JOUR 48000: Mobile and Social Media Journalism


Course Book: Click on the subjects to find books in the library catalog:

Professional Readings

Recommended for class:
  • First Draft News
    Nonprofit resource for verifying news sources from social media by journalism experts and a coalition of news organizations.  Includes case studies.
  • PBS Media Shift Daily   (Mark Glaser).  The sign up is in the left column (scroll down).
  • Nieman Jounalism Lab  Sign up for daily or weekly alerts.  You can also download the iPhone app.
  • Knight Digital Media Center  Create an account and subscribe to the newsletter.
Other sources: @ Connect

Database articles


  • Reynolds Journalism Institute: Mobile Media Research Project (published quarterly)
  • Alliance for Audited Media
    Organization that audits circulation statistics and generates reports to assist advertisers and publishers with media sales. Formerly known as the Audit Bureau of Circulations.  Some free reports are available.
  • Pew Research: Journalism Project
  • Editor & Publisher Newspaper Data Book
    PN4700 .E42
    Annual directory of the newspaper industry with listings for all dailies worldwide, U.S. and Canadian weeklies, as well ad trade and interest groups. Tables profile newspaper ad trends, circulation size by population groups, rankings by circulation size and more.

News Labs

Finding AP Wires

Four ways to find AP wires:
1) AP website:
2) Journal title search: Associated Press *** this is the way I tend to do it
3) LexisNexis > Content Type> News -All News> Advanced Options> Source Type: Wire Service
4) AP Images> Advanced Search> Search Section> Text Archive

Watch me do it
 (full screen)


Contact Us

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Cathy Michael

Communications Librarian
(607) 274-1293

Search Argos

Communication Tools

SM Aggregators / Search engines Social Networks / Sharing Tools Photo and Video Sharing Professional Networks Smartphones Tablets Blogs / Content Management Systems / Social websites

Journalism & Writing Platforms

  • CreateSpace
    Self Publishing and free distribution for books, music, and film.
    News service that facilitates the purchasing of news articles from journalists (a la carte).  
  • Digital First "Digital First Media reaches 61.5 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-platform products across 18 states."
  • Figment
    Writing site for young adults.
  • Flipboard
    Content discovery and sharing tool. 
  • Gather  Place for freelance writers to post works.
  • Helium  "a knowledge co-operative where our writers are also our editors who read and rate every article on the site."
  • iCircular for Mobile Smartphones  From the AP, this allows newspaper to provide ads to readers
  • Livestand  Yahoo's digital newstand
  • Longreads
    Journalism site that posts the best longform articles from newspapers and magazines. On Twitter: @Longreads
  • Media Cloud
    Data tool from the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard that visualizes the flow of the media.
  • Medium
    Online site for long form essays.
  • Knight-Mozilla Open News .  Knight-Mozilla News Technology Partnership to, "harness open-web innovation for journalism."
  • NewsCred
    License and curates articles, photos and video for newspapers and magazines.
  • Newsflow
    Real-time map of news reporting from the MIT Center for Civic Media.
  • Next Issue Media   "is a revolutionary end-to-end publishing platform founded by five leading global publishers and designed to develop, market and deliver all forms of paid content -- a vast array of magazines and newspapers -- to consumers via the digital device of their choice."
  • Patch  (AOL) "We’re a community-specific news and information platform dedicated to providing comprehensive and trusted local coverage for individual towns and communities."  
  • Pocket
    Allows readers to save articles, videos, or websites in one place to read later. Works with mobile devices.
  • Press+  Brill, Hindrey Jr., and Crovitz's project (Journalism Online)  to provide "e-commerce solutions" for publishers.  They sold Journalism Online to R. R. Donnelley & Sons in Spring 2011.
  • Publish2  Competes with the AP.  Indy journalists and bloggers can use this platform to disseminate stories.
  • Quora
    Platform where users can post questions and receive answers.
  • Scitable by Nature Publishing Group - focuses on genetics.
  • Scribd "Scribd is the world’s largest social reading and publishing company."
  • Storyful
    A social media based news agency.
  • Storify
    Interactive social media platform for story telling.  Users can drag and drop information from other social media sites to build story ideas.
  • Storybird
    Global community of readers, writers and artists who can make, read and share visual stories.
  • Thin Reads
    Company that is devoted to e-book singles.  They define e-book singles as, "written works of short fiction or non-fiction longer than a magazine article but shorter than a book."  The site includes reviews. 
  • Wetpaint "custom-tailored for young women who love TV and fashion"
  • Webbitz  "Watch video summaries of the news you want" This is an app.
  • Zeega
    Platform for interactive storytelling.
  • Zinio Digital Magazines
    Zinio calls itself, "the world's largest newsstand and bookstore."  Magazines can be purchased and read online.