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Chile Earthquake, Tsunami

By Andrew Humphrey, CBM
Founder & Co-Chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force

An enormous earthquake occurred near Santiago, Chile.  Several people are injured and dead, and there is a tsunami threat for nearly every Pacific coast in the world, including California & Hawaii.

Social media and satellite technology were crucial to the health and survival of people affected by the Haiti earthquake and journalists’ storytelling.  The use of technology is vital, again.

Here is an earthquake summary from the United States Geological Survey (USGS):

This earthquake occurred at the boundary between the Nazca and South American tectonic plates. The two plates are converging at a rate of 80 mm per year. The earthquake occurred as thrust-faulting on the interface between the two plates, with the Nazca plate moving down and landward below the South American plate.

Click here for more information from the USGS.
Click here for information from the Tsunami Warning Center.
Click here for a spreadsheet on more Chile information, including contacts.

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Friday Fast Five

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

The pile has grown again, despite my best efforts to whittle it down.  So we’re back to the fast five, plus a bonus five.  Enjoy!

  1. The 10000 Words blog brings us 7 Habits of Highly Effective Multimedia Journalists.
  2. Robb Montgomery’s Multimedia training and visual journalism blog offers 5 tips for making better video reports.
  3. The Mashable blog reviews 5 Fantastic iPhone Chargers to Keep You Juiced.
  4. Rotor Blog has 10 Apps To Schedule Future Tweets on Twitter.
  5. Harvard Business Review’s Conversation blog on 10 Ways to Build Social Media Expertise Using Personal Web Projects.
  6. Looking to redesign your Web site? The Future Buzz blog offers Some Thoughts On Redesigning Your Site.
  7. The Web design Booth site points us to 30 Websites To Download Free Stock Photos.
  8. Lifehacker previews the Five Best Netbook Operating Systems.
  9. The Social Media Today blog tells us The 39 Social Media Tools I’ll Use Today.
  10. The Digitizd (sp) Web site on 8 Ways to Get More from Google Docs.
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From Blog to Book-How It’s Done

I am always reading about people who have turned their blogs into books. Back in the day, I used to really enjoy a blog called The Broke Diaries. Blogger Angela Nissel would post about her time as a student at the University of Pennsylvania, giving out tips and tricks and travails of living and surviving the broke life. I wasn’t the only one reading her blog. Nissel managed to parlay her blog into a book deal and TV and film rights.

NABJDigital favorite Mark Luckie, a multimedia producer for California Watch and owner of the 10000 Words blog, has taken the wisdom of his blog and just released The Digital Journalist’s Handbook (I have my copy-do you have yours?).

The Mashable blog outlines how six bloggers turned their sites into book deals, including:  Fail Blog, which documents moments of failure in pictures and video;  Twitter Wit, a collection of Twitter’s wittiest tweets; Escape from Cubicle Nation,  about breaking away from that 9-to-5 and pursuing entrepreneurial dreams; 1,001 Rules for my Unborn SonF.U., Penguin, where cute animals are put in their place;  and This Is Why You’re Fat, which shows pictures and recipes of gastronomical disasters.  The Brain Pickings blog has its own post on bloggers-turned-authors here.

Some of these people languished in obscurity for years before their blogs generated enough critical mass to catch the attention of book editors, who are always desperately searching for the next big thing in the way of authors.  Do you have a blog?  Are you turning that blog into a book or do you see a book possibility?  Tell us about it!

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Transcript for the DJTF CoverItLive Session on Twitter 101 for Journalists

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

Today the National Association of Black Journalists’ Digital Journalism Task Force, in conjunction with the NABJ Media Institute, held its very first media training — Twitter 101 for Journalists-More than Just What I Ate For Breakfast.  The entire session is below.

During the session, I promised that I’d pass along more resources, below.

