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Minnesota Airports Receiving Makeovers February 15, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 3:55 pm


Congress is spending $564 million on new airports and fixing old airports. The spending is part of the government’s “Let’s Get Back to Work” program meant to employ laid off workers in construction and engineering.

Minnesota Airports Receiving Makeovers:

New Ulm Municipal

  • $3.8 million
  • runway extension
Blue Earth Municipal
  • $2.3 million
  • repair runway
Le Sueur
  • $96,000
  • buy land
  • $62,000
  • taxiway

Other airports included in the program: Rushford, Jackson, Faribault and Owatonna.

“This is a small price to pay to help folks out who want to work,” said President Obama in response to the new program. Others criticize Obama saying the program is another excuse for more spending.

Improving airports are just a small part of the “Let’s Get Back to Work” program, the entire program could end up costing $1 trillion.


3 Successful Twitter Applications for Researching February 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 5:44 am

Over the past couple of years social media sites have proved to be the most influential source of news. Last Tuesday Susan G. Komen decided to pull funding from Planned Parenthood, cutting thousands of dollars in grants used for breast cancer screening and education for low-income women. For my online media writing class we were asked to act as an online journalist and cover the story using some of the Twitter application tools we have used in class.

Since I am new to Twitter I wanted to start using a Twitter tool that was easy to understand and then work my up to the more complex Twitter tools. I started using Twittersearch first; it was simple and user friendly. All you need to do is sign into your twitter account and the Twittersearch is located in the upper right corner on your homepage. You can find any user you want to search for; I used @susangkomen and @PPact. You can also use hashtags or search tools to find other user’s tweets and opinions about the topic. The one downside to using Twittersearch is it only shows tweets that are a week old.

The second tool I used was Tweetdeck. It was a little more complex then the Twitter search but wasn’t too overwhelming. I liked it because it gave me more variety and I was able to compare and contrast the different tweets related to Susan G Komen and Planned Parenthood. I also liked how it didn’t have a cut off on the timeline unlike Twittersearch. To find older tweets you had to keep scrolling down, it was a little more time consuming but I found a much larger selection of tweets.

The third tool I would use as an online journalist would be Tweet Scan. It is just as easy to use as Twittersearch but likeTweetdeck has more variety. On the homepage they have the most popular searches and tweets, Planned Parenthood was on there but not Susan G. Komen when I used the tool. To use Tweet Scan you type in your user you want to search for I typed in @susangkomen and clicked on the #plannedparenthood on the homepage. It gives you numerous tweets to choose from that are related to the topic you searched.

Overall I learned there are many effective Twitter tools to use when researching or covering a news story. Journalism is starting a new approach to finding news. After using multiple channels to find news and other related content I feel like news aggregation will become more popular and the public will have more control over what we want to know as news.


February 1, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 9:04 pm

Every good citizen should be well informed. That is why I read The New York Times daily.

But there are other newspapers and magazines I love:
The Star Tribune
USA Today
Washington Post
Minnesota Monthly
Entertainment Weekly
Television stations are also part of my news gathering routine. Stations I watch are primarily in the Twin Cities area.

Where is Journalism Going? January 25, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Cnwedoe @ 9:22 pm

The Future of Journalism

The other week I watched “Page One,” a documentary show casing the downsizing The New York Times went through in 2010. The movie showed obstacles and threats every journalist is facing today and how hard it is to keep up with the demands of consistent and fresh news. More readers are getting their news from the internet and newspapers are struggling to keep their readers. At the end of “Page One” the New York Times laid off almost 100 employees. After the film we were asked to look at the future of journalism.
The future of journalism is interesting to look at but will be hard to know the definite outcome. Social media, technology and the Internet is progressing everyday. Something can be outdated within 3 years or less because of how fast everything is progressing. I don’t think newspapers will disappear altogether they will still be around but I feel like the bigger newspapers like The New York Times and USA Today will be the primary newspapers and still publish on paper but also have access to their paper on the Internet. Local newspapers like Mankato’s Free Press, will be found on the Internet and won’t release paper publications.
It’s hard to say how newspapers will make money because the Internet is free and not many readers will pay for something they can usually get for free. I can see more readers getting their news from news aggregators like the Huffington Post, it has people who don’t produce their own news content but take it from other journalists from multiple news stories. On the Internet content can seem overwhelming and readers want quick information not long articles. The future of journalism can not be seen clearly but it will always be evolving. For now we just have to watch for the biggest fails and successes in journalism and adapt.