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. [...]
Step-by-step directions for setting up a live chat between readers and panelists using CoveritLive. [...]
Citizen journalism is thriving in Egypt and the Middle East in the wake of the Arab Spring. While the news availability may be spreading, there are still dire consequences for citizen journalists for writing negative posts about the wrong parties. It’s humbling to find how much some are willing to risk. [...]
Last week, I taught a mobile journalism workshop as part of APME’s Newstrain seminar at the Newseum here in Washington, D.C. While I’m not a mobile journalist per se, I am a journalist that loves my smartphone. The class was aimed at those who are new to most mobile news gathering, reporting and publishing apps and practices – with and without smartphones.
We got into:
Using Twitter to report breaking news via live tweeting Gathering eyewitnesses and media from Twitter sourcing and Twitter searches Live reporting from a scene using streaming video and live chat apps Tools for capturing and editing great photos, audio and video from phones Mobile publishing using Tumblr and other blog tools, quick publishing by email
As part of the training, I gave out a handout of entry-level mobile tools for gathering media, reporting news, publishing and being productive on the go. I gathered these from [...]
Earlier this week, the Patch site in Palo Alto apologized after a freelancer plagiarized a story from another website. An apology posted on the site stated that copy was lifted from VentureBeat, an online tech news site. It doesn’t state if the freelancer will continue to work for the site, but the apology includes this:
The writer has been told that taking work of other writers or news organizations without attribution is absolutely not acceptable.
I would hope, at least, that this isn’t the first time said freelancer has heard this.
Patch sites haven’t had the best rep when it comes to plagiarism, similar lifting incidents have occurred in West Hollywood, New Rochelle (NY). But really, this isn’t about Patch at all. It’s about all of us in the growing new media world.
The spate of plagiarism charges leveled at Patch are indicative of an industry that is growing so [...]
Here’s a collection of great tips and how-tos I’ve found lately you might find helpful if you want to break into media – or break out. Includes tips on YouTube, data mapping, UGC, training and starting your own blog. [...]
News and notes such as new pay models for news sites, using local blogs as content providers, why tech skills are only the beginning for journalists and all of the hullabaloo about Google in the news website world. [...]
These are my recommended links for April 21st:
Why journalists should learn to code (and why some shouldn’t bother) :: 10,000 Words – “Those who choose to adhere to long-standing forms of print or broadcast journalism shouldn’t fret, but know that there will come a time when basic coding will become an integral part of a journalist’s duties. It’s better to jump on the bandwagon now than to be left in the dust later on.” Seattle ‘P-I’ Sinks Without Print Boost – In their Top 30 Newspaper Sites for March, Editor & Publisher makes the point that online-only newspapers aren’t quite making it with audiences just yet. Do they need print to survive? That remains to be seen. How To Increase Your Chances of a Twitter Follow Back | John Chow dot Com – A lot of this is what I would consider no brainers, but worth a quick read [...]