Storify: Scottish Independence

Hello out there. I’m writing today to discuss the pressing issue of Scottish Independence. I have provided several Storify elements in hopes to provide several view points of the issue. Andy Murray most recently won the men’s single’s at Wimbledon, creating great interest in the country. This is the first time in over 70 years that a Scot’s man has one in Wimbledon. Some of the Storify elements I have chosen have brought up several issues linking Scottish Independence with Andy’s win. I believe this win has created great exposure for the countries current political issues. As well as creating a platform for Scotland’s assets. I choose these articles because they accurately display the issues that Scotland is dealing with at the moment.

There are many issues in which this will impact such has health care, currency, labour, employment levels, law and policies, the banks etc. These issues have been displayed in several mass media outlet, all over the country.

There are several positives and negatives effect this issue will have on the country. Some of the positives effects entail, the notion of independence itself and a lack of isolation in the European union.

On the hand, some say that the Scottish economy is too weak to survive on it’s own, as the economy as of now is just barely supporting itself with help from other members of the European Union. Another draw back would be a tight border control. Today citizen are able to travel freely from Scotland and London. However if Scotland would become independent, this would no longer occur. This is due to fact that this would increase revenue for the Scottish government. Lastly, it is said that the UK just wouldn’t be the same without Scotland.

As you can see, this is an incredible important issue for Scotland and will change the lives of it’s citizen for years to come. I am very interested to see how these issues play out in the future. As well as to see the implication of independence for Scotland. Keep posted to see how these issues play out!

I hope everyone enjoys reading my last post for this Comm 2f00 class through Brock University.

This is the link to my Storify post, I hope you enjoy reading it!


Loss of a Century

This week we learned all about the impacts on journalism as social media progresses. I had three comments this week on my blog and was interested to see everyone’s comments. I found this weeks reading incredible interest as the effects can be seen in real time. I enjoyed reading alenasaric comments on my blog and her opinion on the matter. I was interested in seeing a different side of the situation. “I find that in today’s age much of what we call “journalism” is not good journalism at all. I think that journalists nowadays maybe try to get the most accurate information that they can, but many times they have some personal interests or biases that they are trying to protect”.  I honestly agree with you when you stated that it was “hard to tell what is correct and what is false” when trying to judge facts on citizen’s journalism. I have experienced this confusion far to often, and I think it’s far to conclude that the majority of people have as well. Also I believe again that social media has opened several doors to citizens to become online journalist just like kkuhl2013 says. For example I see this social media used on a daily basis at my job, and I am a business administration student with a concentration in finance. This combination is not something one would typically find, finance and social media coming together. However the level of importance for social media has increase dramatically It seem that without the use of it, a business will not survive in this day and age. Reporting numbers and facts with an updated status has never been so important for a business. Customers and shareholders demand to know how a business is doing, and with the use of social media, they are getting what they desire, on a more immediate basis. This has an in creditable impact on the markets. The transparency level is at an all time high, which is great for financial analysis as it more accurately shows the impact on cause and affect for fluctuation in the market.


I was thrilled to hear an academic reference by Little Fish with 
the impacts on social media with the New York Times. It was great to learn how the use of social media has changed the direction of how people consume the news. The newspaper giant, started production, producing a paper copy and to see how the use of social media has transferred the format into a digital one. However I was saddened by the news of the news papers losses and job losses due to the use of social media. I as a consumer, understand the reasoning behind the losses but as a business student understand the importance in the economy that the news paper giant had.  I will conclude with one statement, that I am with great distress over the impact that social media has had on our economy, both with the positive and negative aspects.


The Changes in Journalism: Module 6

This week’s module, we are discussing how social media influences the core journalistic values with the forever changes in our languages and principles. In my opinion, I believe that social media has had a great impact on the core journalistic values.  Journalism is based off of or shall I say good journalism is based on “facts, truth and reality” (Herminda, 2012, p.659). Journalism is a well respected industry who’s correspondents work extremely hard in order to get noticed, let alone respected.  “The discipline of verification is at the core of this structural claim to statement of authority, setting journalism apart from other forms of communication.” (Herminda, 2012, p.659). The articles we read this week discuss the impacts that social media has bad on industry of journalism. Social media provides an outlet for users to express themselves in ways only journalist we at one point able to do. However journalist have specific guidelines and rules that they need to follow in order to be publish. They have several editors who make sure word they publish is correct. On the other hand users of social media outlets do not have the same luxuries. Many users publish what ever is on their mind at the moment ad do not think of the consequences of what they are writing online.

It is said that the ‘Digital environments have changed substantially since the emergence of the first online citizen journalism projects in the late 1990s. “ (Bruns, Highfield, 2012, p. 15). Can anyone think of any examples of how this can we seen? I believe that digital environment has changed the ways to produce journalism has changes do to availability, accessability and lastly due to increase popularity. The articles gave several more examples and reasons why this may be so, can anyone name them. More specifically, Bruns and Highfield go on to categorize journalism versus users comments into what is mentioned as “citizens journalism” (p.20). “But well beyond Twitter as a current space for what we continue to call, somewhat loosely, “citizen journalism,” the practices of user-led sharing, reporting, and discussing of news stories appear to be alive and well; indeed, social media spaces such as Twitter indicate that participation in these practices – that is, committing “random acts of journalism” – has become even easier in recent years. I think the defining factors between journalism and “citizen’s journalism” is very important because there is a difference! To further define what I mean I will quote again “in general, online and social media which allow for substantial user participation and collaboration inherently carry an opportunity to move from ambient news sharing to actual citizen journalism, as specific stories happen to or near users who are able to cover them first hand, or as such stories attract the attention of a number of participants sizeable enough to make existing reports more widely visible through sharing and commenting activities”(20).


Hermida, A. (2012). TWEETS AND TRUTH: Journalism as a discipline of collaborative verificationJournalism Practice. 6:5-6, p659-668.

Bruns, A. & T. Highfield. (2012). Blogs, Twitter, and breaking news: The produsage of citizen journalism. pre-publication draft on personal site []. Published in: Lind, R. A. ed. (2012). Produsing Theory in a Digital World: The Intersection of Audiences and Production. New York: Peter Lang. p15-32.