BLOGGER’S CODE OF CONDUCT

Joann Wells

Best Practices

August 25, 2015

I believe in my opinion that the “best practices” you use when creating a blog is to think about what you are thinking about before you blog about anything or anyone. Don’t just put down anything that comes to mind because you could offend someone, create a situation that could hurt someone’s feelings or create a backlash or even get someone hurt or killed. The role of a blogger carries with it a responsibility to be fair, honest, and respectful not only toward your fellow members of society but also toward fact (Morten, 2011). We have all heard the phrase “honesty is the best policy,” well that is true when you are blogging and anything else that would not only affect you but others also.

My blog has met “best practices” because I thought about what I was blogging about and just how it would sound to others because I would not want to offend anyone by what I have to say especially if it sounds stupid and angers someone or just did not make sense to me when I took a step back and read it. I know that not everyone is not going to agree with what I blog about, but at least I do try to step on anyone’s toes. I have been honest and I have used integrity, but if I was not either it was because I just did not know.

I have never blogged before I took this course, but I do believe that I could improve on my blogging by taking more time to read more and then while I’m reading I could try comprehending what I am reading so I could know just how well I am doing and get better at blogging.

I am not a blogger, but if there was an official “Blogger’s Code of Conduct,” yes I would definitely read it. I would read it so that I could understand just what the blogging is about, how important or not important blogging is? I would like to know if there is a certain way a person is suppose to blog, and why blog in the first place. I would follow the “Bloggers Code of Conduct” when blogging because I would not want to be looked upon as being unethical, being a person who cannot follow directions, and not being a team player.

Reference:

Hendrickson, M. R., (2011). Code of Ethics for Bloggers, Social Media and Content Creators. Retrieved on August 25, 2015 from http://mor10.com/code-of-ethics-for-bloggers-social-media-and-content-creators

Using Different Social Media Tools!

Joann Wells

Twitter,

August 23, 2015

 

 

I have always heard about twitter, my pastor and his wife are avid facebook and twitter users, but I have never taken the time to view it until now. I find it to be similar to facebook, which I never respond to anyone about anything…except if I am having a problem with a product or company. I vowed to stay off of the computer if I am not using it for my school assignments, because I was just looking on facebook last year and found out that my sister had died of breast cancer and was buried. When I set up my twitter account I was asked what my interests were I chose music and family. Troi Tyler from the radio station 102.7 popped up. She can play some boss music, it sounds so wonderful. I also saw my niece on twitter taking a selfie with her middle finger up. I also saw my neighbor telling someone something very ugly and nasty. Twitter has too many reminders for me and it could only cause trouble like facebook!

The second media tool I selected was video sharing. I tried uploading a video of my grandchildren playing outside. I took my phone charger from my Galaxy s5, plugged it into my phone and my laptop but I could not because it called for me to tap the USB icon on my phone but I did not have one. I was also prompted to drag the notification bar down and tap it, but the only thing that happened was hit the location icon, sound icon, screen rotation, Bluetooth, wi-fi, etc. I got a pop-up on my phone that stated connected as a camera touch for other USB options. I did touch for other options and I got media device (MTP) the box was unchecked and camera (PTP) with the green box with a white check. I feel as if I am a foreigner just feeling my way around. I am going to eventually master this…I don’t believe in just letting things beat me or go without understanding.

The third media tool I chose to try is mobile. I know all about taking pictures and videos, but I had no idea that I could do a screen shot of another picture. I was asking my daughter and looking up information on google. I had no idea that this s5 phone was so sophisticated. I was not interested in anything the phone could do but allow me to reach the outside world. The screen shot I took was my granddaughter Jessica, whose face on my home screen page.

The type of audience that might be interested in the types of tools I have chosen are the very young and the middle aged. When I say the very young I am referring to teenagers because when it comes to twitter and facebook they like posting their bodies, faces, talking about other people, keeping up trouble, and the middle aged individuals are not much better. People are getting killed because of the things that are being shared on these sites. I have seen my neighbor on twitter stating “she was on the toilet and someone was knocking on her door”. She was super mad. Who talks about something this private and personal?

