Monthly Archive: April 2016


Net Worked | April 18th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The SPJ Ethics Code applies to Twitter too

Ethics Week is an important time to remember the Code of Ethics, and how they apply to Twitter. (Photo: SPJ)

Next week is Ethics Week here at SPJ, a time to celebrate the Code of Ethics, and to examine and consider its four principle values in journalism — to seek truth and report it, minimize harm, be accountable and transparent, and act independent.

The subject for this year’s Ethics Week is best practices in new technology, including social media. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | April 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why economic growth needs free media

This posting first appeared in Journalism, Journalists and the World.

Despite all the complaints about how poorly “the media” covered the Wall Street shenanigans that led to the 2008 Great Recession, people still turn to the unfettered and independent media outlets for news about stocks, bonds and the general state of the economy. In fact, the whole system of savings and investment would not work without a free press.

The media — and this includes knowledgable bloggers — provide the public with loads of information about what is going on in the marketplace. Continue reading


Journalism and the World | April 16th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Why economic growth needs free media

This posting first appeared in Journalism, Journalists and the World.

Despite all the complaints about how poorly “the media” covered the Wall Street shenanigans that led to the 2008 Great Recession, people still turn to the unfettered and independent media outlets for news about stocks, bonds and the general state of the economy. In fact, the whole system of savings and investment would not work without a free press.

The media — and this includes knowledgable bloggers — provide the public with loads of information about what is going on in the marketplace. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 15th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Informing and engaging through Twitter

A new report suggests Twitter is responsible for 1.5 percent of traffic to news organizations’ web sites. (Photo: Pixabay/CC)

New data released Wednesday suggested some interesting conclusions about Twitter. The data, compiled by the social media analytics firm parse.ly, suggests that while Twitter has significant influence, it doesn’t help when it comes to traffic for news organizations.

The data says that 1.5 percent of traffic from 200 of the firm’s clients web sites within the last two weeks came from Twitter, and the report raised questions about Twitter’s role in journalism. Continue reading


My Blog | April 13th, 2016 | #
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Net Worked | April 8th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
One experience can change everything

The SPA member badge, which is displayed on my web site. (Photo: SPA)

This weekend, in Loughborough in the English Midlands, a few of my colleagues and their peers are getting together for the Student Publication Association‘s annual conference.

At the helm of the conference are sessions on honing the journalistic craft, alongside awards, networking and the ability to celebrate the work of these student publications up and down the UK.

The timing of their meeting comes at an interesting time for media in Britain, as The Independent, once the UK’s youngest newspaper, ended a 30 year run in print to become a digital only publication. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 6th, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Point Taken and the new social media conversation

Carlos Watson moderates a debate on the American Dream from Point Taken, airing on PBS. (Photo: Meredith Nierman/WGBH)

Social media has allowed us to do many things in journalism, from help tell a story and inform new audiences, to curate a conversation on various subjects. For WGBH, they have shown social media can do that and then some through the new program Point Taken.

Point Taken, a late-night, weekly debate on a current affairs topic, presented by Carlos Watson, premiered last night on PBS and is produced by the Boston based public media station. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 3rd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook’s business is journalism’s business

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The social network will roll out its Instant Articles program to all publishers April 12. (Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr under CC)

Next Tuesday (April 12th), at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Francisco, the social network is to open up Instant Articles to every single publisher in the world.

Instant Articles, which was launched last May, started a revolution into Facebook’s relationship with journalism, and how users consume journalism on social media. Publishers including the BBC, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Guardian and MTV have been utilizing Instant Articles, which hosts content produced by those organizations on Facebook. Continue reading


Net Worked | April 3rd, 2016 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Facebook’s business is journalism’s business

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The social network will roll out its Instant Articles program to all publishers April 12. (Photo: b_d_solis/Flickr under CC)

Next Tuesday (April 12th), at Facebook’s F8 conference in San Francisco, the social network is to open up Instant Articles to every single publisher in the world.

Instant Articles, which was launched last May, started a revolution into Facebook’s relationship with journalism, and how users consume journalism on social media. Publishers including the BBC, The New York Times, BuzzFeed, The Guardian and MTV have been utilizing Instant Articles, which hosts content produced by those organizations on Facebook. Continue reading