How Upton Sinclair Brought Down ACORN

Citizen journalist James O’Keefe took down a national organization with tactics long considered unethical by traditional journalists. Undercover journalism is alive and thriving among citizen journalists. I was first introduced to the concept of undercover journalism when I read Upton Sinclair’s novel, The Jungle, in high school. In 1904, Sinclair went undercover in a Chicago […]

Journalism is Collaborative

The doors to the once-closed world of media and journalism have been thrown open. The mystique of the newsroom has faded and the public has come flooding in, interacting and collaborating with journalists through social media and the web. Jan Schaffer, the executive director of J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism at American University, recognized […]

Mandy Jenkins of on Social Media

UPDATE — 12:11 p.m. The Death of Hashtags Mandy Jenkins longs for the day that hashtags die. I may be the only person in the world who would consider that statement controversial. While they can be annoying if used improperly, I would argue that no other practice on Twitter is more useful and important. Perhaps […]