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City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
City Journalism - Magazine MA - week 4 - Identifying networks
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  • 1. Identifying networks City University, Magazines MA Lab 1, September 28, 2011
  • 2. About me ● Editor, TheMediaBriefing.com ● Professional digital journalist since 2008 ● Cover the global media industry ● Primarily B2B (business-to-business) journalist ● But also music and food and... stuff ● Tweet as @psmith - please follow! ● Also on Delicious LinkedIn, Foursquare, Flickr, Spotify, Last.fm, Amazon, Word with Friends ... (search for patricksmithjournalist)
  • 3. Your assignment
  • 4. Networks-- This is not the future of journalism - its the present-- Understanding this will make you a better journalist andmore employable.-- Contacts, expertise and knowledge - in real-time-- It doesnt matter what medium you want to work in -this stuff will help you.-- Most importantly....
  • 5. What is RSS?● Really simple syndication? It doesnt matter what you call it: ○ Its the most efficient, fastest way to get up to speed
  • 6. Get a reader ● Google Reader (needs a Google account - you should probably have one anyway) - Google.com/reader ● Netnewswire, Reeder, Byline - good apps for iPad/iPhone/Mac
  • 7. Adding sources 1. Go to Google.com/reader 2. Find a news source youre interest in 3. Find its RSS feed 4. Click "add a subscription" 5. Google reader can automatically add feeds just from the URLYou can also sort feeds into folder to makethem easier to read.Why not prioritise into "read now" and "read later"?
  • 8. Questions on RSS?
  • 9. Word of warningEverything you say on Twitter is... ● Visible to the entire world and searchable through Google ● Can be seen by potential employers (and uni staff!) ● Could still be searchable even if you delete it.So... ● Dont say anything you wouldnt say in public ● Dont fail the Private Eye test ● Do be polite and do avoid insults ● Do have personality but do be professional
  • 10. Getting started on Twitter 1. Get an account at Twitter.com 2. Choose a username thats available and not embarrassing 3. Er, thats it!Send a tweet!Talk to someone by putting @ and their username at the start of thetweet. e.g. "@psmith hi great lesson, nice one"That tweet only goes to people you and @psmith are both following.(put a full stop before the @ for it to go to your entire network.)Direct message someone by putting D and a space before theirusername e.g. "D psmith didnt really get that tip tbh, sorry, lolz"That tweet only goes to you and the recipient.
  • 11. ● Retweet someone (known as RT) ○ Either press the RT button (new style) ○ or manually copy and paste the tweet into the update box with "RT theirusername" at the start (old style) ○ Some Twitter programmes allow you to "quote tweet"● A useful tool is modified tweet (MT) which changes the tweet but keeps the meaning intact (be careful not to change too much)
  • 12. Hashtags matterHashtags are the glue that holds Twitter togther. If youre interested in#xfactor, you tag your tweets with #xfactor.Then everyone else whos watching the show will see what youresaying.Hashtags can be: ● Places: countries, cities, towns, streets (#islington) ● Events: news stories (#jan25) ● Interests: games, music, food, professions etc etc... (#CityOJ)Use search.twitter.com to see what people are saying, and join theconversation.
  • 13. Tweetdeck can help**other programmes are available, eg Hootsuite
  • 14. Questions on Twitter?
  • 15. Delicious bookmarksDelicious is your personal cuttings library you can alwaysaccess. Ive tagged 2k+ different things, I use it every day. 1. Go to Delicious.com and sign up 2. Find a story or web page you think might be useful to you later on at some point 3. Add it as a bookmark 4. Tag it with key words youll search for (spelled correctly)Think about installing a "bookmarklet" programme that lets yousave them just by pressing CTRL+D (or Apple+D) - see theDelicious help section for how to do it.
  • 16. Your mission, should you choose to accept it.... ● Find your Delicious network’s RSS feed - and subscribe to it in Google Reader (and why not follow your colleagues feed) ● Find the RSS feed for items you bookmarked with a specific tag - and auto-tweet them using Twitterfeed (you may have to wait half an hour or so for it to check) ● Tweet a link and include a hashtag (e.g. #islington) to bookmark and tag them (assuming you have set up Packrati. us) ● Find the RSS feed for ‘shared items’ in Google Reader (these are individual pieces of news where you have clicked on the ‘share’ button - it helps if you’ve done this first). ● Use Twitterfeed to automatically tweet any item you share
  • 17. Links● The Online Journalism assignment● http://psmithjournalist.com/resources● http://www.slideshare.net/patricksmithjournalist/

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