Online Journalism Changing the History of Reporting

How Journalism Has Evolved Over the Past 10 Years

Before Facebook was founded in 2004 and Twitter in 2006, Journalism was different. Back in the day, even before online journalism, getting the news meant either staying up late or getting up early and watching the news, or getting it from the newspaper every morning.

Now, its different. Much different.

You can find out about breaking news yourself, and even interact on a daily basis with public figures, celebrities, athletes and journalists via Facebook and Twitter.

When I first heard about Twitter a couple of years ago, I thought our world was really going to shit.

My friends were on there updating their statuses saying they were simply eating a sandwich or buying new shoes, or would post pictures of what they ate for breakfast every day and I wanted to just yell at them and say “NO ONE CARES!”

But now I realize that simple people like that think they are being viewed by the world, when in fact it’s the important people like presidents, governors, billionaires, our heroes that we want to know about.

I think it is both great and a bad thing, in many different ways.

Twitter can be a means of celebrities reaching out to their fans and interacting with them. It can also be used for poor, stupid things like this post from Lil Jon in 2011.


It can be used for other purposes, like David Price, a pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays regularly announces on his Twitter account when he’s playing FIFA 2012 for Xbox 360, and challenges people to games of 1 v. 1, which I feel is a pretty cool thing to do in your free time.

Another great thing, is you can read what is happening at an event without actually being there, via Twitter.

If you follow a reporter whose at a presidential campaign, you can go to their Twitter and get live updates about what’s going on, or at a sporting event, what’s happening in the game if you don’t have access to a television.

It does hurt because I feel we overemphasize on some of the things, like celebrity tweets.

No one should care that Paris Hilton just bought a new pair of shoes or Lindsay Lohan just had waffles for breakfast, but seemingly, there are always those crazy people out there who for some reason have interest in it and that’s what makes the world sick in my opinion.

People can become viral celebrities overnight just by showing off the “goods” or doing something slutty that makes them noticed.
But then again, it’s an interesting place to find out neat facts.

Following Tony Paul, a national baseball writer for The Detroit News, I found out Jim Joyce is umpiring 1st base tonight for the Detroit Tigers, the man who robbed Armando Galaragga of his perfect game back in 2010.

Even Lynn Henning, who is a sports reporter for The Detroit News gives people updates during Spring Training, when we up in Michigan cannot see what’s happening in the everyday world of baseball down in Lakeland, because there’s not much coverage of the preseason beyond a couple of games behind shown on television.

We can find out whose emerging as a breakthrough player this season, whose having a poor preseason or whose likely not to make the team this season and it’s exciting.

We can also find out about things across the world a lot quicker nowadays, too.

The news that Osama Bin Laden had been killed was leaked via Twitter when Sohaib Athat saw and tweeted “Helicopter hovering over Abbottabad at 1 AM (is a rare event)” but what he was really talking about is how our troops were going in to kill Bin Laden without him even realizing him.

Also when Fabrice Muamba, the soccer player shown below, collapsed on the pitch from cardiac arrest a couple months ago, his status was quickly put up on social networks for fans and friends alike to learn of his condition. While some might call it a bit too much information to be leaked to the public, it frankly doesn’t matter as regardless of his moral or immoral it is, the public still wants to know what is going on in the world with things, and social networking does a fantastic job of helping us.

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“Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba”


So in this new age of everything being quicker, bigger and faster, we can all rely on the new age of journalism for our up to date facts about what’s going on in the world.

I can’t really think of how we’d improve or change on how news can travel in a later date, since Twitter seems to be the perfect route for breaking news.


Blake Meakin is a journalism student at Eastern Michigan University. You may contact him at or at!/BlakeEMeakin


