Diving into Data

By Crystal Garner, DJTF Intern

In the ever-changing age of digital media, data visualization is king.

Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online outlet providing innovative information to Web designers and developers, describes it as a way “to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means.” Simply put, it turns information into something visually appealing.

While one of the most sought after skill sets in newsrooms across the globe is spiking in use by news organizations, marketing firms and internet companies, the number of journalists of color who are capable of producing data visualizations is flatlining. Why is it that journalists of color are not flocking to this type of storytelling? If it’s because many don’t understand what it is, the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force is aiming to change that.

On April 29, 2014 from 11a.m. to noon, NABJ Digital hosts a Twitter chat with Faye Anderson of Tracking Change, an advocacy platform to turn data into action; Zach Seward of Quartz, a digital news outlet for business people; and Samantha Sunne of Hacks and Hackers, a grassroots journalism organization. The panelists will answer your questions about diving into data visualization.

Tracking Change's Faye Anderson, Hacks and Hackers' Samantha Sunne and Quartz' Zach Seward

The task force decided to put this Twitter chat together as part of its mission to ensure that NABJ’s members have all the skills they need to be the best digital journalists they can be, said Tracie Powell, DJTF co-chair. Since big data is changing the way journalists tell stories, making sure they have the tools and the know-how to use them is important, she said.

“Being able to process data, understand it, extract value from it and communicate it is increasingly a hugely important skill for journalists in helping citizens understand pressing issues using charts, graphics, maps and more,” she said. “Data visualization is not only important because it helps journalists tell better stories, it is important in terms of career advancement.”

To follow the Data Visualization Twitter Chat, use hashtag #nabjdata.

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

APRIL

  • ENGAGE: The NYC Digital Storytelling Conference is a one-day digital storytelling event will gather together a carefully selected group of experts, visionaries and leaders to talk about how digital storytelling has changed–and will change. The conference takes place  April 29, 2014. With a special focus on publishing, we’ll look at innovative ways to fine-tune storytelling within the context of advertising. We’ll examine the role of current and emerging technology. Ultimately, we’ll help you drive and create amazing content experience for viewers and users alike. 
  • The Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops for journalists from your region. If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (google meet-ups, webinars, etc) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time. The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You’ll be responsible for any travel costs. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort. Training will take place in Chicago, April 28-29, hosted by Columbia College.

  • When news looks like an unending stream of what’s wrong, what’s broken or what’s corrupt, audiences complain that the news is nothing but bad news. The solution for this problem may be to focus on not only problems, but also how people are trying to fix them. The Solutions Journalism Network was founded in 2013 to legitimize and spread the practice of “solutions journalism”: rigorous, compelling reporting on responses to problems. SJN works with newsrooms around the country—including the most hard-hitting, investigation-focused newsrooms such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Seattle Times—to help them do solutions-focused stories and series. The webinar will take place Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. For more information, visit Poynter. This Webinar will give you practical, specific tips for reporting and writing solutions stories, and using them to make your journalism stronger.

MAY

  • Are you interested in targeting audiences through social media (e.g., Twitter and Facebook) but challenged to identify or engage with them? The Johns Hopkins University MA in Communication Digital Social Advocacy online, 14-day workshop will address questions like these and more! The workshop is open to communication practitioners around the globe, regardless of whether or not they ever have been admitted to the MA in Communication program. They may work in various fields that aim to stimulate change, such as politics, advocacy, lobbying, social justice, health, digital technologies, and public relations. The workshop will be held May 09, 2014 – May 19, 2014 in Washington, DC. 

  • A new initiative established at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism will offer fellowships of up to $15,000 to experienced business journalists starting this spring. Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. The fellowship is open to those with at least five years professional experience in journalism, including freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization. Fellowship applicants should submit a focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.

JUNE

  • The Global Editors Network  hosts the GEN Summit June 11 – 13 in Barcelona. Discover ‘robot journalism’, and be updated about drone journalism and data journalism. This is the event to meet with the media industry influentials and drive business.
  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston July 30-Aug. 3, 2014. Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

SEPTEMBER

  • The Online News Association 2014 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards. ONA  is looking for your input on sessions for ONA14, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago. Submit your session proposals  from March 20 to April 18. Submit one here

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

CNN’s Mira Lowe talks jobs, journalism and diversity

Crystal Garner, DJTF Intern

As part of a series of Twitter chats hosted by The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education, Mira Lowe, CNN Digital’s Senior Features Editor, discussed careers in journalism and diversity in the industry.

The TweetChat, which took place on Wednesday, featured Lowe, a media diversity leader who previously served as editor-in-chief of JET magazine.

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According to The Maynard Institute’s website, the organization aims to “promote diversity in the news media through improved coverage, hiring, business practices, and training programs that equip journalists with leadership, multimedia skills and subject expertise for news organizations across platforms.”

