What I’m reading today:
- WSJ reports that some businesses and news organizations are growing weary of sharing their data with Facebook.
- Oscar Pistorius’ trial was a turning point for social journalism in South Africa, writes WAN-IFRA. Social media not only served the role of “public court,” but broke information, provided context and commentary during the trial.
- A helpful list from Journalism.co.uk gives reporters 9 online tools to monitor their beat, including Tweetdeck, Facebook interest lists, RSS, Reddit and Storyful. Some new ones to me: Ping.it and Banjo.
- American Press Institute argues that FT’s “Antenna” and Atlantic Media’s “This.” signals a return to the traditional role of media in a new ecosystem of feeds (that of curator).
- NetNewsCheck’s synopsis of an ONA panel on “Managing the Twitter Storm” points out that the panel was full of best practices for journalists on Twitter, which reinforces the platform’s claim that it hopes to be a tool (not a competitor) for journalists.
- I’m intrigued by this new social network “Ello,” but Gawker claims that the platform is not “what’s next.”
- Al Jazeera gets into the news game business. In “Pirate Fishing,” you take the role of a journalist and investigate Sierra Leone’s illegal fishing trade. Cool.
- Learn about CUNY’s new “Social Journalism” program.
- The new Pew research on the relationship between social media and news is a must read.
- Buzzfeed’s Charlie Warzel takes down the New York Times staff for being out of touch on social media.
- Interactive Timeline: 16 Days in #Ferguson by Fusion demonstrates the power of Twitter in the Ferguson protests.