Journalists and Facebook
The American Journalism Review had an interesting article earlier this year about journalists and how they are using Facebook as part of their professional lives. Personally, I think Facebook can be a great tool journalists can use to generate story ideas and tout their work and that of their respective news organizations to a new audience.
That said, I also respect the opinion of some journalists who see little value in using Facebook. For example, Phillip Blanchard, a former copy editor at the Washington Post, raises a very valid concern about the truthfulness of the profiles and items being posted on people's walls. "Facebook is great for 'social networking' but not terribly useful as a journalistic tool," Blanchard wrote on the wall of the Facebook group Journalists and Facebook, "People aren't always who they seem to be."
The Journalists and Facebook group was started by freelance journalist Pat Walters and Bill Mitchell of The Poynter Institute with the hope of creating an interactive forum for journalists to weigh in on the question "What can journalists learn from Facebook?" You can read Walters' article and the comments the Facebook group received on Poynter's Web site.