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Friday Fast Five + Five: The NABJ Convention Edition

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

The National Association of Black Journalists Annual Convention and Career Fair is only 12 days away, and I’m in full preparation mode.  First, I hope you’ll attend my workshop — BRAND YOU: CREATING YOUR ONLINE IDENTITY — on Thursday, Aug. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Room 119B.  My goal is that by the end of this interactive workshop, you will be well on your way to creating your own brand.

Today’s Fast Five + Five is all about the iPhone apps I’ll be using to help me keep up and document everything going on at the show.  For you Android users, I’m sure you can find similar apps. And for Blackberry users? I’m really sorry (don’t hate – my work phone is a Blackberry).

  1. Concur: My company uses this program to track travel and work expenses.  I’m blessed that my company pays for me to attend NABJ, and this app will allow me to keep track of expenses on the run.  And after the convention, there’s no huge pile of receipts to track. Nice!
  2. WordPress: I write two blogs — AviationQueen.com and this one — on this blogging platform. The app allows me to review, approve and write comments and even churn out a quick post on the run.
  3. CamCard ($6.99): every year I collect a huge stack of business cards and 0nly input a fraction of them on Microsoft Outlook. I hate paying for apps, but this one was worth the money.  I can take a picture of a card and the information is automatically updated in my NABJ contacts group. Plus it’s environmentally friendly.
  4. Ustream: this app allows me to shoot live video from my iPhone. I can also upload the video to my YouTube channel.
  5. Instagram: anyone who knows me knows I’m always carrying my camera.  I love the pictures I can take with my iPhone, which makes this app a joy. I can do all kinds of photo tricks and upload directly to Twitter, Facebook and Flickr.
  6. Tweet Deck: not only can I keep track of my five Twitter accounts, I can also create columns to follow the #NABJ11 and #NABJ hashtags.
  7. Dragon Dictation: Let’s say I’m in a workshop or plenary and I want to dash off a quick message about what I’m hearing.  I can use this voice recognition app to record and upload the message to Twitter, Facebook, email or a text message.  The translation isn’t perfect, but it’s still quicker than typing.
  8. BlueFiRe: the audio recorder that comes with the iPhone is adequate. The FREE Blue FiRe audio recorder app ROCKS!!  It has markers, different sound recording levels and an FTP site that automatically allows you to upload up to 2 GB of recordings.
  9. QR Reader: more and more convention exhibitors and attendees are using QR codes to provide information on goods, services and data.  This reader allows me to snap a picture with my iPhone and download information.
  10. Around Me: when you’re in an unfamiliar city, you need to know where certain things are, like banks/ATMs, parking, pharmacies, restaurants, stores and even hospitals.  This app will use the GPS function on your iPhone to tell you where the nearest outposts are.

So did I miss any? What are your must-have iPhone apps for the convention?

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

  1. 10000 WordsFive ways to visualize your personal data
  2. Journalists’ ToolkitFlash Journalism Updates
  3. Mashable11 Excellent iPad Apps for Meetings & Presentations
  4. Ragan’s PR Daily5 writing tips from newspaper editors
  5. MakeUseOfThe Top 5 Best Search Engines To Search Photos On Flickr
  6. Innovative Interactivity IIFive tips for emerging video journalists
  7. Web Design Ledger10 Blogs to Help You Become a Photography Expert
  8. Gizmo’s Freeware9 Superb Free Apps that you Simply Must Install on Your Android Phone
  9. Social Media Examiner17 Ways to Grow Your Blog From Top Bloggers
  10. Dumb Little ManTop 12 iPhone Apps That’ll Increase Your Productivity

Required? Required.

By Bliss Davis, Multimedia Journalist

Editor’s note: The Digital Journalism Task Force is joining with Knowledgewebb for a FREE webinar: 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You TODAY from  2:00-2:45 pm EST.  This webinar will outline the 10 steps — and critical websites, social networks and gear — to help you become more tech savvy. You’ll get complete notes as well as a primer on how to manage information overload.  The webinar is free, but you must register to attend. I hope you can join us!

I recently read an article about a private school in Tennessee that’s requiring students in grades 4-12 use an Apple iPad for class. This reminded me of several newsrooms I’ve heard about recently that are doing away with hard copy scripts and turning to iPads.

This sparked a debate at work about how much or little we need technology to function. A minimalist anchor bragged about his Motorola Razr and a meteorologist said she would be lost without her Apple iPhone 4. Regardless, based on the list of requirements for my own entry-level journalist job (a cell phone being one of them), communication is essential in an industry that’s centered on…communicating.

Now having a phone hasn’t done much for me, except be a mode through which my boss calls me in as needed, but in terms of our whole newsroom we got a look at how those with phones–specifically smartphones–won on January 24.

