Posted on February 16, 2012
Best social media tools for journalists
What are today’s most popular social media tools? I proposed a short list on the Social Journalism Educators group on Facebook:
You’ll note (if you roll over and read the tooltip) that none of the links above go to the home page for that tool — instead, I have linked to useful articles that can help us understand how journalists use (or can use) each one of these particular tools.
Then others in the Facebook group recommended the following sites and tools:
- Audioboo and SoundCloud for recording and sharing audio files (both have mobile apps)
- CoveritLive and ScribbleLive for liveblogging
- Delicious and Diigo for social bookmarking
- Dipity and Intersect for interactive timelines: Timelines in journalism: A closer look
- DocumentCloud: A tool for annotating, organizing and publishing primary source documents on the Web
- Dropbox for sharing all kinds of files
- Facebook: Facebook + Journalists: Getting Started
- Flickr for photo sharing and photographer communities (my favorite user is the White House — yes, the real White House)
- Foursquare: 7 Ways Journalists Can Use Foursquare
- FreeDive: A new data-sharing tool from Knight Digital Media Center (free and open source)
- Google+: 5 Ways Journalists Are Using Google+
- Google Docs for collaborative writing and file sharing
- Google tools for data and mapping: Maps, Fusion Tables, Charts — see also LucidChart
- Livestream for live streaming video
- Path, a mobile app for lifestreaming (“smart journal”)
- Scoop.it for curating articles and blog posts about one topic (compare this with Pinterest, Posterous, Tumblr)
- SlideShare and Vuvox for embeddable slideshows; Prezi for zooming presentations and collaboration
I do not necessarily agree that all of these are really social media, or popular, or tools — but you can decide for yourself.
No one in the group mentioned LinkedIn.
One person mentioned Blogger. I feel quite strongly that WordPress has so many advantages over Blogger, it’s not worth discussing. Others might disagree. In fact, I know at least a couple of journalism educators who would definitely disagree.
Now I think I need to work on a definition of what I mean when I say “social media.”
(Thanks to Karl Hodge, Robert Quigley and the others in the Social Journalism Educators group who crowdsourced this list.)