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Archive for December 2nd, 2011

I have to share a Twitter crowdsourcing success story from today. I was leading a workshop in digital storytelling for CBCnews.ca. A journalist asked how to embed a YouTube video in a Google map. I had to confess that I didn’t know. Then I asked my tweeps:

They answered quickly: (more…)

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When you’re covering the story that everybody is talking about, you need to monitor social media. You want to hear what they’re saying and you want them to be talking about your stories, photos and videos.

Landslide photo from the Daily Breeze

My Digital First Media colleagues at the Daily Breeze have illustrated that with their smart use of Facebook in coverage of a landslide along the coast in San Pedro, Calif. Reporter Donna Littlejohn explains:

Ocean cliffs have fallen away before in our port community, colorfully chronicled by the daily newspaper through the decades. But when the latest slide began to slip, it played out most prominently on social media sites.

I got my first tip that something was up from a community member on Facebook. On Sept. 7 she wrote this on my wall: “Donna — someone posted on the San Pedro CA Facebook page that there’s a sink hole starting on Paseo del Mar. I don’t know near what street yet but I’ll pass on any new info.” (more…)

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