Technology and Inauguration Day

Still have questions about the role of technology in delivering information? Twitter seems to have held up under heavy traffic usage today and the Inauguration 09 feed was one of many ways to follow the day’s events.

And, will Obama be known as the technology president? Some think so….

Within minutes after taking office, there was a new White House web site and with it, new blog entries!

And, recent Journalism grads Eric Athas and Daryl Popper are generously donating their time and filing photos and stories from D.C. to Amherst Wire.

Still, despite all the excitement over this historical moment, one has to wonder about the behavior of the press over the last several days. Television coverage has verged on that of cheerleading during a British coronation and provided much support for those who claim that members of the mainstream media have a Democratic bias.

Will the MSM retake its role as a vigilant watchdog on government? Going to be interesting to watch.



About journalismprof

Steve joined the journalism faculty at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in August 2007 and has been working to incorporate multimedia across the curriculum. Since arriving at UMass, Steve has developed three courses modeled after his multimedia journalism course. The courses allow students to work in teams in a newsroom-like environment where they work on packages -- using video, audio and photos to tell stories. He is also working with students on developing, a news Web site staffed completely by students. Steve has more than 25 years of experience as an editor and reporter for print and online publications, including 10 as an editor at He also edits part-time for with the NFL and college football network.
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