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April 23 2012

15:32

New feature makes News.me your virtual ‘Paper Boy’

News.me, a wonderful iPhone app that curates all the news that your friends are sharing, launched a great new feature today called “Paper Boy,” that automatically downloads the latest news to the iPhone app whenever you leave home. All you have to do is set your home location so that...

July 03 2011

21:02

Updated gear, tool & book guide, bonus mobile tools included too

Photo courtesy Stéfan Le Dû on Flickr

So as the school year has come to an end I’ve had several requests form graduating seniors for advice on what gear they should purchase to add to their arsenal  to get them ready for the next step of their career. A long time ago I set up a gear guide to help people with this, but it’d been a while since I’d updated it, until this weekend. So take a gander if you’re curious, looking for some interesting summer reading or in the market for new multimedia, mobile gear or books, check it out.

I also added a couple more categories to better split out the topics into more clear buckets: Design, development, mobile/tablet tools, management & leadership, social media & community, video/audio/photo gear and video/audio/photo training. … Oh, and “Nerdtastic stuff”… my favorite category of quirky nerd tools and gifts.

Full Disclosure: That is an affiliate link, so if you make a purchase I’ll get a 4% kick back, which I’ll use towards hosting costs for the site. It doesn’t cost you any more, just sends a little cash my way for helping create the resource.

Flickr photo courtesy Stéfan Le Dû

June 14 2011

06:07

‘Hacks for hacks’ Carnival of Journalism results are in

The Carnival of Journalism results are in and I’m furious with myself that I just thought of ‘hacks for hacks’ as a semi-clever title for the project. … Anyway, last month we asked for your suggestions on the best life/workflow/info/journalism hacks to help us all get faster, better, smarter and working harder. Thanks to everyone who contributed. There’s so many awesome tips, tools and techniques here, please check them out and then get to back to rocking out productively!

04:35

5 more productivity tips for the Carnival of Journalism

For the Carnival of Journalism this month, we’re looking for productivity tools and info/work hacks. Besides the 18 or so tips I offered to kick start the conversation, here’s 5 more that have been especially helpful for me this year managing all the projects I’ve been working on (ONA Board, SND St. Louis, Multimedia Immersion, speaking and consulting gigs, etc.):

1- Android
I’m sorry all you iPhone folks, I’m not trying to start a civil war here, I’ve used both the iPhone as a personal phone and it’s good, but Google’s Android integration with all Google’s products has saved massive time and frustration this year, especially with all the travel I’ve been doing. Specifically:

  • Google Calendar (be careful with time zones though, change them manually to be sure)
  • Google Voice (Saved me massive amounts of cell phone minutes because I can use Voice seamlessly as my phone’s native calling service — no app opening, my phone can just default to always use Google Voice. Also loved being able to direct my calls to where I was, auto voicemail transcriptions and mp3′s of voicemails are awesome)
  • Gmail (one email archive, easily integrates with other services)
  • Google Docs (especially with the awesome new Android app, great to use a personal Dropbox with their ultra cheap storage space – $5 fo 20 GB!)
  • Gtasks (Google Tasks third party app, that allows me to sync my desktop tasks with mobile tasks, I use it for my to do lists.)
  • Free Android tethering also rocks (while it’s more up to your carrier this has saved me many times avoiding $13.99 a day hotel wifi charges.. or even free “wireless broadband” at hotels that isn’t broadband at all… not even DSL speeds.)

2- Boomerang for Gmail

Taming and managing email has been a critical skill I’ve tried to master over the past year and this tool has been a godsend. This tool for Gmail is fantastic for sending email reminders to yourself (especially if people haven’t responded to previous messages — critical in project management) as well as sending scheduled email messages. They’ve also created an interesting game to learn and practice better workflow (who would have thought email could be a game?). Fyi, Don’t worry about the Boomerang website (the design is a little weird, especially the font on the customer testimonials, which made me nervous initially) but I’ve been using it and this tool is the real deal. If all of Android’s brilliance has made me admire Google, the fact that they haven’t bought up this company and integrated it into Gmail makes me question if they really are in it to win it. :)

2- Gmail prioritization management and filters
There’s no quick and easy tip for this, but I’ve spent a lot of time optimizing my email to do pre-sorting before I see it. It can be dangerous though if you have a filter being a little bit too aggressive and deleting things automatically. So I’ve started to clean this up and move them to a “possible junk mail folder” that I go through occasionally.