On my usual morning shift, shortly after our broadcast, our assignment desk suddenly got a lot louder than normal. For those in broadcast, you know exactly what I mean. Reports started coming in about several houses blowing up, with people calling in about major fires and the heavy smell of gas in the area.

Being too early to have our entire photog team in yet, they had to send anyone with a means of video recording any way they could. As a result, we were the first on the scene and the first with first-hand accounts of what was happening.  One of our own came back smelling terrible, but he got what he needed! He used his iPhone 4 and BlackBerry, and the anchor with the Razr had to admit he wouldn’t have gotten as far as our reporter did with his phone.

What our photog did wasn’t extraordinary in terms of how he used technology—it is 2011 after all—but it did speak to the faithful few who are holding on to older technologies. While we had the resources to be first with that story, we also could have just as easily been last.  Even the bare minimum can leave you out in the cold.

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

Yesterday, an article in Forbes magazine noted that Mashable has topped the list of the most influential media outlets, as ranked by Klout, which tracks online influence.  Anyone can go to Klout, type in their Twitter handle and check out their own scores.  Check out the results for NABJDigital here.  But to celebrate Mashable’s achievement, today’s Fast Five will all come from that website — minus the required link from 10000 Words. Enjoy!

  1. 10000 WordsOnline Journalism Tool of the Day: WordCounter
  2. Mashable (here and below) – HOW TO: Make the Most of Your Twitter Profile Page
  3. HOW TO: Start Your Own Internet Talk Show
  4. HOW TO: Create Your Own Customized Short URL
  5. HOW TO: Develop a Branded iPhone App on a Budget
  6. 10 Unique iPhone Photography Accessories
  7. 5 Fresh Places to Find Great Online Video
  8. 6 Ways to Score a Job Through Twitter
  9. 6 Essential Steps for Executing Your Social Media Strategy
  10. 16 Handy iPhone Apps for Better Blogging

They March: TSU Students’ Voting Crusade

By Sara Phipps Carr                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sara is a journalism major at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas.  She produced this story using an iPhone.

Students of Texas Southern University’s NAACP chapter were out spreading the word on the importance of voting this midterm election. Throughout the campus and nearby neighborhoods, chants of encouragement and excitement filled the air of Houston.

Click here to see video

TSU students in front of voting precinct - Photo By Sara Phipps Carr

The young collegians met at the student center, organized and began the march to the neighborhood voting polls on November 2. NAACP members and TSU students shouted historical chants, held signs to encourage people to vote and reminded everyone of the meaning of Election Day. Once the group made it to the polling booths at Lockhart Elementary, students entered the school and casted their votes.

Election Day, November 2, 2010 was an experience to remember. The midterm election was just as important today as it was for the election of President Barack Obama.


TSU students in front of voting precinct - Photo By Sara Phipps Carr


The energy of the event was contagious. Being a part of the NAACP march was invigorating and inspirational.

I was able to take footage and capture the moments of the NAACP members and student voters during their march. I produced a documentary that captured the importance and the excitement that students brought to the event with my iPhone.

The video and photos show the history, the earlier accomplishments and the power of one vote. The story is told without narration, and students are reminded how important voting is, what a privilege it is, and to remember those who fought for this right.  It was a humbling experience producing this piece, one I shall soon not forget.

TSU students in front of voting precinct - Photo By Sara Phipps Carr

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

Editor’s note: The Online News Association held its annual conference here in Washington, D.C., Oct. 28-31.  Several NABJ members were there, so DJTF is doing a BlogTalkRadio show on the event Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 8-9 p.m. Eastern time. I hope you can join us!

  1. 10000 Words5 Things I’ve learned about building a personal brand and why everything you’ve heard is bogus
  2. JeffBullas.com5 Tips To Build Your Personal Brand With Social Media
  3. Mashable6 BlackBerry Apps to Cure iPhone Envy
  4. Blogging Tips5 Ways Twitter Can Actually Be Useful… For Anyone
  5. Chris Snider, DesMoinesRegister.comOnline Tools for Journalists (Slideshare presentation)
  6. TwiTipsTwitter Chats: A Goldmine of Traffic, Followers and Knowledge
  7. Social Media Examiner10 Tips for Finding a Job Using Facebook and LinkedIn
  8. LifehackerThe Best Photography Apps for Your iPhone
  9. ReadWriteWeb5 Tools for Online Journalism, Exploration and Visualization
  10. Blue Blots20 Free Online Video Editing Tools


Friday Fast Five – The Fast Edition

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

This will be a quick one, since I’m working on some major deadlines this week.  But here are two notes from your editrix. First, please don’t forget to vote in the UNITY/Ford Foundation entrepreneurship program for minority journalists contest.  Voting ends on Oct. 17.  Second,  please sign up for the Digital Journalism Task Force’s first webinar”  “A picture can be worth a thousand words: How journalists from a print background can successfully incorporate video into their work.”  The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 29 starting at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time.  Click here for more details.  Now, onto Fast Five. Enjoy!

