Recommended reading: Investigative social media, new ideas and tools

Sorry it’s been so long, but it’s been crazy busy as TBD’s preparing for the holidays and other events. This’ll be a quick one, just a few links I’ve been reading of late. Have a happy Thanksgiving, folks.

Social media roundup How Investigative Journalism Is Prospering in the Age of Social Media – Great ideas from several resources gathered by Vadim Lavrusik at Mashable on how to use social media in investigative reporting and newsroom projects. Includes tips on Crowdmap, Storify, Twitter crowdsourcing, data searches and more. A great post to pass on to the social media haters in your newsroom. RockMelt: The User Manual- If you don’t know about Rockmelt or want to know more on how to use the new social browser, here’s a great guide from the NY Times. 6 innovative uses of Tumblr by newsrooms – The big media companies are only now getting into Tumblr, [...]

Four who influenced my approach to social media

As part of their 35th anniversary, Poynter is crowdsourcing a list of the 35 most influential people in social media. They ask people to write Facebook notes or tweets recommending people for the list, with votes to come via re-tweets and likes.

This kind of voting system makes it very likely that we’ll see the 35 usual suspects on the list when it’s all said and done: Vadim Lavrusik, Robert Quigley, Andy Carvin, Craig Kanalley and my boss, Steve Buttry, I’m sure, will be shoo-ins. It’s with this in mind I want to recognize people many voters in this group probably won’t know, but who’ve influenced my approach to social media more than just about anyone else.

#1 & #2 (tie): Kevin Dugan & Daniel Lally

I put these two guys together because their influence is interconnected in so many ways. I got into social media as we know it [...]

Social Media Guidelines to Live By

Personally, I’m not a big fan of social media policies. While I recognize a lot of companies need to have these policies in place to cover their butts in court, I generally frown upon anything that gives journalists any excuse to not communicate openly with sources and/or readers via social media.

So this isn’t a social media policy. It isn’t sanctioned by any bosses or lawyers or governing bodies – and I think it’s just right. Take that for what you will.

10 Social Media Guidelines to Live By Follow the Golden Rule with social media content. Don’t use anyone’s stuff without getting permission and giving credit – you’d want that, right? As with anything else, make sure you verify news from social media before running with it (or even re-tweeting it). Think of social media as a tip generator, not a reporter. Make corrections quickly – and don’t try [...]

Rest easy journos, the government is coming to the rescue!

The federal government wants to help save journalism, but journalism doesn’t need saving. Old media needs saving, and they shouldn’t be given a lifeline. [...]

How the National Enquirer is using social media to campaign for a Pulitzer

The National Enquirer’s campaign to get Pulitzer attention should make other journalism outlets stand up and take note. They’ve changed the debate from being about politics rather than merit – and it is brilliant. [...]

Recommended reading on the mysterious future

These are my recommended links for August 28th through September 3rd:

Membership has its meaning « BuzzMachine – Jeff Jarvis and several commenters outline how a membership – as opposed to a subscription – could be the ticket to a future business model for news. The problem is – membership needs to be worth it – and it won’t prop up the status quo. The Times & the Internet – The New York Review of Books – Nice column from NYT Editor Bill Keller about the future of journalism. He says he new of the future will be done by the successful start-ups and survivors of the print age. Journalism’s biggest problems are not online: They’re inside – Very gutsy column from KDMC outlining the real problems newspapers face from their own employees and CEOs – from laziness in reporting to corporate malfeasance and the resistance to change. We blame [...]

Recommended reading for June 16th – 17th

Recommended links from how newspaper sites handle comments to how journalists can use Facebook for sourcing, online video usage reports and social media mapping. [...]

Recommended reading for June 15

This study seems to conflict with others like it, but it seems believable, at least, that it’s too early to call it quits for TV. [...]

Recommended reading for June 10th-12th

Recommended reading that’s mostly about Twitter this time – monetization models, the end of the “real” Colonel Tribune, Twitter grammar, tools and other fun stuff. [...]

Recommended reading for June 8th

Recommended reading on online newspaper pay models and ideas for news providers looking to expand their use of Twitter. [...]

Recommended reading for April 24th through May 5th

These are my recommended links for April 24th through May 5th from Twitter tips to new online tools and industry news. [...]

Recommended reading for April 24th

These are my recommended links for April 24th:

Colonel Tribune: Chicago’s Unlikely Social Media Pioneer – The story behind Colonel Tribune and the Trib’s successes int he social media sphere using such an unconventional idea. Journalists on Twitter – Muck Rack – A listing of journalists currently on Twitter (and no, I haven’t added myself yet).