Online communities have become integral to news organisations both big and small, here are the pick of the tips from speakers on the session at news:rewired
This session at news:rewired looked at some recommended techniques for building engaged communities, and turning readers and users into contributors.
The session heard from Blair Hickman, social media producer, ProPublica; Jo Kelly, communities editor, Trinity Mirror regionals; Sarah Brown, producer, CNN iReport; Niko Ruokosuo, chief executive, Scoopshot.
Mark Johnson, community editor, the Economist; Malika Bilal, digital producer and co-host of The Stream, Al Jazeera (via Skype); Hannah Waldram, community co-ordinator, the Guardian; Ros Atkins, presenter, World Have Your Say, BBC World Service; Tony Haile, chief executive, Chartbeat discuss growing engagement of audiences both across social media platforms and on news outlets’ own websites.
Focusing on local history, getting input from experts, and making journalism a two-way stree using interactive features are some of the ways to build communities around content, Walker told delegates
As part of the build-up to news:rewired we want to give you some food for thought before each of our sessions.
So we’ll be posting a collection of tools, links and ideas relevant to each of the subjects up for discussion. Think of it like a reading list or a starting point for questions on the day.
First up is Building an Online Community from Scratch with Ed Walker, Neil Perkins and Anthony Thornton and some key blog posts from the speakers themselves and other experts.
Speakers from Open Democracy, Reputation Online and the Libel Reform Campaign discuss building networks and communities around content and making content ‘discoverable, shareable and allowing readers to interact with it in a live setting’
In our latest Q&A we talk to iVillage business development & marketing manager Lulu Phongmany about the value of creating and maintaining online communities and how iVillage’s users contribute to the site’s content