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How To Use Google+ For Breaking News - 10,000 Words

How To Use Google+ For Breaking News - 10,000 Words | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Twitter and Facebook are well established as invaluable tools when it comes to sharing news at a moment’s notice but Google+ has gone untested — until last week. While covering an apartment shooting, the staff at the New Jersey-based paper the Trentonian was able to land a key source and very important information through Google+.
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Google+ for Journalists - A Primer | Prashant Rao

If, like me, you've signed up to Google's new social networking service Google+, you'll be wondering how it applies to your job.


- Why should journalists use Google+?
- How can journalists and news organisations use Google+?
- Concerns & Things to be aware of
- Some examples of journalists and news organisations using Google+
- Additional reading
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5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+

5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ has yet to be defined. For the news industry, it will become what the early adopters of the field make of it. Here are a few ways we’ve seen media professionals using the platform and what that might mean for the future of Google+ in journalism.
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The 3 missing pieces for Google+ to become an influential news platform | Jeff Sonderman, Poynter.

The 3 missing pieces for Google+ to become an influential news platform | Jeff Sonderman, Poynter. | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google’s new social network debuted this week with several new concepts and communications tools, including a potential game-changer for online news called “sparks.”

Sparks are topics that a Google+ user designates an interest in. Google uses sharing activity, +1 recommendations and search algorithms to offer personalized content for each spark.

Sparks don’t just tell you what your friends have read, they tell you what you ought to read. It’s a serendipity engine, and if executed well it could make Google+ an addictive source of news discovery.

But right now, it’s a great idea with imperfect execution. There are three missing pieces preventing Google+ from becoming an influential driver of news consumption. All three are within its reach:
- Following and interacting with institutions
- Filtering ‘sparks’ news by sources
- Improved semantic recognition of sparks phrases
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How Journalists, Community Can Connect With Google+ - 10,000 Words

How Journalists, Community Can Connect With Google+ - 10,000 Words | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
I immediately saw an awesome opportunity for a specific journalist or even better a whole news organization to make the Google+ site into something awesome and useful to connect with their community. Here’s how:
Set up an account and create circles based on specific beats and topics.[/b] That’s basically it.
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Pete Cashmore: Social media and Google+ good for journalism

Pete Cashmore: Social media and Google+ good for journalism | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Innovative uses of Google+ by journalists are yet another sign that social media is good for journalism.
Some use cases I see likely to spring up:
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Google+ For Freedom

In case you were wondering if you should sign up for yet another social network, there's a compelling reason to use Google+ that you may not have thought of: Freedom.

Or at least, freedom of information. It turns out that Google+ is a pretty good way for journalists and activists to communicate, says the Committee to Protect Journalists.
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