Category Archives: Melissa Castillo

Journalists sure aren’t in Kansas anymore

By MELISSA CASTILLO A recent post by colleague Andres Correa tells about the positive aspect in allowing journalists to enter war zones and the passage this has opened in social media for journalists to report explosions the moment they occur. … Continue reading

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Israel, Hamas take their latest conflict online

By: MELISSA CASTILLO Battlegrounds became virtual with the Israeli Defense Forces and Hamas militants when they exchanged heated tweets in order to sway public perception. It was on Wednesday of last week that Israeli defenses announced a “widespread campaign on … Continue reading

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Election night broke social media records

By MELISSA CASTILLO My last blog post focused on how much social media has grown and become such a powerful factor in our everyday lives by using Hurricane Sandy as an example. This fact is once again seen with this … Continue reading

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Two truths and a lie during Hurricane Sandy

By MELISSA CASTILLO Hurricane Sandy served to be a perfect example for the power of social media. According to CBS, there were three and a half million tweets with the tag #Sandy and 10 photos of the hurricane posted on … Continue reading

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Malala’s story comes to the world with advances in technology

By MELISSA CASTILLO If it weren’t for the technology advances in journalism would we know of Malala Yousafzai? Would we be able to almost connect with her by watching her speak with such passion about her outrage towards the Taliban’s … Continue reading

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Newsweek magazine is going all digital at year-end

By MELISSA CASTILLO Practically every major newspaper and magazine has an online search, while still providing print versions for those readers who prefer it. There are other sources for news and special interests that were created specifically for the social … Continue reading

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Fine line exists between whistle-blowers, secrets leakers

By MELISSA CASTILLO On Sept. 25. President Obama gave a speech to the United Nations highlighting the importance of the First Amendment and encouraging those around the world to follow America’s approach to free speech. “Americans have fought and died … Continue reading

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Fact-checkers versus politicians: It’s election season

By MELISSA CASTILLO It’s a precarious time when organizations and politicians try to denounce fact-checking sites, such as Politifact and Factcheck, websites that are supposed to be credible, websites that readers rely on. A reason for this is because the … Continue reading

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The community has become the news reporter

By MELISSA CASTILLO I came across an article by blogger Matthew Ingram on GigaOM, in which he writes about Reddit’s recent success since the Advance Publications acquisition. The reason why it has been successful is because freedom has been given … Continue reading

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Journalism meets non-profits with grants and other support

By MELISSA CASTILLO Among the reasons print publications have fallen under the shadows of social media are the advertisers going where the public’s attention goes, including a variety of online sites. Facebook and Twitter are leaders among media used for … Continue reading

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Denial of service only one of many Anonymous tactics

By MELISSA CASTILLO I was skimming through old blog posts and this particular one about the “hacktivist” group, Anonymous, was particularly interesting. It shows how much social media and the cyber world has grown. People are no longer just flooding … Continue reading

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