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Guardian's n0tice launches open journalism toolkit

Guardian's n0tice launches open journalism toolkit | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“The Guardian's online noticeboard project n0tice has today launched an open journalism toolkit. The site has opened its API and content posted on n0tice can now be integrated into a digital news organisation's content management system. The free toolkit promises a host of features that can be utilised by news sites, including the ability to create crowdmaps based on information posted on n0tice. ...

 

“The open journalism toolkit has many possibilities for hyperlocal, local and national sites. The platform describes how n0tice offers publishers ‘a free off-the-shelf solution to some of the digital newsroom's current challenges including crowdmapping, mobile publishing, liveblogging and collaborating with users.’ ”

 

(Published May 22, 2012.)

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Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy

Computer Programming for All: A New Standard of Literacy | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Although this article is off-topic for journalists + social media, it’s quite an important topic for journalists to consider. APIs are an important part of social media applications -- if you can write code, you can harness APIs for journalism uses.

 

“The usual definition of computer literacy stops at the UI: If a user knows how to make the machine work, he or she is computer-literate. But, of course, the deeper literacy of the programmer is far more powerful.”

 

(Published May 17, 2012.)

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How a reporter live-tweeted her own speech — and won the #backchannel

How a reporter live-tweeted her own speech — and won the #backchannel | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“The New York Times reporter anticipated people on Twitter missing the nuance of her ideas, so she came prepared. ... As slides appeared on the big screen behind Amy O’Leary, @amyoleary would somehow — magically — tweet out expertly compressed summaries of her ideas, right on cue. They were live footnotes, a real-time narrative surprise.”

 

(Published May 22, 2012.)

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Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle

Joe Weisenthal vs. the 24-Hour News Cycle | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“He is like the host of a daylong radio show, except no one speaks out loud. He rarely makes phone calls. His phone almost never rings.

 

“Some of what he writes is air and sugar. Some of it is wrong or incomplete or misleading. But he delivers jolts of sharp, original insight often enough to hold the attention of a high-powered audience that includes economists like The Times columnist Paul Krugman and Wall Street heavies like the hedge-fund manager Douglas Kass and the bond investor Jeff Gundlach.”

 

(Published May 10, 2012.) This is a New York Times profile of a financial blogger who works 16-hour days, often writing 15 posts in one day.

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The goal of AP's social media editor: Make social media make journalism better

The goal of AP's social media editor: Make social media make journalism better | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Eric Carvin, the Associated Press social media editor, wants all of AP's 2,500 journalists to use social media and use it well.

 

(Published May 3, 2012.)


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App of the week for journalists: Storyful, for curated social media stories

App of the week for journalists: Storyful, for curated social media stories | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Want an easy way to track the top news stories on social media? Storyful’s new iPhone apps helps you search by top keywords (currently Cairo, Egypt and Obama), regions and date.You are then presented with the stories as curated by the Storyful editorial team.”

 

(Published May 2, 2012.)

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Beyond the Pin in Pinterest: Tips for News Organizations and Journalists

Beyond the Pin in Pinterest: Tips for News Organizations and Journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

The Hub (“a resource center for community-based and nonprofit journalism”) has put together a list of seven tips to help you think about how to use Pinterest in your news operation.

 

(Published April 8, 2012.) The post also provides links to several media organizations’ pinboards.

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8 must-reads detail how to verify information in real-time, from social media, users

Verifying social media content “involves some new tools and techniques, and requires a basic understanding of the way networks operate and how people use them. It also requires many of the so-called old school values and techniques that have been around for a while: being skeptical, asking questions, tracking down high quality sources, exercising restraint, collaborating and communicating with team members.”

 

(Published April 27, 2012.) Craig Silverman provides an introduction to the topic and then an annoatated list of eight articles/blog posts that add clarity and examples. HT: Steve Buttry.

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Gawker lets us name ourselves again—the return of screen names

Gawker lets us name ourselves again—the return of screen names | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Gawker has implemented a new comment system that doesn’t ask you to link your Facebook, LinkedIn, Airbnb and Pinterest profiles before you comment.” How can they keep the conversation civil? Some ideas in this post from the Future Journalism Project.

 

(Published April 2012.)

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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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Social media is a key newsgathering medium for us too, but our strategy in distributing our content via social media
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old media participates in new media, online journalism.
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the role of SN. social viewing, social seeing
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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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Why you should have comments, even when they are bad

Why you should have comments, even when they are bad | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Having spent part of my previous newspaper career trying to moderate comments that ran to the tens of thousands every day — from readers who wanted to make points on stories about everything from the Middle East to homosexuality — I am intimately familiar with how bad comments can get. But I also believe that having them is important. And I think Johnson and others are missing the point when they dismiss them as worthless.

