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Journalists and Twitter: Personal vs. Professional

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Julie Posetti has published her results from a study of how journalists are using Twitter. Her findings are very interesting, and can be found in a two part series on MediaShift. Read the rest of this entry »


News Media Consumption Among Gen Y: Survey

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The audio component of this story can be found here.

The findings and analysis of this survey can be found here.

This is an interesting poll that was conducted by Reisha Abolofia, Michelle Vu, Ryan Boulanger and Adam Eucker. Our survey’s main objective was to grasp exactly where our age demographic’s feelings are at regarding print and on-line news media.

We pulled surveyors through our Facebook statuses and Twitter updates. It is imperative to have clear assessments of our generation’s news habits. Their interest in news will have an astounding effect on the economic vitality of news organizations and thus their ability to invest in quality journalism.

A few decades ago, adolescent Americans were heavy consumers of news. More than half of the adults under 30 years of age were regular consumers of their daily newspaper. “The notion is that no young person cares about news, and that is wrong,” says Lee Rainie of the Pew Internet and American Life Project. “They’re moving to a different distribution system.”

Similar to our survey results, there was a preference for on-line news media as a primary source. However, with the distribution system provided by the Internet, reliable content is sometimes hard to distinguish from the myriad of outlets available.

Lego man explains citizen journalism

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This is a fun video explaining the rise of citizen journalism over traditional journalism – using Lego men. 

Here is a list of takeaway points:

  • Journalism is now a two-way stream
  • Blogs and video streaming sites are ways to tell a story
  • Internet connections, computers and mobile phones are the necessities
  • Nearly anyone can report a news story
  • Independent reporting is occasionally filtered through major news outlets


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June 4, 2009 at 11:21 pm

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More From David Cohn

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Our class recently spoke with digital journalism pioneer and founder David Cohn. He shared his thoughts on how news will be collected in the future and more. For notes from our discussion with Digi Dave, see our post Notes From David Cohn.

On the idea of crowdfunding and the future of the journalism profession, see our video interview with David.

And additionally, here is a Read Write Web interview with Dave from the recent Web 2.0 Expo in San Francisco.

About is a non-profit startup which distributes the cost of hiring a journalist across a community of people. Based in the San Francisco Bay area, has already funded stories where journalists have investigated things like the local police department, poverty issues, and city budgetary issues.

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June 4, 2009 at 7:17 am

Journalists and Social Media

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Mediashift has some recommendations for journalists in using social media to assist their profession.

Online social networks are essential tools for journalists. They make it possible to build extended networks, search for story ideas, build contacts and dig up information. But even more important, they help to shake up the relationship between the individual journalist and the people formerly known as the audience. But many journalists don’t know how to get the full benefit of online social networks…

[via Mediashift]

Some take-aways:

  • Invest time in your profile. Social networks are different, and you should tailor your presence to suit the network. (e.g. Facebook vs LinkedIn)
  • Participate. Ask questions and respond to user questions posted to the network. This is how you establish quality connections.
  • Utilize strong and weak ties. Weak ties (those contacts whom you barely know) provide new insights, and they help promote your projects and ideas. Strong ties are nice for socializing, but the information they provide is often very similar to your own.

See MediaShift for the full article.

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June 3, 2009 at 7:36 am

Notes from David Cohn

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David Cohn, or DigiDave, is the founder and creator of  Today, our Digital Journalism class was lucky enough to sit in with him for a video chat on new media and trends in journalism.


“Transparency trumps objectivity.”

  • Some of the best journalism come from advocacy journalism.
  • Good reporting is thorough and accurate – but not necessarily objective.
  • Focusing on objectivity in metropolitan newspapers created a loss and disconnect with “on the ground” local issues.

Community journalism

  • Community journalists and professional news organizations are interdependent.
  • Citizens have amazing ability to cover breaking news, i.e. crisis situations.
  • Reporter as community organizer – use readers as sources.
  • “Do what you do best and link to the rest” –Jeff Jarvis.
  • Hone in on what you do best for added value.
  • Shared power, shared voice.

Interesting ventures in entrepreneurial journalism

Future business models

  • There won’t be one solution –  the best organization will use multiple tools.
  • Being an expert in a certain field results in multiple revenue streams.
  • Hyperlocal journalism fills a niche.

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June 1, 2009 at 11:15 pm

Crowd Funding Is a Piece of the Raft…

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… of the raft that will save journalism!

After hard hours of editing and format struggles, the finished work can finally be appreciated online. Incredible what you can do with the most primitive tools! Find my Video on community funded journalism and on youtube.

If you are curious to see the whole interview with David, check it out here.

Also take a look at how the story developed, how the question poll turned out, see my recap and what the story board for the video originally used to be.

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May 29, 2009 at 2:59 am