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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 »

The Future of News on Twitter

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You want to keep track of developments in the future of news? Are you looking for new journalistic business models? Want to see who is fighting to keep Journalism alive? Or do you need some helpful tips on digital journalism?

Check out our recommendations for Twitter follows in Digital Journalism and the Future of News!

Written by pc britz

June 9, 2009 at 1:37 pm

News Media Consumption Among Gen Y: Findings

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The audio component of this story can be found here.

Research objectives and a link to the online survey can be found here.

Written By Adam Eucker and Reisha Abolofia

Part One: The Survey

Media is currently undergoing a sweeping transformation.  Due to rapid technological advancements, evolving consumer preferences and a struggling economy, journalists are left asking, “Where is my paycheck?”

To investigate how journalists may earn a living in the future, we decided that the first step is to study an important and emerging demographic: current college-aged students.  This generation of 18 to 24-year-olds can be considered the first generation to have used a computer their entire lives, basically growing up as the Internet established itself as one of the most significant forces on the globe.

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Students as News Consumers (Script for Audio)

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Written By: Ryan Boulanger
Narrator: Michelle Vu (with slight voice-over editing)

The Internet is changing how people access media. Most news organizations are having trouble adapting to the changes that are taking place. Print newspapers have dominated news media for centuries but now people want their news faster than a daily newspaper can offer.

Johnny Banchero is a junior at the University of Washington and he’s concerned for the future of print newspapers:
“I completely understand where they’re coming from, where everybody’s moving to online formats and no one our age is subscribing anymore, just because it’s not what they use to get their news but there’s so much history in America behind the newspaper. I do personally enjoy the newspaper and having something physically in your hands.”

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New Business Model?

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If the future of news is all about the citizen, how will journalists be earning their money? This video explores one of the possibilities for journalists to make a living in the new world of news.

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June 6, 2009 at 4:19 pm

What Twitter Can Learn From Journalists

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Though they seem to come from opposite ends of the spectrum, there is much that Twitter and professional journalism share. On Mashable, Ann Handley discusses some journalism principles that she learned in school that are well suited for Twitter.

1. Make every word count.
2. Keep it simple.
3. Provide context.
4. Lead with the good stuff.
5. Write killer headlines
6. Graphics expand on the story.
7. People make things interesting.
8. Consider the reader.

Visit Mashable for the embellished list and examples.

Written by pandrewh

June 6, 2009 at 8:14 am

More From David Cohn

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Our class recently spoke with digital journalism pioneer and Spot.us 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 Spot.us

Spot.us 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, Spot.us has already funded stories where journalists have investigated things like the local police department, poverty issues, and city budgetary issues.

[via Read Write Web]

Written by pandrewh

June 4, 2009 at 7:17 am