Today, sensational and fake news stories spread like wildfire thanks to the Internet. Facebook has moved from its original intent to connect people to a viral mechanism to misinform them. You can thank poor media literacy for that.
There are no sacred mastheads anymore. Every outlet has a bias, and most reporters are chumming the social network waters for the most shares. How the Washington Post muffed the Washington Nationals new manger hire, and smeared team officials in the process.
Jodi Gersh has helped guide the USA Today and Gannett’s other media properties from ground zero to today’s social savvy media house. See what she has to say about social media and journalism.
This interview conducted with the Washington Business Journal’s Jen Nycz-Conner discusses how digital has and continues to change journalism.
The first chapter of Welcome to the Fifth Estate discusses social media empowered people that act independently of traditional media, government and corporate structures. Last Saturday night on WOR Radio’s The Business of Giving show I had the pleasure of discussing this tension with host Denver Frederick. From Syrian bloggers fighting the Assad regime to the anti-Komen Planned Parenthood social media fury in the United States, people continue to fight power structures with social media.
Average citizens feel a need to circumvent established media as well as traditional government and corporate structures with online tools. Their information needs are unfulfilled and voices are not being heard. So people activate themselves online to demand change and action, or to form new innovative ways of resolving their problems.
The Syrian Revolution
I gave the following commencement speech yesterday in Richmond to Virginia Commonwealth University’s School of Mass Communications. The speech focuses on what makes for a successful career in communications, specifically by navigating today’s fast moving media environment. The keys to… Read More »The Secret to Success: Impact and Experience