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Social Media for Journalists

Social Media for Journalists
Principles and Practice

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May 2013 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

"Untangles the jargon and sets out the route-map for how the social network can enable us to become major contributors to the multiplatform digital age. The right message, the right time - this is the right book for taking advantage of it all." - Jon Snow, Channel 4 News

The essential guide to understanding and harnessing the tools of journalism today, Meagan Knight and Clare Cook show you how to master the enduring rules of good practice and the new techniques of social media.  The book gives a thorough guide to principles and practice, including:

  • How to find, write and break stories with social media
  • An online journalism toolkit to get you started
  • Using crowdsourcing to find and follow stories
  • Getting on top of user-generated content
  • The ins and outs of copyright and ethics
  • Building your brand and making money
  • The new economy of journalism and how to get ahead.

More than a simple 'how-to' guide, this book takes you to the next level with its integration of theory and practice. It is a one-stop guide for students and practitioners of journalism.
Introduction: Networked Journalism
Finding the Story
Producing Content in a Social Landscape
Data Journalism and Crowdsourcing
Distributing the Story
Citizen Journalism and the Public Sphere
Collaborative Journalism and User-Generated Content
Ethics and the Code of Conduct
Truth and Verification
Journalism and the Law
Freelancing and Building Your Brand
Becoming a Media Entrepreneur
The Business of Networked Journalism
Conclusion: News in a New Media Ecology

Excellent text, well-written and covers all key components of a very fast moving aspect of journalism.

Miss Margaret Hughes
Creative & Cultural Industries, University of the West of Scotland
December 16, 2013

I teach social media and this book breaks down each section, into small chunkc. Its is a little advanced for my learners, but still provides them with much needed insights into social media

Miss Rachael Rodgers
Digital media , Doncaster College
November 27, 2013

A timely introduction to the role that social media has to play in journalism. This excellent book offers practical approaches to using an essential tool in an industry where multi-skilling is the norm.

Mr Ato Erzan-Essien
Media, Chester University
September 26, 2013

An overview of journalism practice in the digital age, but with a greater focus on news than some of our students require.

Ms Sarah Cooper
Faculty of Creative Technologies, Leeds Metropolitan University
July 30, 2013

I have recommended to my course librarian that we order several copies of this book. It will be recommended to students for the module 'Building Audiences' and 'Radio Journalism'

Mr Jason Griffiths
Fac of Media, Art & Communications, Gloucestershire University
July 10, 2013

Just the book I was looking for! An excellent intro to all those new tools available for budding journalists. Well written and free of jargon.

Mrs Line Thomsen
Inst for Information & Media Studies, Aarhus University
June 25, 2013

A fascinating and fast changing topic that is well covered in so many ways by this text. It is as bright and lively in its presentation as the topic itself. It covers the two areas of citizen journalism and traditional journalism in an in-depth way that shows how the edges between these worlds are blurring, and it does it so well that it makes it relevant/essential for people working in either aspect of journalism, or those studying either aspect.

Miss Angela Birchall
School of Media, Music & Performance, Salford University
June 19, 2013

This is an extremely informed and detailed book that will be useful to students of journalism. The authors have taken a broad approach towards evaluating the signficance of social media that encompasses practical and academic considerations. This makes the book useful; across a rnage of modules but also ensures that the most recent developments have been covered. The authors do so in a fluent and engaging way to the extent that students can see the application and signficance of a range of social media towards the contemporary practice of journalism.

Dr Rakesh Kaushal
Journalism , University of the West of England, Bristol
June 17, 2013

Megan Knight

Megan Knight is Senior Lecturer in International Journalism at University of Central Lancashire.  More About Author

Clare Cook

Clare Cook is Senior Lecturer in Print and Online Journalism at the University of Central Lancashire.  More About Author

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