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How journalists are rethinking their relationship with the audience

Here is a brief write-up of some of the main points from my talk at the Screen Futures conference in Australia on the promise and practice of participatory journalism. The talk was based on findings in my co-authored book, Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers, into how journalists are thinking about their relationship with the [...]

Talk on the promise and practice of participatory journalism

During my trip to Australia, I was invited to deliver a keynote at the Screen Futures conference in Melbourne. In the talk, I explored the promise and practice of participatory journalism. It draws on the data from my co-authored book, Participatory Journalism: Guarding Open Gates at Online Newspapers. We found that journalists are navigating uncharted [...]

Taking a break

I am taking some vacation time so this blog will be on hold for most of July. Happy holidays everyone and thanks for reading. Print PDF

Who owns a journalist’s Twitter account?

BBC News political correspondent Laura Kuenssberg built up a large following on Twitter with her mix of news, commentary and colour. Her move to ITV News in September has raised questions over who “owns” the almost 60,000 people who follow @BBCLauraK. The Guardian suggests that “rather than handing her old account login back to the BBC to [...]

What Mark Twain might have said about social media

Patric Lane, health and science editor at UNC Chapel Hill drew on Mark Twain to frame social media in his presentation at the WorldViews Conference on media and higher education in Toronto on Thursday. Lane skilfully drew from Twain’s comments on the benefits of travel to highlight the appeal of social media. In the original quote, [...]

Making sense of social media at Worldviews Conference

I had the honour of introducing the keynote speaker on social media, Sidneyeve Matrix, at the WorldViews conference on media and education. The session was packed, though some arrive after we started since an earlier session over-ran. So I am posting my introductory comments that were intended to seed the discussions. “Welcome to this afternoon’s [...]

Worldviews conference presentation on the networked scholar

Here are the slides from my talk at the Worldviews Conference on Media and Higher Education in Toronto, June 16 2011. It examines how social media is changing the way scholars disseminate their research and raises questions about the way we evaluate academic authority. The Networked Scholar View more presentations from Alfred Hermida Print PDF

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

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 [...]

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