Monthly Archive: July 2015


Net Worked | July 29th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why Twitter’s concerns are journalists’ concerns

As investors wonder what’s next for Twitter, journalists are also wondering the same thing. (Image: Flickr user Anthony Quintano under CC)

Twitter earlier Tuesday released its second quarter earnings. While analyst expectations for revenue were beaten, the issue that interim chief executive Jack Dorsey faces continues to be that of user growth.

The number of active users went up to 304 million compared to 302 million last quarter, but including access to the social network via messenger services like SMS, the number was 316 million, compared to 308 million last quarter, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 28th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Is Snapchat discovering a journalistic comeback?

As Snapchat updates its Discover feature, its still trying to figure out its purpose in the world of social media. (Image: Flickr user ryan.nagelmann under CC)

The last couple of weeks have seen changes to Snapchat’s Discover feature, the platform established in January by the Los Angeles based social network that has seen content from providers including CNN, ESPN and the Comedy Central network.

Two weeks ago, a new iOS update was made available, putting the feature front and center before stories and updates from other users. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 16th, 2015 | #
Five tips when interviewing for a digital job

On the hunt for a digital job? Keep these five pieces of advice in mind.

Research, and then research again Search the company you’re interviewing with on all social platforms and compile a study guide. Research key players and learn the backstory of your interviewer (if you know their name). Reach out to friends and colleagues in digital media who can provide you with a few questions they’ve been asked or have asked interviewees. Rehearse your answers so you’re not struggling with an “Ummm” when across the table from a potential future employer. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 15th, 2015 | #
Facebook’s ‘Premium Messaging’ disabled?

A reporter at the Post-Dispatch noticed recently that he’s been having issues reaching people with Facebook messages. He often sends ones to people he’s not friends with, spending the $1 per message to have them delivered directly to them – and not to the “other” inbox. But recently, he wasn’t receiving receipts for the charge, and his messages weren’t being read. He brought his problem to me, and I tried to get a response through Facebook’s group for News, Media and Publishing on Facebook. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 10th, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Twitter Beyond the Tweet

It is hard to come by a story that isn’t somehow influenced by Twitter, supported by Twitter or started on Twitter. But Twitter is vast — there are more tweets being tweeted than one journalist can track successfully, but that doesn’t mean that Twitter can only be used to extract single tweets instead of whole pictures.

Millions of tweets are sent out during events — political, athletic, cultural — and those tweets can tell journalists what is resonating with people, what people are finding important and what they have opinions about. Continue reading


The Independent Journalist | July 7th, 2015 | #
A sports fan turned freelancer

Heather Rule, who is based in the Twin Cities, Minn., covers high school sports as a freelance reporter for the Star Tribune. On her blog, “Thoughts from the Stands,” Rule, who studied journalism in college, writes about baseball, hockey, tennis and IndyCar racing. She also Tweets updates during all the Minnesota Twins games as the in-game social media coordinator for Major League Baseball. Here’s what Rule had to say about how she got into sports writing, some of the highlights, and what it’s like reporting on such a male-dominated arena. Continue reading


Net Worked | July 1st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Data, Data Everywhere

My eyes and thumbs comb through medium after medium, prowling the Internet for the next sensational story, the latest updates from my friends, and the most cutting-edge scientific research.

TwitterTumblrFacebookPinterestInstagramSnapchatGoogle … Repeat.

It’s hard to imagine living in such an age where we don’t know about the forthcoming announcement of (yet another) Republican presidential nominee, or the release of Apple’s latest music makeover.  Even the things we don’t really want to know, we know –– just who was Hillary Clinton emailing during her Secretary of State term?   Continue reading


Net Worked | July 1st, 2015 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Data, Data Everywhere

My eyes and thumbs comb through medium after medium, prowling the Internet for the next sensational story, the latest updates from my friends, and the most cutting-edge scientific research.

TwitterTumblrFacebookPinterestInstagramSnapchatGoogle … Repeat.

It’s hard to imagine living in such an age where we don’t know about the forthcoming announcement of (yet another) Republican presidential nominee, or the release of Apple’s latest music makeover.  Even the things we don’t really want to know, we know –– just who was Hillary Clinton emailing during her Secretary of State term?   Continue reading