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Five New Year’s resolutions for better multimedia reporting in 2012

By on Dec 28, 2011

The year 2011 has been an exciting for how we practice journalism. In fact, I think this year finally marked the tipping point in which every journalist became a multimedia journalist. The old silos have crumbled across even the most venerable and well-funded newsrooms, and written reports, videos, graphics and photos are now expected from […]

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Five reasons business journalists should check out Twitter’s revamp

Twitter revamped itself once again last week, and the changes make it easier than ever for journalists to follow trends, track conversations and connect with sources and businesses.

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Four Google+ features that impact businesses

After months of waiting, Google+ finally launched business pages last week. If you haven’t gotten into Google+ yet, it’s time to dive in. Most brands aren’t breaking new ground on the network just yet, and some even think that Google+ is already dead. I think the death knells are a bit early considering the distinct […]

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Five Twitter techniques to take from sports journalists

By Rebekah Monson I’m a diehard college football fan, so at this time of year, my Twitter feed is littered with snippets of conversation about teams, players, games, stats and standings. My unhealthy obsession has led me to follow a lot of sports journalists, and in the process I’ve noticed that they often get more […]

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Five practical takeaways from ONA11

About 1,200 journalists attended ONA11 in Boston in mid-September. Unfortunately I was not among them, and probably many of you weren’t either. The good news is that ONA, in true online form, made lots of resources and sessions available free online. I’ve been combing through them, bit-by-bit in my spare time. I haven’t seen all […]

Four new Facebook and Google+ features to help you reach readers
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Four new Facebook and Google+ features to help you reach readers

September was a whirlwind month for social networking changes. Facebook rolled out a series of features, including a profile overhaul that drew both praise and criticism from users. Meanwhile Google+ opened up to the public and launched a few new features of its own. As the two networks compete for users, journalists and readers are […]

Ready, Set, Sprint: How to work fast and loose to improve your work
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Ready, Set, Sprint: How to work fast and loose to improve your work

I spent last weekend helping out a group of college kids take over the second-largest homeless newspaper in the United States. They swooped in without knowing each other, the community or the issues within it, and they managed to produce a robust website and print edition from scratch in just a couple of days. Helping […]

Six LinkedIn tips for business journalists
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Six LinkedIn tips for business journalists

I’m a very active social media user, but I still make basic mistakes. Over the past six months, I let my LinkedIn profile go largely untended. I have a million excuses, of course — I’ve been busy, I’m not looking for new work, I’m investing in networks with a bigger audience. But, the truth is […]

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Crowdsourced maps: How to get started and stories to consider

As the ranks of journalists at news organizations shrink, one of our biggest news-gathering assets is our audience. We increasingly rely on users for tips and information via social media, and some companies are working overtime to make crowdsourcing news easier. One of the most interesting emerging uses for all that crowd sourced news is […]