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Leveson inquiry: Huffington Post is 'not the future of journalism'

Leveson inquiry: Huffington Post is 'not the future of journalism' | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
Research firm founder also says traditional papers have not found 'magic bullet' for a digital-only future.

 

This is a different point of view, one that says digital-only is not the future of traditional newspapers. It is taken from testimony before the Leveson Inquiry Board in Britain, which is the official government investigation into the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal in 2011. The board, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, will make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.

 

While painting a bleak picture for newspapers, media researcher Claire Enters told the inquiry board that digital newspapers such as The Huffington Post and other blog sites do not represent the future of journalism as they do not fund complex original reporting or investigative reporting. But she says traditional newspapers have not found the "magic bullet" for a digital-only future either.

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Social media play growing role in spreading word of shooting tragedy in Colorado

Social media play growing role in spreading word of shooting tragedy in Colorado | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
The tweets came in soon after a gunman opened fire in a crowded Colorado movie theater. I'm safe. I survived. I made it out.

 

News of the horrific shooting spree early Friday in Aurora, Colo., spread quickly on social media as much of the world learned the news within minutes of the deadly attack through social media.

 

This story is a sober reminder of how quicky news now unfolds and how we as a society react to it. Social media are becoming more and more accepted as a vehicle for breaking news. Tweets, Facebook posts and iPhone photos were all part of the news barrage just minutes after the shootings.

 

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How to break news on Twitter

How to break news on Twitter | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

“In a live Twitter chat hosted by Muck Rack and moderated by blogger Elana Zak, journalists gathered to share tips on how to deal with the redefined protocol created by social media news-sharing.”

 

In this post, ijnet (International Journalists' Network) gleans the top tips from a live chat on the subject of breaking news on Twitter. IJNet boils it down to four main points, which you can read for yourself. Of those, my favorite is: Don't cry wolf. New items on Twitter can often be misleading and exaggerated.

 

Journalists are taking to social media more and more to break news. But not everyone on Twitter is a journalist, and it's important to follow basic standards for accuracy and integrity. As Alex J. Martin, new media specialist at the Record-Journal, said during the chat, “Not every car accident is ‘breaking news.’”


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Has the mainstream media been BitchslappedbyLogic?

Has the mainstream media been BitchslappedbyLogic? | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
[ (The journalism is debatable but I'm pretty sure BitchSlappedByLogic is the greatest byline ever ...)...

 

This is a raw look at how inside details after a violent shooting in Toronto were posted by a social media guru on Reddit. It drew tweets, posts, comments ... and lost of criticism.

 

The reporter, who goes by the user name BitchslappedByLogic, compiled an account of the shooting. Included were players involved, background details and analysis. The story became an instant sensation. Some questioned the validity of the information and how it was collected, but it also illustrates the enormous power of social media.

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Is social media destroying good journalism? | The Wall Blog

Is social media destroying good journalism? | The Wall Blog | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
RT @katierogers: No. Next question. // Is social media destroying good journalism?

 

Blogger Lauren Arthur says the mood was ominous about the future of journalism as we know it during an event at the London School of Journalism "Many of us have failed to register that the rise of social networks and other online news sources will inevitably lead to a dramatic decline in print publications."

 

I don't believe that Arthur presented convincing evidence that newspapers are doomed, but she did pose an interesting question: “Should we be lamenting the decline of print any more than we did the decline of vinyl, or the VCR? Hopefully not, if all we’re lamenting is the loss of print itself, rather than the quality journalism it’s associated with."

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Digital media have shaken up journalism – isn’t it time brands began to think the same way? | The Wall Blog

Digital media have shaken up journalism – isn’t it time brands began to think the same way? | The Wall Blog | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Robert Grainger, a PR specialist, has an interesting take on how social media not only are shaping how news is packaged and delivered, but how they're having a huge impact on the way newsgathering is carried out. In particular, the use of video on publications' websites has gone from 20 percent in 2011 to 36 percent today, with much of it being produced in-house.

 

According to the fifth annual Oriella Digital Journalism Study, 40 percent of media have blogs written by journalists; publishing to mobile apps has grown 25 percent in the past year, and more than half of all journalists are likely to cite social media posts from sources they know.

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Best social media tools for journalists

Best social media tools for journalists | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Here's a list of sites and tools that journalists are using in their work. The links point to articles that explain how journalists use these tools.

 

It's a comprehensive list that goes beyond Facebook and Twitter. It links to some of the newest and most-innovative social media sites on the Web today.


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Charlie Lares Rocha's curator insight, June 9, 2013 9:24 PM

Print Journalism is a dying art. Sadly, I push foward to see newspapers and print disappear into the past. Online is new, its trend, its now!

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YouTube & News | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ)

YouTube & News | Project for Excellence in Journalism (PEJ) | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

"News is becoming a major part of what Americans watch on YouTube. In the last 15 months, a third of the most searched terms on the video sharing site were news related."

