Author Archives: Wendi C. Thomas

Bag A Troll

Presenter: Peter Dykstra – Publisher, The Daily Climate & Environmental Health News
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Would it work to have a “Troll of the Week”? Using shame as a deterrent?

Boston paper: They pay outside company about $5,000/month to moderate comments, then two regular people serve as moderators for Red Sox/Patriots forum.

Having columnists/reporters go into the comments and post has changed the tenor of the debate, but only when the reporters/columnists are men.

When it’s women, they get attacked. It’s a safety issue for female journalists and female commenters when they have to use their real names.

Some sites have a “bozo” feature – they get banned but they think they’re still posting.

UT San Diego – has hired company to moderate comments means nothing remains up for more than an hour. Comments have to be moderated.

Livestrong site: Using FB comments has been helpful. About 60% women on site. Still have people post fat shaming remarks, listing tempting foods in threads about dieting, also problem with pro-anoxeric posts

Martha Vineyard’s paper: Has had sources refuse to talk for a story because they don’t want to be subjected to the comments online. (This is my worst fear.)

Question from woman w/ Site that deals with intersection of LGBT/spirituality: Where are the sites that have good commenting?

Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates and NPR’s Code Switch mentioned as good examples of well-policed and thoughtful comment boards. Coates spends a lot of time there, NPR is quick to ban comments but always says exactly why.

Yahoo: Has invited trolls to create content for their site and let them see, subtly, how it feels, to get comments that are super critical

Cagle editorial cartoon site: what about dealing with institutional trolls? In response to a controversial cartoon, subject asked his supporters to flame Cagle, which got 10,000 comments, about 3,000 death threats.

Yahoo: Suspects that most of us have institutional trolls, but we may not know it because they don’t represent themselves that way.

Wendi C. Thomas, The Commercial Appeal


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Being a Digital Media Host

Being a Digital Media Host

A Storify of the key points (at least IMO) from ONA13 panel on being a digital media host. “Learn how to build community and engage users while shining a spotlight on the most important news of the day.”

Wendi C. Thomas, metro columnist at The Commercial Appeal


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Bring Your Social Game to the Pro Level

Burt Herman – Vice President of Editorial, Livefyre (Storify)
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He says:

Did you know? Storify has a plug-in on Chrome.

Announced today: If you’re a verified site (like NPR), Twitter creates “Related Headlines” to show where else that tweet got linked.

GIF: Google has a “gif” in API to search for animated GIFs! You can drag and embed into stories.

BTW: Yes, Storify has merged with Livefyre but… Storify is still free.

Hey, I know that logo! SHWire D.C. Intern’s tweets on the big screen as part of Herman’s presentation

Meghan Peters – Strategic Partnerships, Journalists, Facebook
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She says:

819M global monthly users

14:29 minutes spent on mobile monthly

FB drives 2X the traffic of Twitter. (What does this mean for Scripps, since you can’t access our premium content via SM unless you’re a digital subscriber? Are we cool with missing out on this traffic/opportunity to lure subscribers?)

Best content: personal, expresses identity, is visual.

57% more traffic on breaking news when you use hashtag #breaking

Seeing more journos getting good engagement via longer FB posts/commentary in status update and/or notes.

Graph search is EVERYTHING: search photos, video, good way to crowdsource, etc.

Wendi C. Thomas, metro columnist, The Commercial Appeal


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