Microblogging

If you couldn’t attend this morning’s on-campus Investigative Reporting Panel Discussion, you can review the live microblogged  coverage on The Spartan Daily.

I wish I’d realized the Daily was planning to microblog this event — I would have given you a head’s up so you could have had the option of “listening in” in real time. But you can still review the microblog posts made by the Daily‘s two live-bloggers, Jon Xavier and Jason LeMiere. (Note: LeMiere is a former student of mine, and I’m really pleased to see him trying out some new reporting techniques.)

What is microblogging, you ask? Microblogging is posting very short messages — usually 140 charcters or less (yes, that’s characters, not words).

One of the most popular microblogging platforms is Twitter. Signing up for Twitter is like signing up for a blog, except even it’s simpler. Once you’ve signed up, you can “follow” other people who microblog. I find it’s a good way to keep up with some of my former students and to get the jump on breaking news and industry trends.

Like blogs, microblogs can be personal or professional — or both. Some reporters have started using microblogs to help stay on top of local issues (by “following” local sources and news makers), and to give their readers quick updates on breaking news.

During a recent workshop on blogging and microblogging at the 2008 JACC NorCal Conference, I described microblogging as a “21st century police scanner.”

I was also the co-keynoter, with JMC Instuctor Steve Sloan, at that JACC conference. We titled our presentation “Journalism in the Starbucks Era,” and we focused on some of the technologies and trends that are changing the way journalism works.

You can view my segment of our JACC presentation online at Slideshare at http://www.slideshare.net/camccune.

By the way, you can find me on Twitter at “cynmc.

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