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Social Networking for Journalists, a presentation given to mid-career journalists on a online media course at Wits University.

Social Networking for Journalists, a presentation given to mid-career journalists on a online media course at Wits University.



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  • FLOW COMMUNICATIONS | WEB DEVELOPMENT | DESIGN | JOURNALISM | MEDIA TRAINING Social networking and bookmarking for journalistic purposes 26 August 2008
  • Agenda
    • Defining social networking and bookmarking
    • Overview of sites
    • Flickr
    • Facebook
    • Stumbleupon
    • Digg
    • Twitter
    • Youtube
  • Definitions
  • Definitions
    • Social networking: is the grouping of individuals together into to specific groups, often using online networking services.
    • People have always social networked but the internet has opened up ways of doing it globally
    • Social bookmarking: is a way of sharing, storing, organising, searching, and managing web pages on the internet
  • Overview
  • Overview of sites
    • We will be looking at the following sites and their usefulness for journalists:
    • Flickr:
    • Facebook:
    • Twitter:
    • Stumbleupon:
    • Digg:
    • Youtube:
  • Flickr
  • Flickr continued
    • A photo-sharing website
    • Lets you search for images, connect with photographers and join groups about specific interests
    • Uses:
    • Search for photos related to your story
    • Put you in touch with photographers, and potential sources
    • Creative Commons ( ): Many Flickr users offer their work under a Creative Commons license, saying upfront whether or not you can use their pictures
  • Facebook
  • Facebook continued
    • One of the most popular social networking services in the world: over 100 million people have joined facebook!
    • Networks: Regional, national and interest group based. Eg: South Africa, Wits University, TAC support group, fans of “Freshly Ground”
    • Uses:
    • Search for groups related to your story
    • Put you in touch with sources
    • Search for events
  • Twitter
  • Twitter continued
      • a service for groups to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one question: what are you doing now?
      • Search for and add people to “follow”, people may also follow you
      • Uses:
      • Peer group to access
      • Quick opinion polls
      • Advice
      • Tracking interest and trends
  • Stumbleupon
  • Stumbleupon continued
    • helps you discover and share great websites.
    • Randomly or through groups
    • Uses:
      • Tracking interest and trends
  • Digg
  • Digg Continued
    • Peer review mechanism
    • Share information and sites
    • Uses:
      • Tracking interest and trends
  • Youtube
  • Youtube Continued
    • Finding videos
    • Sharing videos
    • Video comments
    • Uses:
    • Finding content and resources
    • Audio-visual research