Boston bombing lessons for social media


Happy to help my friends at 12News and azfamily as they were trying to make sense of a very crazy news week and how it played out on social media.

Boston bombing makes history on social media for speed and inaccuracy.

Social media has once again proved to be a critical way for people to stay informed during a tragedy.

AZ courts social media committee kicks off: A super smart judicial meetup.

I’m a member of the Arizona Courts committee on impact of technology and social media on court proceedings (say that 3 times fast).

Day 1 was fascinating yesterday. We outlined issues – everything from cell phone use in court to safety issues for witnesses, victims, jurors and undercover police officers to people friending rural judges on Facebook.

Arizona Courts committee on technology and social mediaIt was a great conversation led by Arizona Supreme Court Justice Robert Brutinel who did what Supreme Court justices do so well – he asked questions, proposed hypotheticals and acted as devil’s advocate.

The room was filled primarily with judges from around Arizona who recognize that times are changing.

In this photo — I am on the far right in a white jacket. And on the left is David Bodney managing partner in the Phoenix office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he practices media and constitutional law.

David and I are at opposite ends of the spectrum of social media use. But we are both there to add our professional thoughts and keep an eye on the role of journalists in the courtroom.  This is going to be an interesting year.

#ConnectChat: Connecting journalists and PR folks

Upcoming #ConnectChat: Social Media for Business Journalists

Robin J Phillips talking

I’m hosting #ConnectChat today to talk about social media for business journalists. Bottom line: It’s a lot like social media for all journalists … just with more money.

Stop by – #ConnectChat – from noon Pacific time.

Or come back later. I’ll link to the archive.

→  Here we go (PDF):
Recap of #ConnectChat on Social Media for Business Journalists

Twitter’s advanced search can be a journalist’s good friend

I wrote this guide to Twitter’s advanced search for, my day job.

Twitter advanced searchJournalists can’t avoid hearing about the benefits of using Twitter and other social media tools … whether they believe them or not.

Well, the advanced search tool on Twitter may just help make believers of journalists hoping to find local sources for stories.

Full post.