Facebook’s value to journalism

3 Apr

Facebook is a valuable resource for journalists. Publications as well as individual writers can utilize Facebook to increase readership and get information to and from their readers. One of the best ways journalists are using Facebook is by connecting their publications to Facebook so when people read a story their friends on Facebook will see the story. It is safe to assume that if one person is reading it, some of their online friends will be interested as well. It is almost like having friends automatically suggest a story to each other. This social aspect makes consuming news more fun and interactive. Another way that Facebook is being used for journalism is by directly posting the links of stories as Facebook statuses. This is an even greater endorsement of a story because rather than it being automatic, this is someone actually instructing their friends to read an article. This is the method I use to promote my blog. I will post links to my stories as a status and ask friends to do so as well if they think the post is worth of a status post. This gets my stories out to people that are interested in similar things to me and my group of friends. But, I do not want any insincere endorsements, so I am careful not to force any of my Facebook friends to help promote me. It would be unethical to have someone saying they support something I wrote if they actually disagree with it. I also think that journalists need to be careful with what other things they post on their Facebook profiles such as photos and personal statues that they may not want associated with their stories.

So Facebook is a great way to spread stories across a group of like minded people. It connects you to a group of people likely interested in similar issues and topics. But journalists must be careful not to abuse their Facebook friends and to keep Facebook post professional and relevant.

My Storify story: http://storify.com/Megalina2008/women-and-the-2012-election

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One Response to “Facebook’s value to journalism”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers April 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    One of the best ways journalists are using Facebook is by connecting their publications to Facebook so when people read a story their friends on Facebook will see the story. YOU DON’T FIND THIS SCARY?
    How is your self-promotion working for you?
    Like your storify – nice job of curation – could use more textual info twixt tweets.

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