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Telomiova Friday Talk Club

  1. 1. Friday Talk April, 24 2009 What practical opportunities can new media bring to journalists for their professional skills? Association
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>Journalists </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentation of yourself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What are your expectations of this session? </li></ul></ul><ul><li> Our mission : is to promote the integration of computer tool and Internet within the educational system in Madagascar, providing resources and media training through educational workshops for practical impacts in malagasy schools. </li></ul><ul><li>The Telomiova project aims to contribute to the development, the integration and the control of the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in Education in schools in Madagascar. </li></ul><ul><li>Visit us at: </li></ul>Association
  3. 3. Sharing about Telomiova's experience <ul><li>At the beginning </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Individuals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Own blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building online networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>From virtual to real </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggers' meeting in Antananarivo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing, commenting experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Network in real life </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Take actions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Convinced that, among all the technologies, Internet has a key role in the development of our country </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Setting up the project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Team spread worldwide </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Finding partners through Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Actions on field </li></ul></ul>Association
  4. 4. Case study: madagascar crisis through social media <ul><li>On field </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Journalists </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Traditional medias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloggers and citizen sharing what they see/hear, taking photos and videos </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitterers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reading and sharing the news with the #Madagascar hashtag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News sites and online version of traditional medias </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Input from bloggers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photos on Flickr, videos on Youtube or Dailymotion </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Chat places like on </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Buzzing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Global Voices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>France24 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CNN, BBC, NYT, etc... </li></ul></ul>Association
  5. 5. Use of Twitter <ul><li>What is Twitter? </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter is a social networking and microblogging service that allows you answer the question, &quot;What are you doing?&quot; by sending short text messages 140 characters in length, called &quot;tweets&quot;, to your friends, or &quot;followers.&quot; </li></ul>Association
  6. 6. How to use of Twitter for journalism? <ul><li>How useful can communication limited to 140 characters be for serious journalism? It turns out that the short messages you find on Twitter have proven wildly useful for some writers penning larger pieces. </li></ul><ul><li>What for? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Reporting News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Live reporting : by sending sms, to follow situations like the crisis in Madagascar, earthquakes, conference, etc... </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Breaking news : While getting engaged enough to find value in the service does require some initial investment of time and energy - on a day to day and minute by minute basis, Twitter is remarkably easy to post to. As a result, people often post things they discover to Twitter before or instead of posting it to a blog. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sharing links via ReTweets or external links. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Performing interviews : to solicite interview questions via Twitter. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Quality assurance : get feedback on misspellings, missed links and other publishing faux pas very quickly via Twitter. It's an easy way for readers to offer quick feedback. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promotion of your work : to get followers, fans, networks with peers </li></ul></ul>Association
  7. 7. How to get started with Twitter? <ul><li>Go to and click the big green “Get Started — Join!” button. </li></ul><ul><li>Create your account. Keep it as short as possible. Your first Twitter username also should represent you as a person . </li></ul><ul><li>Configure your account. You do this under the “settings” tab. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Complete your profile : keywords, your bio, website, country, .. and post a picture (icon) This is very important if you want people to follow you. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do NOT “protect your updates .” By requiring that you approve people to follow you, you’re sacrificing most of the value of connection that Twitter offers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do check the boxes for “E-mail when someone starts following me” and “E-mail when I receive a new direct message.” </li></ul></ul>Association
  8. 8. How to get started with Twitter? <ul><li>4. Find just a FEW people to follow, at first. It's recommended to start </li></ul><ul><li>to just follow 5-10 Twitter users whom you know or find interesting. </li></ul><ul><li>To find journalists: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>social networks : example of : a definitive directory of who's the journalist of which organization that is tweeting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use/follow hashtags : Hashtags are a community-driven convention for adding additional context and metadata to your tweets. Recommended hashtags: #followfriday, #madagascar + specific journalism tags </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>keyword search : (key words search and categories), , (A user powered directory), , </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Journalists to follow: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Major outlets to follow: @npr, @cnn, @bbc, @APNews, @nytimes, @guardiannews, @timesonline (london times), @cnnbrk (CNN breaking news), @onedeadline (USA today) </li></ul></ul>Association
  9. 9. How to get started with Twitter? 5. Post your first few tweets. When you’re on the Twitter home page , you’ll see at the top a box under the heading “What are you doing?” That’s where you type in your tweets. Click the “update” button to send. Use Twitter clients: Tweetdeck, Twhirl, etc... 6. Reply to someone. Twitter supports rudimentary conversation. When the box is highlighted, you’ll see a little arrow curving up and to the left. Click that. Then you’ll see that person’s username preceded by an “@” sign appear in the posting box at the page top. After that, type a response to that post. Make sure it’s something you wouldn’t mind other people (even strangers) seeing; this is public. Association
  10. 10. How to get started with Twitter? 7. Tell people you’re on Twitter . At first, just tell other Twitter users who are within your comfort zone — perhaps some of the people you’ve chosen to follow. But as you get used to this medium, you might want to post your Twitter ID on your personal blog, bio page on your employer’s site, with your byline, in your e-mail signature file, etc. (source inspired by: ) Association
  11. 11. Tips and links for Twitter Tools and directory : Tweetdeck, understanding the lingo, finding people and companies : UK journalists to follow on twitter : who use Twitter? : 10 twitter users that every journalist student should follow : 10 journalists you should follow on twitter: : directory of journalists twitterers : Twitter to journalists, how it's done : plenty of tools : directory of twitter tools How journalists can get started on twitter: * * Association
  12. 12. Be in the loop: Have your automatic watchlist Google news ou Google Actualités : Aggregated headlines and a search engine of many of the world's news sources. Technorati Real-time search for user-generated media (including weblogs) by tag or keyword. Also provides popularity indexes. Twitter search Search Twitter in realtime with your hashtags Engage with your followers/readers with Twitter, with your blog, photos and videos .: Have the results delivered via RSS then read it from RSS readers :. Ex: Newsgator, Google Reader, Bloglines, Netvibes, etc... Association
  13. 13. Better use of your smartphone: case study for a blackberry <ul><li>NB: It should work for any iphone, symbian, windows mobile smartphone too. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>RSS reader : Newsgator: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Twitter client : Blackbird/Twitterberry </li></ul></ul><ul><li> : directory of Twitter tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a Gmail e-mail account + google mobile apps: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use a better browse r: Opera mini (most popular mobile web browser): </li></ul></ul>Association
  14. 14. Miscellaneous <ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul><ul><li>Upload, host and broadcast your mp3s, interviews, audio resources on and Itunes </li></ul><ul><li> : free university podcasts for online journalists </li></ul><ul><li> : BlogTalkRadio is a provider of thousands of internet talk radio shows. Here is the journalist category. </li></ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> : How can journalists use Facebook </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Linkedin : strengthens and extends your existing network of trusted contacts. </li></ul></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>Association
  15. 15. For more You will find these tips and links on You can create your own blog and a journalist social network on You can follow our actions on: Contact: Email: [email_address] Phone number: 033 05 260 11 (Hery Zo Rakotondramanana) Association