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Journalists use social media to interact with audiences, stay informed, find sources, and share news.
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Social media wiz shares wizdom

Social media wiz shares wizdom | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Jay Rosen teaches journalism at NYU, directs the Studio 20 program there, critiques the press and studies new media.

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This is a visual list of 10 tips for doing social media well. They are pretty much all you need to know. Well done, Jay Rosen! 

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How The New York Times Does Social Media

How The New York Times Does Social Media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“I talked with Alexis Mainland, social media editor at The NY Times, to learn more about their vision for solidifying The Times’ brand over several different platforms, and how photography has played a major role in their success.”

 

Mainland: “Social media platforms are like different countries with different languages and different customs. Certainly there are many aspects of them that overlap, but I think the key to being successful on a social platform is having a keen understanding of what makes each unique community tick.”

 

(Published April 23, 2012.)

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Dasom Ssomy Kim's comment, May 8, 2013 2:33 AM
Social media is a key newsgathering medium for us too, but our strategy in distributing our content via social media
Dasom Ssomy Kim's comment, May 8, 2013 2:35 AM
old media participates in new media, online journalism.
Dasom Ssomy Kim's comment, May 8, 2013 2:35 AM
the role of SN. social viewing, social seeing
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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 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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Engagement editors: An emerging, important job in Digital First newsrooms

What is an engagement editor, and what does he/she do in the newsroom? Steve Buttry explains, in detail.

 

(Published March 22, 2012.)

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The 5 types of stories that make good Storifys

Breaking news, naturally. But also: social movements, Interenet humor and memes, reaction stories, and (think about it) weather. The post highlights good examples of all of these.

 

(Published November 2011.)

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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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“Practice, pray, and have redundancies”: On the imperfect science of liveblogging

“Practice, pray, and have redundancies”: On the imperfect science of liveblogging | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[A]s liveblogging has ascended, news sites and individual journalists have developed their craft, combining technical prowess, advance planning, the spirit of improv, and yes, some tried and true reporting techniques."

 

(Published March 7, 2012.)

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LinkedIn - Sourcing through social networking: Self-guided training

LinkedIn - Sourcing through social networking: Self-guided training | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Learn a lot about using LinkedIn for journalism work. Seminar by Robin J. Phillips and the Reynolds Center for Business Journalism.

 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN:

+ How to use the advanced search to find the right contact at a company.
+ Ways to keep an up-to-date and robust profile, allowing sources come to you.
+ Ways to use LinkedIn Answers to spot trends or browse topics in your search for fresh story ideas.
+ Tips on using LinkedIn to gather background information on people or companies ahead of an interview.

 

(Published Feb. 29, 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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SoundCloud for Journalists

SoundCloud for Journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Record and share audio files.

 

"[W]hether you are holding an interview or doing some field reporting you can capture and distribute your content quickly. There are various ways to do this - you can record via our site or you can use our iPhone or Android apps."

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An Introduction to Pinterest

An Introduction to Pinterest | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Explore this board for a sampling of how companies and people are experimenting with Pinterest. Share links to items you think we should 'repin' - or post - to this board in the comments section of the note pinned below."

 

Pinboard from The Wall Street Journal.

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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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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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How to: Verify content from social media

How to: Verify content from social media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"This how-to features advice from a panel of experts on the key considerations, questions and tools journalists should have in mind when carrying out verification of content that surfaces via social media, be it a news tip, an image, a piece of audio or video.

 

"The process covers three main stages: monitoring of social networks and the online community before news breaks, checking the content when it comes into play and subsequently reporting that content once verified. The comprehensive advice outlined in this how-to guide offers practical steps, specific questions and cross-checks journalists can make at each stage, as well as online tools to support them."

 

(Published April 3, 2012.)

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6 tips for journalists seeking news on YouTube

6 tips for journalists seeking news on YouTube | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Here are six best practices on how to use YouTube’s video service in newsrooms and a couple of pointers to keep in mind while browsing play-lists."

