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New Media, the Boston Bombing and You

  • May 23, 2013 · 5:45 PM
  • San Francisco Chronicle

The Boston Marathon bombing tragedy provides a fascinating critical case study in the role of new media in reporting breaking news. There were high points and horrific errors.

How would SF Bay Area Journalists use social media in reporting a major story like an earthquake in the Bay Area? In our May meetup, we'll explore the best practices of using social media to cover a big story with an expert who thinks about that every day.

Special Guest: Jeff Elder,  who leads social media for The San Francisco Chronicle and

With over 104,000 Twitter followers, Jeff has spent years exploring social media and is expert in Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Twitter, Tweetdeck, Vine, and Medium, as well as other Twitter-related platforms. He’s a voting member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and judge for Webby Awards.

Host: Tom Murphy, editor in chief of, who has extensive experience covering breaking news for The AP, Bloomberg News and other major organizations.

Topics will include:

  • Accuracy:
  • Innovative reports: Innovative reporters found ways to connect with sources inside police lines. Find out how to use new media to get an inside perpective.
  • Police & the Press: In Boston, media helped police collect information from social media, or held back information from the public. Did they cross any ethical lines?
  • Covering Carnage: Uncensored photos from the blast scene showed the horror of people losing limbs and lives. What is the responsibility of reporters to edit the scenes?

Please note: We expect an advanced discussion on journalistic issues in new media for journalists who know how to use social media. All are welcome, but beginners should first read FAQs on Twitter or Facebook for basic info.

Donation: $4 in advance; $8 at the door

Location: The San Francisco Chronicle. Please meet in the lobby on Mission, just west of Fifth. Photo ID required to attend.

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  • Tom M.

    Terrific discussion with Jeff Elder and a very smart group of SFBAJ members.

    May 24, 2013

  • Kathleen M.

    This was a terrific session -- and Jeff was the perfect person to lead the way. Will follow up on a lot of information that he shared, and look forward to another meetup in the future on this critically important issue. Thanks!

    May 24, 2013

  • Maria H.

    This was a great meet-up! Jeff really knew his stuff an is a social news pioneer. The group was small enough that we got to have a real discussion. I picked up some great ideas.

    May 24, 2013

  • Wendy L

    Interesting subject matter. The speaker was excellent. A lot of really good food for thought.

    1 · May 23, 2013

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