Tag Archives: maps

#TryItTuesday

I’m one of those people who love to see cool maps that help tell a story. But since I have zero graphic design talent, I’ve been sitting on the sidelines — until now. MapBox is a fremium product that allows journalists an easy way to create gorgeous and informative maps.  Check out how USA Today used MapBox during the 2012 election or how the Washington Post illustrated gun seizures in Washington, D.C., and nearby Prince George’s County, Md.

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

  1. 10000 Words3 iPad apps to help you give better presentations
  2. Reynolds CenterSteve Doig’s best of CAR Conference: 13 free tools to analyze, display data
  3. Media Shift Idea LabHow to Design Fast, Interactive Maps Without Flash
  4. Journalists’ ToolkitWeb hosting and domain names
  5. Mashable8 Ways to Improve Your Live Event With Social Media
  6. MakeUseOfThe Top 5 Best Search Engines To Search Photos On Flickr
  7. SmartBlog on Social Media6 tools to measure your personal branding efforts
  8. Innovative InteractivityFive mobile apps to deliver multimedia news in real time
  9. Social Media Examiner17 Ways to Grow Your Blog From Top Bloggers
  10. Journalism.co.ukFive great examples of data journalism using Google Fusion Tables

Friday Fast Five + Five

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

As usual, I have an overloaded bookmark folder with stuff I want to pass along.  So until I find the time to whittle down the pile, you’ll be getting five plus five until further notice.  For newer readers, I do this column every Friday of interesting tools, technology, websites and tips that can help you do your job as a journalist better.  Enjoy!

  1. 10000 WordsFive ways to visualize your personal data. I found the Tweet stats website to be particularly insightful, since I oversee five different accounts.
  2. Adam Westbrook10 free and totally legal programs every multimedia journalist should have. I’m one of those people who likes to try all the latest programs. Some I use suggested here include GIMP, Audacity and Instapaper.
  3. NetworkedStreamlining your social media posting: How to update more than one site at a time. Between my work and personal life, I’m juggling several social media sites, so you need to control that. The suggestions here are good, but I’m a BIG fan of TweetDeck, which lets me manage my Twitter accounts and my various Facebook pages.
  4. Journalists’ Toolkit — 7 Do’s and Don’ts for Video on Point-and-Shoot Cameras.  For those who are still using these types of cameras for shooting video, these are some good tips.
  5. Mashable46 New Digital Media Resources You May Have Missed.  I love it when Mashable does this list, because I always manage to find something I haven’t used before.  This time I discovered the following: HOW TO: Avoid and Prevent Facebook Spam; 7 Superb Short Films Shot With Cellphones; and HOW TO: Launch Any Product Using Social Media.
  6. MakeUseOf — 5 Cool Ways To Make Use Of National Geographic Maps.  Here’s an alternative to the usual map suspects.
  7. Teaching Online JournalismIdeas for using Encyclo in journalism classes. While this post is targeted to teachers, aren’t we all trying to keep up with the latest tools in journalism? Encyclo can help.
  8. Innovative Interactivity IIHosting options for multimedia websites.  Thinking about finally getting that new website off the ground?  This post tells you the best places to host said website.
  9. Vadim LavrusikNew to Twitter? Here Are 12 Tips From the Community. As I watch more and more friends jumping onto Twitter, this is a handy guide from the guy who is now running Facebook’s project to attract more journalists.
  10. PC World12 Must-Have Android Apps for Road Warriors.  I’m an iPhone user, but plenty of my peeps out there (hi @brandonvivo!) are addicted to their Android phones, so I’m showing them the love.