#MustFollow: Canadian journalism thinkers

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 @ 9:00 am | On-line

It’s pretty obvious that I love Twitter and one of the reasons why I love it is because it’s allowed me to connect with some very amazing people. In this semi-regular feature, I’m going to highlight twitter users that I love, respect and find useful. In this first column, three great journalism thinkers who happen to be Canadian.

There are a lot of great journalism minds on Twitter but not many of them can bring a Canadian perspective to the table. The three people below live or work in Canada and bring that to their tweets and insight on the future of journalism, tech and social media.

1. Craig Silver @craigsilverman

I’ve been following Craig’s work on Regret the Error for quite some time and he’s turned a seemingly small idea (examining mistakes in newspapers and magazines) into something much, much bigger. He’s also involved with some great projects (PBS Mediashift, OpenFile).

TBD’s Steve Buttry also has this great blog post on how Craig has built up his practice as an entrepreneurial journalist. On a personal note, I was fortunate to meet and spend some time with Craig at the ONA conference in Washington last October and he’s also a great guy.

2. Mathew Ingram @mathewi

I dare you to find a journalist in Canada as knowledgeable about social media as Mathew Ingram (OK, maybe Amber MacArthur). For years Mathew helped build the Globe’s social media and web strategy. A few years ago he left the Globe to become a senior writer at GigaOm, where he gets some great access to social media and technology’s brightest minds. His work at the Mesh conference has also helped bring a lot of those great thinkers here to Toronto.

3. Alfred Hermida @hermida

Alfred Hermida teaches at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism, the┬ájournalism school in Canada that’s doing the most interesting work online (an Emmy-award winning project on e-waste, a feature on sustainable seafood where students partnered with the Globe and Mail) Are you taking notes Ryerson, Carleton, Kings?

Following Alfred has given me better insight into what journalism students should expect from their journalism schools and their instructors.

A few others: I’d be remiss if I didn’t include my friend @KimFox who helps run social media efforts at the CBC and also @TimFalconer, who’s a great mentor to the students at the Ryerson magazine stream.

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