Online Journalism

Lecture by Jon DeNunzio from The Washington Post

March 8th, 2011 · Comments Off on Lecture by Jon DeNunzio from The Washington Post

Jon DeNunzio, User Engagement Editor, The Washington Post. (former Online Sports Editor) Follow Jon’s tweets!

DeNunzio came to George Mason University on Mar. 3, 2011; he talking about integrating Social Media Into your journalism.


  • Graduated UVA in 1991
  • Was not a journalism major
  • Concentrated in high school sports at Washington post 2000-2007
  • Got into digital communication to keep a job

One of the biggest highlights of the lecture was when he talked about third party platforms. He asked, “Who is Mashall McLuhan?” He then showed the Annie Hall Youtube video. YOU SHOULD WATCH IT. The just of the video is a quote, “The medium is the message”- McLuhan 1964.

DeNunzio blasted back, “Its not the media, it’s the social.”

And of course, he gave a few websites that as online journalists we should all be aware of. They are:

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Skype session with Burt Herman

February 22nd, 2011 · Comments Off on Skype session with Burt Herman

CEO of Storify

This is Burt. This is the website he co-founded.

Courtesy of He is an “Entrepreneurial journalist stoking media revolution. CEO and co-founder of Storify, building the future of journalism. Founder of Hacks/Hackers, bringing together journalists and technologists.”

Great introducation on Burt- now for the BIG news! He skyped with us today from somewhere on the west coast. My guess is Silicon Valley since he is a technology superstar.

He talked about how storify can be a tool to simplify the process of telling a story online. “We have this amazing situation where everyone can be a reporter on the ground” Burt said.

Storify knows that a tweet, is a tweet. A video has certain tags on it. This information is much richer than it would be if you simply just copied and pasted in links.

Professor Steve Klein asked, “How do you stay plugged in? Telling stories is constantly changing becasue of all of these newer online platforms.”

Burt Herman responded with, “I’m hungry to always search new sites out. I get emails everyday from places like mediabistro, mashable; I have tech friends. I do look at twitter, but i do confess, it’s not always a news good source for me. Sharing your idea is the best  thing to do. Nobody is going to steal your idea, because they wont care about it as much as you do.” Mark Zuckerberg would.

Tags: Comm361 · Storify · Student Blog Posts

‘Journalism Next’ by Mark Briggs: Chapter 4 summary

February 15th, 2011 · Comments Off on ‘Journalism Next’ by Mark Briggs: Chapter 4 summary

Summary: Microblogging — The instant messaging journal


Start a Twitter, Facebook and/or LinkedIn account.

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  • Trains users to look for interesting things around them
  • Gets breaking news out in an instant
  • Allows the audience and journalists access to the most up-to-date news coverage

Why microblogging should remain personal, not automatic

  1. Quality over quantity; tweets should have personality
  2. Ask for tips from followers
  3. Keep control over account; leave automatic feed off

Twitter basics:

  • Post: 140 character limit
  • Read
  • Reply
  • Direct Message: Message only between you and the person you share it with
  • ReTweet: Post a tweet from someone else for your followers to read
  • Hashtag (#): Way to label a tweet, effective for conference. Example: “#sxsw for South by Southwest Conference”
  • Follow people related to your intetests and stories
  • Go mobile: Don’t wait to post what you see
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