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Journalists use social media to interact with audiences, stay informed, find sources, and share news.
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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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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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How Romney Learned the Hard Truth about Promoted Hashtags

How Romney Learned the Hard Truth about Promoted Hashtags | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Telling people to use a hashtag can turn around and bite you: “Thanks to Twitter's overdeveloped instinct for mockery, this is a fairly common tale. ... so common that it even earned an insufferably jargony name: a bashtag. ... Romney's stacks up as one of the worst bashtags Twitter's seen.” #AreYouBetterOff

 

(Published Sept. 6, 2012.)

 

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Ken Morrison's comment, July 10, 2013 7:44 PM
Hi Mindy, You have put together a nice collection of articles here. Thank you.
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The new economics of photojournalism: The rise of Instagram

The new economics of photojournalism: The rise of Instagram | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Olivier Laurent speaks with photojournalists about how Instagram is shaping the photographic industry.

 

(Published Sept. 3, 2012.)

 

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Reporting Live, from Tumblr

Reporting Live, from Tumblr | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

At the Republican National Convention, some people were reporting in a non-traditional way. “... they're posting exclusively to Tumblr. They're also posting for Tumblr, as part of one the site's early forays into original journalism.” HT @jayrosen_nyu.

 

(Published August 30, 2012.)

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5 "Rules" for Journalists Using Storify

Even though the first list (5 Models of Content Curation) comes from a marketing guru -- Rohit Bhargava, SVP of Global Strategy & Marketing at Ogilvy 360 Digital Influence -- the five items are thought provoking. The first, aggregation, is the obvious one for Storify. But think about the others too: (2) Distillation, (3) Elevation, (4) Mashup, (5) Chronology. Then journalist Staci Baird provides five OTHER tips that are more procedural, such as "Use Storify for realtime event coverage" -- AND she supplies an example of each one.

 

(Published October 2011.)


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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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How Real-Time Social Networking Has Transformed Journalism

How Real-Time Social Networking Has Transformed Journalism | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“A liquid newsroom can be managed by one person at a specific place. And a LNR in Beirut could connect to the information of an LNR in Moscow, to create a news network on demand.”

 

Not really clear in this interview what the LNR involves (is it software? Or merely wetware?), but there are some savvy comments here nevertheless.

 

(Published July 20, 2012.)

 

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Curation techniques, types and tips (from Steve Buttry)

Curation techniques, types and tips (from Steve Buttry) | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

The importance of linking and attribution. “Where you can’t learn much about the source of content you’re curating, consider crowdsourcing the question: Note the name and organization, tell readers what you’ve found and that you’re continuing research and ask them what they know about the source.

 

“Where the source of online content is unclear, you should be clear about what you know and where you found the material.”

 

Good advice here, and all of it important to know.

 

(Published July 19, 2012.)


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, July 20, 2012 2:43 PM
Hi Robin,
in this period I am busy, and I have no time to discover news and curate my topic.
Thank you so much for your great curation!
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Visual.ly repositions as “social network for infographics”

Visual.ly repositions as “social network for infographics” | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Infographics platform Visual.ly has today launched new community features that allow people to more closely follow infographics from their favourite designer, data journalist, topic or news outlet.

 

“‘We are taking Visual.ly from a place where it was really easy to share infographics to a place where people can engage and interact with each other around infographics,’ Lee Sherman, co-founder and chief content officer told Journalism.co.uk.”

 

(Published July 18, 2012.)

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How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest

How journalists and newsrooms can use Pinterest | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

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

 

(Published May 11, 2012.)

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BBC global news chief on trust: ‘If they believe us, they will share it’

BBC global news chief on trust: ‘If they believe us, they will share it’ | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Peter Horrocks: “Social media engagement, with the increasing use of mobile technology, Twitter, Facebook, Skype, means that ordinary people now have the ability to break news faster than journalists and file the first pictures when an event happens. ... They are performing much of the role that in the past only powerful media organisations could.”

