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. [...]

How to Set Up A Chat Using CoveritLive

Cover It Live

Step-by-step directions for setting up a live chat between readers and panelists using CoveritLive. [...]

New Crowdsourcing, Curation and Liveblogging Training

Hi all! I’ve been traveling a lot for Digital First lately to spread the gospel of social media to my colleagues. So, if you’ve seen my presentations before, you’d know that I make very wordy Powerpoints so that people who weren’t there to see me prattle on about my favorite things can still follow what we went over (also, they keep me on task in-session).

So here are some recent training sessions that might be of use to you, your staff (or students, if you teach). Please let me know if there’s anything out of date or if you know of new tools I should be touting around DFM and on the interwebs at large.

Basic Overview of Twitter, Facebook and Google+

Social Media for Photographers

Social Media Roles for Editors

Curation for Journalists (including a step-by-step guide to Storify)

Crowdsourcing and Verifying Tips From Social Media

Liveblogging, Livetweeting and [...]

Citizen Journalism Is Booming In Egypt and The Middle East, Despite Serious Risks

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. [...]

Training: Intro to mobile journalism tools

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 [...]

New media ethics, same as old media ethics

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 [...]

A Beginner’s Guide to Location-Based Services

A very basic overview of Foursquare, Gowalla and other location-based services, including a glossary and tips for use. [...]

Need-to-Know Twitter Tips for Journalists

As we’re hiring new staff members for every position from web producers to listings editors and transit reporters, a lot of my job at TBD will be devoted to bringing all those new hires – plus some of our existing staff from News Channel 8 and WJLA – up to speed on social media tools and practices.

I don’t think it’ll spoil anything to say we plan to use social media quite a bit in every aspect of TBD, so that training will be very important both before launch and as we go into the future and technology changes. Some of our staff, I imagine, will already have a rich background in social media use, while others may not be as comfortable just yet – so many levels of training will be vital.

I’m in the process of officially updating all of my documentation, so I’m in full resource re-evaluation [...]

A new media how-to roundup

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. [...]

Recommended reading: Content, traffic and pay walls

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. [...]

Recommended reading for April 21st

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 [...]

Twitterizing your staff

Steve Buttry, the Information Content Conductor (how’s THAT for a title?) at Gazette Communications in Iowa is holding a webinar entitled “Leading Your staff Into the Twitterverse” through the American Society of Newspaper Editors. [...]