Inside NPR.org posts about Social Media
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Starting today users will notice a change to our commenting process designed to improve the quality of discussions on NPR.org. In an effort to decrease spam and encourage civility we will more aggressively moderate the user comments that appear on the site.
In order to update things on NPR.org, we occasionally have to take features down. Specifically, in order to upgrade comments, we need to take comments down for about 2 hours. We are planning to do that today at 2pm – so comments will be unavailable from 2-4pm ET (barring any disasters).
NPR.org rolls out new Facebook and Twitter sharing buttons for story and blog pages. There's also a new dashboard highlighting our ongoing social media activities.
New rules encourage NPR's news staff to use popular social media services "for journalistic purposes and as a way to connect with the audience." But journalists also must avoid saying or doing anything online that jeopardizes NPR's credibility.
NPR, PBS and the AU Center for Social Media will co-host a national PublicMediaCamp in Washington DC the weekend of October 17, bringing together public broadcasters and community technology activists to brainstorm new ways of working together.