Social media

March 9, 2011

 

In the traditional world the news organizations had to give out information, and people would consume it. But simply making information available is not enough for today’s public. Today’s audiences expect to be able to choose what they read, and most believe they should be able to contribute content and opinions, too. This shift is generally called the social media.

Basically social media use internet-and mobile-based tools for sharing and discussing information among human beings. It has not only benefited journalists but has also helped give individuals a way to speak up to the world.

More and more people prefer reading newspapers online due to the online version being global, free and around forever. If most of the consumers are on line, it is better to reach them online. Traditional media is slowly becoming history. Journalists are now making a good use of social media to engage their audience.

Iqbal Yousafzai


5 interesting articles on social media

March 2, 2011

 

Out there in the wild sea of Internet we can find plenty of attracting fish to consume. However, I came across some interesting article on social media that I believe they are worth sharing with you guys:

 

1.- The value of LinkedIn

Nowadays, we might tend to take for granted the importance of certain social networks. Everyone seems to talk about either Twitter or Facebook, but what about THE others? Bearing in mind the characteristics of each of them, we can exploit their advantages. LindedIn is a great ( and probably the best) tool to do networking.

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Information and social media

February 16, 2011

Accessibility to internet has brought about radical changes in terms of information and communication. Due to these changes now it is so easy to get online.

Social networking sites like Twitter, Face Book, LinkedIn, foursquare, MySpace etc   bring more and more people online, especially the youngsters.  Twitter in particular is used by journalists as an outlet to release breaking news because it is not only instant but can also effectively reach to a huge number of audiences.

The development of mobile phones having access to internet has also contributed a lot to have up-to-date information, news or progress of events worldwide.

Social media in general is a positive development, especially for freelance journalists as it gives a huge range of possibilities in terms of getting work! It is very tough to step into this industry and when the only media outlets that existed were print publications, there were limited opportunities for young journalists. However, the emergence of online media has created more prospects for writers and journalists both.

Besides many advantages of social media its ethical aspect especially in context of journalism is very important.

The dangerous thing about it is somewhat lack of control. As there could be anyone create a website or a blog etc so there are a number of ethical issues that are raised, especially since the technological advances move at such a fast pace. Defamation is a huge ethical issue in online journalism. As anybody can write their opinions online and people have so much freedom to express, comment or respond instantly on the internet so it is easy to commit libel. For example, writing a defamatory statement about any individual or organization could be considered libel. However, the problem with the online journalism is where to draw a line?

Despite many advantages of social media in terms of the ability to reach out to a mass audience, the immense freedom people have online can also cause more damage than intended.

Iqbal Yousafzai


Cyber crimes and social networking

February 16, 2011

It is a matter of common experience that many passionate users of social networking sites including Face Book, Twitter, MySpace, LinkedIn etc are easy target of internet scams.

Recent reports from Antivirus firms have indicated that cyber crime is increasing day by day. These social networking sites are easily being targeted. Messages are frequently sent supposedly from friends of the user, and entirely based on trust; the user if not informed on the dangers, will open them up. Consequences to this may include personal data being used for different unwanted purposes.

Most of the users are expected to be well aware of the fact however, there still may be many others who are unaware and thus they are the easy targets of internet scams.

As it was reported from the Economic Times, email services’ anti-spam security measures are much higher of social networking sites, which lead to the criminal fraternity venturing into these waters.

In a statement from Senior Technology Consultant at Sophos “Graham Cluley,” has said, “People have grown wise to email spam. They recognise all the warning signs now. But a lot more people are tricked by spam messages sent by their ‘friends’ on sites like Face Book as they have a position of trust.” He then went on to finish with what can happen if personal information is accessed.

It is high time for users to be educated how to use these networking sites safely.  In the mean time, social networking sites should also take effective measures to protect the users from the tactics of internet scams.

Iqbal Yousafzai


What are the main ethical challenges journalism is facing when embracing Social Media?

February 8, 2011

Comments posted in our Facebook discussion group.

I agree with Sergi that although social media can provide leads, but info needs to be checked. Another point I’ve noticed is that people’s tweets from months or years ago are sometimes used to try and weaken the perception of their character in articles. Tweets are easier to use out of context to try and make someone seem better or worse than you want. It’s something we all need to be careful of when posting.

Amy Hall

I agree with Becs… it’s a good way to find or follow a good story, but a journalist must alway check the information. I think that social media are the present and the future… My opinion is that journalists who works with social media are the working towards taking over old generations.

Sergi Caufapé

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How journalists use social network

February 8, 2011

Journalists are, by nature, crafty folk who are wonderfully adept at stalking — I mean, finding sources and relevant information for various and sundry stories. Well, the advent of social media has made the process of reporting all the more nuanced, and has served as a vital channel for everything from finding leads to contacting sources to sharing and furthering one’s brand.

Still, as the Internet continues to expand, it can be difficult to pick and choose which tools are right for journalists — it can be daunting to litter one’s desktop with Twitter applications, social networks, location-based tools and blogs.

Tools such as Face book and Twitter serve as excellent filters for the masses of information circulating on the web. Although many journalists swear by Twitter as a method of spotting and filtering out trends, Face book can also function as a vital reporting tool.

Journalists gather lot of information through these social networking sites. Much of the news would not have been possible even without these social sites.


The Wonders of Facebook

February 8, 2011

BBC’s Panorama was on Egypt lastnight. There was an interesting scene where Jane Corbin was interviewing a couple of middle class Egyptian women who spoke of how Facebook saved their country.

If you click on the link below, it will take you to the BBC Panorama webpage. Though it is interesing, if you don’t want to watch it all, just move the timeline cursor to about 19.30 and watch from this time.

Panorama Egypt