Facebook and Journalism

Vadim Lavrusik examines the growing relationship between Facebook and journalism:

The Rockville Central, a community news site in the Washington, D.C., area, will move all its operations and news coverage to its Facebook Page starting on March 1. This risky move by the site’s editor, Cindy Cotte Griffiths, highlights Facebook’s growing role as a platform for journalists to use for social storytelling and reporting.

When it comes to journalists using social media, Twitter has been the go-to platform for real-time reporting and reaching out to sources, largely because it’s a public platform and most of its content is accessible. But with Facebook continuing to scale and in some ways become more public, it offers journalists an arsenal of content types beyond 140 characters and an alternative destination to connect with new sources of information.

The Boston Globe’s Your Boston is another interesting experiment in leveraging Facebook for journalism.  Really when you think about it, using Facebook isn’t too dissimilar from any other methods of publishing news. However, if you move to Facebook you can’t really control your revenue streams, which is anathema to running a business.

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