Social Media and the Future of Newspapers

Len Apcar, Asia editor of The International Herald Tribune, invited the Asia advertising director of the IHT, Dominic Ciafardini, and myself to join his class at Hong Kong University for a discussion about social media and the future of newspapers. Great discussion! Thanks to all who took part.

This is a video taken of the event.

New Media, MSM and the Business and Journalism Behind Them: A Round-table Discussion from JMSC HKU on Vimeo.

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7 comments

  1. Social media are distinct from industrial media, such as newspapers, television, and film. While social media are relatively inexpensive and accessible tools that enable anyone,even private individuals, to publish or access information, industrial media generally require significant resources to publish information.

  2. hanwei

    Hey, Tom, great to see HKU have such good video uploaded on vimeo.

    Social media is definitely the future for journalists, to some extent, it is ridiculous over strengthening of the journalism objectivity. As a reader I need more opinion on an event, not the similar article report on the trivial issue, and that could only be achieved by social media!

  3. not sure why, i couldn't start the video.

  4. gwong

    I would agree with Thomas, don't be anti-social..

    other than LinkedIn, I was very much against & had no time for blogs, twitters etc.

    now through twitter, I manage (when I try) to learn outside of my industries (finance/insurance/gaming/gambling/strategy) and learn more about agencies/media etc. and seeing this post/video is a testament.

    However, TRUST is a key point and as one of the lady say, because of its physical, the 'trust' aspect goes up dramatically.. and I am not sure if the internet/social/mobile media could ever 'replace' that .. unless/until some short hand to aid and bridge this trust & confidence gap..

    the fact that as Thomas suggested, we should all have a blog, its madness not to.. this would sadly ultimately make the trust issue worst.. like X-Factor, and how the judges smirk at some guys/girls who really don't have talent.. a lot of people's 'blogs' might or might not be useful.. and thus might discourage others to join the blogsphere..

    thought provoking stuff..

    thanks for this

    @GarethWong

  5. not sure why, i couldn't start the video.

  6. gwong

    I would agree with Thomas, don't be anti-social..

    other than LinkedIn, I was very much against & had no time for blogs, twitters etc.

    now through twitter, I manage (when I try) to learn outside of my industries (finance/insurance/gaming/gambling/strategy) and learn more about agencies/media etc. and seeing this post/video is a testament.

    However, TRUST is a key point and as one of the lady say, because of its physical, the 'trust' aspect goes up dramatically.. and I am not sure if the internet/social/mobile media could ever 'replace' that .. unless/until some short hand to aid and bridge this trust & confidence gap..

    the fact that as Thomas suggested, we should all have a blog, its madness not to.. this would sadly ultimately make the trust issue worst.. like X-Factor, and how the judges smirk at some guys/girls who really don't have talent.. a lot of people's 'blogs' might or might not be useful.. and thus might discourage others to join the blogsphere..

    thought provoking stuff..

    thanks for this

    @GarethWong

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