This was a great debate at the Online News Association conference. Rather than try to sum it up, I decided to post as a Q&A.
Panel members included:
Eric Carvin, Social Media Editor, Associated Press
Liz Heron, Director of Social Media, Wall Street Journal
Niketa Patel, Social Media PM, CNN
Anthony De Rosa, Social Media Editor and columnist, Reuters
Q: Liking people and organizations on Facebook – does the terminology need to be changed?
Heron: I don’t get too hung up on it. I don’t see liking as a personal endorsement, people aren’t going to think you’re endorsing that person
Patel:– Should be following people who have the same beat, and follow as many people as you can
Carvin: :At AP, we recommend that journalists follow opponents of a candidate as well as original candidate
De Rosa: I think you have to have common sense, don’t go out of your way to stray from perception
Heron: It allows for more transparency, allows for more scrutinty and bias, but it’s worth it to be out there and more available to people
Q: When is it appropriate to be tweeting/sharing unconfirmed reports?
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