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Alan White, editor
at Eagle-Tribune,
is dead at 68

Providence proposal would ban delivery of free newspapers

Hearst to centralize Conn. group in Norwalk office

Globe plans reorganization of
its news outlay

Vt. AG to keep
secret the report
on five teen deaths

A third of Conn. school chiefs evaluated in secret

Court: Public may view questioning of Mass. teacher-killer

Providence police: limit acccess to bodycam footage

Vt. Gov. Shumlin reins in public files
as he exits

N.H. makes private meeting minutes more thorough

Gunshot kills
Maine columnist in ‘accidental tragedy’

GateHouse in Mass. offers news
to vision-impaired

Conn. AG withheld tape of Hartford cop who kicked aman

Names, numbers and
email of NENPA and
e-Bulletin staff

Social media twofold boon
for journalists: Reporting tool,
connection to the community

By Audrey Cooney
Bulletin Staff

Social media has connected people from around the globe. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter have bridged a geographic gap to unite people in an increasingly tech-dependent world. For journalists, social media holds immense power – if journalists understand its potential, media experts say.

“I think a journalist today needs to use multiple social media tools both for communication and for gathering information,” said Steve Buttry, director of student media at the Manship School of Mass Communication at Louisiana State University.

According to Buttry, social media allows a journalist to examine current conversations on a topic, a valuable reporting tool.

“People with firsthand experience or newsworthy opinions on the things we cover are putting their thoughts on social media,” he said. “We wouldn't hesitate in the old days to say it was important, when reporting, to go out of the office and go to a place like a coffee shop where people were talking about what we were covering. And social media’s sort of the coffee shop of today, only it’s not just in the town you’re working in.”

Now the conversation is international because people can and do share online their thoughts and observations from almost anywhere in the world, he said.

He gave as an example the upheaval at the University of Missouri in November 2015, when students protested against a perceived culture of racial injustice. At the time, students posted on Twitter videos of a pro-protest professor demanding that a student photojournalist attempting to document a part of the protest stop what he was doing and calling for “some muscle” to physically remove the student from a public space. The professor, Melissa Click, was charged with misdemeanor assault and fired by the university. She said a minority professor wouldn’t have been disciplined so strictly and that “I’m a white lady. I’m an easy target.” MORE >

NENPA winter convention scheduled for
Feb. 24-25 at new, first-time site in Boston

The New England Newspaper and Press Association’s annual winter convention this year will feature at least one major change and a first.

The convention is moving this year to the Boston Marriott Long Wharf hotel on Boston Harbor, its first time at that location.

The convention is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 24, and Saturday, Feb. 25.

The convention also will feature many of the traditional events it has offered for years: Award ceremonies honoring outstanding work in news, advertising, circulation and marketing; the New England Newspaper Hall of Fame dinner; the New England First Amendment Coalition’s awards luncheon; dozens of workshops covering all facets of newspaper work; and vendor exhibits.

Mike Blinder, president of The Blinder Group, based in Lutz, Fla., will present a session on “Leveraging digital services to gain new legacy revenue!” Blinder will provide examples from newspapers in markets of all sizes. Participants will be shown methods of packaging and pricing their product offerings and how best to target advertiser categories to prospect.

Other Stories

Virtual reality slowly becoming
a reality for news storytelling

E-editions runners-up to print

Brush with death fails to deter Maine’s Nemitz from returning to war reporting

MNPA annual meeting coverage

New Mass. public records law
viewed as step in right direction

Mass. AG Healey: Records reform
promises more transparency

New Mass. laws, award, elections
highlight MNPA annual meeting

News Digest

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Hearst to centralize Conn. group in Norwalk office
Gunshot kills Portland columnist in ‘accidental tragedy’
The forces that drove media deals in 2016
Applications open till Feb. 1 for Reynolds fellowships

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Full list of Maine Press Ass’n 2016 contest winners
National news video contest open to journalism students
Deadline for NEFAC award entries extended to Jan. 31
Washington Post’s Sullivan wins 1st Amendment award

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22 suggestions for attracting users and subscribers
Roy Peter Clark’s 40 writing lessons learned in 40 years
Retiring Clark recalls creating culture for better writing
What to ask before undertaking editorial projects
A big-city-turned-small-town journalist’s lessons learned
Suggestions for the best mix for multimedia storytelling
How typography contrasts can display news hierarchy
Nine suggestions for fact-checking, verification
Tips for proofreading copy

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Mass. deal ended there an ongoing fight over legal ads
Mobile, video leads surge in digital ad growth
Facebook said to allow mid-roll video ads, share ad $$
A recap of the course of ad blocking in 2016
Fake news and other banes of advertising online
An argument for why ad-driven media will survive
Mainstream sites’ ad-tech use twice that of fake sites
Shafer: Craigslist wrongly blamed for classifieds' death

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Providence proposal would ban delivery of free papers
NEFAC, others oppose ban on 1st Amendment grounds
Globe plans reorganization to ‘reinvent’ its news outlay
GateHouse service offers news to vision-impaired
Edmonds sees some positive signs on newspaper front
Challenging Facebook, Google; other predictions for '17
A tour of newsrooms in the print-digital transition
The dangers of ‘satellite reporting’
After successful 2016, Washington Post adds 60 jobs
Career paths grow for metrics, data analysis
150-plus journalism entities in U.S. are nonprofits
A case for less press criticism, more local coverage
5 newspaper leaders look back at ’16, forward to ’17
Editor: Opinion inserted in some N.Y. Times stories
Times Insider’s ode to copy editors
366 links chronicling fact-checking in 2016
Journalism grads share similarities, optimism for future
Recode’s look ahead to 2017 in media, other business

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Globe launches Facebook group page for subscribers
Twitter hiring editors, moves toward news production
Facebook adding Live Audio
Fake news, video among 6 social media developments
Facebook’s 2017: How to add ads to a flush base
Twitter debuts live 360-degree interactive videos
Facebook names ex-TV reporter news partnership head
Twitter mulls adding editing, bookmarking functions
Focus, human editors keep fake news off LinkedIn
Vine gone as network, stays as app for Twitter videos
Poynter’s chronological review of Facebook in 2016
What Facebook knows about us but doesn’t tell us
Twitter to add verified account designations to timeline

Alan J. White, executive editor of Eagle-Tribune of North Andover, Mass.
Harry B. Thayer III, former vice president,
treasurer of Exeter (N.H.) News-Letter Co.

Doris (Lapan) McKoan, former co-owner, co-publisher
of Valley Times of Pittsfield, N.H.

Walter Edward Mattson, former president,
chief operating officer of New York Times
whose newspaper career began in New England

David Michael Jrolf Raymond James Siegler
Marion Remah Gerald E. ‘Jerry’ Watson Grace Helm
Michael D. Harmon Rachel Halmesmaki Lahti
Marilyn C. Childs Meggan Clifford Clark
Thomas M. Reilly Audrey Long Grasso
Bernice Arlene (Bates) Rabideau
Christopher Robert Harding
Elaine Priscilla (Alden) Kennedy Paul Surette
Raymond F. Messier Arnold Field
Sarah Higginson Begley
John David Ober Daniel D. Price III
Herbert H. Palmer Theresa H. (Eringi) Mazzelli
Karen Bienvenue Joseph S. ‘Papa’ Tomczyk
John M. ‘Jack’ Radigan
Josephine Alice (Manganello) Deary


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Vt. AG to keep secret the report on five teen deaths
Courant: Some Conn. school chiefs evaluated secretly
Courant raps secret evaluations as ‘unacceptable’
Recounting Vt.’s spotty record on public records access
Conn. AG withheld tape of Hartford cop kicking man
New Boston records czar has ruled against openness
Mass. records chief quits before reforms takes effect
Mass. public may view teacher-killer interrogation
More access urged for Providence cop bodycams
Providence cops: Limit bodycam footage access
New Haven, Conn., cop rapped for seizing cameras
Outgoing Vt. Gov. Shumlin reining in public records
N.H. mandates nonpublic meeting minutes be thorough
Mass. transit agency OKs no-bid contract in secret
6-year seal to be lifted on ex-Vt. Gov. Douglas files
Vt. officials don’t track fed requests on illegal aliens
Brockton, Mass., doubles fee for mayor’s emails
R.I. Gov. Raimondo proposes reducing public hearings
Cops to investigate arrest of New Haven, Conn., scribe
New Haven, Conn., cop rapped for seizing cameras
Athlete sues UConn over scholarship loss
Judge rules for cop who seized imposter's camera
Conn. judge finds exception to student privacy law
Mass. state agency makes data breaches public online
NEFAC, others argue for release of federal mug shots
Challenges for the First Amendment in the digital age

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Boston’s STAT profiles 52 opioid victims through obits
Newseum panel discusses virtual reality’s news impact

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Facebook, Google dominate top mobile apps in 2016
Smartphones encouraging consuming news in snippets

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Registration open for BU narrative session March 24-26
Applications open for URI summer science workshop

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Successful ad ideas sought for convention workshop


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