Stale like an old bag of chips

4 12 2012

“Gee I wonder why Kyle Kim hasn’t been updating his site…”

Yeah I know, I’ve been super lame and haven’t gotten to updating this blog for ages. But instead of deleting it, I’ve decided to keep it live to appease the SEO gods.

If you want to know the latest stuff I’m talking about or working on, follow me on Twitter,  subscribe to my Facebook and follow my Tumblr. Or if you want to be super creepy and stalk all my other  social media platforms, visit here.


Panelists question claims of female progress in today’s society

18 02 2011
Editor’s note: The following story was originally published on for the Feb. 18, 2011.

By Kyle Kim

Photo courtesy of John Ritter, The Atlantic

American women might not have been able to vote 100 years ago, but a recent article from The Atlantic claims women today dominate both the boardroom and bedroom in today’s society.Hanna Rosin’s “The End of Men” article for The Atlantic served as a springboard for a faculty-led panel discussion on the progress of women’s rights Tuesday night at Whitworth University.

Rosin wrote that not only are women making up the majority of today’s U.S. workforce and universities, but females are better suited for today’s postindustrial society where the fastest growing jobs require attributes more associated with women.

“The postindustrial economy is indifferent to men’s size and strength,” Rosin wrote. “The attributes that are most valuable today–social intelligence, open communication, the ability to sit still and focus–are, at a minimum, not predominantly male.”
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Grads face tough prospects amidst slow job recovery

18 02 2011
Editor’s note: The following story was originally published by The Whitworthian for the Feb. 14, 2011 print issue.  The online version was published Feb. 15, 2011.

By Kyle Kim

Photo courtesy of Charline Tetiyevsky

Economists may have called an end to America’s Great Recession, but employment still remains a struggle for many.

2010 yielded the highest annual unemployment rate in 28 years at 9.63 percent, according to Labor Department data.

Additionally, 2010 marked the worst annual unemployment rate for people 25 years and over with a bachelor’s degree since the government began recording data in 1992.

But despite high annual unemployment rates, labor statistics show degree holders are the least likely group to face unemployment in terms of educational attainment.

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Making sense of why news companies are failing online

18 01 2010

Below is an audio/visual presentation I created that focuses on why the traditional business model for news media won’t work.

Tips on effective storytelling from popular public radio host Ira Glass

8 01 2010

Good journalists know how to tell the facts. Great journalists know how to tell a story.

Whether through words, images, video or audio, reporters of any medium need to know how to skillfully create a compelling narrative.

Ira Glass, American public radio personality, knows all about creating the hook, line and sinker, so to speak.

Photo by Kevin J. Zimmerman.

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Journalists and social networking sites woes

30 09 2009
Credit: Duane Hoffman /

Credit: Duane Hoffmann /

The Washington Post has one. The Wall Street Journal does too. So does The New York Times.

Ten years ago, many never would have imagined having to create a staff policy guide on social media etiquette. But here we are.
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Iran and social media: a case study on the role of social networking tools

23 06 2009

Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, you know that young and old (mostly young) Iranians have been on the streets of Tehran over the recent dispute over President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad‘s “landslide” victory in Iran‘s presidential election.

Photo Credit: Ben Curtis, Associated Press

Photo Credit: Ben Curtis, Associated Press

Since this post, at least a dozen deaths have been reported since the peaceful-protest-gone-violent started. This has been the biggest protest since Iran’s similar revolution in 1979 and has been one for the history books.

It seems like all the world is watching – many protesting in their own neighborhoods for Iranian’s democracy. But what makes this particular event in time even more intriguing is the pivotal role social media sites have served.

The vast majority of the videos and reports shown in news outlets have been made available not by professional journalists but by the people of Iran.

Because of the Iranian government‘s barring and outright censorship of news media to cover the riots in Tehran, Americans and others in much of the world are allowed on-the-streets access of what’s going on inside Iran’s political upheaval thanks to social media.

More cases than not, news outlets have been using social media sites like YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to report the news on the protests. Social media tools like these – which traditionally have not been considered reputable sources – are now on the forefront for coverage on the Iranian elections and protests.

Citizen journalists in Iran are shooting their own video, writing their own headlines, and reporting their story – all with readily available technology. Although that is not to say the Iranian government having been reported to use the very same tools for their purposes.

As the protests continue, social media and citizen journalism will undoubtedly playing an important role in news coverage.

Not only have social media shaped how the events in Iran are covered, but the events in Iran are also shaping the role of social media in journalism.

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