Joann Wells

Twitter,

August 23, 2015

 

 

I have always heard about twitter, my pastor and his wife are avid facebook and twitter users, but I have never taken the time to view it until now. I find it to be similar to facebook, which I never respond to anyone about anything…except if I am having a problem with a product or company. I vowed to stay off of the computer if I am not using it for my school assignments, because I was just looking on facebook last year and found out that my sister had died of breast cancer and was buried. When I set up my twitter account I was asked what my interests were I chose music and family. Troi Tyler from the radio station 102.7 popped up. She can play some boss music, it sounds so wonderful. I also saw my niece on twitter taking a selfie with her middle finger up. I also saw my neighbor telling someone something very ugly and nasty. Twitter has too many reminders for me and it could only cause trouble like facebook!

The second media tool I selected was video sharing. I tried uploading a video of my grandchildren playing outside. I took my phone charger from my Galaxy s5, plugged it into my phone and my laptop but I could not because it called for me to tap the USB icon on my phone but I did not have one. I was also prompted to drag the notification bar down and tap it, but the only thing that happened was hit the location icon, sound icon, screen rotation, Bluetooth, wi-fi, etc. I got a pop-up on my phone that stated connected as a camera touch for other USB options. I did touch for other options and I got media device (MTP) the box was unchecked and camera (PTP) with the green box with a white check. I feel as if I am a foreigner just feeling my way around. I am going to eventually master this…I don’t believe in just letting things beat me or go without understanding.

The third media tool I chose to try is mobile. I know all about taking pictures and videos, but I had no idea that I could do a screen shot of another picture. I was asking my daughter and looking up information on google. I had no idea that this s5 phone was so sophisticated. I was not interested in anything the phone could do but allow me to reach the outside world. The screen shot I took was my granddaughter Jessica, whose face on my home screen page.

The type of audience that might be interested in the types of tools I have chosen are the very young and the middle aged. When I say the very young I am referring to teenagers because when it comes to twitter and facebook they like posting their bodies, faces, talking about other people, keeping up trouble, and the middle aged individuals are not much better. People are getting killed because of the things that are being shared on these sites. I have seen my neighbor on twitter stating “she was on the toilet and someone was knocking on her door”. She was super mad. Who talks about something this private and personal?

I did not know how to submit my screenshot of my granddaughter, but as soon as I find I will submit it Renee! I am 55 years old and I know that is no excuse I just have to get with the times.

I did not know how to submit my screenshot of my granddaughter, but as soon as I find I will submit it Renee! I am 55 years old and I know that is no excuse I just have to get with the times.

Joann Wells

Oconee County Observations

August 14, 2015

I believe the writer of Oconee County Observations is Mr. Lee Becker. Mr. Becker lives in Oconee County and has since 1997; he’s also so sure that he will retire there. Mr. Becker managed to achieve a Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Mass Communication (1974); M.A., University of Kentucky, Communication (1971); B.A., University of Kentucky, Journalism (1969). I don’t believe I would classify him as a professional blogger because blogging is just a hobby of his and he has only been blogging since 2006 (Becker, 2015)…so in reality it is not known how many blogs he has actually written. I am not going to discount Mr. Becker because he is only reporting information that is given to him.

The purpose of this overlay district is to establish alternative land development requirements within a specific area of the community which requires special attention. While reading just the surface you would think that there is a bias because “the proposed district lines reflect property boundaries but often are jagged and cut through existing subdivisions, “ but this is just how the overlay works. I googled overlay district and I found out that Mr. Becker came to the same results in his blog. He adhered to all the standards and did not try to cut corners.

In my opinion I believe that it does really matter if someone news is labeled as a “professional.” When someone is a professional I would hope that they would want to look good in the public eye and also whomever they are reporting for make them proud for making the decision to employee them. I don’t know of anyone who want so be labeled as having no ethics, no integrity and a liar. Everyone should be held to the same standards whether you are a professional or not. Having morals and values gives you a good feeling. It lets people know that you are a person of integrity and character, and it make you feel good about yourself. You will be able to look at yourself in a mirror knowing that you can be trusted.