The DJTF is working on future sessions.  If you  have a suggestion on what you’d like to see, Tweet us at @NABJDigital, leave a comment here or send us an email on the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv.
Twitter 101 for Journalists-More than Just What I Ate For Breakfast

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Dr. Syb’s First Webinar Tips, Trips and More

By Dr.  Sybril Bennett, Associate Professor, Belmont University and inaugural executive director of the university’s New Century Journalism Program

Now that my first webinar is complete, I feel compelled to discuss the experience with you. It was a presentation for the Radio Television Digital News Foundation’sHigh School Broadcast Journalism Project. The effort is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Participants included high school teachers, professional journalists, program directors and colleagues. The entire presentation including q & a lasted approximately 50 minutes. To see my webinar go to the HSBJ site and click on the watch social media tools archived webinar link on the left side of the page. I also captured the experience on my Flip Cam, which you can see here.

Fundamentally, Webinars are seminars presented over the web. I prepared a Power Point presentation and literally went through it speaking into the external microphone that is plugged into my computer. I advanced the slides as well as monitored chat questions that popped up on the screen from participants. Indeed, the ability to multitask well is mandatory. Thanks to David Mathison’s Be The Media book for providing the added encouragement to jump into the webinar waters.

For once in my life, I actually completed the power point slides in advance and ran through the entire presentation. This was invaluable in many ways. Given that I had not done this type of presentation, it helped answer many questions in advance.

Prior to completing my webinar, I participated in two. One by Paul Kandell for HSBJ and the other by CNN Tech Guru, Mario Armstrong. I strongly encourage you to participate in a webinar prior to presenting. There are so many free opportunities, just google and find one of interest to you.

Webinars are archived and can be held behind a pay wall. The one that I did was free and is accessible on the HSBJ website. Therefore, I am sharing the link with you as well. This is an invaluable marketing tool. Some may not understand why I would share the presentation. For one, it will force me to learn more and not present canned speeches or presentations. Two, it will hopefully grant me exposure to a larger audience. Three and most importantly, I am an educator. If I can’t teach, I don’t feel alive. Sharing is in my nature.

It is wise to gather questions from the participants in advance. This afforded me the opportunity to include the answers to several questions in the slides. I also answered those questions throughout the presentation and during the Q &A at the end. This greatly enhanced the flow of the presentation.

Other Webinar Tips:


When doing a webinar, keep it moving
Don’t overdo personal narrative
Make it more interactive, ask questions throughout the presentation (we included poll questions in mine)
When you use a question from participants either online or submitted previously, state the question because other participants can’t see it. Also, state the name of the person. This humanizes the presentation.
Give your audience a reason to focus, they are multitasking
You must have an entertaining and engaging delivery, voice energy is critical
Realize creating a Power Point is now an art
If possible, provide an outline for participants in advance
Don’t make a webinar feel like an online one-dimensional
Use humor-relevant, deliberate, sparingly
Be sure to add a slide with your contact information
Allow the audience to participate any way possible (polls, chat, etc.)
Give the audience what THEY want, not what YOU want

Other thoughts:
If you don’t know something, admit it.
If a participant makes a point via chat, acknowledge it and the person who made the comment.
Side note: In order to chat with the presenter, you must be registered for the webinar.
Smile while presenting, keep water with you.
Unplug your LAN line and turn off your cell phone.
If you are in your office, put a note on your door so hopefully, you won’t be disturbed
Whether paid or free webinar, if you are doing one for someone else, get permission to share the link to the webinar with your colleagues and potential clients, it’s a great way to showcase your abilities to different audiences

I’m sure you’re tired of reading, if you want more information, just ask.

Dr. Syb

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Friday Fast Five

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

  1. The 10000 Words blog tells us 7 Ways to keep journalism alive (without paywalls). And Mark Luckie’s new book, The Digital Journalist’s Handbook, is now available on Amazon.
  2. Mashable shows how to Post Pics to Twitter, Facebook and MySpace All at Once With yfrog.
  3. Looking to build your own Web site? has 13 Easy And Powerful Website Building Tools To Create Your Free Site.
  4. Are you a fan of LinkedIn? The Social Bright blog says How to use LinkedIn to promote your blog.
  5. The Site Sketch blog offers 14 Ways to Increase Your Blog Traffic.