4- Google Reader plugin from PostRank
This helps you dive through your RSS feeds quickly and see what the most popular posts are. You must keep in mind, that this is popularity, not interestingness to yourself though.

5- My 6 Sense
Awesome tool that learns your interests and customizes feeds for your preferences and it only gets better with time!

May 15 2011

17:41

A highly recommended social media guide

One of the better collection of social media links and tips online is this page from Columbia Journalism School professor and Dean of Student Affairs Sree Sreenivasan, who organized Social Media Weekend this week at Columbia University. The page includes everything from tipsheets to videos. And part of what makes it so useful is that he is continually updating it, so that while many online guides quickly become out-of-date, this one’s usefulness continues to evolve along with the social media world.


May 11 2011

06:17

Carnival of Journalism: Life hacks and how to rock your journalism information workflow

Greetings Carnies!
For this installment of the Carnival of Journalism we’re going to go ultra practical:

What are your life hacks, workflows, tips, tools, apps, websites, skills and techniques that allow you to work smarter and more effectively?

As a recovering RSS-aholic, (my Google Reader account peaked around 2,100 about a year and half ago, I’ve paired it down to 931 currently and am looking to drop that by a half this summer) I’ve always marveled at people like Robert Scoble who seems to be everywhere and tracking everything. Part of this is because he’s an information hound, part social media addict and it’s also part his job to be out there in the conversation with the tech industry. Tim Ferris interviewed him four years ago about his 600+ feeds and how he digs through them for good information.

In my effort to cull my RSS feeds, I’ve relied much more on social networks for network curation but in that transition I realized I was doing it wrong, again. This Winter while meeting with a group of news nerds talking about their workflows, most confessed that they read only a very small portion of their Twitter alerts. At this time, I was close to reading around 70-80+% (obviously that fluctuated but on the average day I’d hit that number or higher); almost everyone else in the room was in the 5-15% range.

So during 2011, I’ve tried to focus on finding more tools and techniques to help boost productivity and save time, while not compromising the quality of information/work completed. Everyone has different ideas on what makes their workflow work, and while sites like Lifehacker.com does a fantastic job, I believe journalists especially manage and filter a lot of information every day, so it would be fascinating to share some of our best practices with the JCarn community.

So for instance, what tools, plugins, apps and websites do you use to get the most out of the day?
For example, here are a few that I’ve tried at various times:

What work techniques and strategies have you learned over the years that help boost your productivity and effectiveness?
More examples of things I’ve tried to get you thinking:

Other ideas?

Our deadline for publishing will be Friday, June 10th. I hope we can all help each other become better, more productive and informed journalists.

August 09 2010

13:29

Social Media Monopoly

Here’s a clever take on Monopoloy with a Social Media Angle from Bite.ca. “Pete Cashmore, Kevin Rose, Tom, Amber MacArthur, Crystal Gibson and Ariana Huffington are fighting for social media dominance. Race around the board picking up smartphones and computers but make sure you don’t get sent to MySpace or you’ll risk losing everything, including your reputation.”

July 30 2010

15:50

Turn your Twitter stream into a people parade

Twitter visualisations come in many forms, but IS Parade is arguably the most inventive yet…. As an example, check out this visualization of @cyberjournalist Twitter followers.
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This article was written by Jemima Kiss, for guardian.co.uk on Wednesday 28th July 2010 10.59 UTC

Twitter visualisations come in many forms, but IS Parade is arguably the most inventive yet. Start a ‘parade’ of tweets across your csreen either by keyword, or by Twitter ID.

Use your own Twitter ID and you’ll see a parade of your own followers, which is a bit of an ego boost at least…

You can set up your own real-time parade by getting friends to tweet the same keyword, and then setting up a parade to follow it.

Not the most fuctional Twitter tool yet, but it does draw you in. All done by a Japanese agency to promote Sharp’s new IS series Android netbook/smartphone.

