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.
I’m 23 years old and lucky to call Martinsburg, W.Va., home. I currently work with the Mountaineer Sports Network, and hold a job as a new media graduate assistant in the WVU Athletic Department, where I work specifically with the online content posted for all WVU sports. I’ve taken a strong liking to sports television production, after working several live events and television broadcasts, so I know this is where I want to stay.
Upon graduation, I hope to find a sports television production job at either the collegiate or professional level. Despite an extremely busy schedule, I love my work load and wouldn’t change it for the world.
I enjoy working in television because the learning never stops. Things always break, and I love learning how to “make it work,” and finding solutions to problems. This business constantly keeps me on my toes, and it always offers me the ability to learn something new. Traveling for work isn’t bad, either!
I hope with this blog, you’ll see just how much the industry is changing. More and more we’re seeing user-generated content (you know, the photos of snowfall in your backyard that appears on the weather forecast in the winter!) show up in news broadcasts, but it’s showing up more frequently, and in more than just the weather portion of the show. Breaking news, consumer reports, crime reports…everything is using the community.
Here, we’ll discuss some examples, both good and bad, the concerns and good parts about using user-generated content, and perhaps what we can expect to see in the future and what it means for journalism (although, can we ever really know?)