MODERN JOURNALISM | news for the youth

Our grandparents had newspapers. Our parents had television. The modern young-adult has social media.

Over time, news has not only become more accessible, but more desirable. Whatever your preference, there are plenty of communication formats to choose from.

Print news like magazines and newspapers are held in higher esteem than that of television or social media platforms. This is largely due to its written content, which is often much deeper than that of other communication formats. We can attribute this to the extra time that goes into the stories in newspapers in comparison to new age platforms that are more focused on getting information out as quick as possible.

TV and social networks, including Facebook,  prioritize gauging reader attention through visual aids such as video, photos, and graphics above written content.

As the social media phase of news culture continues to unfold, developments in reader consumption show a shift from Facebook to Twitter.

Twitter, in its early stages, provided an efficient platform for online news sites. The 140 character limit allowed the news providers to post headlines followed by links to the full stories on their websites. While this was effective in previous years, Twitter has become cluttered with ads, promotional tweets, and suggested tweets, prompting users to scroll past anything not posted by their friends.

As far as personal preference, I feel that facebook is a much better platform for displaying news stories and commentary on said stories. On facebook, the comment section is much more organized than that of Twitter and the character allowance is larger.

I call Twitter the “informal” version of Facebook. Information given can be misleading due to character limitations. These limitations often result in “text talk” in order to squeeze all information necessary into a tweet, which can demote the integrity of a news source.

On the other hand, Twitter is a quicker way to consume tiny bits of information, rather than long, detailed news stories. For this reason, Twitter can be more attractive to younger consumers who tend to prefer the bare minimum.

As consumption practices continue to evolve, I fear that the integrity of news platforms will dwindle. Today’s youth appear more eager for entertainment over educational enlightenment. However, I suppose this could also spark a positive evolution in journalism. The desire for amusement might encourage writers to approach news stories at a creative angle that wouldn’t have previously deemed necessary, allowing a more diverse conversation to begin.

Regardless, social media, in all its forms, has created a platform for users across the globe to interact and discuss with one another in real time. That advancement alone has made the world, today, much more aware and involved in news culture. That’s something newspapers and TV can’t offer.

Much love and coffee,


Additional Link: Why Twitter and Facebook Matter

THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL JUSTICE | police woman charged with first-degree manslaughter

Police Officer Betty Shelby, charged with the felony manslaughter of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, was released on a bond Friday morning according to a CNN news article. Her court date has yet to be announced, but is expected to fall within the next seven to 10 days.

This event fanned the flame of the current scrutiny the US police force is currently under. However, the immediate charge against Shelby showed a positive step towards racial justice and a giant leap away from discriminatory appropriation.

Although racial discrimination amongst the US police force has been prevalent dating back to the Civil Rights Movement, the killing of African American teenager Michael Brown sparked the beginnings of the Black Lives Matter movement. The movement has directed public and government attention towards racial injustice. Rather than being swept under the rug, discriminatory actions have since been brought forth into the public eye, expressing a need for reform and racial justice.

Shelby’s prosecution will reveal either progress or decline in regards to a more equal tomorrow. Regardless of the outcome, I believe that racial justice can be achieved. I believe that you and I can be a part of the movement for change and acceptance. I believe the current generations of young men and women are the most tolerant our country has ever seen. Do not let your voice go unheard. Speak up for the oppressed, and they will speak up for you.

Much love and coffee,



INTRODUCTIONS | why i’m here

Hello, my name is Brooke Duke. I am a sophomore attending the University of Southern Mississippi, pursuing a degree in Media Production. The courses required for this degree are providing me with the tools I’ll need to create digital art. My ultimate aspiration in life is to create meaningful content. In addition, I have passions for Gilmore Girls, coffee, reading, and music

I’m on a journey of self discovery, as is most of the world, and I’m intending to find that through this blog. I want to share my experiences, opinions, and revelations. “What is the purpose,” you might ask. Thought provokes new meaning to appear in places of uncertainty. If I discover something helpful, what kind of monster would I be to keep that advice to myself?

In short, I’m using this blog to search for a few fundamentals to guide me into a state of fulfillment. I’m looking for solace, acceptance, and community. I’m longing for pleasure and laughter. I’m eager to be creative and productive.

If you’re interested in any of those things, I hope you’ll stick around. I pray you’ll get to know me and let me get to know you. Come on this journey with me and we’ll find these things together.

Much love and coffee,

Brooke Duke