Confession of the day: I’m a social media addict. I love Facebook and I write posts about absolutely everything, from the wonderful latte art on the cappuccino I had this morning to the random conversation I had with the Uber driver who turned out to be an aspiring sci-fi writer and a firm believer in conspiracy theories. I post photos of everything and sometimes I overshare.
A museum dedicated to the freedom of expression – one of five freedoms enshrined in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution – called the Newseum, in Washington, D.C., is undergoing a “strategic review” and may have to close due to financial difficulties, it was revealed last week.
The announcement, which coincided with the resignation of the museum’s president and CEO, received a mixed reception from the local media industry.
It will probably be one of more controversial and provocative blog posts at this website. It also happens to be my first one. Long story short, it is about how inaccurancies in one of last week’s lectures about freedom of speech made me think about… yes, freedom of speech.
“Phones off. Put your laptops away. Remember how to take notes? Well, that’s what you’re going to do,” yelled John Ullmann as soon as he walked into the room. My colleagues and I complied like school children who’ve just been admonished by a stern headmaster, switched off our phones and computers and pulled out our notebooks and pens.
Declining newspaper sales. Millennials inability to read more than 140 characters. The overload of information available online. Migration of ads and classified ads money to social media. Increasing numbers of news companies going out of business or drastically reducing their permanent staff. All these elements mark a narrative of a dark future for journalism in the written form.
In Minnesota it was seven o’clock in the morning on August 26th when I woke up to see an unexpected message in Facebook. “Stay safe” my colleague and friend from BTV News Yavor Nikolov had warned me. In Sofia it was three in the afternoon. It was my second week in the WPI fellowship and it was difficult for me to follow through everything newsworthy in Bulgaria. Why should I be safe, I wrote back anxiously. His reply was a BBC news link. It was a post about the killing of Alison Parker and Adam Ward.