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MISSION
“Instead of bringing you yet another news site pulling together the latest stories from across the Web, we wanted to give you something better. We wanted to give you a news site you actually loved.

From the start, we promised only original content, focused not simply on where the world is but, more importantly, where the world is going. And every morning, we set out to profile the people, places, trends and technology that are ahead of their time and worthy of yours.”

APPROACHES
Unique Articles (more than 200 first time “ahead-of-the-curve” covers), Diverse Sections, Concise Daily Briefings, Quick Conveniency, Renowned Contributors/Curators, Videos, Photos, Podcasts, and Social Media

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LOOK AND FEEL
Minimal and young, easily navigable, consistent color schemes, popping images and video stills, defined sections

PAGE ZONES
Home page, navigation system, Presidential Daily Briefing page, Sections page, Videos page, articles, Archive
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SECTIONS
Rising Stars / Provocateurs, Fast Forward, Good Sh*t, Flashbacks, POV (Point of View), True Story, Acumen, Performance, Wildcard
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EDITORIAL FLOW
Presidential Daily Brief, 6-10 new articles each day, inconsistent high profile curators

MULTIMEDIA
Photos/thumbnails on every page
Different video series (all with matching articles) – http://www.ozy.com/video/series
There is audio for every PDB
OZY is live on NPR – http://www.ozy.com/ozy-on-npr

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Every photo is credited, original sources for PDBs are given credit

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SITE HISTORY
Launched in September 2013, backed by Steve Job’s widow
Founded by former MSNBC news anchor, journalist, and businessman Carlos Watson
Employees from backgrounds that range from Yahoo, VICE, USA Today, Goldman Sachs, CNN and more
Headquarters are in Mountain View, California, with offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City

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Investors: Laurene Powell Jobs, angel investor Ron Conway, Google’s chief legal officer David C. Drummond, Axel Springer AG
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Citizen Four (Response)

When people in the media, or even people I knew, joked about how all-knowing and powerful the United States Government was, I would simply laugh them off. After watching Citizen Four online, I can now say that this statement holds pretty true. Post 9/11, our Government went into high alert, raising both their defenses and offenses. This became so extreme, that they even began to actively spy on all citizens in the country – ILLEGALLY. This in turn became exposed by Edward Joseph Snowden, a hacker and defense contractor. The U.S. Government, despite being in the wrong for a majority of the case, were livid. Of course Snowden exposed a few secrets that could potentially harm their workings, but he would not have had to if they did not illegally invade innocent citizens’ privacy. This forced Snowden to take asylum in Russia.

Following the recent Paris attacks, ethically questionable digital spying has become a part of the discourse. According to the Verge, the UK for example, in order to better forecast terrorist attacks, has announced that they’re upping their digital surveillance (http://www.theverge.com/2015/11/16/9742182/uk-surveillance-paris-attacks). This has already began to be challenged. So individuals in Europe feel as if they may be a bit extreme, being that the French have already approved and passed controversial laws that allow for more invasive spying. In the face of terrorism and war, it seems like a trend for governments to ignore what the public wants or deserved. Another article from the Verge pointed out how there have been protests from civil liberties groups (http://www.theverge.com/2015/7/24/9030851/france-surveillance-law-charlie-hebdo-constitutional-court).

Missouri and Social Media (Reading Response)

http://mic.com/articles/128175/twitter-celebrates-the-historic-student-victory-at-the-university-of-missouri#.ZEeQ89Xla

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/nov/16/isis-bombs-hostage-syria-islamic-state-paris-attacks?CMP=share_btn_fb

Social media is particular plays a pivotal in what is covered in overall modern media. This especially takes not backseat during social unrest in places like Missouri. In the past couple of weeks, racial tension at the University of Missouri has boiled over. With the President stepping down due to the football team protesting his ill handling of racism against African American students on campus, the nation has definitely taken notice. Twitter specifically has been a powerful culprit for new media coverage.

For the news section on Mic, Tom McKay wrote about how individuals over Twitter were going crazy, celebrating the resignation of University of Missouri System president Tim Wolfe. Numerous people praised the students for standing up for equality, and congratulated the for actually progressing the movement for better inclusion on campus. Hashtags on this matter played a bit part in the Twitter universe – i.e. “#MizzouHungerStrike is officially over!” and “#welldone #Mizzou well done.”

