LIVE BLOG RECAP: How Social Media Can Make You a Better Journalist

April 6, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

SMU journalism students Samantha Cangelosi and Natalie Posgate live-blogged the Friday early bird session on social media featuring ThomsonReuters personal finance editor Lauren Young, executive business editor Marty Wolk and SMU j-prof Jake Batsell. You can download Batsell’s presentation here.

Global News Blog: Guatemala Prepares for Swine Flu

April 30, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

Posted by Ashley Warmack

In the past few days there have been multiple deaths and illnesses around the world due to the Swine Flu. The world seems to be taking this flu very serious. According to the Guatemala Times, the Government of Guatemala is implementing the W.H.O. (World Health Organization) recommendations. So far no cases have been reported in Guatemala.

According to Reuters, “Nearly a week after the threat first emerged in Mexico, Spain reported the first case in Europe of swine flu in a person who had not been to Mexico, underscoring the threat of person-to-person transmission. With Germany and Austria reporting cases, bringing the number of affected countries to 9, Fukuda said the W.H.O. was moving loser to raising its pandemic alert to phase five, the second highest level possible.”

People should be very careful with their hygiene and keeping clean. This flu is known to be deadly if contacted. The swine flu is “a highly contagious acute disease of pigs, caused by one of the several influenza A viruses. The disease is considered endemic in the United States. Outbreaks in pigs are also known to have occurred in North America, South America, Europe (including the UK, Sweden, and Italy), Africa (Kenya), and in parts of eastern Asia including China and Japan.”

Being aware of what’s going on in the world is very critical especially in a time like this when disease is killing people all of the world. If it weren’t for technology and the Internet then the public from all over the world wouldn’t be able to keep up up to the minute updates to prevent people from catching it.

Not only does the news update people on such a health scare but it protects people because it guides us to safety and gives us the information we need to keep our communities as clean and as disease free as possible.