Analysis, Social Networking News, Tools of the Trade - by Patrick Thornton on Wednesday, December 12, 2007 5:30 - 5 Comments
What if You Had Digg Powered by Journalists? Or a Journalist Powered by Diggers?
I have always been a proponent of social bookmarking for journalists. When Digg was a young community, I used it as a resource for finding new story ideas. As I explained to Greg J. Smith recently, social bookmarking is a way to find experts in specific fields: "I am friends with Roy Schestowitz.
Roy is an open source maniac….If I want to know what’s
going on in the OS world, I look at Roy’s page. If I want to know about the environment – I turn to either Aidenag, SocialPyramid or Tomboy501. If I want to know about science, I turn to Hanksname."
Having sources who you rely on as "news-recommenders," never hurt. There is editorial value in serving up the best links, but a good link-blogger will tell you – it takes time and effort. Just ask Romenesko. But with social bookmarking you can mimic Eyebeam Reblog, and get great links form a volunteer effort. That’s what Digg is – a space where volunteers find links in their expertise area and share them.
This is all related to a new phenomena that could become more common for the networked journalist: Sharing links and information with journalists in other news organizations.
Why don’t reporters who are on the same beat share more information?
This was one of the motivating factors behind Scott Karp’s new social bookmarking tool: It’s made by journalists for journalists. Publish2.com is in private beta right now, but Scott says any journalist can register.
Publish2.com is set up so that you could use it as a regular social bookmarking tool (think Del.icio.us) or as a way to network with other journalists interested in the same topic.
Beat bloggers who work for a national news organization might not want to tap into this second aspect. Sharing too much information might feel like losing a scoop. But for beat bloggers for local newspapers, it makes perfect sense. If I’m reporting on education in Dallas, why not share the sources (national or local) that I have with an education reporter who covers the topic from Florida?
The beat blogging project is about networking between journalist and sources. Publish2 has found another angle of networking that will benefit journalism – networking between beat reporters. Through tagging, a group of journalists can agree to show each other all their stories – allowing them all to know what sources the others have.
If they are in communication they can really drill down: Imagine our education reporters decide to use "standardized test" as a tag.
Publish2.com is riding the wave in-between Digg and Deli.ico.us according to Scott karp. While Digg has become more of a social networking site, with bookmarking functionality, Del.icio.us is a bookmarking site that can establish a social network of sorts. Publish2, he hopes, can be used personally as a bookmarking tool, but could also be used to aid journalists to find and work with each other.
Think of it as a Poynter 2.0: There is a core niche of journalism, but it is a space to connect to other people and share important ideas and information with them. It could have a tangible benefit to their work.
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