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Worldviews Conference tackles social media and universities

The Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education will put the spotlight on social media on the afternoon of Thursday 16 June. I’ll be talking part in a panel discussion on the implications of social media for universities at the end of the day. My focus will be on the implications of social media on how [...]

Newspaper paywalls post on Huffington Post

There were two significant developments in the media in Canada last week. The Huffington Post crossed the 49th parallel to set up Huff Post Canada and one of the largest newspaper groups, the PostMedia Network, dipped its toes into paywalls. In my first post for the HuffPo, I discuss the metered model being tried out [...]

Catch up with the discussions at the BBC Social Media Summit

For those like myself who couldn’t make it to London, the BBC has posted videos from its Social Media Summit. I’ve put these together into a YouTube playlist to make it easier to catch up with the discussions. The summit also prompted a lively discussion on Twitter, under the hashtag #BBCsms. Print PDF

How journalists are using Twitter

A survey of nearly 500 journalists across 12 countries offers some insights into what reporters are doing on Twitter. It found that nearly half of respondents (47 per cent) said they used Twitter to source new story angles, compared to 35 percent who used Facebook. But conventional PR sources far outweighed the use of social media for story [...]

Trust in mainstream media outdoes social media

You can almost hear journalists across newsrooms in Canada breathing a sigh of relief. Canadians still trust the mainstream media, despite the rise of social media, according to the latest Canadian Media Research Consortium (CMRC) report. According to a recent online survey of 1,682 adults, nine out of 10 Canadians judged information provided by traditional news [...]

Facebook’s growing influence on the spread of news

A Pew study provides further evidence of the growing importance of social networks as a way for people to share and recommend news stories. The study by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism shows how Facebook is increasingly driving traffic to news websites. While Google was the top referral service, accounting for about 30 [...]

Osama bin Laden’s death shows impact of Twitter

The role of Twitter in breaking and spreading news of the killing of Osama bin Laden is fascinating. The raid on bin Laden was being tweeted in real-time by Sohaib Athar (@ReallyVirtual) of Abbottabad, Pakistan, even though he had no idea at the time of what was happening. The list of messages on Twitter show how [...]

Why audiences read journalist blogs

Blogs have become part of the furniture of online news sites, with many journalists enthusiastically taking up blogging as part of their daily routine. The CMRC study on news habits and social media just released shows that a minority of Canadians, 21 per cent, say they read or follow particular journalists online, through blogs or  social networks. But the [...]

Who trusts social media to get the news?

One of the questions that came out of the CMRC report on social media and the news was about the reliability of social networks as a news source. Our study, Social Networks Transforming How Canadians Get the News (PDF), found that 71 per cent of Canadians who use social networks - more than 10 million people - value them [...]

Social media transforming how people get the news

The third in the CMRC’s series of reports on the news landscape in Canada reveals the dramatic impact that Facebook, Twitter and other social media services are having on the news diet of Canadians. Our report, Social Networks Transforming How Canadians Get the News (PDF), suggests that many people now expect the news to come to them, filtered [...]

Cartoon: How to explain the internet

Here’s something for a holiday Easter weekend. A wonderful cartoon by Rob Cottingham on how to explain the internet. Noise to Signal Cartoon Print PDF

Canadians would rather give up newspapers than the internet

Canadians love the internet.  That’s the conclusion of a study that found that Canadians value their home Internet connection more than any other medium An online survey of 1,682 adults, conducted by the Canadian Media Research Consortium...Show More Summary

MediaCooler aims to be media marketplace for Canada

An interesting project that seeks to help journalists and editors connect with each other has just launched in Canada. is the brainchild of my friend, Alison Yesilcimen. I’ve been following the development of the service since September last year. I’ve had long conversations with Alison about it, providing feedback and trying out the alpha site. MediaCooler [...]

Participatory journalism presentation at ISOJ 2011

Since I was on the last research panel at ISOJ, I was not able to blog about the strong papers by my fellow presenters. Fortunately, the ISOJ student team wrote a short wrap up. But I wanted to share the slides and text of my paper presentation for those who weren’t about to make the [...]

Lessons on how engage with audiences

Jim Brady, former editor of and, set the tone for a professional panel on engaging the audience at #ISOJ by saying they were going to stick to time and leave plenty of time for questions. First up was Espen Egil Hansen, editor-in-chief of VG Multimedia, Norway. He started by stating that he tells his [...]

Patch president outlines community strategy

The afternoon keynote at the ISOJ was by Warren Webster, president of Patch Media. Depending on who you listen to, Patch is or isn’t journalism. But it is hiring journalists and has a presence in 800 US towns. It has 50% penetration in these markets and is growing in monthly visits by more than 40%. The [...]

Research into the sharing of links on Facebook

With social recommendation becoming an increasingly important way that people get the news, the final research paper at ISOJ looked at how news travels on social networks. The research paper (PDF) by Brian Baresch, Dustin Harp, Lewis Knight and Carolyn Yaschur from the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 78 US Facebook users and the [...]

Christian Science Monitor grapples with tensions as web-only

The research presented at ISOJ by Jonathan Groves, Drury University and Carrie Brown, University of Memphis, looked at the Christian Science Monitor’s transition from print to web. For the paper (PDF), the researchers spend three weeks in the newsroom, watching how the journalists worked and talking to them about the journalism. The Monitor started in 1908 as a [...]

Study into use of new devices for news

One of the research papers presented at ISOJ by Hsiang Iris Chyi and Monica Chadha, University of Texas at Austin looked at how people were getting their news on new devices. The researchers suggested the idea of newsfulnews as a way of measuring the likelihood of a multi-purpose device being used for news, based on the [...]

Is nonprofit journalism sustainable?

The first panel on day two of the ISOJ tackled one of the big questions in journalism – is nonprofit journalism online sustainable? “We don’t know,” said Lisa Frazier, President & CEO, The Bay Citizen, one of the new startups in this area. The Bay Citizen has a clear civic mission to provide local news and, [...]

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