 

The nature of YouTube is changing. What began as a place for people to post home-made videos of their kids and watch snipets from old television shows has now become one of the leading sites where people turn to view video of breaking news events, such as the Japanese earthquake and tsunami in 2011.

 

The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism examined 15 months' worth of the most popular news videos on the site and found that news organizations are taking advantage of citizen content and incorporating it into their journalism. The study says YouTube is sparking a "new kind of visual journalism."

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Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity

Facebook scans chats and posts for criminal activity | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Facebook's monitoring software focuses on conversations between members who have a loose relationship on the social network. Read this blog post by Emil Protalinski on Internet & Media.

 

This is a loose interpretation of how social media can engage in investigative journalism. Facebook is to be commended for this effort. Some may be appalled by the obvious invasion of privacy, but if it protects one child from a sexual predator, it's worth it.

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Social media reshapes journalism

Social media reshapes journalism | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Social media have gone mainstream, but what does that really mean? This timely article by Robert Quigley, social media editor for the Idaho Stateman, points out that social media is not killing journalism, it's reshaping it.

 

Social media is changing how newspapers and their online websites are gathering and presenting the news. One example is that reporters now take photos at a breaking news scene on their iPhones and send them immediately to the newspaper's social media sites on Facebook and Twitter, proving to be even faster than posting them directly to the paper's website.

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Digital Journalism: Investigative Reporting Revived?

Digital Journalism: Investigative Reporting Revived? | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Investigative reporting is coming back to television newsrooms. An article from BuffaloNews.com talks about the rise and fall of investigative reporting and the possibility of it coming back to mainstream news reporting.

 

While investigative reporting in network television has been some of the best in the craft, really good investigative journalism has been rare at local TV stations. (There are exceptions, and Craig Cheatham on KMOV-TV in St. Louis is one of the best.) Television journalists around the country are using social media to communicate with viewers about investigative reports, sometimes live during the newscast.

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Column: Journalism not dead, more necessary than ever ...

Column: Journalism not dead, more necessary than ever ... | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Very astute column by Lauren Lecy, a student at Chesteron High School, published on the website of the University of Indiana School of Journalism. In it, Lecy says that when she tells people she wants to be a journalist, the feedback she gets is generally less than encouraging.

 

Many equate journalism with newspapers and believe that newspapers are dying. But she says, "Especially today, with cell phones, social media, and the convenience of online journalism available at people’s fingertips, what we decide to communicate can reach a large amount of people in a very short amount of time." Journalism is about communicating with people, regardless of the platform.

 

"Our responsibility remains the same as it did during print press times; we have to report what is true and thought-provoking," she says.

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How Social Media are Replacing Traditional Journalism as a News Source | Social Media Today

How Social Media are Replacing Traditional Journalism as a News Source | Social Media Today | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

"We are living in the digital information age with nearly half of all Americans get some form of local news on a mobile device, and 46 percent of people get their news online at least three times a week."

 

This article by Roy Morejon on Social Media Today is comprised of a series of infographics on the subject of how people get their news, and how social media is playing an ever larger role. For example, the site's research found that an overwhelming percentage of people, 59.5, get their local news from television, followed by newspapers, 28.8 percent; social media, 27.8 percent; radio, 18.8 percent; other print publications, 6 percent, and other, 9.5 percent.

 

Another graphic shows that the dominant social media site for sharing news if Facebook by a wide margin, 59.5 percent, followed by Twitter, 19.9 percent; YouTube, 12.7 percent; Google+ at 11.6 percent, and other 42.8 percent. While that "other" category is formidable, I am surprised that Twitter's share is not higher. I think Twitter is a site that is still growing, while Facebook may have peaked.

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Unethical Journalism in the News

This is something a little different — a compilation on the social media site Storify of stories and blogs from the past year having to do with plagiarism, fabrication and unethical practices in the world of journalism. It includes recent accounts of how the Chicago Tribune suspended its association with Journatic, a new outsourcing comapny that was using fake byline and fabricated information in stories published by the Trib.

 

This is a good example of how social media and journalism are coming together to more easily help people find stories across the Web on a given subject rather than just through a Google search. Storify is one of the newer examples of social media, and like Scoop.it and Pinterest, it compiles content on boards that are attractive and easy to use.

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Leveson inquiry: Huffington Post is 'not the future of journalism'

Leveson inquiry: Huffington Post is 'not the future of journalism' | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
Research firm founder also says traditional papers have not found 'magic bullet' for a digital-only future.

 

This is a different point of view, one that says digital-only is not the future of traditional newspapers. It is taken from testimony before the Leveson Inquiry Board in Britain, which is the official government investigation into the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal in 2011. The board, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, will make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.

 

While painting a bleak picture for newspapers, media researcher Claire Enters told the inquiry board that digital newspapers such as The Huffington Post and other blog sites do not represent the future of journalism as they do not fund complex original reporting or investigative reporting. But she says traditional newspapers have not found the "magic bullet" for a digital-only future either.

