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You Can’t Post That! Social Media Policies in Newsrooms

The use of social media by journalists raises new ethical and professional dilemmas. As a result, news outlets are implementing policies addressing what is and what is not permitted on social media platforms. Suzanne Lysak, associate professor of broadcast and digital journalism at Syracuse University, and I recently published a paper on this topic in the Electronic News journal. Through [&hellip

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Ithaca College Journalism Students Cover Inauguration for PBS

A team of 10 Ithaca College journalism students reported on the inauguration of Donald Trump for PBS NewsHour’s social media and digital platforms. My colleague James Rada and I accompanied the students and coordinated coverage with PBS NewsHour. One group of students captured content that was used on PBS NewsHour’s Twitter feed. (Read about NewsHour’s partnership with Twitter to live stream [&hellip

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Fake News: What’s Real Deal?

Too good to be true? Ever mistakenly share a story that was a hoax? Social media has been filled with fake news this election season. The increase in the number of fake news stories, sites dedicated to them, and the sharing of this content were the focus of several recent BBC News stories. The production of fake news has become [&hellip

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Latest in Mobile Journalism: Vertical Video, Social Graphics, and More

From the palm of their hands, reporters can easily gather, produce, and share stories to any platform from nearly anywhere. Welcome to journalism today. No need to cart around clunky equipment. Mobile devices streamline the process of gathering and producing content as well as distributing it to just about any platform–social media, websites, and beyond. Today’s audience is mobile, which is [&hellip

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Mobile Journalism Checklist

Preparation begins well before you head to a story. There’s nothing more frustrating than when something that could have easily been prevented goes wrong in the field. So, don’t wait until you’re in the field to complete this checklist. Store this mobile journalism checklist in your “go” bag. Do you have all the gear you normally use? Mic(s), headphones, monopod, [&hellip

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Study Reveals Social Media’s Impact on Newsroom Editorial Decisions

Popular, or trending, topics and content on social media play a significant role in local television newsrooms decisions about which stories to cover. That’s the finding from my latest research, Forces at the Gate: Social Media’s Influence on Editorial and Production Decisions in Local Television Newsrooms, published in the Electronic News journal. This nationwide survey of news directors at network affiliate television stations explores [&hellip

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Mobile Journalism: Snapchat and Digital-First Story Pitches

At the Broadcast Education Association convention in Las Vegas, there was no shortage of discussion about the impact of mobile devices on journalism. Journalism educators are revamping courses and curriculum to prepare students for jobs that will require them to use mobile devices and social media for gathering and producing news. I presented on two topics: the use of Snapchat in [&hellip

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Ithaca Journalism Students Cover Presidential Primary for NBC News

Little sleep, lots of coffee, and plenty of adrenaline. It was a whirlwind three days for nine Ithaca College journalism students who covered the South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary for NBC News. My colleague James Rada and I coordinated the project. We also had a blast! Our team provided content Feb. 18-20 for the network’s broadcast, digital, and social media platforms. [&hellip

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A New Generation of “Fierce Fact Checkers”

Josh Sterns, who directs the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation’s journalism sustainability project, recently asked me to share my thoughts on teaching students how to verify social media content. In the article, How Journalism Schools Can Train a New Generation of Fierce Fact Checkers, Sterns discusses how verification of user-generated content and other social media skills are critical to be successful in journalism today, but [&hellip

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WDBJ Shooting: The Ugly Side of Social Media

The horrific shootings of WDBJ-TV reporter Alison Parker and videojournalist Adam Ward have exposed an ugly side of social media. Bryce Williams, a former WDBJ employee, shot dead Parker and Ward during a live report on the Roanoke station’s morning newscast. Moments later, the gunman turned to Twitter and Facebook, where he posted his own video clips of the shootings. [&hellip

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