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No, You Don’t Need Social Media

  Everyone is jumping on the social media bandwagon these days. From small, local shops to larger businesses, the realization that they are missing out on an important form of marketing has hit hard. As Ted Coine put it recently: “Businesses are going social by droves – some with gusto and aplomb; many others with no shortage of trepidation and struggle, but the word seems…

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Wannabe Writers Everywhere: Get Off My Turf!

  Warning: This is a rant. Almost every Twitter profile carries the word “writer” in the bio section. Why? Because it’s so easy being a writer. I assume the mental dialogue of such people runs something like this: All you have to do is, well, write. How hard could it be, right? Wrong. While it seems pertinent to mention the years I’ve spent working on…

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Best Free EBooks on Digital Journalism

Journalists today need to be on social media simply because it is just another set of tools that is extremely useful in their work. Just like an audio recorder is very important when you go out to do an interview, social media, for journalists, can assist in performing their jobs more efficiently. Here’s my list of some of the best free ebooks that can help…

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Introduction To Social Media For Journalists

This is a presentation I did for a recent training that was organised for women journalists in Pakistan. The current presentation focused on the importance of social media, its history and how it is being used by the news industry.   Introduction to Social Media for Journalists from Rabab Khan Top image by Sofiaperesoa (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Using Social Media to Fail

When you are a political party hoping to attract a large following, Social Media is perhaps the best way to achieve this. After all, it’s so easy. All you have to do is equip a few willing youngsters with computers, a twitter account and basic knowledge of the English language and you’re all set to take over the Pakistani Social Media world by storm. Or…

When LulzSec Hacked My Email

      This morning, as usual, I checked my mail. This particular email caught my eye because of the content in the excerpt. My first thoughts? OMG! Yeah, obvious. I was too scared to click and open it for two whole minutes. (Yes, I counted them.) I did click eventually. Of course, if I hadn’t I would not be writing this post. Or maybe I would.…