Life According to Krista

weeklyblog Archive

May 06

These are some of the best websites for student journalists to help further their career.

Apr 23

Jobs in the journalism field can be tough to find, but there is a website set up for doing just that! The site helps cater to people with different talents and evaluate what could be a good potential job for them.

Mar 22

Scott Horvath from USGS came to talk to our class about social media and making a brand for yourself

Here are some of the social media tips he lectured our online journalism class about:

  • What you do on social media is creating your own brand. You must manage your reputation so that employers find you to be a good “brand” to choose. Social media and getting a job is all about selling yourself.
  • Some ways USGS tries to connect to their audience is through contests, brand management, good customer service, science education, etc.
  • Some sites he mentioned were Flickr, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Google Plus, and Reddit (and other online forums).
  • Everything on your social media website will add up. Employers will look at these sites to generate a picture of you to see if you fit their criteria.
  • The lifetime of a tweet is about 6-8 hours before it starts to drop off the front page. Keep retweeting information so your followers get your messages!
  • “The Internet isn’t written in pencil.. it’s written in ink.” You can never undo something you have put online, so make sure you are careful with what you put up!

In a nutshell, be careful what you put up online. It will be lost in cyberspace and is no longer in your control once you put information out there.

Mar 22

Scientists are finding chimps may be even smarter than they had originally gathered.

They are now apparently teaching their young how to communicate with humans in a way.

The chimpanzees make “attention getting sounds” to initially get their caregiver’s attention, then go on to use sign language or other means of communication to get their messages across.

Mar 22

The viral video of Dutch engineer Jarno Smeets flying like a bird is being questioned by many. They don’t see how it is possible to have such advanced technology to have a man-powered flying machine.


Mar 20

It looks like even babies are now up to date with electronics.

Mar 20

The ever popular Google Maps and  Google Earth have certain restrictions people may not think of. There are ten places that are censored and blocked out on the maps so that the world cannot see what goes on behind these sensitive areas.


Mar 19

There have been reports saying that the new Apple iPad has a glitch- overheating.

People have claimed it is uncomfortable to use for long periods of time and becomes too hot to hold.

Apple has not stated what they will do about the problem, but hopefully the glitch will be worked out quickly!

Mar 04

Jim Romenesko shared an article about the New York Times talking about their future in the print industry.

The New York Times acknowledges that they will have to make cutbacks and people may be losing jobs or pay. They also offer hope, however, in saying that they still have a readership and are negotiating to make sure their staff is safe from unemployment.


Feb 28

Mark Briggs gives tips to aspiring journalists such as how to make money in the business and how to make yourself known.

His main points focus on making money in the industry. He emphasizes the importance of building readership so advertisers will be more likely to approach you and the viewers will be more likely to go to the ads that are on your site.

One good way to make money through advertisements is by using Google AdSense.