Category Archives: Industry News & Notes

General posts about the media industry

Journalists Are Getting the Hang of These Twitter Hoaxes

Earlier today, it took less than 20 minutes for  journalists to figure out and expose a well-known Twitter prankster’s fake report on the death of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. At one time – not even a few months ago … Continue reading

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In Defense of Crowdsourcing: You Get Out What You Put Into It

Crowdsourcing can be a very effective way to find sources, but it’s what you do with those sources that determines the outcome of the story. Continue reading

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Women in Journalism: Be not afraid, for we are taking over

It’s a terrifying time to be a journalist, but it’s also an exciting time. For female journalists, this is a time when we are rising to both take over existing newsrooms and strike out on our own. Continue reading

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Are Facebook’s Social Reader Apps on the Decline – and Why?

The past couple of days have been a whirlwind of conversation between journalism thinkers over a reportedly huge drop in users for many news leaders’ Facebook social sharing apps in the month of April. Some tech watchers and news app … Continue reading

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B.S. Detection for Journalists

Eds Note 10/5: It was brought to my attention that the links in this slideshow are not clickable in the embed here. I included them all below this post.  Ever see a tip that’s too good to be true (it … Continue reading

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ESPN goes back in time, bans breaking news on Twitter

ESPN’s reporters have a reputation of breaking sports news on Twitter, but the company’s new social media policy has banned it. Continue reading

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Facebook comments can’t guarantee a lack of anonymity

There’s a conventional wisdom out there in the online journalism world that: 1.) News site comments will automatically be better if people have to use real names, and 2.) Using Facebook for your comments will accomplish this. I’ve said many … Continue reading

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Sarah Palin’s emails and a call for collaborative journalism

If you were committing an act of news on Friday, June 10, chances are every national news organization missed it. Why? We all had boxes and boxes of printed emails of an ex-political official to go through. From the New York Times … Continue reading

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The Bin Laden story and real-time engagement

Please allow me to think aloud on the past 15 hours. We all acknowledge that the news of Osama bin Laden’s death broke on social media. We’ve all got stories about Twitter’s impact, roundups of Twitter reactions, tweet timelines and Storification galore … Continue reading

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Four key things TBD did right

Despite how it all ended, there are positive lessons to be gleaned from TBD’s build, launch and brief life. Here’s a few things I hope other news orgs won’t shy away from trying in the future Continue reading

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Transcript: What does a social media editor do?

Here’s the transcript of my journalism jobs chat on Poynter.org Tuesday. There were a lot of great questions about what I do as a social media editor, the workflow, metrics, handling criticism and managing corrections. We had more than 200 … Continue reading

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Link roundup: Twitter news, tech tools and a shameless plug

On the Twitters In their “The science of the hashtag” post, Twitter charts the lifecycle of a hashtag and spells out just what and who propelled it to popularity. In short – celebrities > media, as if you didn’t already know. … Continue reading

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