Social media is a monster! Citizen journalists are capturing news on smartphones and smartwatches at an alarming rate. When these bloggers press record right away it is put on facebook, twitter, blog, and whatever else social media they can to gain attention. There is no concern for proofreading, all they want to do is get the dirt on social media to see what the reaction will be. The citizen journalists are searching for juicy gossip and negative reactions. Non-professionals can very well show good judgment. People of integrity don’t necessary know how to assemble information for balanced stories, but they do know that they do not want to just make up a story which can cause confusion, spread lies, send people into a tail spend and just plain lie for the heck of it. I want the truth!

Brian Williams was a professional journalist until he made the decision to make up a story to boost himself up. He did not have to tell that lie, Brian Williams was already a man who was looked up to because of his many achievements in broadcasting. What Brian Williams did is a good example to the writers who will come after him and his actions should serve as an example what not to do. Integrity and honesty will take and your career a long way

I was reviewing SPJ’s Code of Ethics and from what I was reading Mr. Becker did if fact adhere to the SPJ’s Code of Ethics. According to SPJ the Ethical journalism should be accurate and fair, journalist should be honest and courageous in gathering and interpreting information, take responsibility for the accuracy of their work, and identify sources clearly (Society of Professional Journalists, 2014).  So after reading SPJ Code of Ethics I can truly state that Mr. Becker is a professional journalist. You don’t have to be in the business for thousands of years, you just have to be a person of integrity.

References:

Becker, L. (2015). Onconee Observations. News and Comments About Developments in Oconee County, Georgia. Retrieved from Southern New Hampshire University August 14, 2015. https://www.snhu.edu

Society of Professional journalists (2014). SPJ Code of Ethics. Retrieved on August 14, 2015 from www.org

Me and the Media

Joann Wells

Me and the Media

July 20, 2015

I sleep with my television on every night. I even will find myself in a television program because what is on television when I fall asleep is what I will eventually dream about. The form of new media I use daily is first the television. I try to select which news channel I would prefer and trust. Sometimes I will hear a news story on one channel, but I will go to another channel to see if I could catch it just to make sure I heard it correctly. I have read the news on the internet. I don’t make it a practice, but when I turn my computer on and go to my email there a news story is. I really don’t give the news any thought because what I mainly hear negative news about a kid getting shot on the front porch, a stray bullet came through the window and killed a young girl getting dressed for school, etc.

I have a friend named Ruby, she and I don’t see each other much, but when we do she always tells me something about someone died that we both knew. I made a conscience decision that no matter what I hear on the television I will not allow the media influence me in any way. What I have done was waited until I find out that it is absolutely true and then sees exactly what can and will take place…but I refuse to let someone reading a teleprompter cause me to react in a certain way, even though the story may have been checked and rechecked. I believe if the story is dramatic enough and bone chilling, yes it could give you something to think about, but it does not have the power to tell me what to think. I still think about September 11, 2001 because as those planes were hitting the twin towers I was sitting in front of a television at work in amazement because of what I was seeing. I could not believe it! But if someone had called me and told me what happened, I would not re-acted the way I did when I saw it firsthand. I believe that most of my beliefs with continued exposure are negative because in my opinion the more negative the story it seems to be the juicier the story.

Some technological innovations are so revolutionary that they change everything. For generations, you had to be at a live event or else the only way you would hear about the main event would be from the news media. The news media worked well for a time, but there was a side effect called the gatekeeper. The gatekeeper controlled what images people saw, what news stories made it to the air, and the angles it was from. Today social media allow the people to see images all over the world, even as they are happening. Social media lets you share stories, videos, and images; it has changed the way people get their news, how they view it, and how they think about it (Roesler, 2007). Perhaps the media can shape the beliefs of individuals, but I believe that it is the will of the individual and the mindset. We don’t have to believe everything we hear just because it comes from the media.

Reference:

6 Ways Social Media Changed the World. Major Ways Social Media Shaped World Events. Roesler, P. (2007). Retrieved on July 20, 2015 from inc.com/peter-roesler/6ways-social-media-changed-the-world.html

Mistakes, False News, and Errors

Joann Wells

Blog: Mistakes, False News, and Errors

August 09, 2015

The Society of Professional journalist (SPJ) has just four principles in their code of ethics: Seek Truth and Report it; Minimize Harm; Act Independently; and Be Accountable and Transparent. On April 17, 2013 Bill Carter wrote an article in the New York Times about a few news channels misreported some unverified reports (Carter, 2013). I truly do believe that “report now, apologize later” by news agencies is a violation of the SPJ’s code of Ethics. People who write should have every intent to present all truths and facts in whatever issue they are reporting on. People buy or get newspapers delivered, some people get their news strictly from the internet and I don’t know anyone who wants to read about information and there is no truth involved in it anywhere. Anyone who deliberately spreads false information are doing a disservice to the readers.

