Thank you, ONA-ers

I was delighted at the news today that I was elected to the Online News Association Board. Thank you to all who voted for me – and those who supported me even if you aren’t yet ONA members. Now on to the hard part: Actually pulling off some of my big ideas. Luckily, the board [...]

Addressing the Elephant in the Conference Hall

ONA has a range of skills going from former print reporters getting into social media or online tools up to some of the industry’s innovation leaders in data, multimedia, social media and mobile. We need a conference that reflects this range and challenges every skill level. [...]

DIY Journalism: Let’s Make a Batch o’ Programmers

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ONA should take a role in shaping curricula at journalism schools to create more programer-journalist hybrids for the future of the industry. [...]

This Little Light O’ Mine: ONA, Let it Shine

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Anyone who wants to try something new should get support and encouragement, no matter where they live. Whether they want to lead changes in their local newsrooms or take on new challenges in larger markets, ONA should be helping these journalists along. [...]

Throwing my hat into the ring for journalism’s future

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I’ve met a lot of innovative, hungry journalists in my travels with Digital First and as a freelance journalism trainer. These journalists are often the primary source of digital support in their newsrooms, but they need support, too. Here’s what I propose ONA do to reach and support this group. [...]

Lessons Learned From An Old Dog Who Excelled at New Tricks

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I recently lost a good friend and journalism lost one hell of an editor in Ron Liebau. He should be an inspiration to all journalists trying to move our industry to the future instead of worrying on the past. Here are some lessons from Ron we should all take to heart. [...]

The Social Media Wire Brings The Immediacy, You Bring the Feedback

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Digital First Media’s Social Media Wire combines selected local Twitter accounts, social searches, news feeds, blogs and videos to give readers a new way to find and interact with immediate local news from a variety of sources. [...]

Introducing Digital First’s Curation Team: Now on to the Hard Part

Julie Westfall, Angela Carter and Karen Workman will be leading Digital First Media’s curation efforts at the local and national level. [...]

As Outsourced News Grows, Local Newsrooms Should Promote ‘Buying Local’

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Journatic is selling outsourced news at the expense of U.S. journalism jobs, but local news operations should take this opportunity to promote themselves to readers as the truly local option. [...]

TechCrunch Writer Demonstrates How NOT to Engage Readers

Alexia Tsotsis’ highly unprofessional rants against “old media” and eventually her site’s own readers lead to a highly professional discussion amongst journalists about dealing with trolls on the web. [...]

Exploring the Role of Curation and Curators in the Newsroom

Curation is a huge part of Digital First Media’s plans. We see it as a way to give our readers a well-wounded view of a story or topic, while also freeing up our local staffs to do the original reporting they do best. We will soon be hiring a national curation team. Interested? Read this. [...]

Journalists Are Getting the Hang of These Twitter Hoaxes

Earlier today, it took less than 20 minutes for journalists to figure out and expose a well-known Twitter prankster’s fake report on the death of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. At one time – not even a few months ago – I’d say it’d be likely this hoax wouldn’t have been caught before lots of [...]