Pam Cotter – Projo Social Media Editor

Today’s guest speaker was Pam Cotter, the social media editor for the Providence Journal.  She spoke to us about the importance of social media in the journalism world and why we should focus on it more than ever.  

Pam outlined the various ways in which her news team uses social media.  This includes Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Storify, Hootsuite, and more.  

I thought the information she had to share was very valuable.  She made it clear that all of us should develop ourselves as a personality online.  She also told us that it’s very important to use trusted sources if we make a post using others’ social media posts.

I most enjoyed that she discussed each and everyones uses of social media.  Everyone introduced themselves and she provided insight on the ways each of us use it specifically.



Reflections on Journalism Readings

Career Advice for Aspiring Journalists

 I’ve always found posts like these to be a little generic.  It’s always a professional; usually someone who had a tough time at first but made their way in the end.  Nevertheless, the article did have some good advice that isn’t common knowledge among some basic facts.  
First was start a blog, which seems pretty fair.  In a journalism class I took a few years ago, an editor/guest speaker told us that the employee with her own personal blog will always have the upper hand.  Other outlets are important as well, but I think that in today’s day and age, many of us are so integrated with modern social media that we have already developed a face for ourselves on many different forums.  I really enjoyed the part about having an edge with photography and video.  That’s something that URI has stressed to us a lot and you don’t always see students told to be able to do it all.  It really gives us the upper hand.
Overall, there was a lot of good information printed on this article.  My only complaint is that she stresses that the industry is not what it used to be because many newsroom jobs no longer exist.  While this may be true, I’d argue that the industry is evolving and more and more opportunities are happening online.  People still need news; even if the forum changes.

NYT Public Editor Sees Social Media as ‘Double-Edged Sword’ That Is Changing Objective Journalism

 This post examined the good and bad sides of social media and journalism.  They feel that although it may be a good thing, the task of staying objective becomes much more difficult.
While one might see plenty of tweets and Facebook posts and blogs that are completely biased, those people are almost always regular citizens who happen to choose social media as their forum of public display.  However, the real trained journalists who have a degree and a working knowledge of the industry might have a better understanding of being objective than your average Joe.  Meaning, if the editor of the NYT was put out a tweet, it would more than likely be more objective than an accountant in New York who happens to have a twitter account or blog.


This topic is one that we have discussed in class at length and is important to our faces as journalists in future years.  As many of us have ‘goofed’ off and used Twitter to joke and swear and use for fun, we come to a point where we have to make a switch to be professional, and that can be tough.  There’s always the option to create two Twitter accounts, though that requires a lot of effort.  If we choose to keep the same account, then it’s important that we weed out anything that could be considered libelous.

As this post stressed, Twitter has a global viewership and tweets have the ability to be seen all over the world.  It’s no surprise, then, that we need to be wary of the ways in which we put out information, especially about other people.  Hopefully, those who are involved in the major and industry of journalism have a better understanding of objectivity and libel in order to seem professional in the Twitter-sphere.

The Centrality of Conversation.

 Unlike the others, I enjoyed this one very much because it spoke of mostly the benefits of social media and journalism.  As a student, I’m expected to be the pinnacle source of new and innovative things.  People look to young students and graduates as cutting edge and aware of all new things happening in journalism as well as all other industries.  Therefore, I find it more interesting to read about articles that discuss the positive and interesting outcomes of journalism in social media.

With my blog, I hope to develop a very specific personality that someone can associate with me.  If they see it they’ll immediately know “That’s Sara’s” and it can hopefully open more doors for me in my future years to come.

Best ways to find new music


Let’s face it: it’s not exactly hard to find new music in this day and age.  With radio stations, Youtube, Pandora, and Spotify (to name a few) readily available, it seems harder to avoid music than to find it.

Finding brand new music is a little trickier.  A lot of stations broadcast new music, but it’s tough to find up and coming acts that’ll make their way to said stations.  I’ve compiled a list of really awesome sites where I’ve been able to find some really rad music over the years.



This site is a really great forum for finding and sharing music.  8Tracks relies completely on mixes made by its users.  Based on what tags the mix maker ads, the listener can search for mixes based on those tags.  So, this can mean anything from basic genres like “Indie, Reggae, and Jazz” to really specific mixes like “Shower songs, Workout, and Lazy Sunday”.  You can also search for more than one tag at once.  So if the mood should strike, a mix for “gloomy” and “kpop” combined exists.  For new music, I tend to search for indie mixes and add the words new or 2014, etc.  There are also trending mixes that you can scroll through which tend to be new as well.  You can find my mixes here!



Similar to 8Tracks, this site lets you choose music based on mood.  The options are a slightly more limited and completely dictated by the site, but definitely more fun and user friendly.  The listener is presented with a day of the week and time of day, followed by an event or mood.  So, if I click “brand new music”  I’m presented with five different options: today’s biggest hits, biggest country, indie, electronic, and rap.  Clicking “electronic” will then take me to even more options: Deep House Crooners, Indie Dance, etc.  Eventually this continues until the site thinks it’s found you the perfect playlist for your mood.  What’s great about this is that it’s incredibly easy to use and updates fairly often.  Instead of researching new music, you can let these guys do it for you and have fun while you’re doing it.

All Music


All Music is just what it sounds like; this super useful site lists out all new releases by date if you’re searching for something really brand new and willing to dig for it.  In addition, if you sign up they’ll send you personalized recommendations based on what they think you’ll like, which is awesome.  They also do basic mood and genre searches like the others, but I love this site mainly for the first two reasons.  This is especially useful for my radio show when I’m trying to plug new music and release dates.  If there’s an artist I want to play, I’m way ahead of the game. 

Tiny Mix Tapes


The hipster haven of music finds; this website will leave you with all you’ll need to know about the coolest bands that you’ve never heard of, because they barely exist.  In all seriousness though, these guys and gals really give you the best selection of brand new music that will most likely be huge in the indie scene.  It could be years before it hits your friends- that’s how ahead of the curve you’ll be.  Sometimes it’s not so great; you’ll have to dig through some iffy music

If all else fails, one of the best ways to find new music is good old-fashioned networking.  If you have a lot of friends into the same stuff as you, chances are they’ll reach out to you if they find something they love.  Enjoy!