Whalers looking for big things from 1st round picks

Since Mike Vellucci’s tenure as head coach began back in the 2001-02 season, the Plymouth Whalers hadn’t had one player drafted in the NHL’s 1st round until Tyler Seguin last year.
“Being here in the states, we didn’t get as much notoriety as the other teams in Canada do, sometimes it’s an injustice to the players,” says Vellucci.
That all changed this year came when the team had three 1st round picks, all in one draft: J.T. Miller 15th overall to the New York Rangers, Stefan Noesen 21st overall to the Ottawa Senators and Rickard Rakell 30th overall to the Anaheim Ducks.
All are making significant contributions to the squad, as they are three of the team’s top four scorers and are poised to make a deep playoff run this season, going after their first championship since 2006-07 when the likes of James Neal, Jared Boll and Michael Neuvirth were on the roster.
This season started off rough for Plymouth, who started 3-4-1-0 as all three 1st rounders were noticeably absent, being at their respective training camps. Upon their return, Coach Vellucci noticed a difference.
“Once we got our whole team together, we ripped off a bunch of wins in a row,” says Vellucci.
Plymouth pulled off an eight game winning streak that spanned from November 6th-November 23rd coupled with a seven game winning streak that followed.
With a playoff spot already cinched, the Whalers seem certain to lock up their 5th division title under Mike Vellucci and take another shot at the J. Ross Robertson Cup assuming their current course continues.
J.T. Miller – 15th overall – New York Rangers – East Palestine, OH, USA
In 1991, when the Pittsburgh Penguins were making their Stanley Cup run, Jonathan Tanner Miller’s dad, who lived in East Palestine, Ohio just one hour outside of Pittsburgh, was gripped with the excitement of play-off hockey and fell in love with the game.
With the addition of his son in 1993, he wanted him to be a hockey player.
J.T. soon took a similar liking to the game and it has since paid off.
He was the first in his family to play the sport and says,” If the Pens didn’t win the Stanley Cup, I don’t know what sport I’d be playing.”
Until this season, he had been playing for the U.S. National Development Team in the United States Hockey League and had even committed to play for the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2011 but says,” After the (NHL) draft… I talked to my advisor at the time and the Rangers and they all felt like a better spot for me was to go to the OHL.”
Upon getting drafted, Miller states, “It’s been my dream to get drafted since I was a little kid, let alone in the first round.”
He won the 2011 IIHF World U18 Championships and was a member of the USA’s 2012 World Junior Championship team where he collected four points in six games.
Miller, who Vellucci says had the hardest shot on the team, might have the toughest route of any of the three 1st round picks on making his NHL team, as the Rangers currently sit atop the Eastern Conference.
He says, “If my time’s not ready, I’m not going to rush anything,” on his hockey plans for next season.
Facts about Miller: Favorite player: Alexei Kovalev
Favorite gaming system: Xbox 360
Favorite video game: NHL 12
Favorite movie: The Hangover
Favorite TV show: Friends
Favorite food: Steak
Interesting Fact: Is afraid of goats at a petting zoo and when asked about being at one today, says, “I’m not going to a petting zoo.”
Stefan Noesen – 21st overall – Ottawa Senators – Plano, TX, USA
Being raised in Texas, most kids take up football at a young age and stick with it, but not Stefan Noesen.
“Everybody goes out on Friday nights and Saturday nights at all the high school football games when you were younger. I was never around. I was always at a hockey rink or staying at home shooting pucks in the garage,” says Noesen.
Noesen, who got his start in hockey thanks to the Dallas Stars’ minor programs, says his team was playing against the Compuware youth team in the national championships and caught the eye of the coach.
They stayed in contact over the next year via email and Facebook and in 2008, Stefan came up to Michigan to further his hockey career.
He had a tough beginning to his OHL career, playing in only 33 games with very limited ice time in his rookie season and had been considering playing college hockey at Miami (OH) and Michigan State.
“I was just a little kid coming into a 20-year old’s league,” he says.
Vellucci says of Noesen’s first season, “He had to mature up off the ice. On the ice he was smart… He had to grow up off the ice.”
His hard work paid off as he finished with 77 points last season and has what Vellucci describes as, “the best hands I’ve ever seen.”
His family down in Texas comes up once a month to watch him play and he starts off every game day by going to Smoothie King in Ann Arbor, if he fails to do so, it gets in his head.
Facts about Noesen: Favorite player: Mike Modano
Favorite gaming system: Xbox 360
Favorite video game: Call of Duty
Favorite movie: Miracle
Favorite TV show: Prison Break
Favorite food: Steak
Interesting Fact – Doesn’t own a pair of cowboy boots despite being from Texas.
Rickard Rakell – 30th overall – Anaheim Ducks – Sollentuna, Sweden
Rickard Rakell started his hockey career playing for AIK in the J20 SuperElit league in Sweden before being taken with the 41st pick in the 2010 CHL Import Draft by Plymouth.
“I was surprised how every game is so tough. It doesn’t matter if you’re first in the conference or last, it’s so even,” Rakell says on the differences between the OHL and the Swedish League.
Rakell, who got his hockey roots from his older brother and cousin says,” I couldn’t get off the ice when I was younger.”
He flourished in his rookie season in the OHL collecting 45 points but the team really floundered last year when he got injured in the playoffs.
Coming off his stellar season, he was chosen to represent Sweden in the 2012 World Junior Championships and won a gold medal after defeating Russia 1-0 in overtime in the final.
Rakell had just come off the ice when the game winning goal was scored and says, “It’s hard to describe… Just the feeling with a gold medal around your neck, there’s nothing like it.”
Now Rakell, who’s Vellucci’s best defensive forward, will be looking to win another title, this time in the OHL.
He is not a big soccer fan and the biggest difference in his lifestyle today is obviously not having his family here full time, though his dad is here with him now. When he’s not, he stays up and watches every game Rickard plays in the middle of the night in Sweden.
“It’s great to see him,” adds Rickard.
Facts about Rickard: Favorite player: Peter Forsberg
Favorite gaming system: Xbox 360
Favorite video game: Tiger Woods PGA Tour
Favorite movie: Remember the Titans
Favorite TV show: Eastbound and Down
Favorite food: Tacos
Interesting Fact – He’s a nerd, he loves video games

Predator’s Shea Weber not suspended after hit on Wing’s Zetterberg

Photo by Sanford Meyers, The Tennessean


In response to Shea Weber’s last second hit on Red Wing forward Henrik Zetterberg in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the NHL fined Weber a whopping $2,500… and that’s it!