We have all heard the phrase “show me the money” well the news should not be any different. According to the FBI report the whole story had not been told before CNN and Fox News Channel had jumped the gun and ran with the story. But later it was discovered that whomever CNN and Fox News Channel sources were, were unofficial sources and the stories were inaccurate. Spreading propaganda can cause worldwide pandemic. We get in the streets and march about everything from healthcare, more wages, teachers pay, and immigration, yes we should expect more evidence to verify information before it is reported to us. The citizens of the world should expect the truth and only the truth.

Who should we blame for this trend? The journalist are to blame for this trend! They are racing with each other to see who could get the story out first, and they are even giving partial truth and letting the readers fill in the blanks. We can also blame social media because as soon as something is not soothing to us we are jumping on social media and spreading the word whether it is the truth or not. I guess we could also began the blame game with Paul Revere, he raced through the street alarming the citizens that the “British is Coming!” Who knows if the British were actually coming, or have they made it there at all? We are so consumed with not being bothered if it is not our problem that we just say the hell with it!

Reference:

Carter, B. (2013). The FBI Criticizes the News Media After Several Mistaken Reports of an Arrest. Retrieved on August 9, 2015 from http://nytimes.com.

Joann Wells

Blog: Mistakes, False News, and Errors

August 09, 2015

The Society of Professional journalist (SPJ) has just four principles in their code of ethics: Seek Truth and Report it; Minimize Harm; Act Independently; and Be Accountable and Transparent. On April 17, 2013 Bill Carter wrote an article in the New York Times about a few news channels misreported some unverified reports (Carter, 2013). I truly do believe that “report now, apologize later” by news agencies is a violation of the SPJ’s code of Ethics. People who write should have every intent to present all truths and facts in whatever issue they are reporting on. People buy or get newspapers delivered, some people get their news strictly from the internet and I don’t know anyone who wants to read about information and there is no truth involved in it anywhere. Anyone who deliberately spreads false information are doing a disservice to the readers.

We have all heard the phrase “show me the money” well the news should not be any different. According to the FBI report the whole story had not been told before CNN and Fox News Channel had jumped the gun and ran with the story. But later it was discovered that whomever CNN and Fox News Channel sources were, were unofficial sources and the stories were inaccurate. Spreading propaganda can cause worldwide pandemic. We get in the streets and march about everything from healthcare, more wages, teachers pay, and immigration, yes we should expect more evidence to verify information before it is reported to us. The citizens of the world should expect the truth and only the truth.

Who should we blame for this trend? The journalist are to blame for this trend! They are racing with each other to see who could get the story out first, and they are even giving partial truth and letting the readers fill in the blanks. We can also blame social media because as soon as something is not soothing to us we are jumping on social media and spreading the word whether it is the truth or not. I guess we could also began the blame game with Paul Revere, he raced through the street alarming the citizens that the “British is Coming!” Who knows if the British were actually coming, or have they made it there at all? We are so consumed with not being bothered if it is not our problem that we just say the hell with it!

Reference:

Carter, B. (2013). The FBI Criticizes the News Media After Several Mistaken Reports of an Arrest. Retrieved on August 9, 2015 from http://nytimes.com.

Module 3-1 Do Black Lives Matter?

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Joann Wells

Module 3-1

July 31, 2015

DO BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER?

The online article I chose to write about came from Time Magazine. I chose to write about this story because I am an African American woman and I want to know if this is a story which was made up to hurt individuals or is it really true that black lives are nothing. This story was written by a woman name Christina Sterbenz. Christina wrote about Michael Slager a white South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back as he was fleeing from the police officer. Despite a disturbing trend of black men dying at the hands of police officer around the United States, this story stands out; there was someone standing by with a cellphone recording the incident (Sterbenz 2015).

