In case you’re thinking of doing it full time

•April 29, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A good run down on what you would need to do if you are serious about starting your own citizen journalism initiative in terms of organization, equipment, researching and logistics.

Not surprisingly social media tools are useful tools to help you on your way. The key aspect, though is to be ORGANIZED.


Seven ways social media can hurt your career

•April 27, 2010 • Leave a Comment

A fairly straightforward article about common social media blunders that can hurt your career. Pay special attention to the very last one.

Politicians are gravitating towards ways to avoid the press?

•April 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Surprise, surprise. It seems politicos are drawn to social media because of its ability to let them get their word out without having pesky reporters stick a camera or a mike in their face. My personal take on this is that they could very easily be lulled into a sense of security that could lead to them posting something that they might regret. Provided of course that it’s the politicians who are doing the posting and not some unpaid intern.

And the Pulitzer goes to…

•April 20, 2010 • 1 Comment

The Seattle Times for its story that covered the shooting deaths of four Lakewood police officers and in the process used Twitter to send out real time updates on the story.

The paper also used Google Wave to allow readers to participate in the telling of the story.

Journalists on Twitter

•April 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This seems like it could be a useful resource for people in the news industry or just for curious people in general.

Established in 2009, the site has real-time updates from journalists who regularly tweet. The list includes The New York Times’ Social Media Director, The Wall Street Journal’s online Managing Editor and’s Editor in Chief.

A citizen journalism initiative goes global

•April 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Good to see that there is scope for major expansion in the field of citizen journalism. A recent initiative called Allvoices recently announced a major expansion that will see it set up news desks in 30 countries.

Below is the organization’s website:

A question worth asking

•April 13, 2010 • 2 Comments

If social media outlets want to be taken as seriously as the traditional media outlets in the public sphere, shouldn’t they be subject to the same rules and regulations that govern journalism. This example of a blogger in Canada who disclosed the identity of a victim in a kidnapping case raises that question.