Social media trends to follow, the 10 most censored countries, whether a career in digital journalism is plausible and more in this week's Digital Media Mash Up, produced by the Center for International Media Assistance.
6 social media trends for publishers from Johnston Press
Social traffic figures are growing for many news outlets, as many readers now come to stories from social feeds rather than the more traditional route of the homepage.
But the social space is a volatile one – a tweak to one network's algorithm can make a huge difference to traffic figures for publishers, so where should media organisations look next? (Journalism.co.uk, 4/22)
10 most censored countries
Eritrea and North Korea are the first and second most censored countries worldwide, according to a list compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists of the 10 countries where the press is most restricted. The list is based on research into the use of tactics ranging from imprisonment and repressive laws to harassment of journalists and restrictions on Internet access. (Committee to Protect Journalists, 4/24)
Is there such a thing as a career in digital journalism?
One of my obsessions these days is the question of whether there’s any such thing as a career in digital journalism. I’m still doing reporting on this question — if you have any empirical data on the subject, do let me know — but in the meantime, my working hypothesis is that the answer is no. With, as I recently explained in a talk in Italy, a couple of interesting exceptions. (Felix Simon, Fusion, 4/21)
Innovation at #ISOJ: mobile, native ads, virtual reality and data
Innovation took the stage at the 16th annual International Symposium on Online Journalism(ISOJ) April 17-18 in Austin, Texas. ISOJ has a long-standing reputation for bringing together the best and brightest of digital media professionals and scholars. Led by the force of nature that is Rosental Alves, this conference has become known for high-quality networking and insight on the future of journalism. (PBS MediaShift, 4/22)
Twitter announces crackdown on abuse with new filter and tighter rules
Twitter has announced a crackdown on abuse on its network, unveiling a new filter designed to automatically prevent users from seeing threatening messages. (The Guardian, 4/21)
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