Cultural Change for journalists and newsrooms

More coverage on Twitter of the BBC Social Media Summit. (via Anna Tarkov)

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Damn, somebody cussed on my wall again

  • 47% of our users have profanity on their Facebook Wall.
  • 80% of our users who have profanity on their Facebook Wall have at least one post/comment with profanity from a friend.
  • 56% of the posts/comments with profanity on a user’s Facebook Wall come from friends.
  • Users are twice as likely to use profanity in a post on their Facebook Wall, versus a comment.  Whereas friends are twice as likely to use profanity in a comment on a user’s Facebook Wall, versus a post.
  • The most common profane word is derivations of the “f-word”.  The second most common profane word is derivations of the word “sh*t”.  “B*tch” is a distant third.

This stats are from a study by Reppler based on statistics from the Facebook walls of 30,000 users. Wait, aren’t Facebook comments or Facebook authentication supposed to be just the tools needed to clean up newspaper comments?

Maybe not.

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New sources mean familiar sources

sourcing stories

New survey out on how journalists use Twitter, Facebook and social networks.

But conventional PR sources far outweighed the use of social media for story ideas, with 62 per cent of journalists sourcing stories from PR agences and 59 per cent from corporate spokespersons.

Journalists seemed more reluctant to turn to social media to help them with stories they were already working on.  The survey found that only a third used Twitter to verify stories and just a quarter turned to Facebook.

Alfred Hermida

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Improving comments by having fewer

The Ventura County Star has started limiting comments to just a handful of stories a day.  Editor Joe Howry wrote a column about what the newspaper is doing.

He wrote:

If, as they say, the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, then
allowing anonymous comments on stories on our website added an express
lane to that Godforsaken highway.

What began as a well-meaning attempt to engage our readers in
thought-provoking, informative conversations about local issues turned
into a cesspool of vitriol, name-calling, rudeness and even racism.
What’s worse, the vast majority of these conversations are being
conducted by just a handful of people who so dominate the discussions
they either scare away or run off anyone who tries to engage in civil

There is no set number of stories on which comments are allowed, but it’s a small number so they can closely watch the comments on those articles. Comments are turned off on most breaking news stories, particularly accident stories.

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