Here's What Happened At Occupy The News: A Movement And The Media

How do you verify social media news tips? How do you create unique content with social media? Journalists, citizen journalists, and social media types gathered Thursday night at Storify's offices in San Francisco for Occupy The News: A Movement And The Media. Here's how it unfolded.


  1. On Thursday night, seven journalists covering Occupy Oakland with new media tools gathered at Storify's San Francisco offices to tell a sellout crowd of 100 how they have covered the movement, what tools they've used, and where they see the movement and the media around it headed next. 
  2. Here is the lineup of panelists:

    - Deborah Petersen, senior editor, mobile & social media, San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group
    - Tasneem Raja, digital interactive editor, Mother Jones
    - Angela Woodall, staff reporter, Oakland Tribune
    - Ellen Cushing, staff writer, web editor, and resident social-media obsessive, East Bay Express 
    - Susan Mernit, Editor/Publisher, Oakland Local
    Carly Schwartz, San Francisco Editor, The Huffington Post
    - Ian Hill, social media specialist, KQED News
    Here is a YouTube video of the presenters' part of the program:
  3. Occupy The News Part 1
  4. Occupy The News, Part 2 of 2
  5. Audience members and panelists discussed verification of facts on lightning-fast social media. Ian Hill of KQED News suggested that fact-checking still means picking up the phone and relying on common sense. 
  6. Another topic of intense discussion was: Does reporting with social media mean everyone is drawing content from the same pool? Panelists responded that they try to tailor their content to what their audiences want. That sparked a debate over how journalists can know that. 
  7. Even as we were meeting, a new use case for Storify popped up: How to chronicle the arrests of Occupy journalists via Storify.
  8. Ian Hill of KQED News urged journalists in the Bay Area to make use of local startups to expand their tool kits.