How Social Media Works

In the last post, I offered an (admittedly dramatic) introduction to a new series designed to help us find good information and recognise bad information in this U.S. election year. I think it’s helpful to think of information like food: we are lucky to be surrounded by an abundance of both. However, some of it… Continue reading How Social Media Works

Politicians are still finding their feet online

Am I the only one who feels weird about politicians using social media? Maybe I'm still too young to be feeling this jaded, but every tweet, every Facebook post seems so obviously contrived, so carefully worded by handlers and probably focus-grouped three times over before pressing the blue button. Until they go home and do… Continue reading Politicians are still finding their feet online

“There’ve been lots of glum faces in our industry of late”

Once you put the internet into numbers, the whole thing becomes so huge that it's impossible to comprehend. This week's Online Journalism lecture threw statistics at us like those that say that this year, 16.8 million Australians will spend 40.3 billion minutes on the internet and view 33 billion web pages. What does that even… Continue reading “There’ve been lots of glum faces in our industry of late”

“How much should professional practice as currently known be applied to citizen journalism?”

You've read the title, so you're probably asleep already. However, if you're still interested, here's the context: One of my assignments for the subject 'Newswriting' last semester was to write an essay on the above question - "How much should professional practice as currently known be applied to citizen journalism?" Apart from being a pretty… Continue reading “How much should professional practice as currently known be applied to citizen journalism?”