Television relies on viewers more than you may think

As we all know, television is one of the most popular forms of mass communication. As a matter of fact- aside from the internet, it is the most popular. Today, it’s nearly impossible to even remember what life was like before we had the internet at our fingertips.

A 2012 chart from the Poynter Institute

A 2012 chart from the Poynter Institute

Broadcast specifically, because it has the opportunity to reach so many people so quickly, has become an area that has seen a lot of growth in terms of user-generated content and how it is used during broadcasts. In fact, numerous television stations across the country encourage their viewers to send in photos and videos, as well as lead professional reporters to sources within their communities.

There are several questions surrounding this practice, however, because journalism is such an evolving practice. Each news station is responsible for determining how much user-generated content is used (if any), how often it is used, etc., etc.

While it is clear that the direction of journalism is changing, there are still many questions to be answered. Television has been widely studied, but how television takes advantage of citizens and the news they can provide is what needs to be netter researched and understood. What drives citizens to want to help, and how news stations weigh the risks and rewards could really help us understand the direction in which journalism is headed and how both parties involved in this transaction can most benefit.

The internet and social media platforms only enhance the amount of news content available, and it helps to give every citizen a voice, and a way to have their feelings and opinions (good or bad) heard.



Hello everyone!

My name is Eva Buchman, and I am a second year graduate student pursuing my MSJ at West Virginia University in the P.I. Reed School of Journalism. I graduated from WVU in May 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in television journalism.

Martin Hall, home of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

Martin Hall, home of the P.I. Reed School of Journalism.

I am an avid sports fan, and I currently work with the Mountaineer Sports Network, as well as hold a job as a new media graduate assistant in the Athletic Department. I work specifically with the online content posted for all WVU sports, as well as shoot and edit video, write feature stories and update the website.

My heart lies with sports, and I hope to continue my work in sports television graduation upon graduation. I am originally from a suburb of Washington, D.C., but have called Martinsburg, W.Va., home for the last several years.

TV is constantly changing; the learning never stops. In my line of work, I have especially noticed that social media platforms, such as twitter and facebook have made it easier for television consumers to have their voices heard and express what is important news to them. This opens a line of communication with working professionals within television, as it allows both groups of people to represent a community.

We’ve all heard it before- “it takes a village…” and television and the internet have taken on a life of their own. With this blog, I’ll discuss the increase in technology and how that allows “average” citizens to be more involved in the news gathering and reporting process, as well as look at some good and (some) bad examples to get your opinion!