Community Engagement

Community Engagement

Five ways to make your video go viral

In IJNet’s latest live chat, YouTube’s Jessica Mason offered tips on making videos go viral. Here are a few standout techniques.

Margaret Looney | December 12, 2012

Five types of stories that drive Facebook engagement

NPR conducted a Facebook experiment to see which kinds of local stories get liked, shared or commented on most often. Here are five story types that stood out.

Margaret Looney | December 05, 2012

How to harness the power of mobile voice for news

A diverse group of journalists, technologists and media entrepreneurs from around the world looked at how to tap the full potential of mobile voice for citizen engagement.

Ben Colmery | October 30, 2012

Social media etiquette for journalists: how the rules have changed

Some practices that were frowned upon in the early days of social media engagement are no longer verboten.

Maite Fernandez | September 26, 2012

Manage your Twitterverse with streamlined tool

Social media is about having conversations. Journalists who talk but don't have the time to listen or respond to readers will quickly find the monologue pretty boring. is a simple tool for writers who don't need to go overboard with bells and whistles to better engage their readers on Twitter and follow news stories.

Nicole Martinelli | September 12, 2012

How crowdsourced video has changed journalism

Although crowdsourced video brings to light important news that might have gone unreported in the past, it also presents a slew of complications related to ethics and personal security, according to a report from the Center for International Media Assistance (CIMA).

Lindsay Kalter | August 28, 2012

How journalists can use Talkwheel to engage readers on Facebook

Talkwheel is a new tool that promises to maximize engagement on Facebook with minimal time commitment. IJNet took it for a spin.

Nicole Martinelli | August 27, 2012

Hashtags help journalists find relevant tweets and reach more people

Hashtags help journalists find people tweeting about topics they are covering. They also help people who are interested in the topics you cover find your tweets. This tutorial will teach you the basics.

Steve Buttry, Digital First Media | August 06, 2012

Senior citizens in Beirut prove you're never too old for social media

Students in Beirut ranging in age from 51 to 81 study Facebook, Twitter and more as part of a course at the American University of Beirut.

Bayan Itani | July 20, 2012

Citizen journalism app uses crowdsourcing to determine top stories

A new iPhone app, the brainchild of Lebanese entrepreneur Mark Malkoun, hopes to harness citizen journalists to select the best news stories.

Natasha Tynes | June 13, 2012