First chirps: when politicians and journalists join the twittering class
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First chirps: when politicians and journalists join the twittering class

Everyone on Twitter has a first tweet. Check out these a look at the first tweets issued by federal party leaders, selected MPs and political journalists.

Posted in: Politics, Social Media
A flesh wound delivered in the standoff between the PM and the media
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A flesh wound delivered in the standoff between the PM and the media

Did Twitter and YouTube help the PM reach Canadians in his latest battle with the media?

To pay or not to pay: can quality online news remain free?
By September 3, 2012 4 Comments Read More →

To pay or not to pay: can quality online news remain free?

More of us are faced with the first world decision of having to pay for online news from traditional news organizations. It’s not simply about money.

Posted in: Media, Print, Radio, Television
Two forms of public affairs storytelling
By August 30, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Two forms of public affairs storytelling

To be seen as relevant, journalists and content creators must be attentive to online chatter and be able to tell stories to their audiences in short segments — digestible sizes with the most important-in-the-moment information.

Analysis of the Brazeau-Ditchburn Twitter firestorm
By June 27, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Analysis of the Brazeau-Ditchburn Twitter firestorm

I received a request to publish some statistics on the firestorm ignited by Senator Patrick Brazeau’s now famous tweet. Let’s start by noting a typical day involves only about 30 tweets from and referencing Senator Brazeau’s Twitter account, @TheBrazman. Yesterday was not a typical day. Yesterday, there were 5,074 tweets, including the 12 issued by […]

Hélène Campbell’s #BeAnOrganDonor campaign proves every voice counts
By March 30, 2012 6 Comments Read More →

Hélène Campbell’s #BeAnOrganDonor campaign proves every voice counts

Perhaps you’ve heard of Hélène Campbell. She’s a 20 year-young woman in need of a double-lung transplant. If you have heard of her, it’s because of social media. Rather than silently hope people are signing organ donor cards to help her and others like her, Hélène and her friends have put organ donation into the public […]

Conference Saturdays: What makes great media resonate
By March 10, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Conference Saturdays: What makes great media resonate

Media that “resonates” attracts and engages audiences. This is particularly important in public affairs. There are countless examples. Recently, the #Kody2012 campaign serves as a macro scale example, and #BeAnOrganDonor on the comparatively micro scale. In today’s Conference Saturday, Age of Persuasion co-creator and then-writer Mike Tennant examines the role of creative in the modern age […]

What makes #kony2012 an online sensation
By March 8, 2012 2 Comments Read More →

What makes #kony2012 an online sensation

The #kony2012 campaign, an effort to bring Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony to justice, is succeeding in its efforts to achieve a mass of public awareness. The online buzz has attracted a lot of mainstream media attention. I was a guest of CTV Newchannel’s Afternoon Express today to speak about the elements that have made #kony2012 […]

Fresh life for a dated social media conversation
By March 2, 2012 0 Comments Read More →

Fresh life for a dated social media conversation

This year’s Take the Leap From Good to Great! Forum wrapped up with a strong panel brought together to examine how social media is shaping daily news content. Joe Thornley, Mel Coulson and Scott Hannant explored three main themes: how media has shaped their own consumption habits, how competition from social media has forced news organizations to […]

Their appeal is becoming more selective
By August 8, 2011 1 Comments Read More →

Their appeal is becoming more selective

Kevin McGowan, Kathleen Petty and I had a great conversation about the present state podcasting during a segment on CBC Ottawa Morning. The catalyst for the discussion is the recent announcement by Kevin that he’s putting an end to his popular music podcast, The Ruckus. The conversation largely hinged on the fact that most podcasters produce their podcasts […]

Is “citizen surveillance” a term of convenience?
By June 23, 2011 2 Comments Read More →

Is “citizen surveillance” a term of convenience?

Alexandra Samuel has been expressing concern over what she frames as a new culture of citizen surveillance. Ms. Samuel is Director of the Social and Interactive Media Centre at Emily Carr University of Art and Design and her comments are a response to the waves of photos and videos of the Vancouver rioters; documentation that […]

Posted in: Social Media, Tools
Elections Canada missed its cue
By April 23, 2011 0 Comments Read More →

Elections Canada missed its cue

Gillian Shaw has a piece in the Vancouver Sun from two days ago in which she describes an organized effort to challenge the antiquated Canada Elections Act media blackout clause (see Canadians vow to break election day Twitter ban). Basically, the law states that election results from one poll can not be broadcast to other […]

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