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Attending #ONA11 to learn social media from Facebook, Twitter pros

Attending #ONA11 to learn social media from Facebook, Twitter pros

It has been a while since my last update, but I’ve been inspired recently. Here’s why: I’m teaching J314/514: Online Journalism Fundamentals again. I force my students to blog twice a week. I guess I should practice what I preach. 1,000 Awesome Things had this nostalgic post a few days ago that helped me remember […]

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Using Storify to remember Bin Laden’s historic death

Like so many people, I turned to social media last night when I learned the U.S. had killed Osama bin Laden. Frankly, I learned more from my friends tweets, retweets, photos, and posts than I did watching an hour of NBC’s coverage. I used Storify to create a record of a historic event that I didn’t ever want to forget.

By no means is this comprehensive. It represents only the messages that came under my radar, but I’m excited about the possibilities Storify presents, and what a service such as this means for traditional reporting. This could be one way to create collaboration between reporters and audiences through the application of journalistic principles, while also preserving the audience’s voice.

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Hesperia Star: Follow your dreams

When Peter Day and Beau Yarbrough of the Hesperia Star addressed my J314: Online Journalism class last May, they were frank in explaining how they just tried online and social media tools to see if they’d work, and worried about the consequences later. We all laughed when they said they’d get chastised for using Twitter one week and then corporate encouraged them to do the exact thing that got them in trouble the next.

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Jerusha Klemperer: Create a food community online with Twitter

Jerusha Klemperer’s even-handed and non-radical approach taught me a lot about food and about how to use technology to create a community. Her final message was simple and something any one could do. Start supporting sustainability by inviting your friends over for a dinner you cook together.

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Predictions of Kindle’s, other deaths are greatly exaggerated

I’ll keep blogging and using Google Reader. As much as I’d love to get an iPad, I’m not going to write off the possibilities of the Kindle either. It just doesn’t make sense until I look beyond my own experience and try to understand why someone uses one on his or her own terms.

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Web’s future embraces ‘content curation’

We are in a state of information overload, folks. I’m sure you’ve noticed, and Cashmore says in 2010 the people who can cull that information down into easily digestible chunks will be valuable. Facebook has taught us that our friends are our first filters, and I agree. I hate to say that I don’t check New York Times and CNN as often as I used to, if at all. I’ll hit my livefeed on Facebook first and can always count on a couple of friends linking the news I care about.

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The difference two letters make: Tiny.url vs. bit.ly

So am I being alarmist in thinking bit.ly’s supplanting of tiny.url on Facebook is a conspiracy of Big Brother proportions? Yeah, probably. I’m thinking it’s more about saving two letters from the 140 Twitter offers on the 200 or so that fit in the newsfeed on Facebook. In fact, I applaud the innovation.

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OchoCinco finds good use for Twitter

At least half a dozen items on my list of blogging have to do with Twitter. But what finally gets me off my butt to discuss the journalistic implications of this technology, again: Chad OchoCinco. Seems like the Cincinnati Bengals receiver used Twitter to plan his Lambeau Leap on Sunday. At least that’s what Jim […]

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