Social Media and Journalists
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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 not necessarily journalism's panacea, news bosses say

Social media not necessarily journalism's panacea, news bosses say | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“[S]ome news organisations are questioning what benefits the social vision of future news can really bring at a time when they’re struggling for business survival ...”

 

(Published April 27, 2012.)

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Storyful. » The Human Algorithm

"Genuine innovation requires a fundamental shift in how journalists think about their role in a changed world. To begin with, they need to get used to being ‘curators’; sorting news from the noise on the social web using smart new tools and good old fashioned reporting skills.

 

"I find it helps to think of curation as three central questions:

"* Discovery: How do we find valuable social media content?
"* Verification: How do we make sure we can trust it?
"* Delivery: How do we turn that content into stories for a changed audience?"

 

(Published May 20, 2011.)

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How The New York Times is taking Twitter reporting faster and deeper with @NYTLive

How The New York Times is taking Twitter reporting faster and deeper with @NYTLive | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

They used it for Hurricane Irene. Smart to have a separate Twitter account for breaking news & use it only when you're going to flood the account with really frequent updates. Good idea!

 

(Published Aug. 29, 2011.)

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2012 will be the year social media gets boring

2012 will be the year social media gets boring | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Technologies reach their full potential when we forgot about the novelty. Instead they become boring and blend into the background. How often do we think about the technology behind the telephone, or the television set in our living room?"

 

Written by Alf Hermida, one of the authors of the excellent 2011 book "Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers."

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Social Media and Journalism: Key Impact Areas

Social Media and Journalism: Key Impact Areas | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[F]our areas impacted by social media: the changing definition of an authoritative news source, the concept of news participators, how news is shared, and the changing news cycle."

 

Thoughtful and useful article from consultant Debra Askanase. Although she focuses on NGOs (nonprofits), journalists can learn a lot from her ideas.

 

(Published Feb. 17, 2012.)

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Five myths about social media

Five myths about social media | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"1 Social media gives power to the people.
"2 Governments easily monitor and censor social media.
"3 Facebook and Twitter enabled the Arab Spring.
"4 Only young people use social media.
"5 Social media creates a global village."

 

(Published Oct. 1, 2011.) Author Ramesh Srinivasan is an assistant professor of information studies and design/media arts at UCLA.

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Digital Activism 101: The 5 Activist Functions of Technology

Digital Activism 101: The 5 Activist Functions of Technology | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Although this article is aimed at activists, the information can be helpful to journalists who are trying to grasp the meaning of social media -- and move beyond simple blogs and Twitter.

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