In networked journalism, the public can get involved in a story before it is reported, contributing facts, questions, and suggestions. The journalists can rely on the public to help report the story… The journalists can and should link to other work on the same story, to source material, and perhaps blog posts from the sources. After the story is published — online, in print, wherever — the public can continue to contribute corrections, questions, facts, and perspective … Jeff Jarvis blogging at:http://www.buzzmachine.com/2006/07/05/networked-journalism/
How can new technologies be harnessed to create an enhanced public service media environment? Paper by Charlie Beckett Director, POLIS, London School of Economics
Social media expands our journalistic paradigm to include social practice as well as professional practice.
Examples Professional editors vs. readers as editors Press to people information flows vs. people to press information flows A gift economy vs. a commercial economy Seeking information vs. seeking democracy Examples taken from “The Weblog: An Extremely Democratic Form in Journalism” by Jay Rosen, NYU journalism professor
Why should we think it normal to broadcast every personal detail about Anna Nicole Smith or Madonna or Michael Jackson, but then laugh at people who put their own stories and personal details on their own blogs? Which action is more democratic? Idea from Jay Rosen (ibid.)
How are journalists using Twitter? As a public scanner and personal wire service To enhance reporting, vet ideas To develop beats To connect with audiences To share/publish information immediately To build a personal network
What are the challenges? Focus on immediacy as opposed to long term questions Time away from other tasks Special interests masking themselves as citizens Merging of public and private lives Mixture of rumor, gossip, inaccurate and accurate reporting
Interested in more about Twitter? Check out the social bookmarking site Del.icio.us http://delicious.com/dmensing/twitter Note: So far, teens favor SMS over Twitter
What is social networking? Social Networking in Plain English
Developing a reporting community BeatBlogging.org Public Insight Network MinnPost (and even an advertising community)
Other social media tools Blogging (Blogger and WordPress) (See Scott Rosenberg’s new book on how blogs changed everything) YouTube, Vimeo and Vuvox Flickr Ning Social bookmarking sites, music sharing sites, etc.
Opportunities for education in the journalism classroom How to set circles of intimacy in social networks How to define private and public spaces How to filter and evaluate information (CrapDetection 101) How to find and organize (curate) (IRE) How to build networks online and off How to use these tools to improve journalism