The Society of Professional Jounalists put on this program tonight at the former Church (located at 29th and Oliver) now owned by Wichita State University. Some of you may remember this church as the large community church where the minister attempted to save his church by making a deal to distrubute cocaine. He was caught on camera via a sting orchestrated by the F.B.I. We do have some memorable characters in the church communities here in good ole Do-Dah, don’t we?
Sorry, I was digressing… The program was put on by the WSU Elliot School of Communication. The program featured Ron Sylvester of the Wichita Eagle and Jeff Cutler a blogger and writer from Boston (http://www.blogger.com/profile/02095350031114092271). Sylvester reports on crime and the courts in Wichta. Jeff has a number of blogs and manages to make money with his blogging – a popular site of his has to do with what he considers edible. Ron has become self-educated in terms of the social medias as part of doing his job.
A journalistic device the guys mentioned was looking up the facebook pages of accused murderers. With that they are able to find “friends” and family to contact for stories. The theme of the presentation was using social media to do one’s job as a journalist. But also digressions were made in terms of social media aids in finding other work.
The presentation was what they promised: 60 sites in 60 minutes. Here is the link: http://60sitesin60minutes.blogspot.com/ I took notes, but it was hard to keep up. A site I was impressed by that I’d not heard of was – http://addictomatic.com/ - this site searchs all search engines, Youtube, etc. regarding a subject. It gives it all to you.
To keep up with the growing social sites, the presenters suggested keeping up with http://mashable.com/2009/08/03/facebook-journalism/ .
Jeff’s site was worth looking at.