  1. 10000 Words – 10 Ways to track what people are saying about you on Twitter
  2. Mashable – 7 Perfect Posterous Themes for Multimedia Blogs
  3. Read Write Web – 13 Tools for Building Your Own iPhone App
  4. TechCrunch – If You’ve Got Social Media Fatigue, UR DOIN IT WRONG
  5. Networked – How to annotate your YouTube videos


Friday Fast Five – The Poynter Edition

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

Editor’s note: please join the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism task force for our next BlogTalkRadio chat – “Hyperlocal Websites: Are They The Savior Of Local News?” on Tuesday, Sept. 28 from 8:00-9:00 p.m. Eastern time.  Click here for more details.  I hope you can join us!

Today is my last day of a week-long multimedia training offered down here at the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla.  A post will be forthcoming on why you should consider Poynter training, especially if you belong to a minority journalist organization.  Not only was the course very informative, I met a great bunch of journalists who were already doing amazing things and will do even more after this training.  So this post is for Zack, Burt, Laura, Gudni, Sandra, Jerrita, Beatriz Melissa Pat, Lynette, Meena, Josee and Carol, with a special shout out to Alex, Al, Regina and Jeanne.  Enjoy!

  1. 10000 Words6 exceptional multimedia student projects. I never do a Fast Five without including Mark Luckie, and this week is no exception.  I especially like this post because it shows some of the possibilities for me and my fellow Poynter grads as we go home and actually try to implement what we’ve learned.  I especially liked number 5, Multimedia Standards, by students at the University of Miami.  (P.S. Poynter has Mark’s book – The Digital Journalist’s Handbook – in its library, and so should you!!)
  2. Poynter Online10 Ways Journalism Around The World Is Being Revived And Reinvented.  What kind of person would I be if I didn’t include an entry from here? Plus we had a student from Iceland and a student from Spain with some great insight on what’s going on in the field there.
  3. Journal LocalUseful Android Apps For Journalists And Bloggers.  During the week, we had several lively discussions on iPhone versus Android for journalists.  I didn’t realize Androids did so much; I might have actually re-though my decision to buy an iPhone!
  4. Read Write WebTumblr Leaves Posterous In The Dust. I have been going through a debate with myself on what platform I’m going to use for my new work portfolio blog.  I threw the question out to my Twitter followers and it came down to Tumblr and Posterous.  This article actually pushed Tumblr into the lead.  Who knew Tumblr did this much? Now if I could only choose a theme…Sigh
  5. Multimedia ShooteriPhone: A Storyteller’s Most Valuable Tool. Plus Apps And Gear You Gotta Have.  Considering I’ve just completed multimedia training and I have an iPhone, it just made sense to see what’s out there that lets me shoot fairly good video and other tricks.

One of our guest lecturers for this course was multimedia journalist Alex Garcia of the Washington Post.  She did a presentation on “Why I Love Multimedia Storytelling,” and this story — The Healing Fields — illustrates that particularly well.  Have a great weekend!!

Gentle Reminder: Smartphone Reporting Webinar June 15

By Serbino Sandifer-Walker, DJTF V.P. – TSU Journalism Professor

The smartphone is becoming a must have for today’s journalists. From iPhone to Android and Blackberry, these mobiles are turning reporting into a seamless experience.

NABJ Institute and the Digital Journalism Task Force (DJTF) will host a “Smartphone Reporting”  CoverItLive webinar Tuesday, June 15, 12:30p.m. (ET) on the Smartphone Reporting blog.

DJTF’s Serbino Sandifer-Walker, a journalist and journalism professor, will be joined by award-winning reporters Gio Benitez of CBS4 Miami and Jeremy Jojola of KOB-TV Albuquerque.  Benitez and Jojola are producing groundbreaking reports with their smartphones.

Benitez was the first reporter to shoot and edit a television package using an iPhone 3GS in June of 2009.  His report garnered international buzz and set-off a global conversational about mobile phone reporting.  Click here to see the report.

Jojola is an Emmy award-winning investigative reporter who uses his iPhone to gather elements for his investigative pieces, including using it as a hidden camera.  Jojola was one of the first reporters in the nation to conduct a live shot with his iPhone. Click here to see the report.

Tech-savvy college students are also making the most of mobile phone reporting. Texas Southern University journalism major Samii Noel Thompson will showcase her mobile reporting skills.  She told the story of a blind journalist using her iPhone.  Click here to see the report.  

The one-hour interactive session will include tips and highlight the pros and cons of using smartphones to report news stories.  And if you can’t make it, look for the transcript from the session here on the blog before the end of the week.

