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How to get Connected, #SocialConf and new beginnings

Some updates which I wanted to share with you from the last week.

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If you’re interested in how online communities come together to get stuff done, make change happen and have the power to impact on people’s day to day lives then you might like to sit back with a new Guardian Short which I’ve co-written with Ed Walker and Marc Thomas.

I’ve worked with Ed and Marc in a number of capacities – and here we’ve combined our experience and understanding of what makes community projects online work (and not work), as well as choosing some of our favourite (and lesser known) examples of communities and projects which are both inspiring and have made a difference in the area around them – all in a very short and (we hope) engaging read. It’s perfect for a Sunday evening so go and put the kettle on, climb into a comfy chair and download the ebook here: http://guardianshorts.co.uk/connected/ Read the rest of this entry »

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September 22, 2013 at 5:37 pm

A comment on GuardianWitness – another tool on the roadmap to open journalism – and Making News – Radio 4’s programme on modern day news cycle

Lots of talk and excitement on the web today as the Guardian unveiled a new UGC platform – GuardianWitness – a downloadable app and desktop tool which allows users to easily submit photos, video and text direct to journalists.

Joanna Geary has written a post about the launch here and there’s some more detail on One Man and his Blog after Adam Tinworth interviewed Joanna about the project. First, a big well done I think to all those involved in the project – in particular members of the community team Joanna Geary, Laura Oliver Caroline Bannock and Philippa Law. As I hope to explain in this post – GuardianWitness looks set to make the process of users collaborating with journalists even easier.  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 16, 2013 at 7:14 pm

How can online communities assist and enhance traditional journalism? Some notes

On Wednesday this week I’ll be taking part in a panel event run by City University’s Interactive journalism students (they go by the name of ‘interhacktives‘ online) about how community engagement can enrich journalism. 

Also on the panel will be Nick Petrie, my counterpart at the Times, Sarah Drinkwater who runs Google Local, and MSN International editor Tom (aka flashboy) Phillips who also runs Is Twitter Wrong?

The Q&A discussion hopes to answer the following questions:

  • How can online communities assist and enhance traditional journalism?
  • What does a community manager actually do?
  • Which are the most useful social media and online tools?

For my part I will be drawing on three particular examples – both recent and long term – which I think exemplify how engaging with online communities can enhance your journalism.  Read the rest of this entry »