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July 22 2010

04:00

Innovative new iPad apps

Two innovative new iPad apps were released today. ABC News launched a news application that’s been in the works for months that features an interactive globe with images from news stories. You can spin the globe by swiping the iPad or shaking it and then touch the globe to dive into the stories. A new company, meanwhile, launched Flipboard, which it describes as a “personalized, social magazine.” The app integrates content from one’s Twitter and Facebook feeds into a click, extremely readable interface. Here are video demos of both apps…

Flipboard

ABC News app

May 25 2010

02:25

Startup to launch Associated Press competitor

Publish2 today announced the launch of the Publish2 News Exchange, “a platform aimed at disrupting the Associated Press monopoly over content distribution to newspapers.”

The News Exchange enables newspapers to create a comprehensive, customized newswire for print, combining content sharing networks with free and paid news sources.

“With Publish2 News Exchange, newspapers can replace the AP’s obsolete cooperative with direct content sharing and replace the AP’s commodity content with both free, high-quality content from the Web and content from any paid source,” Publish2’s blog says.

TechCrunch says Publish2 is basically trying to “Craigslist” the AP by killing the AP’s main income stream by offering an open, efficient alternative.


May 02 2010

23:37

How 50,000 Sites Are Using Facebook’s Social Tools

More than 50,000 sites have installed its new social plug-ins, such as the “Like” and “Recommend” buttons. There are three main ways sites are using the new tools, ClickZ says.

  • Instant Personalization: Facebook’s select partners Pandora, Yelp, and Microsoft’s Docs.com have been serving first-time and repeat visitors personalized experiences based on their profile data – if they arrive logged into the social site.
  • Social plug-ins + “Login with Facebook”: Some of the data that can be accessed via Instant Personalization is also available to non-partners using the plug-ins and “Login with Facebook.” This includes always public Facebook profile elements like name, profile photo, gender, and current city – along with other set-to-public information.  … Companies such as Levi’s are employing social plug-ins in conjunction with “Login with Facebook,” which is similar to the two-year-old Facebook Connect in terms of how it bridges the gap between sites and Facebook…. So when users visit Levi.com while logged into Facebook and enter the jeans company’s “Friends Store,” they will see their Facebook friends’ upcoming birthdays – along with their names and profile pictures – unless those individuals have customized the birthday setting in their privacy controls.
  • Social plug-ins only: Most of the 50,000 sites fall into this category, Lucich said. Sites like WashingtonPost.com – as well as bloggers and other small sites – have incorporated the plug-ins to increase traffic, but aren’t using “Login with Facebook,” she said. In short, visitors to those sites – who arrive while logged onto Facebook – can click “Like” buttons to express themselves. Their “Likes” appear on the third-party site and in their activity feeds at Facebook.com, while they also can view what friends are “Liking” or “Recommending.”


April 14 2010

13:01

Interview with Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Mark Fiore

Animated cartoonist Mark Fiore was just named the Pulitzer Prize winner for editorial cartooning. CyberJournalist.net interviewed Fiore back in 2002, shortly after he won the Online Journalism Award for commentary. In this Q&A with CyberJournalist.net’s Jonathan Dube, Fiore explains why “technology doesn’t make the cartoon” and that the key to making an animated cartoon effective is “having something to say.”


April 09 2010

00:16

Huffington Post launches ‘Twitter Editions’

The Huffington Post has launched new sections of its website called “HuffPost Twitter editions” that incorporate Twitter feeds and HuffPost stories in an effort to create a more “real-time” news experience on the site.

Our Twitter editions are a mash-up of breaking tweets and HuffPost stories that are attracting interest on Twitter, a combination designed to bring you the most important information and liveliest discussions — in real time — for each of our sections….

We are launching Twitter editions for each of our 19 sections — with a front page version slated to go live soon. In every section, our editors have hand-selected the most interesting Twitter accounts for that subject – ComedyPoliticsEntertainmentSports, etc, etc — so you can be sure to get breaking news and on-target analysis as it comes in.

You can also see which HuffPost articles are spreading the fastest on Twitter via the “Hot on Twitter” section at the bottom of the Twitter edition pages, right under the constantly-refreshing tweets. These are the stories going viral on Twitter, so you can check them out and share your thoughts about them.


