On 4 June 2012, the „Workshop on the Potential of Social Media Tools and Data for Journalists in the News Media Industry“ (in short and on Twitter: see #SocMedNews) took place in Dublin, Ireland. The event was organised by the EC co-funded Research & Development project ARCOMEM.
It was co-hosted with the „International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media (ICWSM) 2012„, a prestigous and recurring event focussing on the world of social media.
In the early hours of the morning (8.30 a.m. that is) moderator Jochen Spangenberg welcomed about 50 participants to the workshop. It started off with a very interesting keynote of Dr. Katrin Weller. Its title: „Tweeting the News: Dimensions and Challenges of Social Journalism on Twitter“.
Next came a presentation by Birgit Gray, Deutsche Welle, on the aims and achievements of the SOCIOS project – an initiative that is concerned with the process of information gathering of journalists in social networks. This was followed by Dominik Frey, Südwestrundfunk (SWR – a German public service broadcaster), who gave a talk on issues related to archiving social media content in order to make it available for future usage.
This keynote and introductory presentations were followed by three paper presentations. The workshop culminated in a panel discussion that picked up topics from the day and further discussed the role social media plays in journalism and the news business.
Below, you can see the full agenda:
Photos: courtesy of Cosmin Cabulea / Deutsche Welle.