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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.

Friday Fast Five + Five: The Twitter Edition

Twitter is one of my favorite journalism tools, so I’m always looking for tricks to make it even more useful to use.  Below are 10 hacks that may be helpful to add to your Twitter arsenal.

  1. TwitterTwitter for newsrooms and journalists
  2. MediaBistroFive Habits To Help Yourself Tweet Once Per Day
  3. MediaShiftErica Anderson’s 6 Tips for Journalists on Twitter
  4. Intuit10 Rules for Crafting the Perfect Tweet
  5. MashableHow to Spend Only 10 Minutes Per Day on Twitter
  6. Open ForumHow Many Of Your Twitter Followers Are Fake?
  7. Forbes31 Twitter Tips: How To Use Twitter Tools And Twitter Best Practices For Business
  8. MashableThe Beginner’s Guide to HootSuite
  9. MashableThe Beginner’s Guide to TweetDeck
  10. AllTwitter6 Tips For Shorter Tweets [INFOGRAPHIC]

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 the Air Travel Expert for About.com.

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media

  1. Lifehacker – Top 10 Worthwhile Uses for Tablets
  2. SourceBuilding News Apps on a Shoestring
  3. Business 2 Community – 5 tips for writing online headlines
  4. IJNet – Four tools that aim to make journalists and their data more secure
  5. Blogging Tips – 10 Ways to Keep WordPress site Safe from Hacking

Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide To New Media, The Video Edition

Are you still trying to figure out your video strategy? These 10 tips can help.

  1. Poynter – What journalists need to know about interviewing for video
  2.  Lifehacker – Five Best Video Converters
  3. SATW Traveler – 10 Best Apps for Taking Video with a Smartphone
  4. Mashable – How to Edit Videos on YouTube
  5. Journalism.co – Timeless tips for video journalists
  6. International Journalists’ Network – How to create news videos with mobile app Videolicious
  7. Old Media, New Tricks – Set up a YouTube account and customize your channel 
  8. PBS MediaShift – Tips for editing video and create mobile apps — with little or no technical skills required
  9. International Journalists’ Network — Top apps for journalists shooting video on mobile
  10. Vimeo — Video editing tips and techniques [VIDEO]

#TryItTuesday

recordium

I’ve started using my iPad and Brydge keyboard to write my stories when I don’t feel like lugging around my MacBook Pro. In the olden days, I used to use the iTalk app on my phone to record some of the people and events I used in my stories.

But then I found the Recordium ($4.99) app pop up one day on my Apps Gone Free list.  This app, good on the iPad and iPhone, is iTalk on steroids.

Users can highlight the track while playing or recording audio. You can also add
attachments, including  notes, tags, and pictures to any part of the recording, which improves the ability to search for certain items. Check out how Recordium works!

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media, All About Blogging

For me, 2014 is the year I plan on taking my blog, AviationQueen.com, to the next level.  Whether you are a blogging veteran or newbie, below are five great tips for making your blog better.

  1. Blogging Tips – Top 10 New Year Resolutions That’ll Make Blogging More Fruitful in 2014
  2. Blogging TipsHere’s How To Get That Blog To Take Flight
  3. Blogging Tips – Use Added Elements to Instantly Improve Your Blog Post
  4. Blogging Tips – Top WordPress Resource Blogs
  5. SocialBrite – 9 time-saving tips to write more blog posts

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of 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.

 

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media, The Job Hunting Edition

As we kick off the new year, one resolution that people always do is to improve their careers. To that end, here are some great digital tools to help you with the job hunting process. Enjoy!

  1. Mashable – 10 Résumé-Worthy New Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months
  2. VentureBeat – How LinkedIn is using data to help you find the right career
  3. Mashable – This Resume Alternative Could Land You Your Dream Job
  4. MakeUseOfWhere to study: Navigating the free online education world
  5. Mashable – How to Get Your Resume Past the System and Into Human Hands

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of 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.

#TryItTuesday

time mapper

Happy New Year, everyone! As we get settled into the new year, I hope that this Tuesday feature will serve as inspiration for those who resolved to step up their digital journalism game in 2014.

