A Black and Gold Autumn Photo Shoot


I caught my girlfriend, Rebecca, biting into her apple in front of Stephens Hall at Towson University.

Thy Lonely Tree

This majestic and wise tree stands alone towering over Richmond Hall at Towson University. Rebecca is basking under its warm and welcoming shade.


I snapped a photo of the elusive Charcoal Tiger roaming the lawn in front of Stephens Hall.


Q and A: Brian Stelter CNN Media Correspondant

Forward: Brian Stelter is the senior media correspondent at CNN. Mr. Stelter is also the host of CNN’s Reliable. Mr. Stelter is a former New York-Times reporter, and author of the New York-Times best seller; Top of the Morning.

Q and A:

Q: “What was your initial reaction to journalism’s merger with social media?”

A: “It’s mostly positive, slightly negative. Social media gives us new ways to interact with our audience.

Q: “How has your career benefited from social media?’

A: “Absolutely, social networking sites help me find sources, spot breaking news stories, trends, and talking with my audience.”

Q: “Who or what inspired you to become a journalist and what continues to inspire you?”

A: “I don’t know, I’ve wanted to be a journalist ever since I was a kid”

Q: What is your preferred method of social media, in regards to journalism and why?”

A: “Twitter is the most useful for my best, because lots of other reporters are on it.”

Q: “What has influenced your reporting the most?”

A: “I dunno, but I cover the media and there’s no shortage of stories to write about how the media is changing. That motivates me.”

Over the weekend I contacted Mr. Stelter about an assignment my classmates and I received in our journalism class; at Towson University, MD. The assignment involved engaging in a Q and A session with a professional journalist we could find on Twitter. We could contact them via phone, email or Twitter. Mr. Stelter was kind enough to answer my questions over a Twitter discussion. I deeply appreciate the valuable insight provided by Mr. Stelter.



Article Reaction: How Journalists Use Twitter

During my digital trek, I skimmed and read through many great stories, offering advice on how to use social media as a journalist. Or the articles referred to social media’s potential advantages within journalism.

But none of them gave me the step by step guidelines I hoped for, until I came across Grant Marek of ragan.com. Marek’s article, How Journalists Use Twitter gave me detailed and systematic guidelines to using Twitter as a Journalist. They are: 1.) Tweeting-not just from your personal page, 2.) Geo-targeted searches, 3.) Hashtag Crawling, 4.) Liking someone’s tweets until the follow you back and 5.) Responding to @ replies.

These five steps are essential to navigating and using Twitter as a viable source of information. Not just as a journalist but also as a consumer.

Article link: http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/How_journalists_use_Twitter_48747.aspx

Five Hard-News Leads

1.) “Going into their NATO summit in Wales today, Western leaders are focusing on a failed policy in Ukraine.”-Oren Porell (USA Today) This news-lead introduces the who, the what, and the where. But I’m left with a few questions that I want answered and it forces me to read more.

2.) “It took a little longer than expected, but Micheal Sam is grateful for a chance to find a professional home in his home state.” -Eric Prisbell (USA Today) It introduces a prominent figure in society with a human interest story attached. I want to know where, why, what and how.

3.) “Welcome Back Tigers!”- Paige Whipple (Tower-Light) The who are the Towson University students, the where is Towson University, the why;  is that we are returning from summer break. It’s a simple, short and sweet welcome back to good old TU. It makes you look forward to a great new year filled with promise.

4.) “Martha Kummer first came to Towson in 1971, when she was encouraged by the chair of the Political Science Department to apply for a job.” Readers are given who, when, what, and where.” – Cody Boteler (Tower-Light)  I’m left curious as to how and why.

5.) “Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, at the United States Open on Monday night to win his first Grand Slam Title.”- Christopher Clarey (New York-Times) It identifies who, what, when and where. But I must keep reading to discover how and why.