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Sources in the Social Media Age

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As social media destroys previous conceptions of reporters, their sources and the "audience," journalism is being re-defined by the minute. It's also letting people on all sides of the equation get away with things they couldn't have before. For example, sources can demand to review the quotes from their interview with the reporter, and the reporter is more willing to do so than ever, knowing that the source could just as easily take to Facebook or Twitter with the information. Sponsored by the Knight Foundation.



Writer. Once talked my way in to a locked down Columbia University campus for a story, and a gangster once bought me lunch, came clean. Now at Bloomberg/ Businessweek, covering media, namely News Corp., Viacom, Time Warner, New York Times Co., Washington Post Co., and others (here, my media feed). Used to fiddle at Ad Age, covering all things digital. Also written for the Village Voice, the New York Times, W Magazine, Portfolio, Vibe, and elsewhere. Wrote a movie once that got made and showed at Tribeca. Screenwriting is a tease; not for the faint. Below, some of my words.

Greg Galant CEO Shorty Awards & Muck Rack

Gregory Galant is the cofounder and CEO of Sawhorse Media, a movement to make it easy to find the right people on the social web through products including Muck Rack and the Shorty Awards. Muck Rack is the leading network for journalists on social media which TheNextWeb called “one of the most useful tools ever invented for media professionals”. The Shorty Awards honor the best of social media; past winners include Ricky Gervais, Cory Booker, Conan O'Brien, Sesame Street, Neil Patrick Harris, Mike Bloomberg and NASA.

Previously, Greg was an associate producer at where he analyzed the latest trends in citizens' media. Greg has worked at Newlight Associates, a $120M technology venture capital firm. In 1996, Greg founded Halenet, an award-winning Internet strategy firm while in high school.

To help fellow entrepreneurs, Greg created Venture Voice, a podcast interview series with the founders of Twitter, LinkedIn, The Vanguard Group, Brooklyn Brewery and more. Greg's a mentor in the TechStars startup accelerator. BusinessWeek named him one of the "Best Young Tech Entrepreneurs". He's also a member of Twitter's exclusive first name club. You can follow him at @gregory

Joe Ciarallo

Joe Ciarallo is Sr. Director, PR at Salesforce Marketing Cloud. He joined Salesforce via its acquisition of Buddy Media in August 2012 for approximately $740m.

At Buddy Media, Ciarallo built and managed the global communications program as Vice President, Communications. The company quickly became the market leader and social marketing software of choice for eight of the 10 largest global advertisers.

Ciarallo was a founding editor of's PRNewser, one of the fastest growing sources for public relations and marketing news. Under his tenure as full-time editor of PRNewser, monthly unique visitors increased by more than 130%.

He has more than eight years of experience working with consumer, tech, non-profit & entertainment clients from Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, with a focus on all things digital communications.

Ciarallo is often asked to speak at industry events, including the Business Development Institute's Social Enterprise Conference, Bulldog Reporter's Media Relations Summit, the Public Relations Society of America's Technology Conference and PR News' Digital Best Practices Conference. He was named one of "40 PR Pros to Follow" by The Wrap and likes playing the drums in his free time.