 

(Published July 6, 2012.)

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How to break news on Twitter

How to break news on Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | 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.” IJNet summarized four takeaways. There's a link to the transcript.

 

(Published June 4, 2012.)

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Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform

Why Instagram will be the next big social media platform | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Of the Americans surveyed who currently use a social media platform, only 18 percent currently have a profile on Instagram. That’s paltry compared to Facebook (94%) or Twitter (47%). But here are four reasons why Instagram could explode in 2013.”

 

(Published Oct. 10, 2012.)

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How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud

How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“The initial wave of SoundCloud users from the radio world included CNN Radio, Boston's WBUR and KCRW in Los Angeles. Since then, the company has been cultivating the on-air community in earnest.”

 

(Published Sept. 28, 2012.)

 

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5 Ways to Make Your Content Instantly More Shareable

5 Ways to Make Your Content Instantly More Shareable | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“1. Write a Good Headline. 2. Break up Your Posts. 3. Optimize for Search.” Plus two more. Links to longer articles provide explanations. 

 

(Published Sept. 5, 2012.)

 

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A journalist’s quick guide to Reddit, the next thing you have to learn

A journalist’s quick guide to Reddit, the next thing you have to learn | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

After President Obama's “surprise Q&A appearance Wednesday,” Poynter's Jeff Sonderman says, “it’s time for journalists to understand Reddit and the role it plays not only in culture, but in specific news events.”

 

(Published August 30, 2012.)

 

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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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Best Twitter Tools: News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags

Best Twitter Tools: News Discovery and Topic Monitoring via Hashtags | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Robin Good: One of the most effective and popular methods to stay abreast of a topic area or to discover new stories about an issue is the use "hashtags" for Twitter seaches.

 

Here is a bunch of tools that make it easy for you to monitor and  search, one or multiple Twitter hashtags on your preferred topics.

 

Tools list: http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/best-tools-to-summarize-twitter-hashtags.html

 

(Published August 2012.)

 

 

 


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YouTube introduces investigative journalism channel

The Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR) is helping to launch the new “I Files” channel, which will curate videos from The New York Times and Al Jazeera. The channel’s purpose is to promote user-created content and citizen journalism, which has seen becoming a growing source of news for the average citizen.


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Storyful - Tips for verifying images and videos from UGC

Finding the Wisdom in the Crowd:

 

“The Storyful development team is building products that will help our journalists and clients map influence and connections within social media conversations and get an early warning of changes in their speed or intensity.

 

“We are also working to scale the techniques our editorial team has perfected in validating videos and images. At its core, this process is built around a checklist ... [LIST] ... Our approach to rating sources and the video they upload revolves around another checklist ... [LIST]”

 

This stuff is excellent!

 

(Published July 19, 2012.)

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Tweet-dropping: The ethics of live-tweeting overheard conversations

Tweet-dropping: The ethics of live-tweeting overheard conversations | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Examples include “a journalist live-tweeting a conversation overheard on a train” and an incident on a plane when a woman live-tweeted an exchange with an actor. Food for thought: What is the ethical course of action?

(Published July 19, 2012.)

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How I Made Instagram Images That Were Good Enough for Sports Illustrated

How I Made Instagram Images That Were Good Enough for Sports Illustrated | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“The big news was leaked on Mashable last night that Sports Illustrated is publishing 18 of my baseball iPhone Instagrams spread out over three Leading Off double trucks (6 pages) in the magazine this week. This is an exciting development for a project that I started in February on the first day of spring training when I was on assignment for the magazine.”

 

(Published July 18, 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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Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile

Top Trends of 2012: The Continuing Rapid Growth of Mobile | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Does your journalism content play well on mobile platforms? If you're not thinking about that, probably you should be. This ReadWriteWeb article provides perspective on where people put their attention -- increasingly, it's on their phone.

 

(Published July 5, 2012.)

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