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About a few months ago, I had the chance to attend a workshop with journalist, Charlotte Lucas who spoke about the future of online journalism, aka, blogging. Lucas is a blogger/journalist for NowCast SA, a hyperlocal blog aimed at lower-income families in the San Antonio area. She said the website is as low-maintenance as possible (meaning no fancy Flash or anything of the sort) so that low-income families who cannot afford internet at home can view the website from their cell phones through texts. Lucas said she resorted to blogging because "a story continues to grow and continues to evolve." which is something I completely agree with. A story cannot be printed/broadcasted just once because obviously, the audience cannot get the full story within five minutes or within one article. The fact that its not a newspaper article or a television news package allows her to keep adding on to the story and update readers on relevant information. The "idea" of this type of journalism is great for the audience. However, I also see it as something kind of frightening for people with jobs in the media. Yes, a job in the media is a fulfilling thing (at least for me) because you can keep people informed about anything important, but journalists, columnists, reporters - all these people still have to put food on their table somehow. The fact that this type of journalism is available without paying a single cent is only beneficial to those reading it, but not to those providing it. Its kind of controversial if you come from both sides of the spectrum. I, for one, do not have a real job and cannot afford to pay for a monthly subscription to the local newspaper. I love being able to read single headlines on Twitter from my iPod while waiting for class to start. However, I want to be one of those people who tells you what you NEED to know, but if I don't have a way to pay for living, then yes, I am going to have to devote my time to something that pays. This is the ugly part of living in a capitalist society (but that's a whole 'nother topic!).

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