 

"In fact, my argument is the exact same one that MG Siegler dismisses so quickly: I think comments are the equivalent of free speech, and that they serve a similar purpose — to keep those in power honest, and to enhance our online lives in much the same way that democracy does offline."

 

(Published April 10, 2012.) I agree with this well-reasoned column, written by Mathew Ingram.

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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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Storify set to launch in Spanish, French and Arabic

Storify set to launch in Spanish, French and Arabic | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Some 1.2 million people visited Storify in March, according to recently released data. In that same month, Storify’s posts were read 14 million times across all sites. In 2011, it won the grand prize in the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism.”

 

(Published May 23, 2012.)

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Google+ wants to be your new Flickr

Google+ wants to be your new Flickr | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“[Vice president of product for Google+ Bradley] Horowitz wants to increase the power its own post-processing tools, making image editors scalable so that an amateur can use them as easily as a professional photographer. Replacing the very segmented image editing market and creating a tool that is equal parts Instagram, Lightroom, and Photoshop is an especially ambitious (perhaps naive) idea.”


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YouTube's Big Transition: Moving from Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video

YouTube's Big Transition: Moving from Amateur to Professional Era of Online Video | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“Statistics show that we are watching fewer videos on YouTube. However, we are watching longer videos and subsequently spending more time on the site. ... Another concern for YouTube is that its video views have decreased every month this year. After a record traffic year in 2011 and an all-time peak of 21.8 billion video views served in January, monthly views started to go backwards. ... The good news is that engagement on YouTube is up. The amount of minutes users spend watching YouTube has grown 57% year-over-year ...”

 

(Published May 22, 2012.)

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How to Use Google+ Hangouts on Air

"Hangouts on Air is a built-in feature for hangouts to stream your hangout within Google+ and YouTube records it. The recorded video then will be available on your YouTube Account after the Hangout has ended. The Google+ post will then contain the recorded video once it's processed for prosperity and possibly better SEO rankings and traffic for your YouTube page."

 

(Published May 7, 2012.)


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A Look Into 3 Social Video Apps: Socialcam, Viddy & Klip

A Look Into 3 Social Video Apps: Socialcam, Viddy & Klip | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

“If Socialcam and Viddy are in a race for the top, Klip is the quiet kid who's hanging back and observing, waiting for his moment to pounce. This app isn't clean like Viddy or busy like Socialcam; it's just practical.”

 

(Published May 2, 2012.)

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When should journalists use branded social media accounts? Or individual accounts?

“When should journalists use their personal social media accounts and when should they use the branded newsroom accounts? ... I see two primary issues here: effective crowdsourcing strategy and control of staff members and their work.”

 

Advice from Steve Buttry, director of community engagement and social media, Digital First Media.

 

(Published March 2, 2012.)

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Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account?

Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account? | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

When BBC News political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg left the BBC to join ITV News, she had to abandon her Twitter account and start a new one for her new job.

 

(Published June 2011.)

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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 to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business (or Newsroom)

How to Use Google+ Hangouts for Your Business (or Newsroom) | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Here a tutorial on using Google+ Hangouts for business ... but the tips apply to newsrooms too.

 

"While Google+ Hangouts allow you to connect with up to nine people, the Hangouts on Air feature lets you live broadcast to an unlimited audience. Once the on-air hangout is completed, it automatically becomes a draft recorded video in your YouTube account where you can edit it and then publish on your YouTube channel, and then of course share it from there."

 

(Published April 26, 2012.)


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Associated Press: AP updates social media guidelines

Links to the full PDF of the news agency's guidelines for journalists: 8 pages, 287 KB.

 

It adds “procedures for correcting erroneous tweets and a short section on deleting tweets. Also, in the examples in the section on retweeting, the placement of the designation ‘RT’ has been moved to conform with more common Twitter usage.”

 

(Published Jan. 17, 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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The People Formerly Known as the Audience

The People Formerly Known as the Audience | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Marc Lynch, an expert on Middle Eastern media at George Washington University, says social media and satellite television worked together to draw attention to the Arab spring. Social media spread images of protesters in Tunisia that might otherwise have been suppressed by the regime, he wrote on his blog at Foreign Policy. 'But it was the airing of these videos on Al Jazeera … which brought those images to the mass Arab public and even to many Tunisians who might otherwise not have realised what was happening.'

 

"The staff in Al Jazeera’s Arabic and English newsrooms had, as it happened, undergone intense social-media training only the month before."

 

(Published July 7, 2011.) This is an excellent article from The Economist, focusing on the relationship between journalism and social media.

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