Why Facebook’s Privacy Changes are Detrimental to Users

Excerpt from a Mashable post that ran today: Though Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg says that public is the new “social norm,” many members who use the social network for professional and business reasons have lost the ability to conduct certain actions privately as a result of changes made to the settings. And despite this being […]


Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr…Can news orgs be everywhere?

This evening there was some buzz about Newsweek’s Tumblr, after Nieman Lab tweeted about it. Its design is quite nice and it includes a lot of content that is curated outside of Newsweek. A few news orgs included their Tumblr links, including Minnpost and Nieman Lab. Both of the accounts mostly serve as feeds for […]


Betaworks CEO talks evolution of the Web into a social stream

By SHANE SNOW Shane is a digital media student at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and founder of the social product site, Scordit.com. If The Huffington Post co-founder Ken Lerer were to invest his own money these days, he says he’d invest in either the local web or real-time distribution. That’s exactly why he’s […]


4 ways news organizations are using Twitter Lists

Excerpt from my Mashable post from today: Though Twitter Lists are new to most users, some news organizations are trying to stay ahead of the curve by taking advantage of the new feature and implementing it quickly. Whether by creating staff directories to make their journalists easier to find, or recommending tweeps to follow on […]


Research: Social media publications may have advantage over traditional news sites

University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow and her team released their findings based on analytics of interaction with The Minnesota Daily Facebook Application today. For those new to the project, it was a Knight Foundation funded application built by NewsCloud in collaboration with The Minnesota Daily, a college paper I was editor of last year. […]


Ben Parr on the importance of social media in today’s world

Here is a live chat that I participated in today at the Columbia Journalism School. We had Mashable’s Co-Editor Ben Parr come speak about the importance of social media in today’s world. A good thing to read through on his thoughts. One thing that stuck out to me was that Parr thinks that we may […]


7 things you need to know before you start a media business online

At the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism we are lucky to have access to some great minds in the media industry, including Ken Lerer, the co-founder and chairman of The Huffington Post, who is teaching six sessions on media entrepreneurship. On Tuesday, Lerer used the first session to outline the five points he wants […]


7 ways to make news sites more social

This is an excerpt from a post I wrote for Mashable.com: Journalism is supposed to be a conversation, but often news websites don’t provide the tools for that conversation to take place. Implementing social media tools and allowing readers to connect to the organization through Twitter, Facebook () and other networks, can make it easier […]