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Journalists use social media to interact with audiences, stay informed, find sources, and share news.
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Think fast: Is that tweet true or false? How we use credibility cues to make decisions

Think fast: Is that tweet true or false? How we use credibility cues to make decisions | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[R]esearcher Meredith Ringel Morris surveyed avid Twitter users to identify 32 features of a tweet that help determine credibility. What features were associated with low credibility?"

 

(Published March 16, 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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Invite people to a Google+ hangout

Google+ hangouts allow you to have a video chat with up to 10 people at the same time.

 

"Anyone in the hangout can invite anyone else."

 

"While you can invite as many people as you want to join a hangout, you can't have more than 10 people in a hangout at once. If additional people try to enter, they'll be told the hangout is currently full."

 

Hangouts require a one-time free download of "Google voice and video chat."

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Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic than Twitter

Pinterest Now Generates More Referral Traffic than Twitter | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"A new study ... has found that Pinterest now drives more referral traffic than Twitter. Again, when it comes to referral traffic, Pinterest > Twitter.

 

"The data is based on analytics from 200,000 publishers which reach approximately 270 million unique visitors a month."

 

(Published March 9, 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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Who Do You Trust? 10 Tips for Vetting Content

Who Do You Trust? 10 Tips for Vetting Content | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

This list is p.r.-oriented but useful nevertheless, especially: "(2) Know the Difference Between Gossip and News," and "(3) Beware of False Prophets."

 

(Published March 2, 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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FOLIO: Roundtable - The shifting landscape of content production

FOLIO: Roundtable - The shifting landscape of content production | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"What we’ve learned is the audience and the data that emerges from its behavior are having a huge impact on content production and its economics. From social media to mobile to the Web, the way an audience interacts with content drives everything from topics to pricing."

 

(Published March 1, 2012.)

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Use Content Curation to Build Readers’ Trust

Use Content Curation to Build Readers’ Trust | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"[T]here comes an obligation to use social media tools in a way that benefits both the reporter/news organization, and the reader.

 

"In addition to reporting the fact on the ground, providing context for stories and engaging readers, the reporter should also act as a content curator for the readers interested in that particular beat."

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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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Tweeting a War: How One Journalist Is Using Twitter in Afghanistan

Tweeting a War: How One Journalist Is Using Twitter in Afghanistan | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
Mustafa Kazemi, an Afghanistan-born war reporter, is using Twitter to cover political strife and warfare in his home country.

 

(Published Feb. 20, 2012.)

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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 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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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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Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated

Twitter and journalism: It shouldn't be that complicated | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"By pretending that their journalists don’t have opinions, when everyone knows that they do, mainstream media outlets are suggesting their viewers or readers are too stupid to figure out where the truth lies, or too thick to consider the facts of a story if the reporter happens to have retweeted someone or joined a Facebook page."

 

(Published Nov. 8, 2011.)

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Old Media to New: Don't Mind If We Do!

Old Media to New: Don't Mind If We Do! | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"Getty Images has just signed up the [Instagram] snapshots of photographer Nick Laham into its photo archive, ready to license them out for use online, in newspapers, or even on TV. ...

 

"... another piece of news is sort of the streaming analog to Instagram's still success: NBC has revealed that during this year's London Olympic Games, it'll be streaming live content from the events using YouTube tech."

 

(Published March 8, 2012.)

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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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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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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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With new iPhone app, News.me moves toward a ‘purpose-built network’ for sharing news

With new iPhone app, News.me moves toward a ‘purpose-built network’ for sharing news | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"News.me is in the category of apps (Percolate, Flud, formerly Summify) that cut through the din of social media and serve personalized story recommendations based on what a user’s friends are sharing. But News.me wants to stand out by becoming its own social network. A user can import friends from Twitter and Facebook, but what happens in the app stays in the app. Buzzfeed-style ‘reactions’ on stories (ha!, wow, awesome, sad, really?) are not visible elsewhere — like Instagram, News.me has no desktop interface."

 

(Published March 1, 2012.)

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Digital Skills Can Be Quickly Acquired

Digital Skills Can Be Quickly Acquired | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

Jennifer Preston of The New York Times, writing about a social media course at Columbia University:

 

"While the classes are meant for working journalists, people from many different fields have signed up. In addition to the two courses offered for nondegree students last fall and spring, Professor Sreenivasan and Ernest R. Sotomayor, assistant dean, career services and continuing education, organized a weekend of panels and workshops in late January for 500 people after a similar weekend conference approach drew 300 students last May."

 

(Published Feb. 29, 2012.)

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What the U.S. Army Is Doing on Pinterest

What the U.S. Army Is Doing on Pinterest | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it
After discovering that the United States Army had a profile on Pinterest, we talked to the Army's social media operation to get some insight into what made them jump on the latest Internet trend.

 

(Published Feb. 21, 2012.)

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Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law: What happens next

Pinterest's uneasy relationship with copyright law: What happens next | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

When using Pinterest, you copy and republish images. In many cases, this violates copyright law. Or does it?

 

(Published Feb. 22, 2012.)

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Social Media Landscape 2012

Social Media Landscape 2012 | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"As I have been doing it for the last four years (2008, 2009 and 2011), let me introduce you to my latest social media landscape to help you understand the big picture of who is doing what."

 

(Published Feb. 22, 2012.)

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Press Pass Is a New Twitter-Powered Directory of Journalists

Press Pass Is a New Twitter-Powered Directory of Journalists | Social Media and Journalists | Scoop.it

"The site lists journalists by region, beat or by publication, making it incredibly easy to find the journalist who can cover your story. Not only can you find out which journalists work at major publications and sites, you can connect with them through Twitter. You can also find out what they’re personally interested in, as Press Pass highlights the stories that they’re sharing through their Twitter feed."

 

(Published Feb. 18, 2012.)

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