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Melanie Sill
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Journalism isn't the press versus the people, it's the press as part of the people. Today's Mashable story (trending high) on "Twitter" beating the AP prompted this blog post.
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I like to think of journalism as being "for the people." And as Hunter Thompson once said, "if you're a bad guy I'm going to hunt you down."
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Good for Nick Kristof, having a future of journalism discussion with -- his readers. (They have plenty to say)
Facebook is a social utility that connects people with friends and others who work, study and live around them. People use Facebook to keep up with friends, upload an unlimited number of photos, post...
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Did I really write, "Even for imitation newspapers, there is copiousness of upside?"
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There's much more room for creative breakthroughs about how journalism can excel and serve communities today, from my WordPress blog.
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I stopped in on some of the UK's journalism discussion during a London visit last week, including a new report on mainstream media and "social discovery' and a lively News:Rewired conference.
Is the UK ahead of the US on how journalism works with social media and public engagement? It's home to some leaders in the BBC and Guardian as well as intensely competitive and forward-looking media,...
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Finding G+ mobile has a hairtrigger on the +1s, endorsed a couple of comments before I realized that. How bout an undo -- minus 1?
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At the Online News Association conference in Boston, the creative and brilliant Dan Sinker and a mighty panel talked about open source in the newsroom in terms of the hacker-journo-data forces at NYT, Chicago Tribune, ProPublica. I'm asking how these ideas can be brought more forcefully into how we do news in fundamental ways. It's a busy time yet my work is benefiting from conversations and reading drawing ideas from many, so I'm seeking more discussion.
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Eric Newton's Knight blog post on open journalism, my recent discussion paper for USC Annenberg and his experience in Oakland.
Miami’s winter holiday breezes are usually refreshing, but this year, particularly so, thanks to a discussion paper we saw in ...
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Facebook misses point that simplicity and control matter to people. Few people want to live, read, browse, entirely in public.
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I would assert that mindlessly sharing everything will end up being much like sharing nothing in key ways. A "frictionless" stream will drive any sane people away, and be ignored by others in the first place. The only entity that benefits is Facebook itself. The essence of rational sharing is rational decisions about what to share.
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Looks like a good opportunity to look in on the interesting experiment from +KOMU 8 News using hangouts during newscasts.
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Hi friends,

TOMORROW at 2:00pm EST: Joining me will be +Sarah Hill and +Jen Reeves for our episode of "Who Cares?" where we'll be talking with these two +Google+ advocates from +KOMU 8 News, out of Columbia, MO, whom I have been following from day 1. They were the first news team to use a G+ Hangouts during a newscast and have had great traction with their viewers by reaching out during their segments. It will be neat hearing how their efforts have paid off for them and their brand.


Have your questions ready, I'm sure you are going to enjoy visiting with both +Jen Reeves and +Sarah Hill of +KOMU 8 News - they are a perfect story of 'giving back' and how their efforts have exceeded expectations!

See you tomorrow, same 'bat time' :)
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On the eve of a new year, my PBS/MediaShift blog post on core ideas for making journalism more open, accessible and connected to people's lives and information exchange.
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We're all in this one.
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Must-read by Adrian Short. Quote:

You can turn your back on the social networks that matter in your field and be free and independent running your own site on your own domain. But increasingly that freedom is just the freedom to be ignored, the freedom to starve. We need to use social networks to get heard and this forces us into digital serfdom. We give more power to Big Web companies with every tweet and page we post to their networks while hoping to get a bit of traffic and attention back for ourselves. The open web of free and independent websites has never looked so weak.

Perhaps none of this would matter very much if the biggest player of them all — Facebook — wasn’t such a grotesque abuser of its position. Even before announcing Open Graph this week it was pretty clear that Facebook wanted to own everything everyone does online. Facebook currently has 750 million members. If it were a country it’d be the third most populous country in the world, bigger than everyone except China and India. The United States has a mere 312 million people — not even half the size of Facebook.

Facebook’s Open Graph technology allows third-party websites to tell Facebook what people are doing. It extends Facebook’s Like button to include any action that the site owners think might be interesting to Facebook. Play a song and your music streaming site tells Facebook what you’ve played. Read a newspaper article and Facebook knows what you’ve read. LOL at a lolcat and your LOL gets logged for all time on your indelible activity record. Facebook calls this “frictionless sharing”, which is their euphemism for silent total surveillance. Once you’ve signed up for this (and it is optional, at least for now) you don’t need to do anything else to “share” your activity with Facebook. It’s completely automatic.
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News leader, editor, writer
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  • Southern California Public Radio
    Executive Editor, 2012 - present
  • USC Annenberg
    Executive in residence, 2011 - 2011
  • The Sacramento Bee
    Editor and Senior VP, 2007 - 2011
  • The News & Observer
    Executive Editor/ Senior VP, 2002 - 2007
  • The N&O
    Reporter, editing roles, AME, ME, 1982 - 2002
  • UPI
    Reporter, 1981 - 1982
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Sacramento CA
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Raleigh, NC - Somerville, MA - Brevard, NC - Waipahu, HI
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News leader and journalism explorer
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I'm a news leader and longtime editor exploring how journalism works in the digital age. I'm also an optimist who knows that lots of little answers add up even when the big solutions are elusive. I've spent the past 15 years as a top editor in Raleigh and Sacramento newsrooms and at USC Annenberg, where I developed a project on open journalism published by the Annenberg Innovation Lab in December 2011.
Education
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Journalism, 1977 - 1981
  • Harvard University
    Nieman Fellow, 1993 - 1994
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