Use Ning to setup a social network

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There are Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. But an often overlooked social network is one that might just be the place for newspapers making the transition online: It allows for a lot more flexibility and user control. Some schools and districts have turned to Ning for their online needs. Teacher organizations are using it as a collaborative tool. Here are a few interesting links that argue the case for Ning and showcase its uses.

One of the main differences between Ning and Facebook is that your group’s Ning is its own social network, as opposed to a group, club, or fan page on Facebook. Users can have their own profile on your newspaper’s Ning and a completely different profile on someone else’s Ning. Users can post their own discussion board threads. Within your Ning, you can create groups (perhaps coverage sections) that people can follow. Individual users can also have blogs, which are linked to from the group’s Ning site.

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Aaron Manfull

Aaron is in his 26th year of advising student media. He is currently the Director of Student Media at Francis Howell North High School in St. Charles, Missouri. He is the Journalism Education Association Digital Media Chair and co-Director of Media Now. He is the 2023 JEA Teacher Inspiration Award Winner and is a former Dow Jones News Fund National Journalism Teacher of the Year. He is one of the authors of the textbook "Student Journalism and Media Literacy." You can find him on X and Instagram @manfull. He's a proud father. A transplanted Iowan. And an avid Hawkeye Fan.

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