“It’s the unit I disliked the least” – that is how it started, but not how it has finished. With no intention on being a journalist, choosing a news and journalism unit was mainly down to my lack of enthusiasm for the other unit choices on my course. However, after a few months of re-embracing my blog; and especially my Twitter account, I feel that I have unintentionally been drawn into the world of journalism through social media, and I am not ashamed to say I quite like it. Previously, my Twitter account had been another website that allowed me to post irrelevant topics and quite a bit of moaning. Through studying and engaging social media’s use in contemporary journalism I feel I have learnt how to put my twitter account to better use. Occasionally, I may lapse in absent minded re-tweeting of information I feel is interesting, but I can say the personal irrelevant tweets have been minimised. Now, if I wish to post a link, I have learnt to add my own opinion with it, or even a question as a way of engaging with my followers and tempting a reply. I am now a twitter addict to the point I will check for news stories on the micro-blogging site before other news sites.
My blog on the other hand, I feel I have struggled with. Although I enjoy creating posts, I find it extremely time consuming, and have enormous respect for anyone who regularly posts. I think the biggest challenge I have had to face directly through this unit is my lack in confidence in my writing. Being a perfectionist in an area outside your comfort zone can be quite a pain. Overall, I have found the news and journalism unit very interesting and feel I have a much greater understanding of journalism practices. I can safely say I still do not wish to be a professional journalist, however, I think I will continue to try my hand at citizen journalism through Twitter.