2009, the year social media covered journalism

Before 2009, few of my IRL journalism colleagues read popular social media blogs, and those sites rarely talked about the news industry or journalism. But this year, everything changed. Many journalists and news organizations started participating in social networks, we watched major stories unfold in mobile and social spaces, and social media blogs wrote about journalism and news industry more than ever.


Mashable (@mashable) calls itself “the social media guide.” This year it tagged 29 posts with the word journalism:

  1. 10 News Media Content Trends to Watch in 2010
  2. 8 News Media Business Trends for 2010
  3. What the US Media Shield Bill Means for Bloggers & Citizen Journalists
  4. 10 Rules for Increasing Community Engagement
  5. How Programmer/Journalists Are Changing the News
  6. 8 Must-Have Traits of Tomorrow’s Journalist
  7. The Journalist’s Guide to Maximizing Personal Social Media ROI
  8. How Google Wave is Changing the News
  9. Trash or Treasure? The New York Times Tries Crowdfunding
  10. How Social Media is Taking the News Local
  11. What’s Your Favorite Media Site of 2009? #openwebawards
  12. University Makes Twitter a Required Class for Journalism Students
  13. 4 Things Old Media Can Learn From the Music Industry’s Last Decade
  14. HOW TO: Launch Your Own Indie Journalism Site
  15. Facebook and Journalism: What You Should Know [Audio]
  16. 7 Ways to Make News Sites More Social
  17. The Journalist’s Guide to User Generated Video
  18. 12 Things Newspapers Should Do to Survive
  19. AP to Dominate Google Rankings?
  20. The Journalist’s Guide to Facebook
  21. Is Crowdfunding the Future of Journalism?
  22. 10 Ways Journalism Schools Are Teaching Social Media
  23. How Social Media is Radically Changing the Newsroom
  24. Everything I Need to Know About Twitter I Learned in J School
  25. The Journalist’s Guide to Twitter
  26. Can a Paywall Coexist With Sharing? I’m Afraid Not
  27. 5 Ways Traditional Media is Going Social
  28. Social Journalism: Past, Present, and Future
  29. Helium Zones: Google Knol for Pro Writers

Read Write Web

Read Write Web (@rww) covers web apps and social media. Although they  tagged 19 posts as journalism in 2009, they wrote other posts, for example this one about the Google and the real-time web, that speak directly to news and storytelling.

  1. Online Journalism Honorees Announced: Meet the Newseum’s Latest Members
  2. Sponsor Post: Courtroom Tweeting
  3. The Real-Time Web Is Not Hype: We Are All Traders Now
  4. Journalism Needs Data in 21st Century
  5. Don’t Let Yellow Press Standards Define the Future of Journalism
  6. DocumentCloud Gets Funding to Create Research Memory Bank in the Sky
  7. MLB.com’s iPhone App Could Be a Model For Media Saving Itself
  8. Journalism and Social Media: Video Interview
  9. The News Gets Social: Video Interview with an NBC Journalist and a Blogger
  10. Social Media Meets Industrial Media at Social Media Club Event Panel
  11. Journalism Students + Computer Science Majors = Better News Apps for All
  12. Two Current TV Journalists Sentenced to 12 Years in North Korean Labor Camp
  13. Rupert Murdoch: Let’s Charge for Online Content Again
  14. Journalism 2.0: Don’t Throw Out the Baby
  15. Bad Stats: Are There Really Almost As Many Professional Bloggers As Lawyers?
  16. The Future of Journalism Will Be Radically Different
  17. Can Media Take Tips from Twitter? Techmeme’s Experience as Case Study
  18. How Japanese Newspapers are Trying to Save Themselves
  19. Citizen Journalism Gets a Cash Infusion

Chris Brogan

Chris Brogan (@chrisbrogan) is an author and blogger who is ridiculously popular in social networks. He occasionally blogs about journalism. Here are some from this year and 2008:

  1. The Visible Media Maker
  2. Look for the Signs- They are Everywhere
  3. USAToday and Microblogging Offline
  4. Post From the Comments – Alex Howard on Public Radio
  5. Local Social- How WBUR Gets the Public in Public Radio
  6. Guest Post – What Bloggers Can Learn From Journalists
  7. Growing New Crops
  8. Some Differences Between Pitching Mainstream Press and Bloggers
  9. Bloggers vs Journalists and Who Cares

More blogs to follow

If those three lists weren’t enough for you, Google will help you find journalism in posts from these blogs that cover, and sometimes opine about, social media and other technologies: TechCrunchProBloggerDosh DoshArs Technica.

Before 2009

By the way, Mashable and Read Write Web both wrote about journalism prior to this year. Here are links to some of their old j posts.

2 thoughts on “2009, the year social media covered journalism

  1. Very nice compilation, Kevin. In perusing just a few of them and meshing those with what I've read and observed over the past year, it has been interesting to see the shift journalists have made toward increased use of social media channels–both as a channel for getting news out, as well as a channel from which to gather news sources.

    • Thanks, Mel. Yes, there are enough examples out there to create a whole post about "How journalists went social in 2009." I actually figured I would be seeing an onslaught of those kinds of posts by now, but I haven't really found much. Have you seen anything like that? A roundup would be great.

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