TOP TECH TRENDS FOR JOURNALISTS

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Amy Webb of Webbmedia presented her 10 Tech Trends at last week’s National Association of Black Journalists convention. She outlined 10 trends that will make a big impact in the coming year, explained how and why they matter to and for journalists and then showed practical use cases…often applying the technologies to an audience member during her talk. Enjoy!!

Webbmedia Group | Team

Headquartered in Baltimore, Webbmedia Group has team members in more than a dozen cities, including Miami, NYC and Kyiv (Ukraine). We also partner with BYO Consulting, a community engagement firm that specializes in gaming and high-profile participatory events, and iStrategy Labs, a DC-based social marketing agency.

Amy Webb did a webinar on Jan. 26 for the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force on 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You.  We learned about the coolest tech out there to help us do our jobs better.  And now she does it again at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair, even better than the January event!

I’m at @webbmedia #nabj11 tech tips/trends panel. SO excited! #techtrends
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011
.@webbmedia talks about the #Livescribe pen for note-taking in her #techtrends talk. #NABJ11
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011
I first learned about the Livescribe pen from @MarioArmstrong, who was a panelist at my NABJ #BrandYou workshop.  He did a demonstration of Livescrbe pen at NABJ’s Watergate II conference back in November 2008. It was cool then, and even cooler now!
@webbmedia suggests reporters use live scribe pen to take digital notes, both audio and text. #techtrends #NABJ11
vhoeppner
August 5, 2011
Livescribe :: Never Miss A Word

Livescribe paper-based computing platform includes a smartpen, dot paper and software applications that changes the way people capture, use and share audio and visual information with pen and paper.
We now get to the Google+ part of @webbmedia #techtrends presentation at #NABJ11
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011

I joined Google+ about a month ago and I’m still playing with it.  I did use it to live blog the NABJ annual board meeting on Aug. 2, and the reaction to it seemed to be pretty good.  Amy did a great job of explaining why Google unveiled + even after the failure of Wave and Buzz.

Google+ is all about money and ads, says @webbmedia in #techtrends #NABJ11 workshop. This thing rocks! Already learned much about Google+!
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011
@Webbmedia’s great pt: Google+ and altered google searches based on user prefs change the SEO game for journalists. #nabj11 #techtrends
aaronmedwards
August 5, 2011
Google plus huddle-good for expert roundtable a la roundtables, short unconferences, and several sources talking a once #NABJ11 #techtrends
Kiratiana
August 5, 2011
Q: There are too many social networks- how are we supposed to keep? A: “Suck it up!” -@webbusiness #techtrends #nabj11
veralynmedia
August 5, 2011
Most of the #techtrends that @Webbmedia are showing are new startups, so they’re great for collaborations w/ news orgs on a budget. #nabj11
aaronmedwards
August 5, 2011
Amy Webb suggests the #GroupMe app, a group messaging app it’s like a list serve over #text messages #Nabj11 #techtrends @webbmedia NICE!
SherriWrites
August 5, 2011
GroupMe

Start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you send a message, everyone instantly receives it. It’s like a private chat room that works on any phone. Each group has a unique phone number. Text that number, and the message goes to everyone in the group.
.@webbmedia says Greplin-incredibly powerful organizing program; search bar for your life. http://bit.ly/qJ4OIA #techtrends #NABJ11
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011
Wanna find out information about potential sources? Use @spokeo and @knowem #NABJ11 #techtrends
Kiratiana
August 5, 2011
KnowEm Username Check – Secure your Brand or Online Identity on Social Media

KnowEm allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 550 popular and emerging social media websites. Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does. Learn more KnowEm now offers an Enterprise Dashboard for Trademark Protection, Search Engine Marketing and SEO Agencies.

I have to admit that many of these information search tools that Amy demonstrated in her presentation were pretty spooky.  It’s amazing how much information is out there about us — and we’re the ones putting it out there, says Webb.  Have you checked out your name on Spokeo?

Spokeo People Search | White Pages | Find People

People search engine and free white pages finds phone, address, email, and photos. Find people by name, email, address, and phone for free.
Another tip – @viewdle is an app that uses facial recognition to automatically tag your friends #NABJ11 #techtrends
Kiratiana
August 5, 2011
Augmented Reality + Facial Recognition – Viewdle®

Smart technology for smart phones. Viewdle’s best-in class computer vision technology enables the creation of new user experiences that realize the potential of your smartphone through camera-based mobile gaming, networking, social media & marketing. Download Third Eye and SocialCamera to see the newest advancements in intelligent mobile applications!
@acarvin, @Webbmedia just did a Qwiki search on you. Pretty cool stuff. #nabj11 #techtrends
aaronmedwards
August 5, 2011
Qwiki – The Information Experience

A better way to experience information.
Do #precognitive #reporting & gather #information on events before they happen w/ recordedfuture.com via @webbmedia @ #Nabj11 #techtrends
SherriWrites
August 5, 2011
Recorded Future – Temporal & Predictive Analytics Engine, Media Analytics & News Analysis

Recorded Future, The world’s first Temporal Analytics Engine. A new predictive analysis tool that allows you to visualize the future, past or present using media from the web.
Sonar iPhone app lets you track friends, others who are on social networks. @webbmedia on FIRE with these #techtrends, GREAT panel. #NABJ11
NABJDigital
August 5, 2011
Sonar

Sonar is a mobile app that helps you uncover the hidden connections you miss everyday, in real time, in the palm of your hand.

All in all, the session was fantastic.  I encourage you to take a look at the notes Amy created.  You’ll still get great information, but it’s just not the same as seeing Amy live.

Knowledgewebb: Try One Free Tool Every Week

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group On Jan. 26, NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with the great people at Knowledgewebb – 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You. The notes from that session are posted. And you can check out the #kwchat on Twitter here.

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