KSDK Channel 5 News and The Riverfront Times (RFT) newspaper are both news sources that post their most interesting or hottest stories on social media sites. For the past two weeks, I have been following both organizations on my Facebook and Twitter accounts. Most of the content from both news organizations contained local posts. On KSDK’s page, I was clicking on stories that involved mainly hard news stories, such as the Pulaski Bank hold up, the middle schooler bringing a gun to school, etc. On RFT’s page, I was still reading about crime stories, but I was also reading stories about the local music scene events, interesting stories–like a goose attacking a Shrewsberry Officer, and information about the Cardinal’s opening day. I prefer to follow KSDK and RFT on Facebook as opposed to Twitter because on Facebook I like to read comments from other viewers/readers. I also like how fans can post questions on Facebook pages and the news organization replies to the comment in a timely manner. As far as delivery and story selection go, the delivery was very fast and updated frequently on KSDK and RFT and the story selection was good, but I would have preferred to see more national news being updated on both KSDK and RFT. I prefer following news on social media because I can get stories instantly whenever and where ever I want as long as I have my laptop or iPhone with me, even though I do enjoy watching the news or picking up an RFT paper to read every now and then.
Change can be a good thing, and one day in 1983, Edith C. Cunnane made a positive change when she founded the St. Patrick Center. The St. Patrick Center (SPC), located at 800 N. Tucker Blvd. in St. Louis, is a center that provides housing, employment, and mental health programs for poor and homeless individuals and families.
On a cold, wintery day in the early 1980’s, Cunnane was walking about the city streets in St. Louis, when she noticed a group of people just standing outside. She approached them and asked them what they were doing standing out there in the cold. “Lady, where do you think I would be welcome today?” Cunnane recalls a man in the group asking her. The man’s answer gave her the motivation to help the homeless people in the area. After encouragement from friends, family, and the program Catholic Charities, SPC was created.
According to the recent census, 26.7% of St. Louis residents live below the poverty line. St. Louis is ranked near the bottom of the Top 15 Poorest Cities in America, making the work and services SPC offers important to those that they help. The SPC is also the largest provider of these services in the state of Missouri. SPC has helped more than 141,000 homeless people, which averages out to be about 9,000 people annually.
SPC provides a numerous amount of opportunities for the poor and homeless in the St. Louis area (which can be seen below) with the many types of services they offer. Along with the homeless people getting help, the greatest positive change would be the individual’s success that he or she may get from the center.
Lewis*, a employee of SPC, says, “I was in a low point in my life. I was addicted to all kind of drugs, I lost my job, and most importantly, my family. I felt so alone until I found out about St. Patrick Center.” Lewis is one of the many workers at SPC who is still working towards a better life. He utilizes most of the services, especially the classes that aim towards teaching people how to live a better life, the SPC provides, and is working at trying to improve his relationship with his wife and children that gave up on him once before. Lewis is making a positive change, and will be able to share his success story with the rest of the world.
SPC provides the following housing, employment, and mental health services:
- Living Skills/ABE and GED
- Neighborhood Support
- Project Protect
- Rosati Apartments
- Rosati Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
- Rosati Group Home
Click any of the services above to find out more information.
- BEGIN New Venture
- BEGIN Training and Education Center
- Building Employment Skills for Tomorrow (BEST)
- General Employment
- Homeless Employment Program (HEP)
- Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program (HVRP)
- Job Experience Training (JET)
- McMurphy’s Grill
- Project HERO
- Project REACH
Click on any of the above services to find out more information.
Mental Health Services:
- Assertive Community Treatment (ACT)
- Casserole Program
- City Seeds Urban Farm
- Mobile Outreach
- Sharmrock Club Day Treatment Program
- Shamrock Club Evening Program (Alumni Club)
- Shamrock Club Intensive Case Management (ICM, mental health and substance abuse)
- Shamrock Club Women’s Night Program
Click on any of the services above to find out more information.
What You Can Do To Help:
The St. Patrick Center services are not just for homeless and poor people of St. Louis. There are several ways that you and the people in your community can help.
-Individual Volunteer Opportunities
-Group Volunteer Opportunities
-Youth Volunteer Opportunities
-Practicums and Interships
-Donate. Click here to see what exactly your donation can do. The Wish List shows what items the center needs.
-Attending on of the following Benefits: Annual Giving, Planned Giving, and Special Giving
As outsiders can see, the building will be the same, but the change that occurs will always be a positive one.
*Asked that his full name would not be disclosed at the time of interview
Newsworthy Picture Assignment February 15, 2011
I took the following picture with my iPhone when I was standing front row at The Pageant watching one of my favorite bands, Rebelution, play. This was the first time that they headlined a tour where they played in bigger, well-known venues like The Pageant located off Delmar Blvd near The Delmar Loop. I think that this piece of information is newsworthy because it is a big step in the right direction towards the band’s success.
Journalism 2011: The New Trifecta February 2, 2011
“Social media will establish itself firmly as something that every media company will need to have a strategy and staff for. This isn’t a fad.” -Jim Brady, former general manager, TBD
This is where I found the following statement. I agree with this statement. I believe that social media will play a huge role in how people receive and report the news. I see media companies establishing strategy and heavily utilizing the social media sites Facebook and Twitter. When the companies start this strategy, it will open up new opportunities for jobs that weren’t once available before.
Michael Andersen, editor of Portalnd Afoot, made this “wild” prediction that “2011 will be the year of media initiatives that serve poor and middle-income people.
I somewhat agree with Anderson’s “wild” prediction. Anderson’s prediction deals mainly with mobile internet capability. When smart phones and mobile web on cell phones came out, it was a luxury to have one. Now as the mobile web and popularity of smart phones are rising, the price of owning one or having mobile internet capabilities is going down. Since almost everyone owns a cell phone these days and the cost for having mobile internet is going down, media companies will start producing more news that way.
“2011 is the year of The New Trifecta: the convergence of mobile, social and video…” -Ken Doctor, analyst, Newsonomics
I completely agree with this prediction. The convergence of mobile, social, and video is a vital new platform that eventually all news and social media companies will be using. These are three elements that are growing in popularity among the public. Media sites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and smart phones will eventually converge together into a big “hub” where people can go find their information.
The traditional newsroom will become a virtual newsroom.
I could see this happening, maybe not in 2011, but definitely in the near future. The beauty of a virtual newsroom is that journalists and reporters could do all of their work in the field, instead of meeting back at a central location to write and do research on a story. With mobile technologies on the rise, this gives journalists and reporters the ability to do all of their work in the field.
The Future of Journalism is Bright February 1, 2011
I think that the change in how people are acquiring their news today is a positive one. As technology advances, the news becomes more accessible and quicker to find. This is nothing new to us though. Fear of losing the news has happened with every new advancement of technology after the printing press. With all of the new technological advancements like smart phones, iPads, ebooks, etc., the future of the news is in for a change. Mark Glasser explains ten reasons as to why this change is a positive one.
Based on what I have read about the future of journalism, I think that change we are experiencing is for the better. I think that in the future all news will be digital and will be acquired from online media. Before people were limited to what news they were getting, now when people get their news from online the possibilities of what they want to know are endless. As far as broadcasting the news goes, I think that eventually everything will be available to view online. With everything being available online, their will be a bigger opportunity for jobs. The web is a huge place which can be accessed from basically anywhere with a numerous amount of devices like smart phones, computers, etc. Because of this I think that journalists will have a better opportunity to write for multiple sources instead of just one newspaper. Even though the future of journalism does have it downsides, like the possible end to print news for example, the track that it’s on looks to be a positive one to me.