Teaching Online Journalism

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An audience is not a community

Clay Shirky has a new book, Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing Without Organizations. It’s about technologies of social networking. I don’t know if this is in the book; Shirky wrote it for a blog from his publisher, Penguin: A good deal of user-generated content isn’t actually “content” at all, at least not in […]

6 tips for comments on stories and j-blogs

The question: Should we allow comments on our (news stories / columns / reporters’ blogs / multimedia packages / etc.)? The answer: Yes. But … ah, yes, there must be a “but” in this answer. Moderated? No, because no one has enough money to hire enough people to read every comment posted on a news […]

Discussion about EveryBlock

There are several interesting comments on my EveryBlock post from yesterday. Feel free to join in. Some people would like to see the data formatted differently. Some think it’s more useful for reporters than for citizens, while others say it’s a great tool for citizen journalists, who are more concerned about “hyperlocal” news anyway.

Connecting people to people

The missing link in the concept of “community” on news organizations’ Web sites: Who are these people? New media consultant Marshall Kirkpatrick says you can add the necessary social glue without trying to look like a cheesy Facebook imitator: … instead of adding a social network to their site, they should just add rich user […]

How to do blogging right

I found myself repeating the sentence “Blogs are a conversation” several times in different sessions at BlogOrlando on Friday. I didn’t originate that idea — far from it! But it seemed like a lot of people, or more than a few, didn’t fully understand what that means. Common questions were: Should I read other blogs? […]

BBC News reader comments and other contributions

Reading the BBC’s excellent online coverage of the protests in Burma (Myanmar), I learned something new (to me, anyway): BBC News has two types of comment moderation. Each one is briefly explained on this page. (The Burma discussion is “fully moderated.”) E-mails are arriving from inside Burma, describing the events there. BBC News has been […]

Staff journalists who blog: Two cases

Last week I had the good fortune to hear two daily journalist bloggers speak about their work. (This was at the Freedom Forum Diversity Institute, which I have written about here, here and here.) They were: Bridget Gutierrez, who writes the blog Get Schooled for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Gutierrez covers K-12 education for the newspaper. […]