And here’s a gentle reminder.  The Digital Journalism Task Force is holding a CoverItLive session — Twitter 101 for Journalists-More than Just What I Ate For Breakfast — tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 1:00 p.m.  I hope you can join us!

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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

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

  • The Online News Association is soliciting proposals for its annual conference Oct. 28-30 in Washington, D.C.  Submissions will be accepted Feb. 4-28.  Members will then choose the panels they want March 1-21.
  • The Institute for Interactive Journalism is taking applications to fund nine projects at up to $25,000 to launch a participatory news venture in local communities.  Proposals are due March 1.
  • Tiffany Black, a DJTF member and a senior producer at, is holding a 4-week seminar March 9-April 13 on Writing and Editing for the Web. In the Mediabistro course, Black shows you how to write knockout copy and launch a career in online content.  The cost is $350.
  • BusinessWeek magazine will he holding its annual Media Summit in New York City March 10-11.  The summit will host the country’s top media, entertainment and technology executives to discuss broadband, wireless, advertising, TV, film, cable, satellite, publishing, news and other media.
  • New York City’s Mediabistro is holding a workshop entitled Basic Social Networking for Media Professionals, featuring Columbia University journalism professor Sree Sreenivasan, March 10, from 6:45-9:45 p.m.  You can get a 25% discount on the class price by using the discount code SREE25.
  • The Radio Television Digital News Association is partnering with UNITY: Journalists of Color for this year’s RTDNA/UNITY Awards, which honors outstanding achievements in the coverage of diversity.  Nominations are due March 12.
  • South by Southwest (SXSW) is holding its 2010 Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, March 12-16.  Topics include Black Blogging Rock Stars, Evolution of Online Video and The Future of Journalism is Visual.
  • The annual 2010 National College Media Convention will be held March 14-16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.  Terry Moran, co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and Supreme Court correspondent for the network, is will be a keynote speaker at the event.
  • The Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Center for the Digital Globe are hosting a symposium on March 15-16 to explore cutting edge ideas for the future of media.
  • The University of Central Florida’s student chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists will be holding its first-ever conference March 20 at the campus.  The goal is to prepare, encourage and educate minority students pursuing careers in the media, and the one-day workshop will cover four tracks: WWW…Media Frenzy- The Importance of being a “Know it All;” The Classifieds: The Business side of the Industry; Breaking News: Creating Your Story; and Pre and Post Production: What should I be doing as a student now?
  • New York City’s Mediabistro is holding a workshop entitled Advanced Social Networking for Media Professionals, featuring Columbia University journalism professor Sree Sreenivasan, March 31, from 6:45-9:45 p.m.  You can get a 25% discount on the class price by using the discount code SREE25.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center has set a March 26 deadline to apply for its Multimedia Reporting and Convergence Workshop, being held at the University of California-Berkeley May 16-21 and June 13-18.  The workshop will offer technical skills needed to produce quality multimedia stories including audio/video recording and editing, Flash graphics, digital cameras, Photoshop and web design concepts.
  • Columbia University journalism professor Sree Sreenivasan is holding his Smarter Social Media for Journalists, Bloggers & Media Professionals April 6, 13, 20 & 27; 6:30 – 9 p.m.
  • TEDx Seattle will be held April 16 in partnership with the Master of Communication in Digital Media Program at the University of Washington.
  • is holding a free Webinar, “Using Social Media to Cover Business Better” April 19-20.  The first hour-long Webinar will target those new to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. The second hour will help you take your use of social media to the next level.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its News Entrepreneur Boot Camp 2010 May 16-21 at the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, University of Southern California.  The deadline to apply is February 19.
  • The Knight Center for Specialized Journalism offers the seminar Digital Life: Policy & Privacy Online at the University of Maryland College Park’s at the Philip Merrill of College of Journalism May 26-29.  Topics include Social Media and Crowdsourced Journalism, Knight News Challenge and Back-to-the-Newsroom.

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at regaviationqueen AT yahoo DOT com.  Thanks!