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sneaky social networks

Entry by Joy Bacon

Sorry this is a little later than planned, finals happen. For those of you who missed it, I presented last week some helpful sites and resources to make the best out of the Internet for reporting and information-gathering purposes.

1. Twitter sites:

-savethemedia.com has some great ways to embrace the new world of journalism. Check out parts 1 and 2 of their information about tons of resources for Twitter.

-An interesting way to rate your own use of Twitter:  www.twittergrader.com. My grade? 62. I’m working on improving this number. The site also grades your Facebook page or Web site.

2. Internet reporting

This is a really interesting example of how some news sites have used the Internet to track and cover Swine Flu. Here’s more about it from Poynter.

Another interesting term I came across in several places was the idea of creating an “electronic beat” for yourself as a reporter. This would consist of Google Alerts, RSS feeds, and other daily sites or information aggregates you would check at least daily for updates, stories, or just to follow the latest trends about a specific topic. Most sites recommended a list of 6-10 sources per beat.

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E-media Tidbits to hold live chat on what j-students need Monday

Entry by Jasmine Linabary

Poynter Institutes’s E-media Tidbits team is holding a live chat Monday on what college journalism students need to learn.

The chat comes off of a recent post from Maurreen Skowran that outlines what a successful college journalism program in civic media would involve.

You can watch the chat and get answers to your questions about this topic on Monday at 1 p.m. EDT or 10 p.m. here in Spokane. If you visit the site now, you can get a reminder sent so that you don’t forget to join the chat here.

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