Resources for Covering Social Protest Movements in an Age of Social Media
Arab Spring, the Occupy Movement, and events around the world have demonstrated that the traditional agenda-setting role of mainstream media has been overwhelmed by citizens using social media to publicize their cause and rally supporters to action.
Social protest movements can be born of a single incident. And now, a single individual with a cellphone — or any connection to the Internet — can inform the entire world, reaching and inspiring millions. That same individual can also bypass traditional media gatekeepers, changing the nature of both mainstream and citizen journalism forever.
Journalists not wanting to be left behind need to:
● Become informed about how social media affect public affairs
● Learn how to use social media to cover social protest movements
● Monitor social media to become aware of and stay on top of emerging movements
This page provides resources to help journalists learn to participate fully and effectively in the social media arena and stay one step ahead of today's social movements. These resources are provided as part of a Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI), “Covering Social Protest Movements in an Age of Social Media,” hosted by California State University, Fullerton on September 27‒29, 2012. The SRI was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
ReadWriteWeb published a four-part series on journalism and social media. See: How Journalists Are Using Instagram; How Journalists Are Using Pinterest; How Journalists Are Using Google+ and How Journalists Are Using SoundCloud
The Peace and Justice Resource Center, founded by Tom Hayden, an SRI speaker and longtime activist, the PJRC is a nonprofit advocacy and consulting center dedicated to original, carefully researched analysis of the real state of the long wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq, as well as the failed U.S. wars on drugs and gangs and U.S. military responses to nationalism and poverty around the world.
truthdig, edited by SRI keynote speaker Robert Scheer, aims to provide insightful and accurate reporting on current subjects and issues that challenges conventional wisdom and offers a solid and reliable resource for those who want to explore particular topics in depth.
Articles of Interest
How to Use Social Media in Newsgathering, tips for using social media to find sources and stories, Sarah Marshall, October 1, 2012
Open journalism and social media by Juliet Dobson, September 24, 2012
How Social Media Is Changing Protest Reporting in the U.K., Katia Savchuk, March 26, 2012
Best social media tools for journalists, list of recommended tools, February 16, 2012
World Citizen: Facebook, Twitter and the Protests of 2011, Frida Ghitis, December 15, 2011
Occupy Movement Inspires New Generation of Journalists, Pei Xiong Liu, December 1, 2011
Occupy Wall Street 'Media Blackout': Journalists Arrested, Roughed Up, Blocked From Covering Clearing, Jack Mirkinson, November 15, 2011
Tech-Savvy Occupy Protesters Use Cellphone Video, Social Networking To Publicize Police Abuse, Radley Balko, October 29, 2011
Social Media Buzz Builds for the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Charlie White, October 19, 2011
Social Media as a Tool for Protest, Mark Papic and Sean Noonan, February 3, 2011
How social media changed protest, Dominic Casciani, December 2010
Other Online Resources
Twitter for Newsrooms: Guide to making the most out of Twitter
Infographic on online vs. print news revenue
Mediabistro study on journalists' use of social media
Resources from the SRI
Video and Notes from Kate Linthicum and Martin Beck's presentation on covering the Occupy movement
Jim Carlton's presentation, Covering Protests Demonstrations that Turn Violent
Articles in Academic Journals
Nawaf Abdulnabi AlMaskati, Newspaper coverage of the 2011 protests in Egypt, Journal of International Communication Gazette, January 2012
Ali Nobil Ahmad, Is Twitter a useful tool for journalists?, Journal of Media Practice, August 2010
Cyberprotest: New Media, Citizens, and Social Movements by Wim van de Donk, Brian D. Loader, Paul G. Nixon and Dieter Rucht, Routledge, 2004
The Handbook of Global Online Journalism by Eugenia Siapera and Andreas Veglis, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
The Digital Journalist’s Handbook by Mark S. Luckie, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2012
The Occupy Wall Street Movement by Julie Dermansky, 2012
Measuring Your Social Media Impact: Learn how to measure the success of your social media strategy.
Advanced Twitter for Journalism: A Webinar replay that will teach you tricks and tips for maximizing your use of Twitter.
Community Engagement and Your News Organization: This Webinar replay guides media organizations in developing effective social media plans.
Developing Your Social Media Voice: This Webinar replay will show you how to develop a voice and tone for your social media use --- as an individual journalist or for your media organization.
Understanding Social Media Tools and Techniques: Which social media tools do you need to use? This Webinar replay will help you figure that out.
Poynter hosted a live chat on August 16, 2012 with LA Times reporter Kate Linthicum and LA Times reader engagement editor Martin Beck about how reporters can use social media to track protest movements. Listen to the replay to learn more. The chat was a prelude to the of the Specialized Reporting Institute (SRI), “Covering Social Protest Movements in an Age of Social Media,” hosted by California State University, Fullerton on September 27‒29, 2012. The SRI was funded by the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.
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