So 2010 has come and gone. In case you missed some of the most popular posts on Save the Media during 2010, here is a list of the posts that my readers clicked on the most. Enjoy reading ones you missed or taking a walk down memory lane and re-reading your favorites. You can compare with my top posts for 2009.
1. Journalist’s guide to the ethics of social media. This one bumped from fourth place in 2009 to the top of the heap a year later. The post urges that ethics for journalists using social media are the same as for journalists in general: Be accurate, be fair, disclose conflicts, tell the truth.
2. Twitter etiquette, style rules for 2010. This post moved from 7th place in 2009 to number 2. It’s an early look at Twitter and how to use it gracefully.
3. Five Twitter etiquette rules you should never (ever) break. This post was new in 2010 and was the most tweeted of any of my posts. It’s an updated look at how to use Twitter for journalists, or anyone.
4. Ten journalistic rules you can break on your blog. This post drew more controversy than any I have written. It was my most popular post in 2009, but it continues to draw readers. If you haven’t read it, take a look and see what you think.
5. Is blogging journalism? This post stays at the same point on the list of popular posts as it did in 2009. The question remains a viable one, although blogging has changed much since I wrote the post. So what do you think? Is blogging journalism?
6. More on newspapers’ social media rules. This post, which came in at number 9 in 2009, examined how some newspaper biggies grappled with how their staff members use social media. The issues continues, though, as journalists make sense of how to use these new tools.
7. So what is journalism? Clocking in at number 10 in 2009, this post has gained some popularity. In it, I asked Twitter users to answer the question in a bit of web-based crowd-sourcing.
8. Journalists’ guide to search-engine optimization. This is one of my earliest posts, written when I started this blog back in 2008. It didn’t make the top 10 list in 2009, but over time, it has gained a following. It’s a no-nonsense, non-technical look at how SEO impacts journalists’ jobs today.
9. How journalists can use Facebook. This post remains at number 9, as it was in 2009. When I crafted it in 2008, using Facebook as a journalistic tool was in its infancy. However, the ideas still offer a framework for using Facebook today.
10. Journalism’s relationship to social media has matured. This was a hopeful post I penned in early 2010, noting that journalists seemed to be balking less at using social media and really taking advantage of its benefits. I think this trend has continued. Do you?