Former White House spokesman Joe Lockhart has been appointed by Facebook as vice president of global communications, according to reports, such as this by the Washington Post:
Lockhart will be located at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters and report to Elliott Schrage, VP of global communications, marketing and public policy. Marne Levine, DC-based vice president of global policy, also reports to Schrage.
This follows the appointment of Mashable’s former community manager and social media strategist Vadim Lavrusik by Facebook as its new journalist program manager in April.
Journalist and computer scientist Jonathan Stray has posted an interesting breakdown of what he calls “computational journalism”, a kind of parent term for data journalism, visualisation, computational linguistics, communications technology, filtering, research and more.
I’d like to propose a working definition of computational journalism as the application of computer science to the problems of public information, knowledge, and belief, by practitioners who see their mission as outside of both commerce and government. This includes the journalistic mainstay of “reporting” — because information not published is information not known — but my definition is intentionally much broader than that.
Stray has put together a reading list under each sub-header (including our very own ‘How to: get to grips with data journalism‘).
Worth a read.
Full post on Jonathan Stray’s blog at this link.
Interesting post from PR professional Valeria Maltoni about “braided journalism” – the “practice of traditional and citizen journalists starting to intertwine through mutual need” – asking if this is the future of public relations.
Maltoni discusses an experiment by computer manufacturer Dell, which involves freelance journalists as part of a new website. Brands embedding journalists, she says, could be extremely beneficial to consumers and businesses:
The impact of journalists and reporters would be felt in a number of ways:
- integrating the point of view of a third party lends additional credibility to the business;
- presenting a more complete version than the one quote, sometimes taken out of context, in trade press;
- bringing more customer and non-customer voices to the conversation;
- including more representatives of the whole ecosystem the business operates in;
- adding a needed perspective from researchers and domain experts.
Full post on Conversation Agent at this link…