Today’s #TryItTuesday item is TimeMapper, created by the Open Knowledge Foundation Labs. TimeMapper allows users to create really cool and embeddable timemaps quickly and easily from a Google spreadsheet. Give it a try!

10 Links To Get You Started For 2014

Editor’s note: Join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a virtual conference “New Year, New You,” on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. In four hour-long sessions, attendees will learn mobile journalism tips and tricks, how to create an online portfolio, steps needed to create your journalism brand and taking your resume to the next level.  You can take 1, 2, 3, or all 4 webinars, and they will be recorded in case you can’t make it. Click here for more information.

So here we are at the end of 2013. It’s only natural to look back, but also to look ahead.  In 2014, DJTF is stepping up its efforts to give journalists of color all the tools they need to step up their digital game.  So below is a list to get you started.  Happy New Year!!

  1. Blogging Tips – What are Your Blogging Goals for the New Year?
  2. Media Twit A basic intro to digital hygiene for security-conscious journalists
  3. Huffington Post – 14 Social Media Habits to Start in 2014
  4. ProfNet – How to never run out of blog post ideas (suggestions from 8 @ProfNet bloggers)
  5. Mashable – The Beginner’s Guide to the Cloud
  6. Knight Digital Media Center – Learn Google Analytics with new, free online course
  7. Lifehacker – How to Change Your Email Address without Screwing Everything Up
  8. MarioArmstrong.com – Have all your digital files available at all time from all of your devices-keep them in the cloud
  9. Jodi on the Web – 7 powerful Facebook statistics you should know for a more engaging Facebook page
  10. Knight Foundation – Four tips to help journalists create more videos 

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of 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.

9 More Holiday Gifts For Journalists 2013

One of the blog posts I look forward to the most as far as journalism is concerned is the 10000 Words annual holiday gift list for journalists. The blog lists 25 great items to buy for the ink-stained wretch in your life.  While this list is pretty good, I’d like to add another nine for your consideration. Enjoy!

  1. Mophie Juice Pack — with all the ways we use our iPhones and iPads on the job, we will inevitably get to a place where an outlet may not be available. That’s when Mophie comes to the rescue. There are different versions, but I carry the Mophie Powerstation Duo, which allows me to charge my iPhone and iPad at the same time, quickly. Nice!
  2. Belkin Mini Surge Protector — Speaking of outlets, I carry this one, which has three plugs and two USB slots. The Belkin can be rotated to fit any outlet space.
  3. QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Earbud Headphones — sometimes when I’m working on deadline, I need to listen to one of my calming playlists and cut out the noise in the newsroom. So I decided to pay $299.00 for a pair of these puppies, which can also be used for conversations on the iPhone.
  4.  Brydge Bluetooth iPad Keyboard — You can read my review of the Brydge here.
  5. Newsprint skirt —  I saw a woman wearing this skirt at this year’s Online News Association convention and loved it. It is custom made by the Vintage Galeria Etsy store for $45.95.
  6. AP Stylebook app – I’m loath to actually pay for an app. The most you’ll get out of me is 99 cents — until I saw this app. It costs $24.99, but it is worth every penny, putting the book on your iPhone. You can mark your favorites.
  7. Typo — one of the great things about having the Blackberry was the cool keyboard that made it easy to type. Back in 2007, I actually typed a story and filed it from my Blackberry because the hotel WiFi was beyond crappy. I cannot do that on my iPhone because I can’t type well on glass. But thanks to Typo, I can snap a Blackberry-like keyboard onto my iPhone.
  8. GorillaPod Flexible Tripod — Jeremy Caplan of CUNY Graduate School of Journalism did a great presentation at this year’s ONA conference, “21 Ways to Awesome-ize Your Mobile Toolkit,”  and one of his tips was using this tripod when shooting video with an iPhone.
  9. Membership in a journalism organization — nothing shows the love like paying for your scribe to network and work on their craft in professional organizations. I’ll recommend the three that have me as a member — the National Association of Black Journalists, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, and the Online News Association (I’m on the board).

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of 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.