Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Journal Entry Reading, Week I

I enjoyed "It's Just a Movie." It was different from other media criticism pieces I have read before. I think that it was funny as well as informative. It was exciting to read. I usually have been more of the type to think that the important things to look at and learn from are classics when in reality there are so many more opinions to be expressed in today's medium.

In the Framing: Toward Clarification of a Fractured Paradigm paper I found things that I am dealing with in PR. Framing in PR is a big deal. I thought that when it talked about benefits of a consistent concept of framing it was right on. Often I think that people don't remain consistent. This is a problem for a lot of companies and individuals but for the media as a whole there is often a consistent framing of a group or event. It was interesting for me to tie the two concepts together.

I felt like a lot of what I read online and the Toward Critical Media Literacy piece were things that I had already learned in media smarts and other classes in the JCOM department. However, I was really impressed with one part of the Toward Critical Media Literacy paper, core concept 3- audience Decoding: Different people experience the same media message differently. I liked the idea of this because I think that a lot of what we will be studying is stuff that I have not thought about before. I don't see the media about sexual minorities the same as people who are sexual minorities do.

Friday, April 10, 2009

photoshop fun 2

Here are a few things I have done in my intro to online class this semester.

This is the original

And this is Mike going to be ate by a bear. To do this I just found a picture of a bear and selected it. Then imported it and resized it. I changed the image a little to not have such harsh lines.

This is the original

And here is the new one. I basically just duplicated the layer and then changed one to black and white then deleted Mike and I out of the color picture.

photoshop fun

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Online Journalism- netiquette

Personally I thought these posts were common sense. It had your basic "golden rule" along with don't spam. However, I do think that there is something to be said for the idea of Netiquette itself because many people do not use it.

Especially in the professional online journalism world, people should understand and use Netiquette. Many people think that this only applies to when they are at work or doing professional things. However, two years ago I did some research on employers googleing job applicants. I also found out that often times employers will often google their employees. Some argue that this is an invasion of privacy but I totally dissagree. If you post it in the public domain anyone has the right to view it. So although Netiquette is not talking about your facebook account as much as the e-mails and disscusion groups you get in I think it applies. You should keep your blog, facebook, or myspace professional.

Even keeping two blogs I think is a good idea. One that can act as a portfolio and one that is a family or personal blog. My big pet peeve is not with people who forget the avitar is human (maybe because I don't spend much time using them) but with the people who post drunk party pictures and get upset when their boss finds them.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


Hear ye, hear ye. From this point forward this will be stricktly a professional blog. Mike and I have started our own blog (that he will also blog to) at http://mikeandmckell.blogspot.com/ so everyone come and check it out there. It will shortly be updated with lots of fun stories and pictures.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Intro to PR Post - Healthy Cooking

SACRAMENTO: A commission in California, which advocates for children under the age 5, continued its mission to promote healthy eating with a new campaign featuring Latina chef, author, and TV personality Chef LaLa.

I think this is interesting because in Preston Parker's PR writting class we have been doing a lot of work on a campaign for healthy "quick service" food. I think its great to see a real agency working on a similar project. It is good to know we are getting experience as students that is directly applicable to the real world.

This is a compliment to the USU PR porgram and its professors. Keep it up!

Intro to PR Post - McDonald's

OAK BROOK, IL: McDonald's published its first CSR report in two years in a digital format complete with a blog and videos. Bob Langert, VP of CSR at McDonald's said the company hopes the new format will increase employee and consumer interest in the results, which were released October 29.

The study, the company's first since 2006 and fourth since 2002, highlights the fast-food giant's work in governance and ethics, environmental responsibility, nutrition and well-being, sustainable supply chains, and employment experience and community. It was created in a nine-to-10 month process, Langert said.

I thought this was interesting that the decided to post all digital. I think this is an awesome example of media convergience. Although I am sure there is a write up of the info somewhere they chose to publish in a format where they could add video and blog to the information.

This is just another example of how the internet has changed the PR world and why it is important to understand the internet and the time frame it brings into play. The news hour has become the news minuet.