Day 67: Pet Bloggers and Concern About What Citizen Journalists Post

For those bloggers who write about subjects from A to Z, the question of being taken seriously has evolved over the last decade as the use of various social media tools has evolved.

I’ve read an article, on the website Social Media Today that, while it’s focus is more on covering the news of the day and politics, still is worth a pet bloggers time to read.

Not all pet bloggers write about news, events, and issues related to pets but Chris Measures says there are “three key reasons that we should be wary about what citizen journalists write, publish and upload.”

Sharing videos and photos taken with cameras and cell phones allows even pet bloggers to report a story on their blog before the local newspaper, or TV news, covers it.

Mr. Measures writes that “bias is evident in anything we say, write or do – whether we know it or not.” He claims that journalists are better trained to keep bias out of their reporting than you or me, thus making the work of citizen journalists often unreliable.

I beg to differ on that, often finding citizen journalists, and non-mainstream media outlets covering stories no-one else does; and covering those that the MSM cover in ways they do not, to the benefit of everyone.

As a bike blogger (2003-10) and pet blogger whose blogging has often been of a journalistic bent over my decade of blogging I know of writers in both genres, including myself, who have done legitimate reporting on stories ignored, or not well-covered, by our so-called betters.

He next writes about how laws of libel apply equally to the internet and how “professional journalists are trained to understand libel law and what can and can’t be said”, and that citizen journalists need to be better policed.

There is no doubt being more knowledgeable is beneficial to a citizen journalist, regardless of genre, but to imply that the professionals are all-wise in this regard is not true by a long shot.

His discussion of the issue of copyright is something to take serious:

He writes that “lots of news sites now actively encourage you to upload your pictures, video and text to give added perspective on news and features.” If you are going to do that it is important to understand that while you may still own the copyright on your material there are still things the big boys can legally do with your submission.

Read the whole essay.

I agree with his overall point that “citizen journalists need to understand their own responsibilities when it comes to bias, the law and copyright and act accordingly”, I just wish more of the professionals did the same.

Read = The Rise of Citizen Journalism


Day 65: How Many Social Media Accounts are Too Many?

How many years have you been wandering around the internet?

How many websites have you joined?

How many have you forgot you joined and haven’t gone near in months or years?

If you are like me the idea was to somehow use some of these places to compliment your blogging, but for various reasons things never panned out.

The purpose of this blog is to explore social media as a pet blogger looking to use some of what’s out there to help build a platform, but there is no rule that says you have to join everything out there, or stay a member if a site turns out not to be what you hoped.

I’ve been doing some reading that is making me re-think how best to engage through social media.

I realize there is only so much time in a given day and if I spend too much of it on too many social media sites, when will I have time to write?

Choices have to be made, accounts dropped, so you can learn to better use those you stay on to the best of your ability.

If you are like me then you have all your accounts on index cards, or maybe in a notebook, or word file.

Spend some times weeding out what you no longer use or care about and move on from there.

I have 23 index cards, for sites going back a decade, that I have no longer any need for. Yeah, I know, surprised me, too.

Over at Social Media Today, there is an article you may want to read as food for thought:

Is It Time for a Social Media Spring Clean? by Adrian Snood

Day 63: Social Media Today Chock Full of Interesting Reading

The website Social Media Today began on 2007 as a site that brings together knowledgeable people to discuss business and public policy issues as related to social media,platform building and related topics.

“As traditional media went digital, and the Internet went social, we realized the huge potential for social media platforms to facilitate direct communication among customers, their employees, and experts from academia, corporations and government.”

Via blogs, webinars, e-books, moderated Tweet chats and other forms of digital content they engage readers with each other and contributors in an ongoing discussion about the ever evolving tools of social media.

I wanted to see what I could find relevant to the focus of this blog and worth sharing and discussing, and have seen interesting articles in 3 of the 5 main topics (Marketing, Social Media and Practices) and several of the subcategories of each. Social Media Today’s Best Thinkers webinar series also appears to offer registered members of the website community free interviews and panel discussions about topics such as building online influence, effectively curating content, best ethical practices in corporate blogging and much more.

I’m looking forward to browsing around this site for interesting articles. Social Media Today’s Best Thinkers webinar series brings together the world’s best thinkers and practitioners on social media and networked business. Best Thinkers webinars offer lively interviews and panel discussions with opportunities to brainstorm, ask questions and connect with other professionals around important topics such as building online influence, effectively curating content, best ethical practices in corporate blogging and much more.

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