I made the determination that this story is a credible story and Christina Sterbenz helped make it that way. I read the article over and over until I made the determination that it was a credible story. I have seen this story on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX NEWS, WGN and they all reported the same thing. I watched and watched and watched, I did not see anyone add or take away anything from the story. While I was reading the article I did notice things that were said the same and shown the same on the different television stations. I know that people have the tendency to change things around. I feel that somewhere along the lines that if a story is good people will make it bad, and if it is bad they will make it worse. I feel that some bloggers can be trusted…it all depends on what they are writing about and how they feel about what they are writing.

Social media is a very valuable tool. Some people use social media to hide behind the computer and spread all kinds of fictitious stories. News can spread fast as lightning whether it is the truth or not. Social media has become addictive and no matter where you are there is going to be a time where someone will pull out a tablet, cellphone, or even a watch to record some incident that is going on.

Sterbenz, C. (2015). Time magazine’s new cover shows why the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man is different. http://www.businessinsider.com

Joann Wells

Module 3-1

July 31, 2015

DO BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER?

The online article I chose to write about came from Time Magazine. I chose to write about this story because I am an African American woman and I want to know if this is a story which was made up to hurt individuals or is it really true that black lives are nothing. This story was written by a woman name Christina Sterbenz. Christina wrote about Michael Slager a white South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back as he was fleeing from the police officer. Despite a disturbing trend of black men dying at the hands of police officer around the United States, this story stands out; there was someone standing by with a cellphone recording the incident (Sterbenz 2015).

I made the determination that this story is a credible story and Christina Sterbenz helped make it that way. I read the article over and over until I made the determination that it was a credible story. I have seen this story on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX NEWS, WGN and they all reported the same thing. I watched and watched and watched, I did not see anyone add or take away anything from the story. While I was reading the article I did notice things that were said the same and shown the same on the different television stations. I know that people have the tendency to change things around. I feel that somewhere along the lines that if a story is good people will make it bad, and if it is bad they will make it worse. I feel that some bloggers can be trusted…it all depends on what they are writing about and how they feel about what they are writing.

Social media is a very valuable tool. Some people use social media to hide behind the computer and spread all kinds of fictitious stories. News can spread fast as lightning whether it is the truth or not. Social media has become addictive and no matter where you are there is going to be a time where someone will pull out a tablet, cellphone, or even a watch to record some incident that is going on.

Sterbenz, C. (2015). Time magazine’s new cover shows why the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man is different. http://www.businessinsider.com

Joann Wells

Module 3-1

July 31, 2015

Joann Wells

Module 3-1

July 31, 2015

DO BLACK LIVES REALLY MATTER?

The online article I chose to write about came from Time Magazine. I chose to write about this story because I am an African American woman and I want to know if this is a story which was made up to hurt individuals or is it really true that black lives are nothing. This story was written by a woman name Christina Sterbenz. Christina wrote about Michael Slager a white South Carolina police officer shooting an unarmed black man in the back as he was fleeing from the police officer. Despite a disturbing trend of black men dying at the hands of police officer around the United States, this story stands out; there was someone standing by with a cellphone recording the incident (Sterbenz 2015).

I made the determination that this story is a credible story and Christina Sterbenz helped make it that way. I read the article over and over until I made the determination that it was a credible story. I have seen this story on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX NEWS, WGN and they all reported the same thing. I watched and watched and watched, I did not see anyone add or take away anything from the story. While I was reading the article I did notice things that were said the same and shown the same on the different television stations. I know that people have the tendency to change things around. I feel that somewhere along the lines that if a story is good people will make it bad, and if it is bad they will make it worse. I feel that some bloggers can be trusted…it all depends on what they are writing about and how they feel about what they are writing.

Social media is a very valuable tool. Some people use social media to hide behind the computer and spread all kinds of fictitious stories. News can spread fast as lightning whether it is the truth or not. Social media has become addictive and no matter where you are there is going to be a time where someone will pull out a tablet, cellphone, or even a watch to record some incident that is going on.

Sterbenz, C. (2015). Time magazine’s new cover shows why the latest police shooting of an unarmed black man is different. http://www.businessinsider.com