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Journalists use social media to interact with audiences, stay informed, find sources, and share news.
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Toronto Star apologizes for lazy Facebook research

Toronto Star apologizes for lazy Facebook research | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Bad Facebook journalism is popping up, because nobody really understands how it works. If only someone would pick up the phone to verify now and then.
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Journalists apparrently did not understand that a photo taken in 2008 might appear on your Facebook timeline in 2013. Major blunder. 

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13 Ways to Make Something Go Viral

13 Ways to Make Something Go Viral | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Jonah Peretti is the founder and CEO of BuzzFeed. He writes: "BuzzFeed is a social publisher with 30 million monthly visitors and Facebook is our largest source of traffic." Then he tells you how they do it in this brilliant list of 13 tips.

 

(Published Oct. 1, 2012.)

 

 

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Storify Twitter chat: What's OK to curate?

Storify hosted a Twitter chat and asked people what they consider "fair game" to pull out of social media and insert into a story. Some good resources are linked in the responses!

 

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Vadim Lavrusik: 10 ways journalists can use Facebook

Vadim Lavrusik: 10 ways journalists can use Facebook | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Facebook's New York-based journalism programme manager Vadim Lavrusik is on a three-countries-in-three-days tour of Europe. When in London on Monday (23 April) he shared his tips on how journalists can best make use of the platform. Here are his 10 suggestions:”

 

(Published April 25, 2012.)

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What Are Basic Social Media Skills Journalists Need?

What Are Basic Social Media Skills Journalists Need? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

This short list was written by Ben LaMothe, who blogs for 10,000 Words. Example:

 

"Knowing What Stories Get Good Traction On Social Media Sites:

 

"Not every story you write, shoot or take video for, will translate well on social media sites. But there’s a skill to knowing an online community, and having a sense of what will resonate with that audience on that platform, and what is less likely to have an impact."

 

(Published April 10, 2012.)

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5 Ways Journalists Can Use Facebook‘s Interest Lists

5 Ways Journalists Can Use Facebook‘s Interest Lists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Lists" are a new feature on Facebook. These possible uses are explained: (1) List Your Staff; (2) Cover a Specific Beat; (3) Compile a List of Experts; (4) Engage with Your Readers; (5) Track What Your Competitors Are Doing.

 

(Published March 2012.)

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New York Times's Nicholas Kristof talks about Facebook and journalism

New York Times's Nicholas Kristof talks about Facebook and journalism | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[New York Times columnist Nick] Kristof, who is very active on social media, talked about how he engages with his large following, and also said that since the implementation of Facebook Subscribe, he’s seen a big change in the value of Facebook. Kristof says he has 1.2 million Twitter followers, but his Facebook subscribers, who are only a fourth of that number, are more engaged."

 

(Published January 2012.) Nicholas Kristof was interviewed by Pete Cashmore at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The video is 11 min. 4 sec. His Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/kristof

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How much do Twitter and Facebook boost local news-site traffic?

How much do Twitter and Facebook boost local news-site traffic? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"I can attest that [Twitter's] promotional aspects are tertiary to newsgathering (talking to and finding new sources) and analysis (honing – and sometimes discarding -- ideas in conversation with smart people). Hopefully, reporters are making better stories for all readers, not just web-focused or socially networked ones." -- David Brauer, journalist, MinnPost

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11 Ways Facebook Page Timelines Change Your Content Strategy

11 Ways Facebook Page Timelines Change Your Content Strategy | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

A well-illustrated guide to how to get the most out of an organization's Facebook Page now that the Timeline is in place.

 

(Published March 6, 2012.)

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Social Media: The Journalists' Friend

Social Media: The Journalists' Friend | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Ways that journalists use social and digital platforms:

 

"Following online conversations for story ideas ...

 

"Identifying experts on Twitter ...

 

"Extending the conversation online ..."

 

(Published Feb. 21, 2012.)

