👓 Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms | Nieman Journalism Lab

Read Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms by Marie K. ShanahanMarie K. Shanahan (Nieman Lab)
"Local news organizations should become a driving force for better online public discourse, because Facebook and Twitter aren’t cutting it."

I wonder in an age of caustic social media why newspapers don’t build their own (open and IndieWeb-flavored) social media platforms into their products as a benefit to not only their readers but for the communities they service? This could help not only their bottom line, allow them to add a useful service to their product, but fight the vagaries of what social media networks have done to them and give them some additional ways to help improve community conversations.

This idea isn’t too dissimilar to Greg McVerry‚Äôs idea of having local libraries allow users to “check” out domain names and pre-built IndieWeb content management systems to use. (Greg, have you fleshed this out on your site somewhere?)

In any case, I’ve outlined a bit about how newspapers and journalistic outlets could use read posts in an IndieWeb way to take more control over their comments sections instead of farming them out to caustic social media platforms that they have no control over. There’s at least one outlet that has begun experimenting with these types of read posts.¬† Some of these ideas (and similar ones on podcasting) might begin to address Marie’s idea about improving¬†online discourse and making a better forum.

I see she’s got a book on the topic entitled¬†Journalism, Online Comments, and the Future of Public Discourse. I’ll have to take¬† a look at it soon.

3 thoughts on “👓 Newsrooms take the comments sections back from platforms | Nieman Journalism Lab”

  1. As someone who used to work for a couple local newspapers in the previous decade. I’d suggest not bothering with comments at all. Simply include a link to letters to the editor. They way they can receive feedback while creating a barrier of sorts.

    Or… Only provide comments to paying customers. I’m willing to bet if they’re logged in they’ll act a little more civil.

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