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Listicles vs. Journalism: Mashable’s Jim Roberts Talks Apocalypsticles

apocalypsticalAt Social Media Week NYC, our sister blog SocialTimes caught up with some notable digital journalists at a panel hosted by The Wall Street Journal. The panelists weighed in on a piece in Politico that criticized certain web-based publications for turning violence into clickbait:

The Kyiv protests were also starting to look like clickbait. By the end of the day on Wednesday, Business Insider, Talking Points Memo, Buzzfeed and Mashable had all published their own listicle versions of what Huffington Post called “Ukraine Crisis: 12 Apocalyptic Pictures After Nation’s Deadliest Day.” High in resolution, low on explanation, the articles painted Ukraine’s carnage by numbers.
 
A new genre had been born: the apocalypsticle.

“I was outraged by [the Politico piece]… It bothered me personally because I had invested a lot of real dollars in covering that story since December,” said Mashable’s executive editor and chief content officer Jim Roberts at the panel.

Here, he talks more about the publication’s coverage of the crisis: Read more

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ONA Announces Nominees For 2012 Board Of Directors Election

The Online News Association, the predominant organization representing digital journalists, announced on Tuesday the nominees for its upcoming 2012 Board of Directors election. ONA board members help shape programming, serve as representatives/spokespeople for the organization and are supposed to make ONA their largest annual charitable contribution, among other responsibilities.

The election — for two-year terms — promises to be highly competitive. Seven of the 15 seats of the board need to be filled, and one of the seven seats will be filled by appointment to allow for international representation. Seven new candidates and six incumbents are running for the remaining six seats. They are: Read more