The BBC College of Journalism is staging a Social Media Summit (hashtag #BBCSMS) in London this week, which will bring together industry leaders, practitioners and academics from around the world, with a view to collaboratively mapping the future of social journalism.
by Brenna Ehrlich
Alterian and Sevans Strategy decided to look into this phenomenon. The two tracked 3.3 million such ?asks? in March by running keyword searches on various platforms including Flickr, Blogger, YouTube, Facebook, LinkedIn, Tumblr and Twitter. The researchers found a whopping 95.9% of the requests related to Twitter. The most popular come-on: ?Follow me.? Most of the time, this message was relayed on Twitter.
On Monday May 16 Blottr, a citizen and collaborative journalism site, broke the story about a bomb alert in London.
CBS News is stepping up its use of social media as part of its programming. The channel’s new show, called What’s Trending, not only employs social media – the programme is built around the Internet’s most-discussed topics. The weekly show, which had its first live broadcast last Tuesday, can also be live-streamed on the Internet.
A Pew Center study into online news reading: more traffic from Facebook but Google is still top referrer
The ways people navigate the digital news environment is the focus of a Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism‘s study, published today, May 9.
While debating whether the print press will die, if social networks will replace traditional news or not, or, more practically, how to find a suitable revenue model for digital news, it would be useful first to understand what people consume online. Where they go, how they get there and what lures them away: understanding these issues is the aim of the Pew study.
ProPublica, an online journalism outlet, was announced Monday as one of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize winners. This is the organization?s second Pulitzer; its first was awarded in 2010.
ProPublica is an independent non-profit that syndicates content to various traditional news organizations; however, ProPublica itself operates solely on the Internet. This organization prides itself on its investigative reporting done ?in the public interest.?
One of the most obvious features that makes online news publishing stand out from paper reporting is its ability to present video. According to a new survey by D S Simon, reported by SocialTimes.com, news websites are increasingly taking advantage of this feature; 85 percent of online media websites are now using video to cover the news. The growth has been immense: 33 percent more media outlets are now using online video than a year ago.
WASHINGTON, DC — Since May 3, 1991, World Press Freedom Day has been celebrated worldwide annually to raise awareness of the importance of freedom of the press and remind governments of their duty to respect it. Marking the 20th anniversary last Tuesday, an international conference was organized in Washington, DC, by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the U.S. State Department to debate the “new frontiers” of the media. You can see the entire agenda here.
The huge potentiality offered to news media by social media and social networks have already been widely discussed.
But does the overwhelming tide of information have any consequences on the credibility of online news?
First came WikiLeaks: huge mass of classified documents submitted to Julian Assange‘s organizations and the way by which there were submitted first, by the US army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning, and analysed then, have marked a watershed in dealing with secret information and had a notable international impact.
There is no lack of precedents in whistleblowing, such as the Pentagon Papers, published during the 70s, but digital technologies and the Web have given to both whistleblowers and news organizations a completely different perspective.
Several reports on the web security and privacy of the Wall Street Journal?s new site, SafeHouse, which is inspired by WikiLeaks, have been published. Reactions centered around the ?terms and conditions? on the website, which include a disclaimer that SafeHouse ?cannot ensure complete anonymity.” It also states the leak portal ?reserve[s] the right to disclose any information about you to law enforcement authorities or to a requesting third party, without notice, in order to comply with any applicable laws and/or requests under legal process.?
As already noted, the news of Osama Bin Laden‘s death, which has filled newspapers pages and monopolized every news stream, first spread onTwitter. Not only the first credible feedback came from a tweet by Keith Urbahn, chief of staff for former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld, but also the first feedback of any kind came from an IT consultant who lives close to Abbottabad, where the raid took place, and who live-tweeted the attack, even without knowing it.
In the early days of the Internet, Drudge?s conservative ideology ? while a factor, no doubt, in his pimping of Clinton sex scandals ? was less important than his skill at doing what stuck-up traditional news sites didn?t do, which was playing up all the ?Holy (Bleep)!? headlines and ignoring the boring-but-you-need-to-know-this stock-in-trade of the 1990s newspaper.