Posts tagged ‘media’

June 12, 2012

The Price of Selling KUSF

        Chad Heimann is short and stocky, with round full cheeks. He was dressed in a bright orange flannel button down, and he had a bright green hat on his head. He looked friendly, nothing like the activist he became after the University of San Francisco’s sale of 90.3 FM to KUSC in January. Heimann became somewhat of a poster child for student discontent over the sale and on an April after noon he stood in USF’s Harney Plaza, as part of KUSF LIVE(S), an event put on to garner support from the student body for KUSF. “To cut a deal for $3 million when they could have gotten $10 million is just shameless,” Heimann said. “The university does not care about student activities.”

        The University of San Francisco has not lost KUSF entirely; it has transferred the station to an online format. Operating an online radio station however may prove to be more difficult and more expensive than the university administration anticipated when they sold the FM frequency.

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November 2, 2010

San Francisco Riot Sets Twitter On Fire

“Using Twitter to track a rioting city. Traditional media just died,” posted emilyhku to Twitter following the San Francisco Giants World Series victory, using the hash tag “sfriot”. This witty musing on the nature of the ever changing American media landscape however came just 5 minutes after sac news wire Tweeted that “multiple people [were] struck by gun fire,” reflecting the theme among the voices pulsating from The City of San Francisco police Scanner, made available by Itunes, as down town San Francisco was speckled with riots last night.

Although Twitter has emerged as an up to the second news source in the age of new, or digital media, hailed by many as the key to future “citizen journalism,” the difference in the comments via Twitter and the comments made by SFPD during “the riot” shows disconnect between the events that transpired and the reporting done online.

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