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The Future of Journalism Is?

Lisa Stone of BlogHer

On November 5, 2010, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fl asked those attending Social Media Day to tweet the ending to “The future of journalism is . . . ”

When I first walked into the event, I felt unqualified to answer such an important question.  Surely, the experts presenting that day were better equipped to answer that question than I.  With experts from some of the most interesting, successful, insightful, and innovative social media organizations in the U.S., what could I possibly add to this question that they haven’t already noted?  I was both in awe of and amazed by the genius of Matt Thompson of NPR, Lisa Stone of BlogHer, Charlene Li of Altimeter GroupMónica Guzmán Preston of Intersect (you MUST check out Intersect!), Vadim Lavrusik of Mashable, and several others!

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Micro Volunteering in the Cloud: Meet the Extraordinaries

Calling all web designers, code junkies, social media marketing gurus, and translators.  Quit obsessing on FaceBook and take some time to help out a worthy non-profit or two.  Don’t worry, you don’t even need to leave your desk or your smartphone (Yes, there’s an iPhone app. for it).  Thanks to the Extraordinaries, you can provide small (but much-needed) advice, information, graphics, translations, or research to participating non-profit organizations.  An hour or so per week could really help some of the very cool participating non-profit organizations.  Plus, you’ll feel good about doing good.

Here’s how The Extraordinaries Process Works

1.  Create a free account, tagging your areas of expertise

2.  Log-in

3.  Find a ‘Challenge’ by area of expertise

4.  Submit your effort to the Extraordinaries website

5.  Feel great

Ethan Zuckerman Talks About Global Voices and the Web

Ethan Zuckerman is one of those rare geniuses who spends his time trying to change the world.  In addition to working as a researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University, Ethan has started several high-profile online initiatives to study and share news and information from across the globe.  In his recent TED Talk, Ethan shows how most of the News in the U.S. is about the U.S., with the trend showing decreasing global news over the past few decades.  This is astonishing considering that social media has exploded across the globe.  Check out Global Voices, which Ethan co-founded to share blogger news from around the world.

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