March 24 2010

02:08

Robot Journalists Can Interview, Take Photos

Gizmodo: “Though we’ve heard about robot writers for a while, they were always just about crunching facts and spitting out write-ups. These newest models take it a step further with actual reporting.”

robot reporter “They’re supposedly able to detect anomalies in their environments to determine newsworthy items, take relevant photographs and collect quotes from bystanders. They can then synthesize all of those components into a piece and publish it directly to the web. (Apparently there’s no robo-editor?) We’ve always joked about these robot writers taking our jobs, but this new one actually has us a little scared.”


February 26 2010

03:46

How Smartphones, E-Readers And Tablets Are Changing The Game

Here is video from the paidContent 2010 panel on “How Smartphones, E-Readers And Tablets Are Changing The Game.” The panel includes Tapulous CEO Bart Decrem, ESPN Digital Media GM John Kosner, Simon & Schuster Chief Digital Officer Elinor Hirschhorn, and ABCNews.com VP and CyberJournalist.net Publisher Jonathan Dube.

February 22 2010

02:30

The dangers of Winter cabin fever

Death of a SnowMan by Wiskeyboytx

Winter is a dangerous time for me. I tend to get cabin fever just about the time that many conference and workshop organizers start planning their spring and summer lineups, then I start over-committing myself to a lot of interesting opportunities. It’s definitely an adventure, but makes you squeeze every 24 hour out of every day. This year is no different so far.

I’ll be at Poynter the second week of March teaching at the Essential Skills for Digital Journalists workshop , as well as leading a session for the Leading the New Newsroom: Digital Skills and Strategies for Today’s Managers

Immediately after that I’m heading back to Austin again for South by Southwest Interactive, where I’ll be moderating a panel on “Process Journalism: Getting it first while getting it right” SXSWi is always a blast, there’s a bunch of other cool panels and this one should be an interesting discussion, with the following panelists:

After that I’ll be wrapped up in work on our new CMS transition and mobile development projects at the day gig until late April, when St. Louis will be hosting the Illinois Press Photographer Association convention and contest judging.

May will bring the 4th Annual National Press Photographer Association Multimedia Immersion, which I’m co-organizing again. This year we’ll be in Syracuse, New York at Newhouse and focusing more on the use of HD SLR cameras for creating multimedia, which should be a really exciting change.

Then in June, I’m teaching multimedia distribution strategies at the Maine Media Workshops, which should be really interesting. I’ve never done these before so it’ll be a definite adventure and Maine in the early summer will be beautiful.

So if posting around here gets light over the next couple months, that’s what I’ll be up to. If you happen to be near or attending any of these events, please don’t hesitate to make contact and we can grab a beer or something.

Thanks for reading and keep up the good fight.
Will

January 21 2010

01:08

Ten ideas for the new decade

The Edelman Digital team has published a brand new white paper with 10 ideas for the new decade.

Digital Visions

In the video below Steve Rubel, SVP, Director of Insights for Edelman Digital, outlines the big themes in the paper.

January 13 2010

03:03

Is social media a fad? Here’s proof why not

Is social media a fad or is it the biggest shift since the Industrial Revolution? This video details out social media facts and figures that are hard to ignore.


January 09 2010

01:03

The Skiff Reader: A Forward-Thinking eReader from Hearst and Sprint

Mashable is impressed with the new Skiff Reader.

In an increasingly crowded eReader market, Skiff distinguishes itself by taking a more platform-oriented approach than a device-specific one.

With a large, 11.5-inch form factor, the Skiff Reader is geared toward bringing newspapers and magazines to digital life more so than the primarily book-oriented approach of several of the other eReader devices out there (Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble Nook, Spring Design Alex, for example). You’ll still be able to download and read books from its content store (which at launch will include an undisclosed volume from a variety of publishers beyond Hearst), who is heavily involved in backing the Skiff project.

Tags: Cool stuff

December 09 2009

02:42

‘Doonesbury’ Writer Lampoons Tweeting Journalists : NPR

NPR: Roland Hedley, a fictional Fox News correspondent created by cartoonist Garry Trudeau, has attracted more than 14,000 followers since he began “tweeting.”Trudeau’s Doonesbury is still a daily cartoon strip, but he tweets as Hedley in real time.

Tags: Cool stuff
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