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The Biggest Challenges Facing Publications Today

Mediabistro talked to Mashable’s executive editor and chief content officer Jim Roberts and The Wall Street Journal‘s emerging media editor Liz Heron at Social Media Week in New York. WSJ hosted a panel at the event, which focused on the effects of social and mobile on journalism.

For Heron, the biggest challenge is the new competition that publications face from social networks. “Our friends in Silicon Valley are creating so many engaging experiences that are competing with us [for] people’s time and interest,” she said. “It’s also an opportunity… We can be a part of that revolution instead of being cut out by it.”

“One of [Mashable's] challenges/opportunities, is taking a lot of the traffic that we get from social channels and keeping them,” said Roberts. “I think all of us in the news/information world face that challenge in one way or another.”

For more, check out our sister site, SocialTimes.

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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

Twitter Hits 500 Million Users, At Least According To Third-Party Site

From a small microblogging site skeptics toted as a place for narcissists to share their breakfasts, to the behemoth of news and information (and yes, pictures of food) it is today, there’s no doubt that Twitter has come a long way since its inception in 2006. Today, the almost six year old site reached a major landmark in social networking history: according to Mashable, Twitter snagged its 500 millionth user this afternoon.

While data studied over the last year indicated the target would be reached today, there was still some skepticism as to whether it would actually happen. User data comes from Twopcharts, a third-party Twitter analytics tool that tracks user activity, and not from Twitter itself. However, around 1pm E.T., Twopcharts announced that Twitter had registered its 500 million user; as of this writing, Twopcharts counted 500,036,359 Twitter users.

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The “What I Really Do” Meme Pokes Fun At Journalists, Editors And More

You may have noticed a certain type of photo being shared by friends of all career types on Facebook and other social sites. Marked by a series of six images imposed on a black background, the “What I Really Do” meme jokingly mocks various perceptions of job fields, from doctors to writers. Mashable has compiled a series of the best examples of the meme, and journalists and editors, among others, are highlighted for the misconceptions that run rampant about their fields. Check out some of the photos below, and head to Mashable for the full gallery.

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5 News Organizations To Follow On Pinterest

It came seemingly out of nowhere. Pinterest, a social network where users can create virtual pinboards, quietly transformed throughout 2011 from a niche interest site to a top 10 social network, all while still functioning under an “invite only” model. With solid growth like that, it’s hard not to take notice. The site is more easily geared towards retailers, but journalists and news organizations are beginning to experiment with ways they can tap into the Pinterest market. Here are five of the news organizations you should be following on Pinterest.

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