On Social Media Day, the evolving journalism landscape, bits of work and life lessons, and more

June 30 is World Social Media Day. During last week’s commemoration of the event, people all over the world took to Twitter to share how social media has affected their personal and professional lives and communities using the hashtag “#SMDay.”  Aside from this worldwide sharing, various pundits also wrote on how social media is currently used, as well as the boon and bane of it all. Considerable media mileage was also allotted last week to the largest social networking site, Facebook, and a 2012 “experiment” it did on users’ posts. Read on:

Image: “Social Media Day Tokyo” by Pietro Zuco on Flickr. Used under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license.

Image: “Social Media Day Tokyo” by Pietro Zuco on Flickr.  
Used under a Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) license.

  • What can Facebook do with your data? This study shows it can “make you feel good or bad, just by tweaking what shows up in your news feed.” Of course, users were not happy to know that they were manipulated and Facebook somehow had to justify  and later apologize for its one-week contagion study conducted in 2012. Despite the apology, a privacy group has lodged a formal complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission saying Facebook “purposely messed with people’s minds” and an influential academic group raised its concern over the company’s research saying the methodology was not consistent with policies on obtaining the informed consent of human research subjects.


Journalism is evolving. Here are some updates on how journalism is changing in this technology and information age:

  • A new survey found that “45 percent of journalists say that at least 60 percent of what they publish is done without checking facts beforehand.” What does this say about truth and who is actually reporting the news?
  • In his personal blog, Reginald Chua, former journalist and current Innovation Editor at Thomson Reuters, imagines “structured journalism” amid CMSes, apps, and micro-sites that can be sources of news.


Last week’s 99u newsletter asks us to “stop hating, start creating.” Here are interesting reads from the round-up:

  • A theory of jerks.” So you think you’re surrounded by idiots. Guess who the real jerk is.


Other posts of note:

  • The right to write. “Who owns the story, the person who lives it or the person who writes it?”
  • Yes, we’re shallow. “[W]hile we acknowledge and attempt to satisfy mass tastes, we [should] also attempt to serve that hardy minority of readers interested in serious news.”
  • About two life paths – should and must. “Should is how others want us to show up in the world … Must is who we are, what we believe and what we do when we are alone with our truest, most authentic self.”


Ditto is a fortnightly collection of stories on publishing, media, communications, and topics that concern editorial professionals from the most credible sources on the Web. We hope to educate young professional writers and editors about industry standards, breakthroughs, and trends, among other things. Usually, you’ll find news and commentaries in here, but from time to time, we also feature tweets, visuals, games, freebies, and other fun but useful stuff that caught our eye.


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