As the recent tragedy in Boston showed, Facebook can be a valuable resource for journalists looking to spread the news, as well as to connect with readers and sources. Facebook recently published a thorough guide outlining the best practices for reporters on the social network.
The recent tragedy at the Boston Marathon showed the expanding role of social media when it comes to the spreading of news. As Facebook users shared stories, photos, and videos, news sources worked hard to make sure the stories they posted were true. Representatives from ABC News and The Huffington Post talked with AllFacebook recently to discuss how they run their Facebook pages as news changes rapidly, such as during the bombing at the Boston Marathon and the search for the suspects.
When Facebook introduced its redesigned News Feed, it did more than change how people view memes and photos of cats — it altered the way stories are seen. Now everyone can make news. But for those who make a living by spreading news, Facebook has changed the way stories are presented. Dean Praetorius, a senior editor with The Huffington Post, talked with AllFacebook about how the way news is presented on Facebook requires some changes to the traditional approach.
Maybe Co-Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comparison of News Feed to a personalized newspaper wasn’t too far off. According to the Pew Research Center’s State of the News Media 2013 report, Facebook is a key way that news outlets such as The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and Yahoo reach their readers. The report notes that major U.S. news sites get an average of 9 percent of their traffic from Facebook, compared with 4 percent when measured 15 months ago.
What changes to its news feed will Facebook unveil at its press event Thursday at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.? According to a Facebook employee, a social advertising industry source, and developers who spoke with TechCrunch, the big announcement involves new ways for users to filter their news feeds.
National Public Radio has been wondering: What makes a story tick on Facebook? The company examined its geotargeted stories throughout July, August, and September, and found that nine types of stories in particular tended to do rather well on Facebook: place explainers, crowd pleasures, curiosity stimulators, news explainers, major breaking news, feel-good smilers, topical buzzers, provocative controversies, and awe-inspiring visuals.
The mark of a successful news story in the Facebook era is what happens after a reader is finished with it. Enter NewsWhip, which compiled a list of the top “social monster” websites, which are are killing it as measured by Facebook interactions. BuzzFeed — which scored a spot on the list despite being a relative newbie to the scene — has all the details, including a handy infographic showing that The Huffington Post, the U.K.’s The Daily Mail, and Yahoo are leading the pack.
Print media may be a dying enterprise due to the Internet, but thanks to Facebook, some smaller news sources are actually gaining more exposure. A study of newspapers and websites in Chicago showed that the smaller sites derived one-half of their traffic directly from Facebook.