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The Guardian Wants You to Aggregate the Web's Best Journalism

The Guardian Wants You to Aggregate the Web's Best Journalism | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
The Guardian is launching a "pop-up aggregator" for smart opinion and analysis.

 

This is a fascinating idea that gathers commentary and analysis from across the Web and on social media. The U.S. online-only version of Britain's The Guardian says that after a major news story breaks, the aggregator will gather the best commentary and analysis on that subject. Participants are asked to tweet nominations on Twitter with the hashtag #smarttakes.

 

As Ruth Spencer, community coordinator for the Guardian U.S. explains, “We want to showcase multiple perspectives after a big story breaks. “The Guardian can’t do them all.” On the surface, this sounds a lot like Scoop.it, but instead of gathering web content on a specific subject, it will come to them.

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How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest

How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Steve Buttry suggests several ways for journalists and news organizations to use Pinterest — with links to good examples.

 

This is a really good article chock full of good ideas for how journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest. Steve Buttry is a veteran newspaper man and journalism educator who has lots of good ideas. He says newspapers can use Pinterest to showcase community groups and organizations; to dress up newspaper promotions; for photo galleries and more.

 

Buttry suggests that newspapers have a Pinterest board tied to ongoing series and special projects. As you add installments to the ongoing series, they can also be "pinned" to your Pinterest board, making for an attractive presentation that grows as the series grows.


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Facebook and Twitter have limited impact on how people get their news

Facebook and Twitter have limited impact on how people get their news | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
Are social media sites dramatically changing the way people get their news?

 

Another viewpoint on the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism, this one by Market Watch. It points out that while people are turning to social media as their primary source of news, the number "is still relatively small, especially the part that does so very often." According to the analysis, 71 percent of people who follow news links on Facebook and 76 percent on Twitter also get their news "somewhat or very often" through more traditional channels.

 

The report also pointed out that only 9 percent of Americans “very often follow news recommendations from Facebook or from Twitter" on smartphones, tablets or personal computers. It's interesting to note that this analysis is by one of the premier newspapers in the country, The Wall Street Journal.

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How Mobile and Social Media Drive News Consumption | Roy Morejon

How Mobile and Social Media Drive News Consumption | Roy Morejon | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
The age of mobile, in which people are connected to the web wherever they are, arrived in earnest. Learn how social media drives news consumption.

 

More from Roy Morejon, a social media expert from Social Media Today. This study contains surveys examining how consumers use social media and mobile devices to get their news and how this could change the news business. Most newspapers are experiencing significant gains in online traffic, much of this being driven by news alerts going to mobile phones via Facebook and Twitter.

 

Many newspapers, while seeing declines in circulation for their print products, are boasting some of their highest market penetration rates ever when you combine print and online readership. The news business is alive and well, but the delivery systems are definitely changing.

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How Changes at a Newspaper Are Unifying a City  | American Journalism Review

How Changes at a Newspaper Are Unifying a City  | American Journalism Review | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

The Times-Picayune helped unite New Orleans after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. It won a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of what's considered by many to be the largest natural disaster in U.S. history.

 

Today, the citizens are rallying to try to convince the Times-Picayune to continue to publish every day. In a sign of the changing times, the venerable newspaper recently announced that it will no longer publish seven days a week and will become a more digitally focused media outlet, concentrating on its online edition and social media sites.

 

 

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Social media isn’t killing journalism – but it is fundamentally changing the system | The Wall Blog

Social media isn’t killing journalism – but it is fundamentally changing the system | The Wall Blog | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it

Gordon MacMillan started the debate last month with a piece about the strongly conflicting views of two journalists on the role of social media in journalism.

 

They pointed out that journalists seem to either love or hate social media, feeling it must be at the forefront of everything they do, or that it is single-handedly destroying the essence of their industry," MacMillan said. But what many forget is that social media simply enhance what journalism has always been about — communicating. It allows a two-way dialogue instead of the one-way communication of the past.


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Kevin Rose: Digg Failed Because 'Social Media Grew Up' - Digits ...

Kevin Rose: Digg Failed Because 'Social Media Grew Up' - Digits ... | Social Media in Journalism Today | Scoop.it
In his first interview since Digg was sold, founder Kevin Rose chronicles what went wrong.

 

Digg was one of first social media sites and for a brief time in the mid-2000s was very popular with journalists. It provided a way for people to gather and post their own collections of news and Internet content on the site's homepage. It was similar to Storify, Pinterest and Scoop.it, which today are just beginning to gain momentum.

 

At one time it was valued at more than $160 milliion, but sold recently for $500,000. Rose acknowledged that the news-sharing site became overshadowed by Facebook and Twitter, and by the time it took steps to correct its mistakes, it was too late. “We were desperately trying to figure out how to get traffic back,” he said. “A bunch of the community had already revolted by the time we fixed it.”

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