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How Not to do Social Media Case Study – Southern Illinois University Carbondale Facebook Page

November 9, 2011 1 comment

"The Net Interprets Censorship as Damage and Routes Around it" - John Gilmore

Right now, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale is in the middle of a contract negotiation dispute which has resulted in a strike by the tenured faculty.  As one would expect in a situation such as this, the faculty has urged its supporters to be vocal on the union’s behalf and some students took to the SIU Carbondale Facebook Fan Page to urge a resolution to the contract dispute.

Unfortunately, the SIU Carbondale administrators of the page began deleting those messages.  One report noted that they began by deleting only the messages of support for the faculty, but later began deleting all messages related to the dispute – and even went so far as to ban some users. Read more…

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Because We’ve Always Done it That Way: Why Newsletters Must Die

October 20, 2011 Leave a comment

Why Newsletters Must Die

It’s often tough to break old habits.  Smoking.  Biting your fingernails.  Paying attention to the Westboro Baptist Church.

Organizations large and small seem completely unable to break themselves of the habit of newsletters; particularly for employee communication.  Even though it’s 2011 and technology is enabling video gamers to make unprecedented advances in AIDS research, we’re stuck on delivering static text in columns – sometimes sacrificing trees (and staff time) to circulate it.

Newsletters need to die – here’s why: Read more…

Missouri Senate Repeals Facebook Friending Ban for Teachers

September 16, 2011 2 comments

I blogged previously about how the Missouri Senate had banned teachers contacting students through unapproved channels (like corresponding with them via personal email accounts not supervised by schools, or friending them on Facebook).

The law was problematic for a variety of reasons, but one thing that concerned me was the liklihood of a teacher violating it unintentionally given the ubiquity of electronically-mediated communication in everyday life. Read more…

The Less Than Definitive Guide to Grading Student Blogs

August 21, 2011 56 comments

Using Blogs in the Classroom

At the behest of my fiancee (who happens to be a superb part-time professor at Grand Valley State University), I’m writing this post about using blogging as an important part of the educational process.

It should also be noted that this post is directly relevant to those outside education as well: every organization should be encouraging employees to blog about work-related content.  Not personal gripes or gossip – but about their day-to-day struggles and triumphs, or about their trade/craft/field.  Social media engagement is the modern equivalent to networking in trade groups or local business associations.

Why Would I Want to Engage in This Sisyphean Undertaking? Read more…

Progress Fighting Zombie SLAPP Lawsuits Against Bloggers

June 29, 2011 2 comments

Fighting off Zombie SLAPP Lawsuits

Recently I blogged about the potential legal threats that face bloggers (“Practice Safe Blogging – Legal Protection Against Zombie SLAPP Suits”).  I was contacted by Evan Mascagni, Legislative Assistant at the Public Participation Project which is working toward legal protections from SLAPP suits.  He described some of the progress the PPP has made toward fighting these sorts of suits: Read more…

More on Blogging Discussion From WGVU Morning Show

May 27, 2011 1 comment

Grand Rapids Calder Plaza

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by great colleagues and to have access to extraordinary (award-winning) news professionals in Grand Rapids.  Many thanks to Adrienne WallaceKim Bode and Shelley Irwin for the opportunity to appear on the WGVU Morning Show today.

I always over-prepare for interviews & presentations so I have a bunch of information I put together just in case it might come up.  Another of the infinite benefits of the Internet is that I can share that with anyone who is interested via my blog with comparatively little effort (yet another reason you should be blogging).

History: Blogs were developed to eliminate the grunt work of publishing web content through automation – they have largely replaced webpages because you don’t need to know HTML/XML. Most of the popular blogging platforms offer the ability to easily set up polls, embed video/photos/audio/documents, allow discussion/comments, embed forms, get analytics, etc. Read more…

Practice Safe Blogging – Legal Protection Against Zombie SLAPP Suits

May 24, 2011 3 comments

Fighting off Zombie SLAPP Lawsuits

I come from a family of insurance agents (among other things).  Don’t hold that against me.

Given that the government has routinely failed to protect the free speech of citizen journalists and bloggers, we’re on our own.

I’ve watched family and friends struggle through the gnawing, never-ending, zombie-like horror of being sued and in our modern world and it’s seriously anxiety-inducing even if you know you’re in the right.

Anyone that is the subject of any sort of negative post online (from blogs to Facebook pages to online review sites) can file a lawsuit against whomever published that information (not that they’ll win, but they can tie you up in court and put you in a bind financially fighting them off). Read more…