Facebook journalism

Article about how Facebook is not the best way to access news.


And an article about print vs online


SBS journalist sacked over tweets

Another journalist who has fallen prey to Twitter. Read the article and then answer the following questions:

SBS presenter Scott McIntyre sacked over ‘inappropriate’ Anzac Day tweets

Should Twitter be a platform for a journalist’s personal views?
Do you agree with Hugh Riminton that the tweets, whilst offensive to some, are also about free speech?
What is your opinion about the comments made?

And here is an update about the woman who lied about her cancer.

Belle Gibson_ Women’s Weekly journalist opens up about interview

Social Media Essay

Social Media is now giving a voice to eyewitnesses and citizen journalists. Think about the clips you’ve seen on Youtube including the Train Racist and the LA Police Shooting of the homeless man.

How would we have discovered this sort of news before camera phones, Twitter and Facebook? How might this impact upon the reporting of facts. Does it also cast some doubt upon the way in which the law is enforced?

It also begins to show the ugly side of discrimination and how minorities or the underclass in each country is treated. Previously we had very little access to this information and our world view could more easily be restricted to what the media and governments encouraged us to believe.

Follow the link to view the essay requirements:


Journalism and social media

Social media has altered media outlets in some of the following ways

  • It builds community
  • Reflects diverse opinions
  • Crosses all platforms, can build an audience on Facebook, Twitter and Blogs, Youtube, Instagram (can launch major stories using various interactive technology)to achieve saturation
  • Makes journalists more accessible
  • 24 Hour news cycle
  • Can change mistakes made by journalists

Media Outlets can view the stats on readership

  • Can tell what is trending and then focus more stories on those events
  • Create more feature articles and use slideshows, links, video and podcasts

Encourages a change in how news is reported

  • Rise in citizen journalism
  • Personalised local stories
  • Less passive voice more active s
  • Also means that certain jobs including cameraman, audio and editor are obsolete. Journalists now expected to do everything, shoot, write, edit, audio etc……

Mojo Journalism

This refers to new media storytelling using portable devices with network connectivity (iPads connect to the internet) They create (USG) user generated content from a smart device. They are the perfect citizen journalists.

Read the following articles



What equipment is required to be a mojo?
What the positives and negatives of mojo?
How could newspapers like The Advocate use mojos?
What about legal implications (not necessarily covered by Unions)

Telling a story
All news has a who, what, where, when how and why.
We will write a story in class about something that happened over the school holidays. You are to interview each other to find a short story,

Use your phone or another electronic device over the weekend to create a story for next weeks class
Script your story. Don’t just go out and film. Think about what story you want to tell and how you are going to tell it. Use the 4WsandH
Download a video editing app onto your phone http://mashable.com/2013/06/05/video-edit-apps/

Rewriting news on social media

A good example of how social media has changed the way in which news is reported.


The recent incident of the ‘train racist’ typifies how anyone with a phone camera can record and upload an item to YouTube that goes viral and in turn becomes a news item.

The train racist

Tweeting a story

Social media has been an increasing source of news over the past few years. Twitter and Facebook have broken stories including the death of Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston before major news outlets.

Most journalists should have a social media account to which the public can follow. This not only personalises the journalists but also allows them to source information from the public that may have once been difficult.

It also of course contains risks. See post on Catherine Devaney

Your task today is to find something to tweet about within the school grounds. You are to take a picture with your tweet. It could be some student/staff reactions to the Schapelle Corby parole story or something else topical. Or it could just be a tweet about something you find newsworthy.

News has to be immediate to be effective.

The Importance of Blogs


Get Blogging

The Online Education Database released the 40 best blogs for media students recently. Unfortunately, it is very US focused, which is not surprising given it is an American organisation. Still, there are some worthwhile blogs that have appeared on the list.


Farewell Fairfax

Is this the end of Fairfax as we know it? The broadsheet is becoming a tabloid, it’s content behind a paywall, 2000 staff getting the boot and Gina Reinhart looks set to get one, if not two, seats on the board.

What happened to their digital media strategy? Is erecting a paywall all they can think of?

I’ve got a better idea. Traditionally newspapers were run by men and they were pretty good at it until the landscape changed. Social media intruded upon their male dominated turf and instead of embracing it they hoped it would go away.  Blogs, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and  niche sites started to generate traffic and crept into advertising revenues. Print newspapers were snoozing when the social media crowd snatched the incentive. Was the malaise of newspaper CEO’s due to thinking they were ‘too big to fail?’

Yet there are a group of people who know how to do social media really well. Gay men and women. If Fairfax turned it’s social media strategy over to this demographic then they might have a chance of survival. Continue with male hacks at the top and the paper has as much longevity as passengers on the Titanic.

Lifeboat anyone?

Twit or Tweet?

twitter bird

Some Jokes on Twitter Fall Flat

In a previous article I discussed the perils of using social media, particularly when affiliated with a large news organisation. The article was inspired by the fate of Catherine Deveney, a journalist previously employed by The Age newspaper who lost her job after she tweeted offensive comments during a live television broadcast. Deveney may have lost her job but she didn’t lose her Twitter account, which is a shame because now she has inflamed the wrath of Cardinal Pell.

Deveney tweeted a picture that placed a comment made by the Cardinal on a television show under the image of young boys. The Cardinal was incensed by the implication of the Twitpic, particularly in light of the allegations facing the Church and abuse of minors.

However, the bigger question here is not whether Deveney offended the Cardinal but whether Twitter should be held accountable for defamation. The Cardinal certainly thought so when he began legal proceedings against the company.

Whether Twitter is liable in the future for the comments made by its users is yet to be decided. Whatever the outcome for Twitter it is also worthwhile questioning Deveney’s use of the social media platform. Whilst the tweet was removed and Deveney wrote an apology on her blog, one wonders whether she is the social media equivalent of a ‘shock jock’, those radio presenters who regularly inflame their audiences by manipulating news and opinion to suit their agenda. Or is it that her sense of humour doesn’t always translate very well into the Twitterverse?

Whatever the outcome, it will be a real blow to Twitter users if all our comments are opened up to surveillance. A bit of common sense when we use social media is the best way to protect yourself and avoid unnecessary legal action.

Related article: The Perils of Using Social Media