In Chapter 10 of Journalism Next (read this for next week’s classes), Mark Briggs writes about managing news as a conversation and how powerful social media can be for journalists.
But, to quote Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben, with great power comes great responsibility.
Jake Sherlock will join us next Thursday to talk about social media and journalism.
Tuesday, we will begin discussing a case from the Columbia University Journalism School Knight Case Studies project. It’s called “The Facebook Conundrum: The New Haven Independent and the Annie Le Murder.”
Here’s what you have to do before Tuesday:
Read the case study (it’s 13 pages but fascinating and thought-provoking). Think about the decision-making process the Independent went through as the story progressed. There are two, distinct categories of questions in this case: The first category relates to the reporting of the story and the second to the editor’s role.
Consider these questions:
- What are Bailey’s responsibilities to Del Rocco when reporting on her Facebook page?
- What factors should Bass weigh to determine whether to run Del Rocco’s posts?
Next: Post brief responses to these questions in the comments on this blog post. Doing so will help you distill your thoughts.
On Tuesday, you will partner with someone and briefly talk about the reporter’s dilemma in this case. If time allows, we will talk about the editor’s options in this case.
The questions are difficult, but let’s face it: They’re not going away anytime soon. Social media are here to stay.