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I was part of a panel discussion that considered a world ‘without social media' at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia on Friday.
I decided to illustrate this by talking about what The Wall Street Journal wouldn’t have done last week in a social media-less world.
Saturday, 26 April
On Saturday, Sam Dagher, our Syria correspondent, would not have shared images of Aleppo. Sam had been to the city the previous week but did not share tweets and images while he was there due to safety concerns.
Expression on kid’s face in Tilal market Jdaideh (Jadida) says all: sad but determined to stay alive #Aleppo #Syria pic.twitter.com/jrBem4htBz— Sam Dagher (@samdagher)April 26, 2014
He tweeted once we was back in Damascus and we packaged his photos into this slideshow.
Sunday, 27 April
On Sunday, Giada Zampano and Liam Moloney would not have been sharing tweets and pictures from the Vatican on the occasion of the canonization of two popes.
Spanish pilgrims singing and getting ready for the rain ahead of double #canonization in Piazza Navona #2popesaints pic.twitter.com/AsQ42L6DcK— Giada Zampano (@GZampano)April 27, 2014
We would not have pulled together social media posts from people in the crowds using RebelMouse.
Monday, 28 April
On Monday, we would not have gained Instagram insight into Gennady Kernes, the mayor of Kharkiv, who was shot and injured. This colourful character has more than 63,000 Instagram followers, with whom he has shared pictures of himself cycling, playing sport and with his pets.
Kernes is now recovering in Israel and yesterday shared a photo from his hospital bed.
Tuesday, 29 April
On Tuesday, we would not have used user-generated content in a video. Storyful verified and licensed the footage from Ukraine and we were able to use it in a video package.
Wednesday, 30 April
On Wednesday, Matt Bradley would not have shared WorldStream clips of the Iraq elections. WorldStream, social videos that are up to 45 seconds in length, provide colour, insight and a snapshot of a story.
Thursday, 1 May
On May Day, the day of protests in Turkey, our Istanbul bureau chief Joe Parkinson would not have re-shared this photo.
And, the gas-masked Kebabci is back. pic.twitter.com/SlYbHVKAAy via @zeyt1n— Joe Parkinson (@JoeWSJ)May 1, 2014
In a non-social world, Patrick McGroaty would not have shared this 13-second clip of Mugabe arriving at an election rally in Harare, Zimbabwe.
And Heidi Vogt, our east Africa correspondent, would not have been following John Kerry and sharing tweets and images.
Following John Kerry around Addis today. Here, at a clinic that treats AIDS patients: pic.twitter.com/jRRRS04wRT— Heidi Vogt (@HeidiVogt)May 1, 2014
In a world without social media, The Wall Street Journal would not have used Facebook video and an Instagram image to tell this story of an oil train crash in Lynchburg. Both the video and image were verified and licensed by Storyful.
Friday, 2 May
On Friday, Matina Stevis, who is based in Brussels, would not have been tweeting on behalf of a journalist in Ukraine and would not have got a safety message out, warning journalists not to go to Slovyansk.
URGENT: repeating on behalf of @bopanc: “2 crews taken, 1 fixer missing in #Slovyansk #Sloviansk #Ukraine" -pls RT, I misspelled earlier— Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis)May 2, 2014
Bojan Pancevski, who is a Sunday Times reporter, found he couldn’t tweet. He therefore asked Matina, a friend, to share the message on his behalf. Matina tried logging into his Twitter account but could not get access so pushed out the message from her own account to her 35,000 followers.
Urgent on behalf of @bopanc of @SundayTimesNews in #Smolyansk #Ukraine: “Warning everyone to stay out, militias aggressive, taking people”— Matina Stevis (@MatinaStevis)May 2, 2014
Matina told me that other news organisations called her to find out more information and she was able to share what she knew.
In a world without social media Bojan would probably have sent a text message to Matina and a few others, but the warning message would not have been amplified.
My slides from the talk are here: