Monthly Archive: March 2017

Net Worked | March 28th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
The social balance

Social media platforms are in a delicate balance when it comes to platforms and engaging users. (Photo: Visual Content/Flickr via Creative Commons)

In the world of social media, content is king, and for journalists, social media has allowed for new ways to not just inform audiences, but also to engage them – creating new dimensions in the relationship between consumer and news organization.

Yet, while there are benefits for journalists and news organizations in this relationship with social media, there also are questions as to the right balance – informing users versus attracting them. Continue reading

Net Worked | March 21st, 2017 | #
TWITTER CHAT: Reddit For Journalists

Join SPJ Digital March 21, 2016 at 8 PM (Eastern Standard Time) for an hour-long Twitter chat about how journalists can use Reddit to enhance their audience, story arsenal and sources. Reddit is the most valuable social media network for some journalists and the most frustrating for others. The difference lies in knowing how you make the discussions, sub-reddits and community work with you rather than against you. Esther Schindler, a longtime tech industry journalist and coauthor of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Twitter Marketing, has translated geek-talk into English since 1992. Continue reading

Net Worked | March 21st, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Ethics and authenticity

At NPR’s headquarters in Washington, two sets of keyboards, both connected to microphones, appear before a musician. He sits down and performs three tracks from his album – a performance that is as intimate as it gets, a performance that is powerful and can showcase talent.

His name is Sampha – a singer, songwriter and producer from south London who has come to DC for a Tiny Desk concert, part of the All Songs Considered series, and as it provided some very good background music as I made research calls today, it also made me think. Continue reading

The Independent Journalist | March 17th, 2017 | #, #
Score one for the freelancer! (a cautionary tale)

By guest blogger Hazel Becker 

This is the story of a freelance journalist who went up against a national publisher and won. The individual facts and circumstances are not uncommon.

The freelancer had a personal story to tell, and pitched it to the editor of a publication that would have broad reach. The editor said yes, and the two agreed on compensation and a deadline. The story was published in print and online, pretty much as written. Continue reading

First Draft | March 15th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
A guide to the FOIA

The Freedom of Information Act, passed by Congress in 1966, is an essential part of the public’s right to know about their government. (Photo: Kevin McCoy/Wikimedia Commons)

This week is Sunshine Week. Sunshine Week is a week held annually reminding us of the importance of the public’s right to know. At the core of this is the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which was signed into law in 1966.

Because of the nature of my work, I have to be selective in the FOIA requests that I file with the US government. Continue reading

Net Worked | March 5th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Women are the future

“The future of media looks like this.”

That is how a tweet from Josiah Ryan, a senior producer for CNN in New York, began when discussing the recent front page cover story on the network from The Hollywood Reporter.

Featuring the network’s chief executive, Jeff Zucker, and other journalists and personalities, including Jake Tapper, Anthony Bourdain, Casey Neistat and W. Kamau Bell, the story focused on the future of the network in the digital age.

The future of media looks like this. Continue reading

Net Worked | March 4th, 2017 | #, #, #, #, #, #, #, #
Perspective: It’s important

Students at USC’s Annenberg School have reinforced the importance of perspective and ideas in the digital age. (Photo: Bobak Ha’Eri/Wikimedia Commons)

Last month, Laura Davis of the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Journalism curated a series written by her students about how products affect trust with news organizations.

Journalism, in all its forms, finds itself in a quandary as the digital age. Yet, it goes beyond the consumption of it – but how trust can be maintained and ethics can be preserved. Continue reading