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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 »

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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

WSJ Social Media Policy

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To address the issues of journalists using social media, The Wall Street Journal has issued a list of rules detailing “professional conduct” for their staff. Some of the rules follow (abridged):

  • Never use a false name.
  • Do not use family or friends to promote your work.
  • Contact editor before networking with any contacts who may need to remain confidential.
  • Don’t detail how an article was reported or created.
  • Don’t discuss articles yet to be published.
  • Do not engage in inappropriate dialogue.
  • Separate work from pleasure.

Visit Editor and Publisher for the full list of rules.

Journalism professor Jeff Jarvis responded critically.

This misses the chance to make their reporting collaborative. Of course, they should discuss how an article was made. Of course, they should talk about stories as they in progress. Net natives – as WSJ owner Rupert Murdoch calls them – understand this.

Twitter, blogs, Facebook, etc. also provide the opportunity for reporters and editors to come out from behind the institutional voice of the paper – a voice that is less and less trusted – and to become human. Of course, they should mix business and pleasure.

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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…

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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.

Written by pandrewh

June 3, 2009 at 7:36 am