Not exactly journalism related, but…


Not exactly journalism related, but...

My friend started this a year ago because he was bored. It’s grown to 13 likes and 2,985 comments. Social media TO THE EXTREME.


Look Before You Tweet

This lady is NUTS. It’s people like her that give journalists like me a bad name.

Seriously, some people shouldn’t be able to call themselves reporters.

I demand background checks.

Aside: clearly, some people don’t realize that people can see EVERYTHING you tweet if your account is unlocked. So moral of this story is if you be dumb on Twitter, people will mock you.

What makes a journalist?

That’s a valid question. I report news for a living (seriously, I get paid for being on STN’s directors board!) and I follow the journalist’s code of ethics. I think that makes me a journalist.

At the same time, there are a million bloggers like me out there “reporting” news. Does that make them journalists? I’m not yet out of school. Am I a “citizen journalist”? And why do so many professional journos hate that term? Citizen journalists can help out, they can teach us new things that maybe we never thought of before.

Maybe they’re not professional, but who’s to say they’re wrong?

Filtering The Social Web

This article makes a lot of sense. As a reporter, you want to interact with the people you report to (and about!) but the sheer amount of information on social media can be staggering.
Being able to search for relevant things would definitely make gathering “as-it-happens” breaking news updates much easier.


Source: Robots may be needed to clear suspect’s apartment

This Just In

At least 12 people were killed and another 58 wounded when a gunman opened fire during an early Friday morning screening of the new Batman movie at an Aurora, Colorado, theater, Police Chief Dan Oates told reporters. (Earlier, police said 14 were dead and 38 wounded.)

The heavily armed suspect has been identified as James Holmes, a 24-year-old Aurora resident who had been a doctoral student at the University of Colorado. He was arrested without putting up a fight at the theater moments after police arrived, Oates said.

Chaos broke out during the showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” at the Century Aurora 16 theater when the shooting began, police and witnesses said. A man told CNN affiliate KUSA that people were confused when the shooting started because many believed the sound of gunfire was coming from the movie.

According to Oates, Holmes’ apartment housed a device with “incendiary devices, some chemical…

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Tempting fate on Friday the 13th


CNN Radio News

By Jim Roope, CNN

(CNN) — It’s Friday the 13th. There are both Christian and pagan roots for the phobia many have of the day. Briefly, Christians believe Jesus was crucified on a Friday after 13 people attended the Last Supper.

The stories of Adam and Eve and the Great Flood also have ties to either the number 13 or Friday.

One Norse legend tells of the god Loki who crashed a party of 12 gods, making him the 13th guest, and he tricked the blind god of darkness into killing the god of joy and gladness bringing bad luck to the Earth.

Also, many of the Knights Templar were arrested, tortured and eventually executed on Friday the 13th.

Whatever you believe, or don’t believe, many people worry for their luck on Friday the 13th. For some it’s a true test of superstitions. For others it’s…

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