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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 »

#cmLDN: Community managers London January meetup and #CMAD

Thanks to all those who came to the first Community Managed LDN meetup for a Christmas social. We’re kicking off the new year with our first event proper.

It’s on Wednesday 25 January 2012 – from 7pm at Crayon, in Oxford Circus. See my last post on what the meetups are all about here – a friendly informal space to chat about building and developing online communities.

For the first event we’ve got Markham Nolan from Storyful coming to share some thoughts with us about community management in the year to come. Markham is a social media newsgatherer, sourcing and verifying news via social media using old journalism techniques alongside new tools. A core part of this is sizing up and building relationships with online sources and crowdsourced factchecking.

We’ll then have a couple of pitch sessions à la Hacks/Hackers London and some space for anyone to share a story from their community and questions/debate. If you want to take part in any of these slots please email

The very lovely people at Crayon have kindly offered up their cool space in the heart of Oxford Circus for us to meet up in so we’re looking forward to trying out this new space with this new group. Please do say hello to @nathanmiller and the @crayonlondon team to thank them for the room and the Ribena! There are more details on how to get to Crayon and a map here.

So all you need to do is head over to the meetup page here to tell us you’re coming. Once again we’ve organised this via The Community Manager – but you can also find our chat about it on Meegloo here, or follow some of the tweets here. If you add yourself to the London group we’ll keep you updated on future meet ups – where we’re likely to hear from speakers and do some more exciting things.

Also – in case you didn’t know, next Monday it’s #CMAD – community manager action day! Give you nearest communities worker a cupcake, hug, beer or any other sign of your appreciation. It’s an international event (there was an event last year in London too) so get involved via Twitter using the #CMAD hashtag.

Written by hrwaldram

January 9, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Community Manager meet up – #cmLDN: Come and join us!

Laura Oliver and I have been discussing getting together with other community managers in the UK for regular meet ups to chat, share ideas and meet likeminds.

The Community Manager already has a number of meet ups going on in the US – so we decided to bite the bullet and get the first one started in the UK – setting at date for the first meet up and hoping to get things really underway in the new year.

So if you work in any way with online communities, and want to meet others in a similar field please do come along to our first meet up on Thursday 15 December from 7-9pm. We now have a location – we’re meeting at the Slaughtered Lamb in Farringdon. Sign up here to come along.

For the first meet up, and since it’s the end of the year and close to Christmas, we’re just thinking it’d be nice to have a social affair and hopefully speak to people about what they’d like from future meet ups – maybe even making sure we have a steering group to help organise things. If you add yourself to the London group we’ll keep you updated on future meet ups – where we’re likely to hear from speakers and do some more exciting things.

Let me know any suggestions or ideas in comments here or over on the meet up page. And hopefully see you in a couple of weeks!

Written by hrwaldram

November 26, 2011 at 5:58 pm

‘Let’s stop being patronising and talk about distributed journalism’ – notes from #newsrw

On Friday, practitioners, editors and future thinkers in journalism came together to talk about niche websites and the next steps for online at the News:Rewired conference.

I went along to the day and participated in a panel entitled ‘What’s next for niche’ and there have been some great write-ups from the day’s sessions already. Read the rest of this entry »