Best practices for engaging users on Facebook

Facebook just released findings from a new study looking at how people were engaging with Journalist Pages on Facebook, which includes some good guidance on what types of posts receive the most feedback and when are the best times to post to get the highest levels of engagement.

New Digital Journalist’s Legal Guide

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a new legal guide for journalists who work online, covering everything from open records and court access to libel and Internet regulation.

SEO science decoded: The Periodic Table of SEO

Search engine optimization — SEO — seems likes alchemy to the uninitiated, but there’s a science to it. Search engines reward pages with the right combination of ranking factors. To help demystify what seems murky and inexact science to many, Search Engine Land has created a wonderful  “Periodic Table Of SEO Ranking Factors.” Click on the […]

Facebook tips for journalists, from Facebook

Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s new journalism program coordinator, has starting talking to journalists publicly about how they can better use Facebook. At Columbia’s recent Social Media Weekend, he gave a presentation in which he offered some interesting facts and tips. The presentation is included below. Here are some of the highlights.

How Drudge drives more traffic to news sites than Facebook

It’s surprising to many that Matt Drudge’s site,, drives more traffic to news sites than any other web property besides Google. That’s right, even with the growth of Twitter and Facebook, his simple site still drives more than they do to major news sites, and as a result, he helps set the news agenda. […]

A highly recommended social media guide

One of the better collection of social media links and tips online is this page from Columbia Journalism School professor and Dean of Student Affairs Sree Sreenivasan, who organized Social Media Weekend this week at Columbia University. The page includes everything from tipsheets to videos. And part of what makes it so useful is that he […]

‘The best user interface is one you don’t notice’

Justin Ouellette, a developer at BetaWorks, told The New York Times that the small increases in performance on the iPad went further than they would on a desktop computer. “The iPad kind of ‘becomes’ whatever app you’re currently running, and being more powerful and physically slighter allows it to deliver that transparent experience ever more convincingly,” Ouellette […]

New Yorker’s Facebook experiment attracts 16,000 likes

How successful was The New Yorker’s Facebook experiment?  For the past week, The New Yorker put the full text of one of the magazine’s articles behind a Facebook “Like” wall, meaning users who are not magazine’s subscribers had to “Like” The New Yorker’s page in order to see the story online.

Seth Godin: 6 lessons for media publishers

In a world of information overload, Seth Godin says, how much reader attention you can earn and keep is far more important than how much content you create. From an interview with Godin, Ken Doctor has extracted six lessons for media publishers, including the following…

ONA opens Fellowships for early-career digital journalists

The Online News Association, the world’s largest membership organization of digital journalists, has launched new MJ Bear Fellowships for early-career digital journalists, in honor of founding member MJ Bear.