Online Journalism: Fridays 2009


the class blog for Columbia College Chicago’s Online Journalism class: Friday edition

your links: social tools

Please link up (and introduce) at least one site that you think does a good job integrating a community through social tools online.

Filed under: your links

23 Responses

  1. Kaylee says:

    Not really a site devoted to social tools… but the NYT made this really awesome Twitter Map today that goes minute-by-minute through the Super Bowl and detects the most popular words on Twitter at that time in Super Bowl-focused conversations.

  2. Kaylee says:

    Here’s another one I like. I think this would be beneficial for those people who ditched Facebook/Myspace because they didn’t really want to be exposed on the internet. You get to choose who sees your content and it’s based on sharing content among family/close friends.

  3. John Lendman says:

    I have been obsessed with Gaper’s Block since I started studying journalism at Columbia, and not just because it is chuck full of great story ideas. In the Merge section, which is updated on a regular basis, this site provides news stories with interesting perspectives and direct links.

    The site plays up Chicago like a township-like community and posts interesting cultural events as well as neighborhood markets in the Slowdown panel. The Flickr photo pool is also a great place to get your mind off news briefs and offers shots taken by Gaper’s Block readers around the city.

  4. Mandy Treccia says:

    EveryBlock Chicago is a great site for keeping up with news in all the different neighborhoods. The site includes public records, news, crime reports and maps.

  5. Zach Wilmes says:

    I found out about this site last semester while taking a community news reporting class. It’s one of a growing number of websites devoted to raising community awareness in Chicago, the focus in this case being the Uptown neighborhood. Many people contribute stories and photos to the website, comment on local news and advertise meetings and protests. The Uptown Update is a great example of citizen journalism in Chicago.

  6. Jon DePaolis says:

    I’ve used this website for a lot of classes the last year or so. It has events going on in the city, news items, announcements, blog postings, weather for the area, and aggregates news from major Chicago publications and news outlets. It’s like a Google News for Chicago.

  7. Sara Harvey says:

    LiveJournal is primarily a free journal site, but it also has community journals within the site that users can watch, subscribe or post to. The comments flow like threads on a forum. Users can post via instant message, voice post (audio and transcript available), texting, and e-mail. I already use the site, so it’s easy for me to start a conversation on a post I read or video I watched.

  8. Brian Livingston says:

    Alright this an oldie. It is the original myspace and facebook. It got the ball rolling on the social tools front.

  9. nicole says:

    I have a google reader that keeps me updated on current events throughout my long desk days. Often, the freshest information comes from this website and provides all the social tools that help news spread through other social networks. Also, comments on stories start quickly and can turn into long community discussions.

  10. Youtube integrates many online communities, but I find it the most interesting social tool used to keep in touch. For example,if I want to keep in touch with the community of representatives in the House, I can go on Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s channel. My husband found a request from musician Trent Reznor to turn the latest Nine Inch Nails album into a visual work of art. Many people posted videos in response.

  11. Nicki Walliser says:

    An example of a site that I think demonstrates “new” journalism would be

    I think it’s a really neat concept and I can’t help but check it out every day to see what’s new.

  12. Nicki Walliser says:

    I think this site is fantastic for connecting with other business professionals in the area. It’s a great way to show people what you have done in the past, what you are working on now and what you look to do in the future. I think it’s a great social tool.

  13. Kristina Wells says:

    I think that is a good website for social tools because it is constantly being updated with scores and schedules for those need-to-know-now sports fans. Also, there are links to send emails and communicate.

  14. Jon DePaolis says:

    This site does a good job of informing people in 14 Chicago neighborhoods of the events and news of the area.

  15. Mandy Treccia says:

    You Tube is a great site for finding videos. If you miss a news segment or an interview, someone usually posts it on the site within 24-hours.

  16. Brian Livingston says:

    I was told about this site yesterday. I think it’s great for organizing your favorite websites. This site especially comes in handy say if you need to access a site and you’re not at home.

  17. Eve Fuller says:

    Good social tool for journalists.

  18. Kaylee says:

    Sometimes it seems social media sites are too conservative in how they talk. So if people are looking for a site that’s a little bit more raw (you have to sift through a lot of male sexism), but, check out Reddit.

  19. Zach Wilmes says:

    One of the best ways to kill time online is at

    It’s a site where people can post hilarious audio/ video or pictures of the shortcomings of others and everyone gets a laugh. The site has also become popular by linking with youtube and several other sites.

  20. Nicki Walliser says:

    So I may be way behind on times but since I love writing reviews I decided to join Yelp. This was back in November but I just recently started getting all my reviews posted. People have responded really positively. I can’t believe how many conversations I have started with people just based on reviews of places around the city. I have made 10 new friends on there. I think it’s a blast!

  21. Kristina Wells says:

    A website that I think is great is Not only can you search for food available in your area based on distance, you can see who delivers, sort by types of food, and even order your food online. You can also rate the food, service, etc., of the website.

  22. Rachel Stapinski says:

    A friend just invited me to join a network website I never heard of before. is a social place formatted like Facebook and Myspace, but with the specific purpose of connecting people who love to travel.

  23. Brian Livingston says:

    good way to share ideas with your peers and get feedback

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