The Nashville defenseman smashed the Swede’s head into the boards not once, but twice, clearly trying to inflict damage yet the NHL felt it didn’t warrant a suspension.

You’ve got to feel when a league says it’s looking out for hits to the head and limiting the amount of concussions, that when a play this blatant happens, a suspension is warranted.

What’s even more bizarre is Gary Bettman, the league’s commissioner was in attendance, yet as usual, felt the need to not punish something that didn’t involve league cry baby Sidney Crosby.

I wonder what the suspension would have been if this hit or a hit similar were to take place on Crosby, not taking into account his previous encounters with concussions, but because he’s the league’s “golden boy”.

Bettman and the league say that a big reason for the non-suspension is the fact that Zetterberg was not injured on the play, yet there was clear intent to injure on the play.

What’s funny is of the longest suspensions in league history, Marty McSorley was once suspended 23 games for swinging a stick at a player’s head and Jesse Boulerice was once given 25 games for cross checking Ryan Kesler’s head.

Not only that, but Steve Downie was given 20 games in ’07 for “deliberately targeting the head” of a player and Owen Nolan was once suspended 11 games for a 2001 hit to the head, but deliberately smashing a player’s head into the glass twice is only worthy of a $2,500 fine. In a word, PATHETIC!

Marlins suspend manager Ozzie Guillen over Fidel Castro comments

Photo contributed by Florida News Journal

The Miami Marlins have suspended new manager Ozzie Guillen five games effect immediately following his comments made towards Cuban dictator Fidel Castro.

Guillen made comments saying he “loves Castro” and “respects” the man, which neither the MLB, the Marlins of the city of Miami took kindly.

The fiery manager is known for his outrageous comments and rants, but this perhaps is going too far.

In the interview last week with TIME Magazine, Guillen says he was thinking the questions in his head in Spanish, and was talking to the reporter in English.

He apologized earlier today saying,” I say a lot of things and I never apologize but now I have to because I did the wrong thing. I’m behind the Cuban community… How am I going to make it better?… I’m going to show the community that I support them 100 percent.”

At first, I didn’t realize how bad the comments made were, because I didn’t really realize how awful of a person Castro was entirely. I had heard stories as a kid and growing up, but not much coverage on him.

But listening to reporters and other people saying about how he’s ruined families from Cuba and ruined all communications with some families with Cuban ancestry, I feel bad for the Latin community about the comments made.

I’m not sure the punishment fits the crime, because I think saying something as dumb as that might warrant immediate removal.

Meeting Carmen Lamb

Photos by Blake Meakin

Carmen Lamb is a journalism student at Eastern Michigan University who has career aspirations in her major and her minor, which is marketing.

But what you may not know about her, is she loves racing. NASCAR in particular.

“If I could be in NASCAR I would,” she says.

She loves racing in all sorts and especially in her own Pontiac G6 GXP.

The 2006 Old Redford Academy graduate has been attending EMU since she graduated, apart from one year when she attended Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn.

Lamb also lives in Dearborn with her mother and father, and four other siblings of which she is the youngest.

Her hobbies include writing songs, playing her guitar and learning how to better play the keyboard, which she’s into right now.

“Any free time I have, I love writing songs,” Lamb says.

She’ll be graduating this December and hopes to get right into the job field.

Bolton’s Fabrice Muamba recovering after cardiac arrest

Bolton Wanderer’s Fabrice Muamba is recovering well after collapsing from cardiac arrest in the 41st minute of last Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Tottenham Hotspur, forcing the game to be abandoned.

Muamba wasn’t near anyone when he simply fell to the ground without response and didn’t have a heartbeat for several minutes despite the medical staff’s immediate response.

The mood was grim in London, as people were assuming the worst as it had happened many times before.

A player, a professional athlete, in great shape, simply falls to the ground and dies, only later through testing is that he has an enlarged heart or other heart condition that was never diagnosed.

It’s frequent in Africa, where the medical staff and player’s health conditions are much worse than in Europe and other parts of the world, but some of the more known players to have died since the turn of the century are: Phil O’Donnell of Motherwell who collapsed moments before he was to be taken off as a sub, Sevilla’s Antonio Puerta who had a promising career as a Spanish international ahead of him, Miklos Feher who had been playing for SL Benefica, one of Portugal’s most revered clubs and Marc-Vivien Foe who died during a Confederations Cup match in 2003.

It’s a very sad story to hear about so many promising careers being cut short because of something that’s not diagnosed, but at least there’s good news as Muamba has now come to and is breathing on his own.

The first thing Muamba wanted to know after regaining consciousness was if his team had won the match or not.