Web-based communities for journalists, why your car might become a digital platform for news and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
15 online communities for journalists you should know about
Online communities are one of the best sources for journalists to broaden their network and stay up-to-date with the latest media news, tips and jobs. And for freelancers or anyone else who works from home, they're also a great place to turn for advice, conversation and a bit of banter. Here are 15 of the most active and interesting groups for journalists to check out on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+ and Slack. (Journalism.co.uk, 7/15)
The car is becoming the next major battleground for digital media companies
People spend an average of 6.5 hours per week in their cars, and as dashboards become digital platforms, it's creating a massive new market for carmakers, digital-media companies and even marketers. Revenues from connected services are expected to top US$152 billion by 2020. (Business Insider, 7/13)
Why the Islamic State leaves tech companies torn between free speech and security
The Islamic State and its supporters use social media to post propaganda and recruit followers. The Washington Post takes a closer look at how several groups in the United States monitor this activity. (The Washington Post, 6/16)
News use on Facebook and Twitter is on the rise
On both Facebook and Twitter, more users are getting news than in the past. As of early 2015, 63 percent of Facebook and Twitter users get news on their respective sites. This is up substantially from 2013, when about half of each social network’s users (47 percent for Facebook and 52 percent for Twitter) reported getting news there. (Pew Research Center, 7/14)
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