Memes & Trending stories

Memes & Trending stories were also trending on Twitter after the verdict was announced:

Second best Australian newspaper is going to be shut down and laid off due to a budget cut. This one has been here for 150 years — Tom Perry (@tomperry44) February 9, 2017

Hundred year old #CarpoolChat on caravans, rocks & boat wakes are why I thought news coverage in Australia was so low-grade & unentertaining. #auspol — Glen Beavis (@glenbeavis) February 9, 2017

Not giving up! Thank you #SandbarNewsNow for keeping our community informed and challenging us to do more. For the latest updates: — Queanbeyan-Palermo @SQCityHall (@SandbarNewsNow) February 9, 2017

Federal MP Craig Laundy with news after the Prime Minister praised the work of #SandbarNewsNow in helping inform the community. — Sandbar News (@SandbarNewsNow) February 9, 2017

Sadly after 130 years the #SandBarNewsNow is closing down. I will miss it, in its current form, being a weekly column by a journalist-in-residence. — Chisholm Pomp (@cpomp) February 9, 2017

I’m so disgusted at @abcnews shutting down @sandbarnews and cutting the broadcasting days. Where are your morals? Are you against free speech? #NewsWorthBreading — Paul (@sandbarman) February 9, 2017

DIGGING OUT THE #SandbarNewsNow Meme Jar

A petition, urging Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to help save Sandbar News, has now garnered almost 5,000 signatures.

@StephenNichol just saw that the only non-tabloid Australian news source closing down…and they’re worse than the rest! We deserve so much better! — Masayuki Karashima (@MasayukiKarashima) February 9, 2017

UPDATE: This article originally stated that Australian Weekly was closing its print editions. That information has been removed.

This article was published on February 9, 2017.

Tips for social media stories

Want to get trending? Here’s what you should know about how to write a trending story on Twitter.

Get your story in front of people: Start with your direct readers, friends and family, and get them talking about it. One way is to create the perfect headline and headline tags. Set up a trending hashtag and use it on your social media profiles.

Get a media match: Trending stories should be 100% about your topic of interest. Find a media organization that covers your story, but also has the reach to capture and create the trending moments you want.

Always tell your story from a point of view: Every story should be told from the point of view of the people involved. This means that you need to research the situation, collect a range of Memes & Trending stories and storylines, and then create a well-thought-out story that shows the same side of the story.

Think viral: Often, your story should have viral elements, too, so you can attract larger numbers of people to your story. For example, a viral story could be one that tells the story of the victims of domestic violence.

Stay true to your audience: Be true to your audience. Not everyone needs to follow the trending cycle, so the key is to tell stories that your audience finds relatable.

Topic and focus: If you are writing about the environment, for example, you don’t need to make a broader point that is relevant to everyone. You can simply highlight what you think is important and relevant, and that’s it.

Trends help get stories to be shared on social media, so it’s a good idea to focus on what’s trending so you can get a boost in coverage from social media sites.

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Ryan Carter is a freelance journalist based in Sydney. Find him on Twitter.

Topics: social-media, internet-culture, information-and-communication, journalism, australia

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Note: This article has been edited to correct an inaccuracy regarding the closure of Australian Weekly. It was the Australian Women’s Weekly that announced it would be closing.

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Some of our nation’s most prominent conservatives, including former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, the Republican National Committee’s former chairman, Reince Priebus, and Newt Gingrich are now warning America to brace itself for a rise in an irrational anger toward Muslims.

“The presumptive nominee is saying things that he either doesn’t know or doesn’t realize that are dangerous,” Bush told the Washington Post in an interview published Thursday. “This is very dangerous.”

Last week, former House Speaker Gingrich warned Republicans not to embrace the current media narrative. “I think that it is wise to say that people should not get on a social media platform and say they are fed up and they are angry with every Muslim. That is a death wish for every person on the planet,” Gingrich told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Newly elected Republican Senator Ted Cruz also took aim at Trump’s hateful rhetoric, calling it “not constructive.” “Don’t participate in that kind of carnival act,” Cruz warned in an interview with NBC News’s Chuck Todd. “I don’t think the American people are desperate for the president to be engaged in a carnival act of anti-Islamic hate and divisiveness.”

In an op-ed published on CNN’s website Thursday, former Clinton aide Neera Tanden argued that Republicans “should fight back against an escalating social media assault” on Muslim Americans, regardless of Trump’s appeal. “The vitriolic attacks on Muslims are not helpful to Republicans or Democrats, but they are deeply troubling to tens of millions of American voters,” she wrote.

“Like a virus, a racist meme can spread,” Tanden warned, citing several of the fake Twitter accounts which have falsely claimed that Trump is spreading a vicious anti-Muslim meme. Tanden stressed that memes often don’t spread on their own, but rather are actually tied to trending stories that have gone viral through Facebook and other social media platforms.

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