It’s been around a long time so much so that it may have jumped the shark. I’m talking about the ubiquitous Twitter feed on ginormous screens at events, concerts, conferences, trainings, whatever. The kids at RIT are doing a social media experiment in much the same vein, called Rise Above the Crowd. Organizers are hoping [...]
Later today Poynter is hosting a live chat with Chrys Wu of Ricochet to talk about what skills journalists need to engage audiences. Listen, no disrespect at all to Ms. Wu, but journos, you already know how to engage people! You supposedly do it everyday when you cultivate sources, walk the beat, and dig for [...]
Our worlds are converging and collapsing together: social media gurus and journalists need to learn from each other on how to be better online. So here’s the first part of a very-multi-part series (unknown number of parts, in other words). 1. How to tell a story Facebook, twitter, what.evr aren’t just for promoting brands. The [...]
Google Analytics displayed a queer stat the other today – one person got to my site by typing in “journalism lies.” Interesting that, since I have been thinking about that same notion. Touring around DC, I often walk past the Newseum and roll my eyes at the gargantuan screen print of the first amendment hanging [...]
From the Bhimbetka cave paintings to graphic novels, we have expressed ourselves visually through narrative. Storyboarding your ideas – be it for products, web page design, or actual stories – is an essential and natural tool of communication.
‘m a whiz at Photoshop and am getting to the expert level on Illustrator. But there is one skill that still eludes me: sketching. In digital image editing, you’ve got all the tools you need to basically cheat a drawing – filters, layers, rulers, grids, opacity. You need not ever learn how to wield an HB pencil to create, like me.
After listening to a TED Talk by Jane McGonigal I finally found the inspiration to write down what I think a healthy community website should look like. The communities I participate in are HItRecord and BlogHer. These communities work. [You could count Facebook and Twitter on there, but I would categorize those as more social [...]
I get easily overwhelmed when I start a project. There’s so much information to digest, so many ideas to process, pages to look at, that I often jump out of my chair and slap on my iPod to release some stress through raucous dancing in the living room. Yep, I’m that upstairs neighbor stomping all [...]
This is in essence my journalistic philosophy, what I learned from my masters at the UNR Reynolds School of Journalism, and a large part of my thesis. Please enjoy and tell me what you think!
Facebook and Twitter are fast becoming a potential minefield for tricksters and virtual grifters. So, my dear padawans, please take these following tips to heart when faced (or Facebooked) with a deal you just can’t resist.