Facebook for Journalists

4 Apr

Facebook, like so many social media sites, is a new avenue for journalists. It’s a particularly useful way to gain access to sources that might otherwise be unreachable. As the social media giant is becoming used by a greater number of journalists, as well as competition from Twitter, Facebook is making concessions to help journalists gain access more easily.

The biggest problem with this new method of source gathering is that the ethics of the method is pretty unclear as of now. It can be kind of a difficult situation, as Facebook is a personal site, in most cases, yet has become so pervasive that it is also your professional face, which in turn may result in your firing, journalist and/or source alike.

Like most people who have seen the potential repercussions of Facebook, I have made my profile private, and refrain from posting about any of my jobs. Because my profile is public I don’t get much publicity out of promoting my blog on my Facebook page.

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One Response to “Facebook for Journalists”

  1. Ronald R. Rodgers April 4, 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Good

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