Monday, April 12, 2010

How Journalists are Using Social Media for Real Results

As a former journalist, Mashable's post this morning titled, How Journalists are Using Social Media for Real Results, caught my attention.

Mashable's Brenna Ehrlich wrote a novel on the subject, and you should check it out.

Reader's Digest:
  • Finding Leads, Noticing Trends
  • Finding Sources
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Giving the Voiceless a Voice
  • Sharing/Vetting Stories
  • Creating Communities/Branding
I'd add a big one to the list: Accountability.

With the growth of Social Media, I don't see how a Jayson Blair situation could happen again. Social Media is the ultimate BS detecter because someone was there. And if you say you were there and you weren't, the world will find out.

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