Category: Social Media

Reading Readers: Research on the News Community

Audience preference and editorial judgment: A study of time-lagged influence in online news Angela M. Lee, University of Texas at Austin and Seth C. Lewis, University of Minnesota  Through data analysis of three online papers — The New York Times, the New York Post, and the New York Daily News — Lee and Lewis found …  Read More

Optimizing News Through Social Media Rather Than Feeding the Search Engine

Friends and followers: Unite and write! Social media is becoming a major player in the field of journalism. Representatives from all around the digital news realm spoke in a panel at ISOJ 2012 that discussed a prevailing wind bringing us from SEO (search engine optimization) to SMO (social media optimization). Reporters and editors have often …  Read More

The Journalist’s Toolbox

#Memstorn: Twitter as a Community-Driven Breaking News Reporting ToolCarrie Brown-Smith, University of Memphis Twitter and the hashtag #memstorm allowed users in Memphis, Tenn., to share real-time weather news following a series of powerful storms in April 2011. Brown aggregated and categorized these tweets into different categories. Users posted accounts and direct observations of the storms, …  Read More

Reflections: Social Media and The New Face of Journalism

The use of social media in the realm of journalism was a topic at the 12th Annual ISOJ. One research panel, All About the Tweet and More, got right to that point. The panel included Cindy Royal and Dale Blasingame of Texas State University, Carrie Brown of the University of Memphis, Marcus Messner of VCU, …  Read More

Reflections: Engaging the Community

ISOJ speakers addressed innovative and effective ways to work with the community and have them happily work with the news. VG Multimedia editor-in-chief Espen Hansen presented ways the in which his site excels with community needs right when they need it. When the Icelandic volcano sent massive clouds of dust disrupting air travel, the site …  Read More

Reflection: Research Panel Discusses News Innovation

The first research panel of the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism conference discussed news innovations and touched on every topic from R&D to education to creativity. Seth Lewis, an Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota discussed the use of open APIs by news organizations, explaining that, “news organizations learn from people outside of the …  Read More

Catching Up With’s Warren Webster

Warren Webster, president of Patch Media, spoke on the rise of hyperlocal Saturday afternoon during the 12th International Symposium on Online Journalism. “To point to Vivian Schiller’s point ‘Is this real journalism?’ We say yes,” Webster said, adding that local editors had an average nine-year background in journalism. Patch began on the east coast …  Read More

REPORTR.NET: Research into the sharing of links on Facebook

With social recommendation becoming an increasingly important way that people get the news, the final research paper at ISOJ looked at how news travels on social networks. The research paper by Brian Baresch, Dustin Harp, Lewis Knight and Carolyn Yaschur from the University of Texas at Austin surveyed 78 US Facebook users and the links …  Read More

REPORTR.NET: Research on how journalists are using Twitter

The final research paper at the [Friday session of] ISOJ focused on how newsrooms were using Twitter. Dale Blasingame from Texas State University, San Marcos, looked at how Twitter was changing TV news. (Paper, PDF).He started by saying that a web first approach in newsrooms is no longer enough due to the instant dissemination of …  Read More

Twitter researchers to wrap up first day of 12th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism

The first day of the International Symposium on Online Journalism ends with a panel, called “All About the Tweet and More,” which will focus on social media research. Led by chair Cindy Royal of Texas State University, the panel will explore the ever-changing social media landscape, including the fast-paced world of Twitter. Royal, a professor at …  Read More