Monthly Archives: March 2012

Facebook Fans of news websites

Italian news websites and their Facebook Fans

Italian online news websites - Facebook Fans

                                   German news websites and their Facebook Fans

Facebook Fans of German online news websites

English news websites without BBC and their Facebook Fans. BBC on March 31, 2012 had more than 1, 746, 126 Fans.

Facebook Fans of English news websites without BBC

My Facebook profile by

Use of social media by journalists across Europe

In January 2012 Eurobarometer has published a qualitative study on the use of social media by journalists. The study consisted of  interviews with 5 journalists in each of the 27 Member States countries. Most of the journalists had ten to twenty years of experience, mainly in one type of media. Interesting to note, that most of them preferred to use social media in their own language, even though they can speak  and work in English.

Most of the journalists interviewed use social media at work, especially Facebook and Twitter. However most journalists use Facebook also for private affairs, whereas Twitter predominately for work.  Among other social tools the journalists indicated Myspace, YouTube, Blogs and Wikis. There is probably nothing new in the results. But have a look at the mind maps. Twitter and Facebook in use by journalists at work across European countries.

The two maps looked almost the same. Check these two mind maps of the usage of Twitter and Facebook privately, outside the working environment. There is a clear distinction between Twitter and Facebook use. Facebook – use a lot also for private use; Twitter – only at work.

The journalists were also asked to specify the reasons for using social media at work and, as it turned out, most of the journalists are passive users who just check what is going on on certain web sites in order to be up-to-date. There are also active users who search for information and supplement traditional sources, but not replace them. There is also a small number of  interactive users who actually inform the audience about their programmes, communicate their messages to the people and respond to various posts.

Journalists do use social media tools like Facebook or Twitter in a passive, active  or interactive way. The main findings of the study concluded that social media is, by now, considered to be useful for newsrooms and very easy to use.



Eurobarometer Qualitative Study (2012): Journalism and Social Media. Last accessed 27 March, 2012.



International Festival of Journalism

An awful sleepless night  before my last exam this winter session in Media Politics, Globalization, Ethics and Law. 6 a.m 23 of March Friday. Shower – done. Breakfast – done. Take the dog outside – yessss. Nice clothes to wear – ready. Time to check my emails. 27 e-mails, as usual nothing seemed new or interesting – Facebook, Twitter, Groupon – Liliana Bounegru: Place offer (please confirm asap). Really? 8 a.m. time to go. To go where? Exam? What exam? Who cares after all?

I was offered a place to take part in a Data-driven journalism workshop “Getting stories from Data” at the  International Festival of Journalism in Perugia (Italy). The festival takes place every year in Perugia. It offeres many free panels, workshops, documentaries, keynote speeches and many more activities.  Journalists, students, media specialists, news agencies from all over the world gather to discuss the current media trends in the society.

Among the 400 speakers who will attend the festival this year are: Kristinn Hrafnsson – spokesperson for WikiLeaks, Wolfgang Blau – editor of Die Zeit, Roman Anin – investigative journalist from Novaya Gazeta, Clive Edwards – ex editor for current affairs at BBC, Evgeny Morozov – journalist and author of the Net Delusion, Marco Travaglio and many more.

Cheap German wings tickets – bought. A nice hotel in the center of Perugia – booked. Subscription to various workshops – done. Speakers for the possible interviews – contacted. And now – a lot of patience.


Putin according to the online media…

Who is Vladimir Putin according to the online media? Ex Prime-Minister? President? Macho? Zar?

A short analysis of the metaphors and other stylistic choices that are used by the online journalists  across languages to refer to Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin – newly elected president of the Russian Federation.  For the analysis I considered only headlines from online news websites in several european languages and Russian before the Presidential Elections on 4 March 2012 and one day after it.  The headlines used for the analysis came from the results of the advanced search(keyword Putin) from the following web-site:


During the first hours after the elections on the 5th of March something has changed. Or is it just me?



Presidential Elections in Russia, March 2012

Map on the final results of votes for Vladimir Putin by Regions.


The Net Delusion by E. Morozov

Recently, preparing for my exam on Media and Politics, i came across an amazing and really inspiring book “The Net Delusion” by a Bielorussian journalist and a researcher Evgeny Morozov.

Morozov, being extremely well-informed,  argues that, amid protests in the Arab and Russian worlds, internet only strengthens the Authoritarian regime and Dictatorship of some countries. I especially loved his idea that internet does not bring up  more and more activists nowadays, but rather “slacktivist” or i would call such people “clicktivist” or “liketivist” who believe that just by clicking a button “Like” on Facebook “Save the children in Africa” or “Help to combat the poverty” etc., they automatically become activists. What a delusion….

For all the pessimists and optimists of social networks like Twitter or Facebook, I do strongly recommend to read this informative and lively book!

Have a look also at his talk on TED’s conference.

Evgeny Morozov: How the Net aids dictatorships