 

One they forgot: You can subscribe to the YouTube "channels" of various news sources, like Al Jazeera English. You can get a weekly single e-mail that shows you what was uploaded by your subscribed channels in the past week. Very handy.

 

(Published May 2011.)

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12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011

12 (of the) Best Social PR Guides, Tips and Techniques of 2011 | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

For p.r. folks:

 

"What are the best practices for pitching journalists in this new environment? What are the (current) best practices for pitching bloggers? How can PR pros optimize their use of social media tools? How can you make a press release more friendly to blogs, Twitter and search engines? Find the answers to these questions and more here in a dozen of the best social PR guides of the past year."

 

(Published March 18, 2012.)

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Andy Carvin, virtual correspondent

Andy Carvin, virtual correspondent | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"He didn’t just retweet content without comment but vetted it, asking for confirmation, sourcing, more details, playing his followers against each other as if he were an assigning editor of an incorporeal newsroom.

 

"He became a dogged beat reporter, far removed from the scene but covering it at all hours, exposing his messy and complicated process for all to see."

 

(Published March 26, 2012.)

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Seven ways journalists can use Pinterest

Seven ways journalists can use Pinterest | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"(1) Feature your top stories. (2) Mobile-pin pics. (3) Find ideas for trend stories. (4) Find pictures suitable for online stories. (5) Photojournalism portfolio. (6) Use it as an online storyboard. (7) Curate the news."

 

(Published Jan. 17, 2012.)

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Tumblr: Online’s New Frontier for Publishers

Tumblr: Online’s New Frontier for Publishers | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Publishers are getting juiced about Tumblr and its versatility to reach readers and create platforms for authors, according to Publishers Weekly. Journalists can take a cue from legacy publishers and begin experimenting with Tumblr's social networking capabilities to reach a growing, hip demographic.

 

From the article: "Tumblr provides an opportunity to speak directly to readers and, more importantly, to hear directly back from them.” For publishers, using Tumblr puts them in a vast network of (mostly) younger voices: the platform has 45 million blogs, and more than half of its users are under 34, with an even split between men and women."


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5 Twitter tips for the TV anchor (or anyone)

5 Twitter tips for the TV anchor (or anyone) | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Great list! "1. Be consistent. 2. Be available. 3. Add a personal touch. 4. Offer an inside view of the industry. 5. Don’t waste your audience’s time."

 

(Published December 2010.)

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Nicholas Benequista's curator insight, January 15, 2013 2:46 AM

I also found these ten general tips elsewhere that are useful to keep in mind (and I'm breaking one of the guidelines by not crediting it):

Have a voice that is credibile and reliable, but also personal and humanBe generous in retweets and credit othersLink to external material rather than simply broadcast your own contentListen and respond to othersProvide information that adds valueSeek out the views of usersPromote the most interesting and useful content for audiencesUse hashtags created by the Twitter communityInclude multimedia with tweetsLink to other networks where a conversation is happening, such as Facebook
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Five tips on using social media to promote your stories and engage readers

Five tips on using social media to promote your stories and engage readers | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"1. Ask your friends to spark a conversation.


"2. When share your link, give it a catchy headline and brief description.


"3. Choose your audience.


"4. Expand your reach. Work in other communities.

 

"5. Keep in touch. Add known users to your friend list and communicate with them regularly."

 

(Published December 2011.)

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Social Bookmarking for Journalists

Manage cuttings (clips); find new leads and information; publish (“link journalism”): Paul Bradshaw explains each one of these. Popular tools for social bookmarks include Delicious and Diigo.

 

(Published May 2008.)

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RT, MT, HT, via: Giving credit on Twitter

RT, MT, HT, via: Giving credit on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

What do MT, HT, via, and RT mean in Twitter posts? This is a clear, brief explainer. Missing: OH ("overheard").

 

(Published February 2011.)

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