I'm all about spreading the good word about those I respect and admire, whether they're poets or musicians or civic rabble-rousers or educators or tech gurus. Today I want to recommend to all you Twitter lovers a few people you should follow if you're neck-deep in journalism, digital media or alternative media.
This post will hopefully boost your awareness of the many thoughtful and intelligent brains who are sharing worthwhile posts and insight into the future of journalism. And feel free to alert me to your favourite feeds that I didn't mention here.
A senior writer at Fortune, who often covers media issues in the U.S. and Canada, Mathew is the go-to resource for journalism news, from practically everywhere in the world. I'm not sure how Mathew stays so keenly updated on breaking news in digital media, especially, but rarely does this Canadian journo take a break from Twitter, and it shows. He also engages in some thought-provoking conversations with other media gurus on Twitter, and following those threads can make for great fodder by the newsroom water-cooler.
At close to 80,000 followers, Ingram's feed must be doing something right to attract that kind of attention.
Full disclosure: I hosted Future of Media events where Mathew has been a panel guest, and I have interviewed him several times for various publications.
The Director of Tow Centre for Digital Journalism at Columbia Journalism School is a heavy retweeter but don't let that put you off following her feed. She RT's the latest news related to journalism's present and future, and also offers her own take on the latest trends in social that could ripple into publishing.
Emily also gives a peek inside the media news affecting the UK, which I always found to be key to learning how other countries manage, say, crowd-sourced journalism or online business models. Also, Emily's humour comes out in some of her tweets, which is always refreshing in a year that has seen many media casualties.
Labelling himself as a "media critic" is the ultimate humility because Jesse doesn't just critique media trends/moves, but slams them mercilessly. I've long believed we need a sharper more intelligent version of Frank Magazine and Jesse 's Canadaland is nestling into that position nicely. His Twitter feed may often retweet Canadaland content, but he goes beyond the self-promotional to wonder aloud about Canadian media personalities and shifts in the journalistic landscape.
He knows an eye-catching tweet when he sees it, such as this beaut about a CBC job post:
One of the many talented folks behind Nieman Lab, Joshua Benton is on top of big news in digital media, mainstream journalism, online advertising. He's sharp, concise, smart, and critical. His tweetage also veers into hard tech, like the latest with Apple, but his attention doesn't stray too far from major media headlines, mainly from the U.S. His will be a feed to follow once the U.S. presidential campaign ramps up in the coming months, thanks to his connections in the political-journalism field.
Be sure to check out the Nieman Lab links he posts, because there are not many hubs for deep reports on innovation in journalism, and no the aggregator Mediagazer doesn't count. I especially like this article on drone journalism, and this Op-Ed on the newsonomics of the platform wars.
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