Nieman Foundation at Harvard
HOME
          
LATEST STORY
How to cover pols who lie, and why facts don’t always change minds: Updates from the fake-news world
ABOUT                    SUBSCRIBE
Jan. 23, 2009, 8:32 a.m.

Buy a newspaper or save a newspaper: Your choice.

facebookpaperWhat’s the better way to save the newspaper business?

Sign a pledge on Facebook to buy a newspaper on February 2nd?

Or work from within to show journalists how to use Facebook (or MySpace or Twitter or Google or just how and why to link) to advance journalism beyond the old business of ink on paper?

The first may briefly make you feel good about yourself, but the second just might change you, whether you’re a journalist or not.

Gina Chen is a journalist — a reporter and mom-blogger who decided that she’d heard enough about how slowly the newspaper business was changing. So she did something about it. She started a blog, called Save the Media, that is short on pontification and long on practical advice that any journalist can put to immediate use.

She’s been posting since late last year and has shown no sign yet that she’s running short on ideas.

Any working journalist that hasn’t yet bookmarked Chen’s blog might want to take a moment and do so now.

POSTED     Jan. 23, 2009, 8:32 a.m.
SHARE THIS STORY
   
Show comments  
Show tags
 
Join the 15,000 who get the freshest future-of-journalism news in our daily email.
How to cover pols who lie, and why facts don’t always change minds: Updates from the fake-news world
“Putting others’ words in quotation marks, to signal, ‘We don’t know if this is true, we’re just telling you what they said’ or even ‘Nudge, nudge, we know this isn’t true,’ is a journalistic cop-out.”
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting is on a White House hit list for elimination
That’s bad in ways you already know and in more ways you don’t.
How BBC Persian is using Instagram and Telegram to get around Iranian censorship
“This is a social circumvention strategy rather than a social media strategy.”