Did Twitter and YouTube help the PM reach Canadians in his latest battle with the media?
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I was part of a Canadian Journalism Foundation forum called “Social Media Meets Traditional Election Coverage” last night. It was the first time I’d been in front of a room full of journalists. At times I felt like I was in a scrum. There evening was filled with tough questions, skepticism and curiosity. By all […]