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iWitness, a new Twitter service that searches tweets by time and location: Works well for breaking news, not so well for other news pieces

I tested iWitness over the weekend trying to locate local sources for a few news reports; the results show iWitness works well in a breaking news situation where the event affects a lot of people in a relatively small area … Continue reading

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The gap between journalism education and the (changing) journalism profession

Journalism education needs to incorporate more “new skills” to catch up with what is expected of the next generation of journalists. This is an observation based on a comparison of skills emphasized by media professionals and skills being taught in … Continue reading

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Different fates of hyperlocal news sites in UK: what spells the difference?

Quality journalism alone is not enough to help sustain hyperlocal news sites. A “live” or social media strategy may help make a difference. This is an observation of several failed attempts at local sites in UK, as well as a … Continue reading

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News media now look for “storytelling” expertise in new hires

What does a “storytelling reporter” job entail? A job ad by Arizona’s Republic Media explains what they are looking for in this new hire: We are seeking a reporter to tell powerful stories – some that are developed over time, … Continue reading

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A conversation with media professionals on multimedia journalism education

I want to share the conversations I had with two media professionals about my post, “What is a multimedia journalism course?” I shared this post on LinkedIn in the Online News Association group, and had an interesting and thought-provoking conversation … Continue reading

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Two case studies of breaking news coverage using Facebook page

There have been many articles and posts about how news media use Facebook and Twitter to engage audiences in their daily news reporting. I came across an example of how a television station, WTKR, used its Facebook page to solicit … Continue reading

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Pinterest: Yet another social media tool for journalists to cope with?

Some reporters/editors are still struggling to figure out how to catch up with Facebook and Twitter. Now they have to deal with yet another social media tool: Pinterest.

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Video production should be a core course for all journalism students

A recent New York Times article talks about how more and more newspapers plunge into video productions, which include both field video production and live studio production. This is a wake-up call for those colleges where video is required of … Continue reading

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Using social media to market online degree program: Start a conversation on Facebook page

Some thoughts, borrowed from Facebook’s tutorial on “Building Your Business With Facebook Pages,” about how to best use the online program’s Facebook page. This is a continuation of a previous post on how Georgian Court University’s online programs can use … Continue reading

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How news media use Twitter hashtags

When I wrote about how news media make use of social media tools such as Twitter, one practice that is frequently mentioned in various accounts is the use of Twitter hashtags. I want to write a post to answer questions … Continue reading

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