In this clip from Inside Amy Schumer, Schumer comes upon Tina Fey, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Patricia Arquette celebrating Julia’s “Last f***able day.” It’s meant to skewer Hollywood but yeah, it’s a a mirror of our culture at large. Since it’s about all of us let’s toast and chug the melted ice cream, ladies!
For those engaged in the conversation about social change through culture change or political change here’s your answer. Do you want to listen to a bunch of males mutter about what they will think about doing for you if you put them in office or do you want to watch this and share with your friends and heighten awareness of the unspoken belief systems that keep women down.
Art is a way forward!
Yes, we need political change and let’s work for that but also as important, perhaps more important let’s prime the culture for change with smart commentary like this.
The Web and digital technology have made it possible for anyone to commit an act of journalism.
Today, more people than ever are participating in journalism. People are breaking news on Twitter, covering their communities on Facebook, livestreaming, distributing news via email and writing in-depth blogs on issues of civic and community significance. Some of these people are what we’d consider “traditional” journalists working on new platforms, but many are not. — Josh Stearns, when working at The Free Press. Read the Free Press Report on defining press freedom in the digital age.
That’s why as an independent journalist it’s important that you hard-wire certain attributes into your brand from the beginning.
Among others, these include:
These attributes will become increasingly important if news outlets evolve into a platform for our talent as some of us are predicting.
People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you’re doing it.
Getting started on your brand If you haven’t established a strong Web presence yet, it’s a great time to get started. So many tools are available now to make it easy to establish your digital brand and identity as journalist. In addition, there’s a community of helpful people on the Web to assist. The biggest challenges these days for building your digital brand and identity as a journalist is doing the work upfront to identify your brand attributes — the kind of journalism you want to be known for, your beat and niche as well as the audience for your niche.
Your brand is about what the audience thinks. WritesNick Bilton in his book, “I live in the future & here’s how it works”
“It’s an editors job to reduce what a readers brain has to wrestle with.”
That’s the work of your brand. It’s a short cut to the identity that you are co-creating with your audience.
A cautionary tale Andrew Sullivan is an early blogger, a former New Republic editor – who started his blog, the Dish in 2000. Because his brand as a political commentator had earned him a following at an existing platform, The New Republic, Sullivan’s persona was solidly established when the Dish was hosted by TIME, The Atlantic and finally, The Daily Beast.Continue reading Your digital brand 101 — identity as journalist
Chicago journalists, join me for a conversation about practical ways to move your journalism career online by building a personal brand and using the social Web.
The first step to getting found on the Web is knowing who you are and what you have to offer that is unique to you. These days, this expression of our identity, this knowing who you are, is called our “personal brand.” It’s basically how the world experiences us. Visit our event page on Facebook.