Magazine article The Quill

'Tech Evangelist and Skeptic' Headlines Excellence in Journalism Opening Keynote

Magazine article The Quill

'Tech Evangelist and Skeptic' Headlines Excellence in Journalism Opening Keynote

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Sree Sreenivasan, the first chief digital officer at Columbia University, opened the Excellence in Journalism 2012 conference with an interactive session on social media and its prominent role in effective digital journalism.

"Any influence I have in social media is because of the people who are following me and the people who are following them," Sreenivasan said. He highlighted the importance of deep social-media engagement: listening to followers, understanding one's audience and thoughtful messaging at all times. During the super session, which lasted 90 minutes, 605 tweets mentioned the official conference Twitter hashtag @sree and #EIJ12.

Sreenivasan previously taught at and was dean of students for Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he was named SPJ Campus Chapter Adviser of the Year in 1998. He specializes in explaining technology to journalists and the general public. …

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