James Franco admits to using ‘bad judgement’ in social media interaction with teenage girl

Actor James Franco found himself in a rather awkward situation when screenshots of an alleged social media interaction in which Franco attempted to meet up with a 17-year-old girl went viral earlier this week. On Friday, Franco, 35, admitted on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” that he did in fact participate in the alleged conversation … More James Franco admits to using ‘bad judgement’ in social media interaction with teenage girl

Pew Research Center releases annual State of the News Media report

Last week the Pew Research Center released its State of the News Media 2014 report, and it’s pretty optimistic. Some major points from the report: Despite the trimming of traditional newsroom staffing, which saw a 6.4% decline in 2012, digital media is revitalizing the news industry. The report states, “at a time when print newsrooms … More Pew Research Center releases annual State of the News Media report

How to be BuzzFeed

Everyone either seems to love to hate or hate that they love the site BuzzFeed. Many people I know mock it because of its unimportant and often arbitrary “listicles” that—albeit however cute or funny they may be—lack in substance and often do not qualify as journalism. However, at over 100 million monthly viewers and endless … More How to be BuzzFeed

Thoughts on Alec Baldwin’s ‘Good-bye, Public Life’

I should probably provide a disclaimer before getting started: I’ve always vehemently defended Alec Baldwin against haters for two very subjective reasons: 1) “30 Rock” is one of my favorite shows and 2) we share the same birthday. But biases aside, his “essay” published this earlier this week in the New York Magazine titled “Good-bye, … More Thoughts on Alec Baldwin’s ‘Good-bye, Public Life’

Social media, newsgathering and the rise of hoaxes

In Dan Gillmor’s 2006 book “We the Media” he writes about the concept of a “read-write” Internet: “The read/write Web was truly born again. We could all write, not just read, in ways never before possible. For the first time in history, at least in the developed world, anyone with a computer and Internet connection … More Social media, newsgathering and the rise of hoaxes

Embracing your inner weirdo on social media: a balancing act

We’re all a little weird. And for some, the Internet serves as an outlet for that weirdness. For example, I started a blog once where I narrated the existential crisis of my roommate’s temperamental kitten, Bean. Although “Bean’s Ennui” was fun for me to write, I’m not going to bring it up during a job … More Embracing your inner weirdo on social media: a balancing act