“The Internet reminds me of the cafeteria at my high school: people of different cliques stick together. There were the athletes, band and theater kids, different racial groups, and so forth. One reason for this divide is that people have different interests, and based on those interests, they seek out different information and perspectives… This has led to a rise in blogging, citizen journalism and hyperlocal journalism. It is great that people can find information they are interested in; however, this tends to segregate the web. Now, people flock to sources of information that confirm their viewpoints and are not challenged.”
Reginald James, one of six inaugural AP-Google Scholars, is a blogger, photographer and radio host dedicated to hyperlocal journalism. Find out more about what he’s doing to reach students at UC Berkeley and get inspired to apply for the $20,000 scholarship this year.