All posts for the month February, 2012

Reporting Whitney Houston’s Death

Published February 16, 2012 by themiracle247

Whitney Houston was found dead on the 11th of February. This news broke headlines in minutes. However, thanks to social media, the news was spread in seconds. I personally found out via Twitter. The Beverly Hills Police said Whitney Houston was pronounced dead at 3:55 p.m. According to Business Insider, the first tweet came through about Houston’s death at 4:02 p.m. The tweet was made by @BarBeeBrit, whom said “Is Whitney Houston really dead?” That is exactly seven minutes after she died. This tweet came out 55 minutes before the Associated Press confirmed Whitney Houston’s death. The second tweet came in at 4:15 p.m. from Whitney Houston’s hairstylist. The third tweet came at 4:30 from @chilemasgrande. He said “My sources say, Whitney Houston was found dead at the Beverly Hills Hotel, not in news yet.” At the time of the tweet he only had 14 followers now he has more than 400. In response to comments on his Twitter, he tweeted “just an ordinary dude, got a text message from a family member of Whitney Houston and I tweeted it #enjoyingthefame no further comment.” Following all the news my timeline instantly updated with tweets about Whitney Houston. My news feed on Twitter was also reporting Houston’s boyfriend, Ray J, found her body. There was also a video showing Ray J leaving the scene of the incident.

In an ever-growing society with technology running the world, this is another example of how news has to work that much harder to come out with statements ahead or at the same rate as social media. I honestly do not think it is possible for news to release ahead of social media. Judging by the amount of people whom have Twitter, Facebook, Path and more on his or her phone, relaying information has never been so easy. However, with information being so readily available for distribution, the question of accurate information arises. There have been many stories that have gone out on social media, which are not true. Various false stories tell about certain celebrities being dead as well, when that is not the case. Some people speculate that Twitter and other social media cites cannot be used to “break news.” According to Read Write Web, just because someone tells the story first does not mean it comes out best. That brings up the question of who is considered a journalist? Right now we are trying to define public relations, what we should also think about is how to define journalists. In a time when everyone has a camera on his or her phone, does that make them a journalist? If a person can point the camera and tell a story about the events going on, what makes them not able to portray the true story? after ne–refusal-to-see-body

Define Public Relations

Published February 2, 2012 by themiracle247

My family always asks what is my major, and what do I plan on doing with it. They do not understand what public relations means and how it affects the world or society. I have to constantly explain and justify my education. It does not bother me because I know public relations is involved in every aspect of society, government, business, sports, finance, real estate, etc. I knew I wanted to go in a profession, which allowed me to be versatile. I want a career that is open-ended. Public relations is managing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships. However that is simply one aspect of the definition. The meaning of public relations is much more than that and has begun to alter.

In this ever-changing society it is important to keep up with the times. The future of public relations is based on keeping up with the technology of today. The debate has been engaging and is bringing people from all over into the mix. I feel as though this is a historic time for me to be a public relations professional. This is the best time to be a public relations practitioner and join in the conversation. Given the chance to say what I feel the definition of public relations should be or at least a couple of words would be great.

When I think of the words I would say about public relations, social media would for sure make its way in there. I read the article “How Would YOU Define Public Relations?” I enjoyed the part about adding social media to the definition. I thought with the way society has been overtaken with technology, it only makes sense that social media would have its say in the meaning. In all of my higher mass communication class, where I have been in group projects to represent clients, social media has been a big part of the promotional plan. The first thing that comes to my mind is not about whether or not the client’s flyers make it to the target audience, but whether or not their website is up to date with announcements and pictures. Next, the Facebook page is an essential part of getting the word out about the company or business. Another aspect to think about are the 140 characters Twitter allows in order to get people aware of the event or broadcast. A common misconception is that social media is only used by today’s young adults and teenagers. I have personal knowledge, that my grandmother who is in her late 60’s is on Facebook, which she says helps her stay connected to the world and with some of the people she went to school with. Her statuses are often updated via iPhone as well. On the other end of the spectrum, one of my cousins is 12, and she does way more tweeting in a day than I have in a week. Though with any company, success is determinate by how well the specific publics are reached, the demographics are changing with the development of new technology. No longer would we break people into age categories, now we can break them into how savvy they are with social media.

No one can afford to be left behind the herd while society keeps running forward. It is everyone’s job to keep his or her social media temperature high. In that regard the old definition for public relations was out of date. Its a new time, a new day and time for a fresh public relations definition.




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Published February 2, 2012 by themiracle247

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