EXTRA! EXTRA! The news industry is struggling to make profits.
This is not breaking news, as statistics have shown the print industry’s rapid decline and the expanding number of online news sources over-saturating the market. It is no surprise that making money in this industry is difficult. That is why in recent years, publishers have succumbed to their advertising partners’ new strategy, called native advertising.
What is native advertising? A broad definition is: a form of advertising that matches the form and function of the platform on which it appears (Wikipedia). Simply put it: an ad... [+] Read more
Though I’ve concerned myself mostly with writing about civil rights issues or international matters, it’s become apparent that I had done so with the interest of also trying to understand, more clearly, the issue of fair representation and of objectivity in distributed news media. Of course, this issue seemed primarily non-existent in most of the posts that I’ve put up on NewsActivist, but by writing news summaries and delving more deeply into the world of both news and activism, I felt that it would be interesting to explore the similarities exhibited by both vocational pathways. The first... [+] Read more
What if shooting someone could save their life? This belief is what gives war photographers peace of mind. War photographers go into countries on behalf of news agencies and magazines with directives to expose the truth to the western world. The more shocking an image, the better. Often this means photographs of emancipated Africans that look like skeletons, mounds of corpses, live executions and extreme police brutality that shock people into action, and horrible memories that leave photographers asking themselves if it’s all worth it. As a photography student interested in photojournalism,... [+] Read more