Journalists: Social Networking Is Good For You

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NYU’s Jay Rosen is launching an ambitious project to have journalists integrate social networking into their beats. It’s called Beat Blogging and regardless of the bad beatboxing pun… the idea behind it is kind of genius.

Basically, reporters who cover beats are being encouraged to assemble a circle of experts in their field who can offer tips and monitor coverage via the site. Easy advice for the journos and such. Here’s the list of initial journalists participating in the project, via Rosen:

  • Houston Chronicle, with Eric Berger doing a reported blog about science.

  • Star-Ledger of Newark, with Ed Silverman news blogging on the pharmaceutical industry.

  • Wired.com, with Eliot Van Buskirk, reporter, beat blogger and columnist on digital music.

  • Dallas Morning News, with Kent Fischer on the Dallas public schools beat, joined by Tawnell Hobbs

  • Cincinnati Enquirer, with Keith Reed reporting on Procter & Gamble.

  • ESPN.com, with Henry Abbott covering NBA basketball, blog-style.

  • Education Week‘s Digital Directions, with Michelle Davis on technology in the K-12 classroom.

  • News-Press of Ft. Myers, Florida, with a statewide child welfare beat by a reporter yet to be named.

  • San Jose Mercury News with Matt Nauman on energy and “green” tech.

  • The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, PA with Daniel Victor covering the town of Hershey, PA.

  • MTV News with Stephen Totilo on video games and their makers.

  • Chronicle of Higher Education with Brad Wolverton on the business of college sports, nationwide.

  • Seattle Times with Brier Dudley covering Northwest technology companies.

    The smart move from Rosen and co. is that instead of creating a new social network, participating journos are encouraged to use Facebook, LinkedIn or plain old e-mail for assembling their circle of contacts… and then the journos blog about it.

    The inner techie in us is curious to see how this one plays out…