The Future of News

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New Technologies involved in the Future of News

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Seattle Coast Guard spokesman, Paul Roszkowski, shares how the Thirteenth District is utilizing new technologies as we enter a new future of journalism.

In Communications 466 – Digital Journalism, we’ve been focusing on new technologies for journalists in the civilian world. Here I’m shifting the focus to technologies being used by our armed forces –particularly the Thirteenth Coast Guard District, a significant component of the Department of Homeland Security.

Based on my interview with Coast Guard spokesman Paul Roszkowski, the Thirteenth District regularly engages in tools like Blogger, Flickr, Youtube and Twitter to tell their story.

By story, Paul means relaying and emphasizing messages of their mission to serve and protect American citizens and the United States’ navigable waterways.  These tools allow them to interact with the Coast Guard community, supporters of the armed forces and keep in touch with mainstream media.

So far, Paul has noticed the Coast Guard has received positive feedback from the public about their presence across the multiple social media technologies.  When asked how effective its been managing all these accounts, he said, “We’re not talking huge numbers, but we are seeing one or two more people daily [following their updates and viewing their sites].”

By:  Sarah Wilhelm

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Written by sew28

June 9, 2009 at 1:15 am

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    ryanboulanger

    June 9, 2009 at 11:43 pm

  2. Interesting. It seems all kinds of areas of work are trying to get on the internet journalism band wagon. I just recently read a great article about science researchers trying to make their work more accessible through means of internet journalism. It seems the challenges in general, whether for scientific researchers or the coast guard, are very much the same. There are some wonderful interviews and discussions of these issues at http://www.ourblook.com/component/option,com_sectionex/Itemid,200076/id,8/view,category/#catid69 I have found it to be a useful resource concerning the future of journalism.

    Bill

    June 11, 2009 at 11:08 am


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