NAA Podcast: A look at newspapers and social media
Beth Lawton discusses emerging social media as they relate to the newspaper industry.
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November 11, 2013
MATTaboutJAX isn’t just a video series. The brand really represents a re-imagining of the type of content that newspapers can create digitally, and a re-imagining of how to interact with the public.
Matt Pittman, a former broadcaster and radio disc jockey, was hired by The Florida Times-Union to experiment and try something that is a departure from traditional newspaper fare. His video projects take him to bars, symphonies, charity events, sports games and more. And then he presents the completed product as an entertaining, first-person perspective on the activity, in two minutes or less with music and commentary. There aren’t limits to what he’ll cover or where he’ll go so long as it’s interesting and fresh for the audience, he said.
November 05, 2013
A crime-mapping database launched in 2007 became so popular with users that it was an easy decision for the St. Paul Pioneer Press to take the application to the next level. The Digital First paper launched a new crime app in August, which allows users to view crime trends in their neighborhood and surrounding areas via an interactive map and searchable database.
September 10, 2012
It’s amazing how the leader of the free world appearing on a digital platform can get people talking about the medium’s significance and potential.
Just ask reddit. The social news website, which is owned by Advance Publications, has been around for seven years, soaring in popularity particularly over the last year. But what really catapulted reddit into the mainstream was a surprise AMA (Ask Me Anything) with President Barack Obama.
August 24, 2012
Frank N. Magid Associates and the University of Missouri – Columbia School of Journalism partnered early in 2012 on a national study to analyze the behavior of 2,000 social media users. They agreed to share the results of the study with NAA members. The goal was to help better understand the social media opportunities for local media companies.
July 20, 2012
This morning, the nation woke up to another horrific shooting incident, this time at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. How the news was reported, presented and disseminated, though, was far different than it was just five years ago.
June 11, 2012
By spring 2012 more than 100 U.S. newspapers have added Pinterest to their arsenal of products. The move is a way to showcase aesthetically pleasing photography and connect with new and existing readers on lifestyles topics, not to mention drive traffic back to their main websites.
February 21, 2012
To say there’s been interest in Pinterest lately would be like calling the buzz around New York Knicks standout Jeremy Lin somewhat enthusiastic. The social network became hot in a hurry, shooting to the top of the social media pyramid alongside Facebook and Twitter. Among the stiletto photos and book-cover shots, news organizations are also in the mix of early adopters. Magazines, with their heavy emphasis on color photographs and aesthetically pleasing graphics, are a natural fit for the platform. But a smaller number of newspapers are also experimenting with Pinterest.
November 17, 2011
Most of us need every finger and toe to count the times we have brainstormed with others, assembled focus groups, charted other newspapers’ efforts or simply wished for success on that elusive goal: attracting the younger reader. It’s been at least a two-decade quest – probably longer. But in recent years, as readers’ habits changed and the subscription base aged, it’s taken on even greater urgency.
September 28, 2011
Early social media iterations like instant messaging, chat forums and Sixdegrees.com, allowing the creation of online profiles, started the trend. Today, social media has transformed into so much more than a means of staying in touch with friends and work acquaintances. Facebook and Twitter have emerged as major networks with millions of active users around the globe and hefty influencers over everything from purchasing decisions to the news that friends point out to each other.
June 30, 2011
At their core, newspapers are products based in a local market, covering a community and using that geographical area as a basis for readership and advertising. Save for the handful of nationally focused publications, for newspapers, local is the crux of the business model. Over the past year one of the bigger buzzwords has been hyperlocal -- taking community to an even more intimate neighborhood or demographically specific level.