My presentation during the introductory session of Social Media for Journalists training in Biratnagar, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Dhangadhi and Nepalgunj in October/November 2012 organized by Equal Access Nepal and funded by UNDP.
Plan Today• Talk about social
media & it’s importance for journalism and journalists• Discuss Facebook & Twitter as important platforms of social media for journalists• Talk on online journalism & web writing• Discuss use of social media in journalism• Try doing everything that seems working
Social Media• All tools on
Internet enabling people to connect to each other by sharing info.• Communication used to be linear; then non-linear but now with social media, communication is circular.• On social media, everyone is everyone – creator, the distributor, the audience, the commentator and the mediator.
New Info Order• People are
increasingly decreasing habits to search information actively.• Information finds audience.• Social media is fast becoming first source of information of many people.• However, people still trust the information they receive via mainstream media.
Changes Interactivity: Increased ability of
the public to actively interact online Increased public access to forms of media; access to big diversity of content Reduced ‘gatekeeping’ powers of major news organizations in agenda setting New and powerful story-telling methods through multimedia technology
Verify info• Every info needs
to be verified• See updates of related people for indication to verification of information• If can’t ask openly –use direct messages, emails and chats• Important: begin with taking any information online as fake