Reporters Without Borders manages to unblock access to nine news sites, ways newsrooms can use Instagram and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
Reporters Without Borders unblocks banned news websites
Media advocacy watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says it is unblocking access to nine news websites in an effort to combat online censorship by governments that violate human rights. (RFERL, 3/12)
5 ways newsrooms can make the most of Instagram
What’s the point of Instagram if it doesn’t drive traffic?
This is one of the most common questions I hear from journalists tasked with growing their newsroom’s social media presence. It’s also a question I recently faced as I made the case for Poynter’s newly launched Instagram account. (Poynter, 3/10)
Journalists’ love-hate relationship with social media
Journalists are a cynical bunch — we don’t like crap content. And social media is full of it.
So why am I writing a guide for journalists on how to use social media more effectively in reporting? I’ve been asking myself that question a lot recently. Every time I come across a story about a journalist, a public figure — or worse, a regular Joe/Joanna — who’s been hounded, harassed or bullied online, I despair. I really despair. And there have been a lot of these stories. (JSK, 3/10)
Local news in a digital age
Whether in a tech-savvy metropolis or a city where the town square is still the communication hub, local news matters deeply to the lives of residents. Across three disparate metro areas in the U.S., nearly nine-in-ten residents follow local news closely—and about half do so very closely, according to a new, in-depth Pew Research Center study, conducted in association with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. About two-thirds of the residents in each city discuss local news in person a few times a week or more. (Pew Research, 3/5)
Inside GigaOm’s VC-driven demise
Tech media eulogized one of its own on Tuesday when GigaOm abruptly announced it had run out of money and was ceasing operations after eight years. GigaOm had a big-name founder, blogger Om Malik, and loads of money ($22 million) from VC backers, and was seemingly on the march, snapping up PaidContent in 2012. According to the site, it reached 6.5 million monthly unique visitors. The company employed 75 people as of 2014, with 16 editorial staffers. (Digiday, 3/11)
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