Journalists at the political conventions retweeted what
others said about them.
Example: Logan Molyneux, @loganex
• “This morning @loganex will present his branding
research at #ISOJ http://does.nt/exist/”
• “Fantastic analysis coming from @loganex this
convention. Must read.”
• “Hey @loganex take your pointy-headed nonsense and
get off the stage.”
Branding is an integral part of their work
“It’s much more grass roots now, meaning our company isn’t just
going through traditional advertising channels and that we’re not
just writing a story and sending a tweet out there to promote it…
We don’t get paid more to do that, but we know that it’s our best
shot to remain relevant.”
Journalists forge relationships with their audience
“Now I’m constantly engaged in conversations with people who
share my thoughts with their followers, which helps kick my name
up a notch for people interested in health or cancer or even some
of the other areas I’m covering.”
“They like knowing how I get my job done or what hoops I jumped
through to get a story. That’s something that helps them connect
with who I am and what I represent as a journalist.”
Branding creates tension between organization and individual
“You used to try to figure out what your publisher wanted and tried
to hit a home run there. Now you know you might lose your job
tomorrow or you see a hundred other reporters just like you
covering the same things. You go into survival mode, which for me
means becoming a walking, talking, texting, tweeting, whatever
billboard for myself.”
WHO’S MY MASTER
If it’s the audience…
• Would I skip a story if it upsets them?
• Would I use sources I know they trust?
• Would I over-value their story suggestions?
Am I more concerned with my brand image
than with my news?
A POWER SHIFT