New Voices Grant Recipients Focus On Minority Communities

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

Nine promising community news projects from across the U.S. – including two focusing on reaching out to minority communities – were recently selected as this year’s New Voices grant winners.  The New Voices program is administered by the J-Lab at American University’s School of Communication.

Two of the projects – Morgan State University in Baltimore, Md., and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln – specifically target minority communities.  Morgan will use the grant to create the MoJo Lab, where students will serve as mobile digital journalists, using video and audio podcasts to focus on community issues in Northeast Baltimore. Driven by a 24% growth in ethnic minorities and immigrants in recent years, the University of Nebraska Journalism College’s New Voices will explore the information needs of these new ethnic communities and work with mobile technology and web design teams to develop a news initiative to reach them. Content will come from students, community members and high school students from immigrant families.

Allissa Richardson

Allissa Richardson, an assistant professor of journalism at Morgan, came up with the idea of the MoJo lab because of how the HBO television series “The Wire” portrayed Baltimore.  “A lot of students coming to Morgan were afraid of Baltimore because of what they saw on the show,” she said.  “I live in Baltimore, but had never seen the show.  After watching some episodes, I saw that while some of the stories were true, some were overblown with drama.”

The issues tackled on the show weren’t handled fairly, said Richardson.  “The voice of the community wasn’t represented. We have people working actively in our communities, but we didn’t see that on the show,” she stated.

Richardson wondered where content could be best used.  “We started by talking with Afro staff members when we realized they didn’t have a robust multimedia page,” she recalled. .”We asked them what their obstacles were, and they included cost and finding the right media platform.  So I thought `why don’t I write grant where you guys can run our stories and offer some multimedia.’”

Anytime you tell stories on mass devastation or societal ills in a region like Northeast Baltimore, there must be balance, Richardson asserted.  “For every person committing a crime or getting in trouble, there’s another story of someone trying to help.  But many outlets don’t always have resources to cover those stories,” she stated.  “Sometimes, there’s no time to get a deeper context, and we want to give them the ability to provide context.  The deeper explanations are what we really want students to pay attention to.”

What my team is doing is offering practicum classes at each level, said Richardson.  “Normally, you must be a senior for newspaper/yearbook practicum jobs,” she said. “We decided to expand that from freshmen to seniors, but only seniors get paid. We have 478 registered as journalism majors.”

The university will also conduct, for a fee, training workshops to help community residents contribute. Content will be offered to local newspaper and television stations, and the program already has a deal with the local Afro newspaper.

Part of the grant will be used to buy iPhones equipped with Owle Bubu, a device that attaches to front of the phone that enhances the quality of camera and can plug a mic into it, making it lavalier mic ready, said Richardson.  “We will also have iPads.  Students will have to learn to design an app,” she said.

There are great black landmarks in Baltimore, and the app will be a locative journalism one, said Richardson.  “When students hover over an area, story will pop up about region.”

As for the community part of the grant, the MoJo Lab will send out invitation in July to those in the community for a new media camp, said Richardson.  “We’ll offer the camp once a month, and we will spend two days with MoJo learning how to record/film using an iPhone,” she said. “We have ordered copies of Final Cut Pro to teach, and we’ll also offer a course on podcasting. They will be able to rent the equipment.”

Tim Anderson

The idea for the University of Nebraska Lincoln’s New Voices after Tim Anderson, an associate professor of journalism and another professor focused on the city’s immigrant populations last fall.  “We were impressed by the richness of the stories our students found there,” said Anderson. “Mary Pipher, a successful and popular author living in Lincoln, had written “The Middle of Everywhere,” about Lincoln’s experience with refugees, and we used that as a primer for our students.”

The local traditional media, whether newspapers or TV or radio, is not fully covering these communities, and New Voices could help give voice to them, said Anderson. “Lincoln has long been a refugee resettlement center. Both the Catholic and Lutheran churches resettle refugees here, and the federal government has designated it as such,” he explained.  “Lincoln has a sizable Vietnamese population and, recently, has seen refugees arrive from Sudan, Iraq and Bosnia, among others.”

It is important for students to cover diverse populations and to put human faces on issues of immigration, said Anderson. “These people are here, but they are, to a large extent, hidden,” he added.  “We envision this class as an advanced multimedia class. Enrollment requires the instructor’s permission, so they must demonstrate the journalistic and technical skills to be included.”

The first semester of this class will include advertising students who will help research the communities, and part of that research will be directed at discovering how best to reach these communities, Anderson explained. “Among the things we are preparing are an interactive website and the use of mobile technology,” he said. “Anecdotal evidence suggests these communities may have more access to mobile devices than they do to the Internet.”

The university will create a website devoted specifically to immigration stories, but name has not yet been chosen, said Anderson.  “We have no end-date in mind. The goal is to create something that will sustain itself, both through the involvement of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications but, even more, through the involvement of the immigrant communities themselves,” he noted.

For a complete list of the winners, click here.