Anyone who says Thunderdome failed hasn't been paying attention - it was just getting started and that's the real shame about all of this. The people in that newsroom will undoubtedly all go on to do great things.
I've often heard from people who hire others that they don't like posting their jobs publicly because a bunch of random people will apply. These same sort of people also tend to complain that they can't find qualified women or journalists of color to hire. I think these two things are related.
Yesterday, Buzzfeed published a story stating that the social media editor role at news organizations is dead. I disagree, but I think the days of the social media editor as News Rockstar Ninja Guru are over (and thank goodness for that – there's a lot of real work left to do). What do you think?
Online Journalist/Social Media Strategist, 2007 - 2010
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Online News Producer, 2004 - 2007
Newsroom Producer, 2002 - 2004
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I'm a geek, journalist, wife, daughter, sister, friend, reader, animal lover, social media experimenter, sports fan and eater of food.
On a more professional note: I'm Managing Editor for Digital First Media's Project Thunderdome and an adjunct professor for social media in journalism at Georgetown University and a freelance social media trainer for working journalists.