Archive for March, 2011

Citizen journalists, media capture earthquake aftermath in Japan

March 11th, 2011

The aftermath of an earthquake in Japan, March 2011Japan has been hit by the most powerful earthquake since it started keeping records, and a massive tsunami warning has been issued across the Pacific. Videos show widespread flooding, including ships, cars and buildings being washed away.

Japan was hit by an 8.9-magnitude earthquake Friday, prompting the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center to issue a widespread warning watch for tsunamis.

According to a report in the LA Times, seismologist Susan Hough of the U.S. Geological Survey in Pasadena said the quake “is going to be among the top 10 earthquakes recorded since we have had seismographs. It’s bigger than any known historic earthquake in Japan, and bigger than expectations for that area.”

The BBC reports a state of emergency has been declared in a nuclear power plant in Japan, but no radiation leaks have been reported. According to reports, hundreds of people are dead after the 8.9-magnitude quake hit about 400 km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo at 2:46 p.m. local time.

Video captured by local media and citizen journalists is now making its way online, showing massive damage. While places like Hawaii brace for impact, the damage within Japan is widespread.

Here are some videos showing the devastation in Japan:

Map of areas affected in and around Japan (courtesy Storyful):

View Japan Earthquake – March 11 in a larger map

[via Digital Journal]

Digital Journal announces ‘Future of Media’ event April 6 in Toronto

March 1st, 2011

Future of Media

Digital Journal, a global digital media news network, announced its next Future of Media event featuring some of the most influential leaders in media. The event will take place April 6 and will feature media leaders and experts from the BBC, CTV, National Post, GigaOM and OpenFile.

Future of Media events are panel discussions that explore how current trends, technologies, business practices and social media innovation affect both the media industry and its audience.

The upcoming event will take place Wednesday, April 6, 2011 at the Drake Hotel Underground (1150 Queen Street West) at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free and open to the public. For more information on admission and to reserve a free ticket, visit this page. Seating is limited.

Topic & Discussion

Future of Media events are a must-see event for anyone interested in the rapidly changing landscape of new media, the Web and journalism. The speakers will discuss some of the biggest challenges the media industry faces today. Topics for this panel discussion include:

  • What can newsrooms learn from tech start-ups? Should media outlets take a more entrepreneurial approach in their day-to-day operations?
  • What can tech start-ups learn from traditional and mainstream media?
  • How are social media, new technology and apps changing media organizations?
  • What impact will social media have on the future of reporting stories such as recent uprisings in the Middle East and Africa?
  • What is the role for mobile devices in the future of media? Will they become the platform of choice for news delivery and media consumption?
  • Where will digital media revenue come from?
  • What technologies, new ideas and business models will be successful and what is just a trend?

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed at the Future of Media event in April. The event will feature a live panel discussion followed by a Q&A session with the audience. Digital Journal will also be taking questions via Facebook and Twitter to pose to panelists. Questions may be submitted at any time between now and April 6.

Speakers & Sponsors is happy to announce an incredible panel of industry leaders at the upcoming Future of Media event. The speakers are:

The Future of Media will be hosted and moderated by Digital Journal. The Platinum sponsor is Queensway Audi, Toronto’s leading Audi dealer. Visit them online at

Gold sponsors include CNW Group, Canada’s leading newswire provider; Suite 66, Canada’s largest independent online advertising sales organization; Polar Mobile, a global leader in mobile content solutions; and Digital Journal, a digital media news network and leader in social news.

Door prizes will be given away in a draw at the event. More info on prizes will be posted here soon.

Future of Media events take place twice each year, around April and September. For more info, interview opportunities or to request a press pass to the event, contact David Silverberg or Chris Hogg by phone at (416) 410-9675 or online here.


Digital Journal launches updated Comments plugin using Facebook(R) Platform

March 1st, 2011

Facebook in a computer lab. - Photo by Sarah Houghton-Jan

Social networking giant Facebook has announced its next big move: An updated commenting system is now available to third-parties. Digital Journal is happy to announce it is one of only two Canadian media sites to have the new Comments live and in use.

Digital Journal today revealed a new social commenting section using Facebook Platform to let readers engage with articles, blogs and images across Digital Journal’s entire news network using their Facebook account.

Digital Journal’s integration of the updated Facebook Comments plugin comes on the heels of Facebook’s announcement today that it has launched an update to its Comments plugin that makes it easier for readers to comment on publisher websites with their real identity, and share articles with friends. Digital Journal is one of two Canadian news outlets to work with Facebook on the plugin ahead of the launch.

“As a digital media network with contributors in 200 countries around the world, offers a very unique social news experience for readers,” said Chris Hogg, CEO of Digital Journal, Inc. “We’re pushing the envelope and aiming to define what social news experiences should be all about. Facebook’s new comments plugin offers readers a new and very powerful way to engage and communicate with one another.”

Digital Journal readers will now see a Facebook Comments Box on the bottom of articles, blogs and images, allowing them to comment on articles using their Facebook account. The entire commenting system is powered by Facebook Platform and offers readers richer features to interact with their friends.

“The social layer is one of the deepest and most important parts of a modern media business,” said Hogg, “The Facebook comments plugin is just one more way we’re working to give readers the cutting-edge tools they need to engage with content in new ways.”

Digital Journal today introduces the latest version of the Facebook comments plugin that will further customize the media experience at These features include:

Comment syndication:

Readers can comment on and share the comment to their Facebook profile. When a friend responds within Facebook, that comment can also appear on Vice versa, when someone replies to a comment made on Digital Journal, a reader will also see it in their Facebook feed. This two-way integration allows comments and discussion to take place both within Facebook and on Digital Journal — the conversation will be syndicated to wherever readers are.

Sorting comments by relevance:

Comments are ranked based on a reader’s social graph, meaning comments made by friends appear before strangers’ discussions. This feature is designed to help readers find conversations more likely to interest them, with people they know. Facebook Comments also show readers other relevant comments, including comments from friends of friends, comments that have received a large number of replies, or comments that have the most Likes.

Comment as a brand or company:

Readers who also manage a Facebook Page on behalf of a company can also comment as that Page. This enables people to comment as themselves or make a statement on behalf of a business, celebrity, government official and more. Comments made on behalf of a Page will also be shared back to the Page’s Wall. This feature opens up great new potential for dialogue between brands and individuals.

Digital Journal is a Toronto-based global digital media news network operated by Digital Journal, Inc. a leader and pioneer in social news delivery with millions of readers.

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