes swiftly speeding all over the globe to reach those thirsty for information. It’s amazing how, within seconds of some major news event, anyone with complete access to the internet can be updated with the knowledge of that event’s existence. Today in our internet age the consumer is incredibly fortunate to be able to acquire information at the tips of their fingers in an instant, but while the digital age is booming with new possibilities, journalists are becoming concerned about their own futures.

As young students of journalism, naturally, they’re thinking about the future and whether it’s a waste of time to go into such a field that, to a large amount of individuals, seems so up in the air. With the amount of uncertainty that exists during a time when tuition costs are high, jobs are limited and student loans still need to be paid back after graduation, journalism seems less appealing to those attempting to make a career out of it.

So why not just give up on journalism and let the non-journalists on the internet do all the work? Well, the journalists of today are retold over and over again as to why journalists still exist and why they will most likely continue to exist in the future. Continue reading “In the Defense of Journalism”