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My tipster writes: “After repeatedly told website hits aren’t a competition between reporters in Louisville [at the Courier-Journal], here we have one. This email was sent out to reporters Tuesday afternoon. Entry was not voluntary.”

Hey everyone!

For those who missed yesterday’s meeting, welcome to The Courier-Journal local/mobile social media bracket challenge! If you’re getting this email, you’ve been entered.

You all will be competing in a tournament for the next five weeks, starting yesterday, for a chance to win a new Apple Watch, among some other cool prizes for second, third and fourth place.

Please find the bracket attached, this also is written on the big white board in the fun room./CONTINUES Read More

J-School Buzz has been needling Missouri School of Journalism officials for letting a freshman maintain their Facebook page. (“This news was unsettling to us in the fact that, as one of the nation’s top journalism schools, it is not utilizing a great tool in recruiting students to come to Mizzou,” writes J-School Buzz’s editor.)

I asked the school if it wanted to respond. Here’s what Suzette Heiman, a professor and the j-school’s Director of Planning and Communications, tells Romenesko readers:

Social media are a vital part of life at the Missouri School of Journalism. They are incorporated in significant ways into our curriculum and our real-world news outlets, where students learn how to use these tools professionally. Faculty and staff conduct research on social media. They share their professional expertise through numerous Facebook pages, Twitter posts, blogs and the like. The school is establishing a new Web presence. Once we get this behind us, we’ll discuss other ways to use social media.

In the meantime, some of our more entrepreneurial journalism students may create Facebook pages on our behalf. These are owned and maintained by the students, not the school.




Tamer Fakahany, an Associated Press deputy managing editor, sent this memo this morning about Eric Carvin‘s appointment:

Eric Carvin

I’m excited to announce the appointment of Eric Carvin as the AP’s Social Media Editor. This is a crucial role, based within the Nerve Center, but one that will depend on daily interaction – strategizing, training and firefighting – with all the regions, verticals and formats.

Eric is known to many of you in his current job as a News Producer at the Nerve Center, where he is an integral and respected figure, both as a serious journalist and social media expert, as well as in previous reporting and editing roles in the organization over the last ten years.

Eric will report to me.

Please join me in wishing him every success in his new job.

Regards,

Tamer

Eric’s brother is NPR social media desk senior strategist Andrew Carvin.