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The Future of Social Media in Journalism

The Future of Social Media in Journalism
This series is supported by Gist. Gist provides a full view of the contacts in your professional network by creating a rich business profile for each one that includes the most news, status updates, and work details. See how it works here. The future of social media in journalism will see the death of “social media.” That is, all media as we know it today will become social, and feature a social component to one extent or another. After all, much of the web experience, particularly in the way we consume content, is becoming social and personalized. But more importantly, these social tools are inspiring readers to become citizen journalists by enabling them to easily publish and share information on a greater scale. Collaborative Reporting Reporting has always in some ways been a collaborative process between journalists and their sources. For those who involve the community in the reporting process, the payoff can be great. Journalists as Community Managers The Social Beat Social Stories

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Citizen news: A democratic addition to political journalism Editor’s note: Herbert Gans is one of America’s preeminent sociologists, and some of his most notable work has come in examining the American news industry. His seminal 1979 book Deciding What’s News: A Study of CBS Evening News, NBC Nightly News, Newsweek and Time was born out of years spent in newsrooms, watching how the never-ending flood of human activity was distilled into the news. Here he argues for a new area of emphasis in political reporting for a democratic society — what he calls citizen news. Journalism and the news media are supposed to be a bulwark for democracy.

1st Principle of the Social Survival Manifesto Endorsed by global leaders in PR, Corporate Affairs and Crisis Communications, The #Social Survival Manifesto is an ex-activist’s tell-all guide to what makes companies and institutions vulnerable to online reputation attacks. Presented within are five Principles of Survival and five Principles of Success designed to help companies and institutions mitigate risk, avoid crisis and winning back the hearts and minds of their stakeholders. Here is the full text of the first Principle, shared exclusively with Social Media Today readers. Principle of Survival #1: HIDING IS NOT AN OPTION! The first Principle of Survival is essentially a warning that keeping a low profile, or no profile, is a tactical risk when it comes to reputation management in the 21st century .

The 21st Century Journalist’s Creed Former Seattle Times Executive Editor Michael R. Fancher considered the question of whether “The Journalist’s Creed,” written in 1914 by Walter Williams, founder of the Missouri School of Journalism, remains viable in the digital age. “The whole world is watching.” Demonstrators chanted those words in the streets of Chicago in 1968, and many people throughout the world did watch as the story was told through the voices of professional print and broadcast journalists. That summer I had graduated from the University of Oregon and would spend those next 40 years in journalism, working for just two newspapers. I left The Kansas City Star as city editor in 1978 and spent the next 30 years at The Seattle Times, 20 of them as executive editor.

The Three C’s of Social Networking: Consumption, Curation, Creation Over the years, social networks have lured us from the confines of our existing realities into a new genre of digital domains that not only captivated us, but fostered the creation of new realities. As George Bernard Shaw observed, “Life is not about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself.” Such is true for social networks and the digital persona and resulting experiences we create and cultivate. It was the beginning of the shift in behavior toward an era of digital extroversion, self-defined by varying degrees of sharing, connections, and engagement.

Smart materials get SMARTer Cambridge, Mass. – July 11, 2012 – Living organisms have developed sophisticated ways to maintain stability in a changing environment, withstanding fluctuations in temperature, pH, pressure, and the presence or absence of crucial molecules. The integration of similar features in artificial materials, however, has remained a challenge—until now. In the July 12 issue of Nature, a Harvard-led team of engineers presented a strategy for building self-thermoregulating nanomaterials that can, in principle, be tailored to maintain a set pH, pressure, or just about any other desired parameter by meeting the environmental changes with a compensatory chemical feedback response. Called SMARTS (Self-regulated Mechano-chemical Adaptively Reconfigurable Tunable System), this newly developed materials platform offers a customizable way to autonomously turn chemical reactions on and off and reproduce the type of dynamic self-powered feedback loops found in biological systems.

The Social Shake Up Video What is the Social Shake-Up? Social tools are breaking down barriers: between companies, their customers and across organizations. Yesterday's silos are collapsing as social media, big data, and a world of constant communication drive strategy, collaboration, and decision-making. We the Media (by Dan Gillmor) We freeze some moments in time. Every culture has its frozen moments, events so important and personal that they transcend the normal flow of news. Americans of a certain age, for example, know precisely where they were and what they were doing when they learned that President Franklin D. Roosevelt died.

What’s in it from me? Crowdsourced magazines and storytelling As a child, did you ever imagine yourself waiting for a call from people in need, people who were praying that you’d see their signal and come to the rescue? If so, you might have the makings of a modern magazine writer. And editors for some recent crowdsourced ventures are glad you’re out there listening. One enterprising editor did call for help in the wake of a disaster earlier this year. When Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano belched an ash cloud over Europe and brought air travel to a standstill, Andrew Losowsky was stranded in Dublin. Having already demonstrated a knack for creating what he calls “experiences” (from pop-up museums to his viral “The Internet is Sh*t” project), Losowsky went to work.

Kid's Coloring, Drawing, Stickers & Painting Activity ABCya is the leader in free educational computer games and mobile apps for kids. The innovation of a grade school teacher, ABCya is an award-winning destination for elementary students that offers hundreds of fun, engaging learning activities. Millions of kids, parents, and teachers visit each month, playing over 1 billion games last year. Apple, The New York Times, USA Today, Parents Magazine and Scholastic, to name just a few, have featured ABCya’s popular educational games. ABCya’s award-winning Preschool computer games and apps are conceived and realized under the direction of a certified technology education teacher, and have been trusted by parents and teachers for ten years. Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall and the #SocialShakeUp: Connecting with Constituents via Social Media Social media gives up and coming politicians the opportunity to build a local and then a national audience. The really innovative ones are using social media in ways that provide value to constituents and voters. Cory Booker made an early big splash with his "tweet me if you need help digging out your car from the snow" idea. He would show up, shovel in hand That was just the beginning.