Politics and Journalism

Since the start of 2017, many changes within the world have started to happen. Donald Trump becoming the new president of the United States came with many upset people across the globe. Not only does the election of Donald Trump affect United States citizens, it also places a strong impact on other countries and their people around the world. Trump has planned to deport more than 218 million people from the United States along with placing a ban on refugees from entering the country. His acts of deportation and denying entry are causing riots and disturbance worldwide. The sudden disturbance and riots caused many journalist to report on the topic from many different points of view. 

 

Not only do journalists use social media to report on political issues, but even the politicians themselves are active users when it comes to social media. For example, President Donald Trump uses it daily to report on his plans for out country and updates on political issues. By him using Twitter, it is easy for the world to become aware of important new political things happening not only for the U.S., but for the other countries it may affect.

It was no secret that Trump wanted to make it difficult to impossible for refugees to immigrate into the United States. He used social media to post about it often, so that the world was fully aware of his plan. Shortly after Trump’s new immigration policies were put into play, riots had begun to breakout. The large airports in America were the target areas of the anti-immigration policies protest. According to CNN, “The affected airports included Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, New York’s JFK, Raleigh, Houston, Seattle, Portland, Atlanta and more” (CNN). These protests were said to be similar to the women’s rights protests which took place one week prior. Protesters carried colorful signs through the airport terminals while chanting “no hate, no fear, immigrants are welcome here”. With the advancement of technology, it was easy for journalist and reporters to become aware of the protests almost immediately after they had begun. Majority of the people involved in the protests were posting on some form of social media such as Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook, to make it known that they were there. This is how the journalist received their information on where to go in order to report on the political riot happening. 

 

Overall, Trump’s presidency has been one of the most controversial elections in the history of the United States. Though his actions have upset many people, he is staying true to his word and doing exactly what he said he was going to do. The new immigration policies should be no surprise to anyone considering it is precisely what Trump stated his plans were. His plan from the beginning was to build a wall separating the United States from Mexico, as well as deport the illegal citizens. More likely than not these protests will continue throughout the country in spite of President Trump. With the ongoing continuation of anti-Trump protests, journalist will continue to use social media to their advantage to report on the issue. Social media helps them become aware of the incidents they will report on, however it is ultimately up to the journalist himself on how he/she wants to go about portraying the topic. Journalist have the ability to make a political rally look positive or negative depending on how the choose to display it. For instance, the tweet below contains a link that brings you to a video by a Russian-American journalist talking about Trump’s actions and values as president. This video contains facts, as well as bias opinions by the journalist about Trump, which plays into how the people who view the video will think of him. 

 

Instagram

Instagram is a social media network that quickly gained popularity when it was created in October of 2010. When Instagram was first created, its sole purpose was for editing and sharing photos. However, now Instagram is useful for multiple different purposes such as business, networking, advertising, and modeling. For instance, many people are now obtaining jobs just by posting photos on their Instagram. Numerous different companies will see a girl with a large number of followers Instagram, then offer her free products such a clothes if she agrees to post a photo in them and tag the company. This happens more often than most people realize especially for young, trendy women. A company that is known to do this is Beyoumini Swimwear.

https://www.instagram.com/beyoumini/

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Beyoumini Swimwear uses their Instagram account to search for girls to model their bikinis. Specifically, they call it a “collab” meaning they offer you free products if you post photos in the product and tag them in return. Typically the girls they search for are between the ages of 18-25 and have a high number of Instagram followers. Once they find someone, they will direct message the girl explaining what they have to offer. It is accounts like this one that provide jobs and modeling opportunities for young women. Not only does it benefit the women receiving the free products, it also helps the company because they advertise the swimwear.

Instagram is also beneficial for companies because they offer the opportunity for you to buy advertisements. Therefore, a company can buy and advertisement on Instagram that will show up on everyones feed even if they do not follow the company. The travel company Bus2alps is a great example of a business that does this. When scrolling through my own Instagram feed, I see a photo from the Bus2alps Instagram explaining their special offers almost everyday. This is a great marketing strategy because people may not know about their company until they see it pop up on their Instagram feed. It really helps the companies gain publicity and followers by purchasing advertisements.

https://www.instagram.com/bus2alps_travel/

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Overall, Instagram is a very powerful social media website. It provides so many unique opportunities that other social media networks don’t. It shows just how quickly digital technology is advancing that even business are starting to rely on social media. Instagram is a great way to make connections for business purposes or just to share photos of the interesting things in your life.