Buzzfeed News also did coverage on Twitter. This time though, they covered a specific situation that which the social media site induced. In response to all the media coverage of Paris following the tragic terrorist attacks, people took to Twitter to complain about how it was overshadowing the injustices still ongoing at the University of Missouri. One wrote, “Interesting how the new reports are covering the Paris terrorist attacks but said nothing about the terrorist attach at #Mizzou.” The University denies any connection to these sympathizers, stating, “Social media posts expressing dismay that the tragedy in Paris is diverting media attention from events at the University of Missouri are being made by individuals from outside the Mizzou community in an attempt to create conflict.”

Future of Journalism (Reading Response)

When I tell people that I am studying Journalism as my minor, I seem to consistently get a puzzled look. This is an obvious response, being that the current state of the journalist occupation is fluctuating and unstable. With this digital era that we are in, where new technologies and upgrades on existing technologies are made at an alarming rate, it is hard for the popular form of journalism to stay consistent.

Print journalism is fighting to stay relevant, but it is sadly losing. Most big publications have already went digital, or have some component of their media online. With the introduction of the internet, people have been able to get access to public news instantaneously. The need to walk all the way down the street to pickup a long-winded newspaper has almost dissipated. One of this weeks readings, “Newsonomics: The halving of America’s daily newsrooms,” states that 3,800 full-time newsroom jobs–10.4 percent of them– were loss between 2013 and 2014 alone. Times are changing. People can get there news from independent sources like blogs.

Blogs have become a popular source for news, but bloggers are usually unpaid. They do not typically work for a big news corporation. These bloggers are in reality taking away pay-worthy work. Still, this is the direction in which our generation is heading. Blogs are more assessable and relatable. I found it interesting, how in “Blogonomics,” it gives an overview of kickstarter campaigns that were implemented in hope of funding the incomes of online bloggers.

Mobile applications may just be the overall future of journalism. Blogs and other forms of online news is being accessed more consistently via cellular smart phones. Quoting the reading, “State of the News Media 2015,” by Amy Mitchel, “At the start of 2015, 39 of the top 50 digital news websites have more traffic to their sites and associated applications coming from mobile devices than from desktop computers, according to Pew Research Center’s analysis of comScore data.” Easy accessibility always reigns supreme. The Journalism occupation can become consistent if Journalists are willing to advance with the digital age.

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Live Tweets of the GOP Debate

Just for reference – I am a registered Libertarian, but should probably be a part of the Democratic Party. I had a thing for Ron Paul last election season. Now the evil Socialist, Bernie Sanders, seems to be winning me over. My mom just says that I’m a sucker for old white balding men.

Okay, so here we go:

I try not to prejudge anything but a political party that allows Donald Trump the possibility of being our country’s global representation.

This was inadvertently a Mulan reference, but I stand by it nonetheless. Really though, when has a building a dividing wall ever been a good thing? Ask Berlin about it.

This was mean. Regardless, the thought of having to watch him on television after any type of national tragedy/occurrence sounds like a legitimate nightmare.

I sat through seven hours of that hearing on YouTube. How can you not be a Hilary supporter after that?

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/oct/06/video-boosted-by-carly-fiorina-looks-like-miscarriage-not-abortion-experts – nuff said

There was so much unneeded hate for Hilary. If anything though, like the Benghazi hearing, this GOP debate will just help raise her poll numbers. Sorry Bernie.

Data Journalism (Reading Response)

For some journalism pieces, sometimes simple imagery and story telling is not enough. There needs to be an extra layer to better convey the message. This often includes supporting and informative data, from mere statistics to full blow info graphs. Data journalism is the term used to describe this form/additional component of writing. The exact definition of data journalism is a bit harder to pin down, for both terms–data and journalism–are constantly evolving, but the Data Journalism Handbook helps by describing the process as, “[combining] the traditional ‘nose for news’ and [the] ability to tell a compelling story, with the sheer scale and range of digital information now available (datajournalismhandbook.org).

I enjoy how the Data Journalism Handbook quotes Brian Boyer Chicago Tribune on his view of Data Journalism. Boyer compared it to photo journalism. This got me thinking, and it makes complete sense. Data journalism is ultimately, like photo journalism, a modern age extension of storytelling. It is a newer approach to conveying information. The Data Journalism Handbook also brings in good examples of data journalism in use, where I cannot imagine the story/information being better conveyed any other way. The Texas Tribune used data to display governmental employee salaries. The Las Vegas Sun used data journalism to effectively showcase hospital care through 2.9 million hospital billing records.

With all the digital advancements that the world has undergone, it would be a crime to ignore legitimate and assessable data that can better enhance the message trying to be conveyed to the public by journalists.