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John A. Byrne guest moderates #editorchat 3-25

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As you know, John Byrne is the editor-in-chief of BusinessWeek.com and a digital journalism advocate.  As such, he’s amassed quite a following on Twitter and has been instrumental in the success of BusinessWeek’s reader engagement.  We are thrilled to be able to draw on his expertise with aggregating user content for this edition of #editorchat. 

Some of the questions that may be discussed tonight with him at the helm include:

What does the process of aggregating user content mean for writers and editors?
You often tweet about user-generated story ideas. How important are blogs and user comments in generating topics?
Should editors rely on social media to provide a gauge to determine the popularity of a story?
There was some talk on Twitter yesterday about an MSNBC story http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29796962/ originating from a blog post, yet the journalist never linked back or sourced that original post.  How closely are editors monitoring writers’ sources for this type of story?
What due diligence steps should writers and editors take when turning to readers and the broader Web community for content?

Does community-driven news and narrative mean the end of the static story? And if so, is that a problem of opportunity for publishers?

Will community content require more or less staff? Will publishers need more writers? Will newsrooms need more reporters? Will any of them want more freelancers?

What has been the pay-off of using social media?
Does it inform the processes of journalism, traffic, buzz, even customer service?

What media brands do you think get it (are you learning from)?

Any mistakes you’ve made or lessons you have learned along the way?

We may not have time to hit all of these questions, but we sure hope you’ll join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.  As always, Tim and I will be on hand to keep things flowing smoothly.  If you have any suggestions or questions, send them to us here.


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  1. Hey editorchat moderators (and special guest), this sounds so great that I just cancelled my evening plans so I can attend. Thanks so much for setting this up!

    michelle goodman

    March 25, 2009 at 10:57 pm

  2. Terrific #editorchat tonight with some very smart ideas and comments flying back and forth – thank you, Tim & Lydia, for hosting a great salon on the future (and present) of journalism! Loved it.


    March 26, 2009 at 1:54 am

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