Under this description, Lowe was the perfect Twitter guest to answer questions on employment and diversity in journalism.

As the Tweets rolled in, so did Lowe’s responses.

For the full Twitter conversation, follow  TeamMije on Twitter.

 

She’s The Boss: Female Media Entrepreneurs of Color Share Their Stories

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The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education recently hosted a Twitter Chat with a group of female journalists of color who took their entrepreneurial dreams and turned them into reality. This panel of journalistic businesswomen included: Bobbi Bowman, (left) a former editor for The Washington Post and USA Today, who made the leap into entrepreneurship when she launched the hyperlocal news site, The McLean Ear, which later became McLean Patch; Kelly Virella, a former investigative reporter and editor who is about to start a long form digital magazine called The Urban Thinker, (right); Tomoko Hosaka, Chief Operating Officer at Plympton  (parent company of Rooster, a reading app that picks books for users and delivers them in installments to mobile devices; Karen Lincoln Michel, who blogs at A Digital Native American and is former president of Unity Journalists; and Marisa Trevino, creator of LatinaLista, a news portal for the Latino community. Here are their insights via storify.– Staff Reports

 

 

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

APRIL

  • Join the Society for Professional Journalists’ Free Mobile Newsgathering Webinar [Training] Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. ET.Better apps, newer gear, alternative story approaches. Mobile news gathering continues to evolve. Pick up on the tips and tools you need to improve your smartphone news gathering. You’ll immerse yourself in the best practices for reporting, editing and sharing stories across media platforms. Register by Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m. ET to guarantee your spot. See link for more information.
  • Learn how to protect yourself and your newsroom from digital security threats at ONACamp at the Indianapolis Star. Join the Online News Association in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 26, for Digital Security for Journalists. This ONACamp is a daylong training and design camp which will offer practical help in keeping digital journalists and their work secure. Attendance is limited to 60 people. Applications are due by April 15 and selected participants will be notified by April 18. The training is free but there is a $5 fee to cover the cost of meals.

  • The Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops for journalists from your region. If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (google meet-ups, webinars, etc) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time. The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You’ll be responsible for any travel costs. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort. Training will take place in Chicago, April 28-29, hosted by Columbia College.

  • When news looks like an unending stream of what’s wrong, what’s broken or what’s corrupt, audiences complain that the news is nothing but bad news. The solution for this problem may be to focus on not only problems, but also how people are trying to fix them. The Solutions Journalism Network was founded in 2013 to legitimize and spread the practice of “solutions journalism”: rigorous, compelling reporting on responses to problems. SJN works with newsrooms around the country—including the most hard-hitting, investigation-focused newsrooms such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Seattle Times—to help them do solutions-focused stories and series. The webinar will take place Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. For more information, visit Poynter. This Webinar will give you practical, specific tips for reporting and writing solutions stories, and using them to make your journalism stronger.

MAY

  • A new initiative established at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism will offer fellowships of up to $15,000 to experienced business journalists starting this spring. Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. The fellowship is open to those with at least five years professional experience in journalism, including freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization. Fellowship applicants should submit a focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.

JUNE

  • The Global Editors Network  hosts the GEN Summit June 11 – 13 in Barcelona. Discover ‘robot journalism’, and be updated about drone journalism and data journalism. This is the event to meet with the media industry influentials and drive business.
  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston July 30-Aug. 3, 2014. Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

SEPTEMBER

  • The Online News Association 2014 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards. ONA  is looking for your input on sessions for ONA14, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago. Submit your session proposals  from March 20 to April 18. Submit one here

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

Fixing the Diversity in Journalism Problem

This week NABJ Digital Co-chair Tracie Powell spoke with Gabriel Arana, senior editor at The American Prospect, about the lack of diversity in journalism, particularly among digital media startups such as Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight.com and Ezra Klein’s Vox.com.

Video courtesy of BloggingHeads.TV.

Fixing the diversity in journalism problem

Friday Fast Five + Five: The Google Edition

It seems like every day I learn some new trick or hack with Google.  Say what you want about Google, they have some really cool tools that can help you work smarter. Check out 10 of my finds, below.

  1. GoogleGoogle Media Tools
  2. Knight Digital Media Center – Learn Google Analytics with new, free online course
  3. Read Write – Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play
  4. TechCrunch – Context Lets You Search Across Dropbox, Evernote, Spotify & More, All From Google.com
  5. The Next Web – Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes
  6. Mashable – The Beginner’s Guide to Google+
  7. Journalism.co.uk – Google at 15: Tips and tools for journalists
  8. Lifehacker – How to Set Up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts (Properly) on iOS
  9. Mash Social Media – 7 Tips for Sorting Your Gmail Contacts
  10. MediaBistro – How Your Google+ Profile Can Help Your Articles Links Stand Out

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the vice president of education for the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and is the social media/eNewsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  She is also a freelance aviation journalist and blogger and is theAir Travel Expert for About.com.