Journalism and Social Media – Neiman Reports Part II
So, an absolutely fantastic collection of essays/posts from from the Nieman School of Journalism on Journalism and Social Media. It’s by far the best collection of ideas on the topic I’ve found collected in a single place.
Having gone through most of the articles in the report, I would categorize the material into two categories:
- Journalism and Social Media
- Issues in the broader changing media landscape
In the Journalism and Social Media category, there are two main topics discussed:
- The vital importance of the audience as an “active participant” in generation of news media
- The vital importance of establishing and hosting and promoting online communities and the communications they foster
- The continuing impact of Social Media – blogs, wikis, Twitter, Facebook, etc. – on the practice of Journalism
In the “broader issues” category, the following topics are discussed:
- Public Internet/In-depth Journalism
- Issues of Credibility and Trust
- the Quality and value of traditional Journalism
- the pace of innovation and impact of disprutive technology in today’s news media
- Transparency in Journalism
- tools for the Digital Journalist
… amongst others.
My personal favorites
Here’s my personal favorite essays/posts in the report:
- Social Media: The Ground Shifts
- Why the News Media Became Irrelevant—And How Social Media Can Help
- Media Users, Media Creators: Principles of Active Engagement
- Inviting the Rise of the Entrepreneurial Journalist
- Dealing With Disruption
- Why journalists deserve low pay
- The Newsroom’s Disdain for Revealing Reporters’ Political Leanings (Extended)
- Closing the Credibility Gap
– a good general overview of the impact of Social Media on Journalism
– a nice piece on some of the failings of today’s news media
– Dan Gillmore on the importance of actively engaging audiences
– a brief essay on the accelerated pace of change in the media industry. Can traditional newspapers keep up?
– I think this is one of my top two favorite pieces of the bunch. This is actually a May 2009 article from Robert G. Picard that is referenced by one of the Nieman Report essays, but it’s a beauty. A shot across the bow of the newspaper industry.
– I think this is my second favorite article. I totally relate with the author’s message here, and a link is provided to Jay Rosen’s post He Said, She Said Journalism: Lame Formula in the Land of the Active User, which is an even better essay IMO. Salon’s Glenn Greenwald has often also come down hard on traditional beltway reporting for this reason, and I couldn’t agree more.
– And finally, I really liked this piece by Scott Rosenberg. The essential message is that the Web has its own way of conferring trust and authority, and traditional Newspaper brands no longer have a monopoly of “credibility” in news. In fact, as this article points out, the public’s trust of mainstream media news sources – at least in the US – is not particularly high at the moment.
A lot in this report to challenge traditional assumptions of what Journalism is, who “does” Journalism, and the role of audience and Social Media in the future of Journalism.
What are your thoughts on the matter?