Topic: Social Media

Ethical Values and Quality Control in the Digital Era
‘Situations that editors confront in this digital-era maelstrom reflect the vexing ethical challenges and the diminished quality control standards at a time when they are most needed.’
By Bob Steele
Media Re:public: Conclusions After a Year of Exploration
By Persephone Miel
The End of Journalism as Usual
‘To maximize a news organization’s social capital and marketability, its journalism today must be transparent, authentic and collaborative.’
By Mark Briggs
The Wikification of Knowledge
A neuroscientist explores the shared challenges of medicine and journalism when it comes to gathering information and reaching conclusions in the era of social media.
By Kenneth S. Kosik
Media Re:public: My Year in the Church of the Web
In studying new and old media, the author feels ‘as though I’ve undergone two religious crises; one feels like a loss of faith, the other like a conversion.’
By Persephone Miel
Digging Into Social Media to Build a Newspaper Audience
‘We weren’t even sure whether a mainstream news site could become part of the cybercommunities that evolve from social media sites.’
By Bill Adee
When Journalists Blog: How It Changes What They Do
‘I was surprised at just how much these journalists felt their work had been changed by the simple act of blogging.’
By Paul Bradshaw
Digital Media’s Key to Success: Must-Read Content
In observing what enables some content creators to draw steady and good-sized audiences, lessons emerge about the common factors that make this happen.
By Brian Reich
The Public and Journalists: They Disagree on Core Values
By Esther Thorson and Michael R. Fancher
Using Social Media to Reach Young Readers
In reporting on a case of a police informant who’d been murdered, the Tallahassee Democrat relied on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and text messages to get its reporting to young readers.
By Julia Luscher Thompson
Dealing With Disruption
As digital media gets ‘better, faster and cheaper. … [there is] little time for long-established human institutions like journalism to adapt.’
By Jon Palfreman
Blogging Communities Spurred to Action
‘Coverage of civil rights and social justice issues could be made the core of a digital news organization, national or global in scope.’
By Leonard Witt
What Is Journalism’s Place in Social Media?
‘Bringing our journalistic values to these environments that have captured the imagination of millions is one of the most promising ways we have of serving that interest.’
By Geneva Overholser
Blogs, Tweets, Social Media, and the News Business
‘Merely because a technology is popular with some users and journalists does not mean that its use will be beneficial to the news enterprise as a whole.’
By Robert G. Picard
An Explosion Prompts Rethinking of Twitter and Facebook
‘… this explosion was our “aha” moment in experiencing how social media, Twitter, in particular, opens up new possibilities in journalism.’
By Courtney Lowery
Why the News Media Became Irrelevant—And How Social Media Can Help
‘Only the savviest of journalists are using the networks for the real value they provide in today’s culture—as ways to establish relationships and listen to others.’
By Michael Skoler
Confessing Errors in a Digital Age
‘With accuracy as the foundation of media credibility, setting the record straight is essential to restoring trust that is eroded by errors.’
By Scott R. Maier
An Antidote for Web Overload
With a hunger for explanatory guidance amid the raging storm of Web news flashes, a journalist stresses context to attract digital users.
By Matt Thompson
What’s Old Can Be New Again—Assisted By Digital Media
‘It’s not a digital update of the newspaper, but it is a digital update of the community connection role I first learned about as a youth in Shenandoah.’
By Steve Buttry
Inviting the Rise of the Entrepreneurial Journalist
True/Slant is modeling the newsroom of the future by empowering contributors to build their own digital brands—and by changing the role of the editor.
By Lewis DVorkin
Reporting Relies on Questions: Now They Come From Readers
At, StarNews readers get the conversation going by asking about what’s on their minds, and then reporters respond.
By Vaughn Hagerty
The 21st Century Journalist’s Creed
A former newspaper editor urges journalists to ‘let go of the sense that we have control and recognize how much better public service journalism can be when we accept the public as true partners.’
By Michael R. Fancher
Media Users, Media Creators: Principles of Active Engagement
In transforming ‘ourselves from passive consumers of media into active users … we’ll have to instill throughout our society principles that add up to critical thinking and honorable behavior.’
By Dan Gillmor
Closing the Credibility Gap
Web users have developed a set of tools for deciding what to trust online, and now journalists can learn from them.
By Scott Rosenberg
Blogging: Taking a Look After a Decade of Growth
By Jonathan Seitz
Creating Ethical Bridges From Journalism to Digital News
‘… what appears on Web sites and on blogs is not generally regarded as adhering to standards that govern legacy news organizations.’
By Jan Leach
Internet Censorship: The Myth, Oft Told, and the Reality
Protests in Iran and China have spotlighted the use of social media, showing its power in finding ways to push information past barriers set up by government.
By Fons Tuinstra
Engaging Youth in Social Media: Is Facebook the New Media Frontier?
A research project creates experimental applications for Facebook to learn whether the news habit can be fostered online and lead to civic engagement.
By Christine Greenhow and Jeff Reifman
Ours, Theirs and the Bloggers’ Zones: Compatible, Yet Different
Over the years, creating community on the Telegraph’s Web site has come to mean a lot more than someone leaving a comment at the bottom of an article.
By Shane Richmond
Preparing to Cover a Pandemic: A New Guide for Journalists
‘The idea behind this guide is to provide an accessible, trusted resource in case the H1N1 strain, or any new or known flu strain, strikes in more deadly form.’
By Bob Giles
Social Media: The Ground Shifts
Social networks serving as Web services, not sites, ‘create new challenges for journalists, news organizations, and media companies that are only now starting to embrace social media.’
By Richard Gordon
A Photographer’s Journey: From Newspapers to Social Media
An Essay in Words and Photographs
By Jim MacMillan