Six free social media sleuthing tools for journalists and other inquisitive types

Social media sleuthing. Sounds kinda ominous, right? Not really. Nothing about social media sleuthing is illegal. It has nothing to do with hacking. It simply entails using freely available search tools to more usefully sift through publicly-accessible information that’s online. What you actually do with that information is, of course, entirely up to you. Good ol’ Urban Dictionary[…]

Media sustainability through innovation

Media companies are innovating and developing new digital revenue stream but they are not yet sufficient to sustain quality journalism. In his presentation at HighwayAfrica, Steve Kromberg says “there is no “silver bullet” but there are a range of promising revenue streams and exciting new technologies that media companies are using. View his presentation here:  […]

How to use Tweetdeck to filter the noise on the #FeesMustFall hashtag

Over the past seven days there have been over 780 000 tweets sent that have included the hashtag #FeesMustFall. Just in the last hour, leading up to President Zuma announcing a 0% increase in university fees, there have been over 35 000 tweets sent with that hashtag. If you wanted to read all of them, you’d have[…]

Weaving social into the news

Social Weaver is flying. The big news is that Social Weaver partner Verashni Pillay has been appointed Editor in Chief of Mail & Guardian. After an exciting national Twitter training tour of Independent Newspapers newsrooms, Michael Salzwedel and Steve Kromberg spent last week training and setting up social media platforms at the SABC News Parliament.[…]

Journos get their Twitter game on at #indytwittertraining

Social Weaver ran Twitter training for over 100 editorial staff from Independent Newspapers countrywide in August and September 2015. The aim was to familiarise staff with the increasing value of Twitter in an increasingly challenging news environment. Journalists, photographers, sub-editors and editors got stuck into learning more about the mechanics of Twitter, how to ‘filter the[…]