By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group
Yesterday was the first-ever Social Media Day, as declared by the Mashable blog. The day, according to Mashable, was created to “acknowledge and celebrate the revolution of media becoming social. A day that honors the technological and societal advancements that have allowed us to have a dialogue, to connect and to engage not only the creators of media, but perhaps more importantly, one another.”
While Mashable asked people to create social media meetups across the country, I didn’t think that was feasible, given the wide geographical distribution of members in the Digital Journalism Task Force. So my solution was to create a Blog Talk Radio show episode to talk with black practitioners in the field.
Our guests yesterday were Walter Fields, founder of NorthStarNews.com and Dr. Sybril Bennett, associate professor of journalism at Belmont University in Nashville. Georgia Dawkins, a graduating broadcast journalism senior at Florida A&M University and the student representative on the NABJ board, was unable to make it so I put my summer intern, Mike Gwira, an incoming senior at Tuskegee University on the spot to offer the student view. We talked about how — and why — journalists and “old media” companies should use social media tools in reporting on stories, and what will happen if they don’t board the train before it leaves the station. You can click the logo above or click here to hear the full 60-minute show. I’d love your comments on it!