Web vs print story recall: Can social media play a role?

In its 2009 website redesign, the Globe and Mail got rid of a link on the front page that listed all of the stories contained in the print version of the paper that day. Of all the changes to the website, that was the one that affected me most. It always seemed that the beefiest […]


Bigger role for authors in articles, search

Which is the more important aspect of a story — the article headline or the byline? The answer would have been a easy a few years ago: the headline, of course. It’s the link people click on and the words they search for. But as social media becomes more integrated with content, the author is becoming […]


Creating ‘spreadable’ news content

The Neiman Lab’s interview with Henry Jenkins’ on the subject of “spreadable media” is a must-read. Jenkins, a journalism and cinematic arts professor at the University of Southern California, makes a blunt statement about the relevance of news in the social media age: “If it doesn’t spread, it’s dead.” Obvious? Perhaps. His point is that news […]


CBC updates its journalistic standards guide

CBC provided a much-needed update to its Journalistic Standards and Practices guide Wednesday. The document includes a section on social media use for the first time, making the point that, for information-gathering, “we apply the same standards as those for any other source of newsgathering.” There are two elements worth noting: It sets out a standard for […]


How to mix the personal & professional?

I sit on the Social Media Panel of the Canadian Association of Journalists Ethics Committee. And we’re looking for comments on an issue I’ve been thinking a lot about … If you’re a journalist over 35, an employer likely told you not to post campaign signs on your lawn, attend public rallies or sport bumper […]