SPJ names four alumni 'journalists to follow' on Twitter
June 15, 2010
Quill, a magazine produced by the Society of Professional Journalists, has released a list of "a bunch of cool journalists and innovators" whom we should follow on Twitter. Four Columbia Journalism School alumni — David Cohn '08, Megan Garber '07, Vadim Lavrusik '10 and Sree Sreenivasan '93 — made the cut.
The feature includes a Q&A with each digital journalist, who weighs in on issues like crowd sourcing and citizen journalism. Here's what our alumni said are the most important issues facing contemporary journalism.
- David Cohn '08 (founder of Spot.us): "Transparency around the process of journalism. If journalism is to become more participatory, then we must also become more transparent so the public can be involved at every step."
- Megan Garber '07 (assistant editor at the Nieman Journalism Lab at Harvard University): "Collaboration versus competition: How do we leverage the best aspects of both approaches to journalism, both as individual news outlets and as a singular informational ecosystem?"
- Vadim Lavruski '10 (social media manager, Mashable): "The business model, of course. But more importantly, experimenting with new forms of revenue and transitioning from legacy business models. Secondly, figuring out a format for providing contextual journalism on the Web. Online journalism lacks context, and there is a lot of noise out there. Overall, embracing the renaissance we are experiencing in journalism. It's an exciting time."
- Sree Sreenivasan '93 (dean of student affairs, Columbia Journalism School): "The search for effective, sustainable business models, especially for Web journalism."