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How Journalists Are Using Timeline Apps to Share with Subscribers

How Journalists Are Using Timeline Apps to Share with Subscribers | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"From sharing what they're reading on news apps or the music they are listening to on Spotify, journalists have added apps to their Timeline to engage with their subscribers in a unique way."

 

(Published Feb. 16, 2012.)

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Facebook changes mean newsrooms need new strategies for engagement

Facebook changes mean newsrooms need new strategies for engagement | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Simply posting headlines and links has never been good Facebook practice. Now it will nearly ensure that your posts will get little engagement and exposure. Posts should be conversational, whether you are doing a status update or posting a caption for a photo.”

 

“Changes to the algorithm guiding the Facebook news feed make it more important than ever that newsrooms and journalists engage effectively on Facebook.”

 

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Why Twitter Will Live and Facebook Will Die

Why Twitter Will Live and Facebook Will Die | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Forbes contributor Rocco Pendola provocatively writes: “You might not know it yet or use it as such, but Twitter is the modern day version of the newspaper. And it will sustain.”

 

(Published August 28, 2012.)


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6 Posts That Build Engagement on Facebook

6 Posts That Build Engagement on Facebook | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

These are actually tips for how to get people to interact with your Facebook page. Aimed at brands, not at journalists, they nevertheless could be used by journalists who have a "page" and not just a "timeline" on Facebook.

 

(Published July 6, 2012.)

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How Reuters journalists use social media

How Reuters journalists use social media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Reuters journalists Anthony De Rosa and Lauren Young gave their own set of best practices for navigating the stream in a recent webinar [link]. They shared tips for using social media as reporting tools, conversation starters, audience builders and more. IJNet tuned in and found these takeaways ..."

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Oh, and Another Thing About FaceTagram: Your Location

Oh, and Another Thing About FaceTagram: Your Location | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Mobile location sharing is still relatively nascent. Data shows that usage of location-based social apps on mobile devices grows only incrementally year over year, despite the hype surrounding mobile apps like Foursquare, and the fact that many other apps are introducing layers of location-based 'Look at where I am!' features.

 

"And, of course, more recently we’ve seen the downside of those location-based services, with the much maligned Girls Around Me app, which triangulated data from Foursquare and Facebook to let creepers know where females were congregating."

 

(Published April 9, 2012.)

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Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs

Like them or not, the latest changes to Facebook offer big ideas for news orgs | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"On Facebook, news is simply what people share. So the fact that, at 7 a.m., I was out of coffee is news. So is a Washington Post story I shared hours later about how updates on Twitter can reveal people’s moods.

 

"I’m certainly not suggesting that news organizations should start publishing every little thought that comes into readers’ minds and calling it news, or that they should start lowering their news-judgment standards in a futile attempt to woo readers. What I am asserting, though, is: News might be news even if editors don’t consider it to be so."

 

(Published October 2011.)

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How to maximize your social media networks during events

How to maximize your social media networks during events | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

How to use LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, e-mail, blogs, Twitter, Foursquare and YouTube to cover events. This advice may be more useful to organizations that host events than to journalists -- but if you attend and cover big conferences, trade shows, etc., this might be helpful to you.

 

(Published March 14, 2012.)

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Using “Subscribe” on Facebook

Using “Subscribe” on Facebook | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"You've always been subscribed to friends. Now you can hear from journalists, celebrities, political figures and other people too. Click the Subscribe button on someone's profile to get their public updates in your News Feed."

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Seven ways The New York Times is using social media for ‘deeper’ engagement

Seven ways The New York Times is using social media for ‘deeper’ engagement | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Liz Heron, social media editor of the New York Times on seven ways the news outlet is getting "deep and meaningful."

 

(Published Feb. 13, 2012.)

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Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From

Journalism and Social Media: 15 Examples Worth Learning From | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Examples include Reuters, ProPublica, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NPR; tornadoes, floods, hurricanes, Egypt; Foursquare, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+.

 

(Published October 2011.)

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