The Social Media Correspondent: Kenneth Ware, Jr.
As a current graduate student, TSU Herald Life and Style editor and chief social media correspondent, Kenneth Ware is setting the standard for college-leveled multi-platform journalism.
In addition to working alongside journalism professor and seasoned multi-platform journalist Serbino Sandifer-Walker and her blog socialmediacorrespondents.net, Ware has also completed internships with The New York Times and Houston Chronicle.
“Social media is like second nature, especially for this entire generation,” said Ware. “I was always told to find ways to get paid to do things you love and I love social media so I think it is pretty cool to make it my career.”
With news-breaking events and occurrences happening within every hour of the day, social media junkies such as Ware are constantly staying aware of updates and are at most times, deprived of sleep due to the consistent flow of information and nearing deadlines.
“News happens all the time so there is no set schedule and you usually end up working long days and even longer nights. Deadlines are no joke. I have become accustomed to going each day with only about 5 hours of sleep,” said Ware. “Seasoned journalists tell me all the time that is normal in our world.”
With news media markets strategically moving from print to digital, students in the Texas Southern University School of Communication are being groomed to become the next generation of multi-platform journalists and are using their social networks and everyday devices to do so.
“You must be digitally savvy because if not then you will not be hired,” said Ware.
Social networks such, as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube have become a hub for journalists to share and exchange news events which makes them easily accessible through one’s smartphone or tablet device.
Although Houston is one of the largest urban cities in the nation, after graduation, Ware plans to move to New York City and use his multi-platform skills as a full-time social media correspondent or editor for a television network.