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Do You Have What 10000 Words Says Are The 10 Basic Web Skills Every Journalist Must Have?

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

Instead of doing the usual Friday Fast Five, I thought I’d mix it up today.  You know that I am a HUGE fan of Mark Luckie’s 10000 Words blog, as are many of you.  You know that he sold the blog (at a really good profit, I hope) to WebMedia Brands, the parent company of Media Bistro.

But fortunately for us, Luckie is still writing for the blog.  It is at the top of my Google Reader, and the Oct. 19 post — The 10 basic web skills every journalist must have — was of real interest.  As technology and tools continue to come out and change how we do our journalism jobs, I worry that I’m doing everything I need to do to stay relevant in my news room.  And this blog post serves as a nice base on which to measure whether I — and the rest of us — are keeping up.

  1. How to write an SEO-friendly headline.  Ok, I’m not so good on this one.  I write what I write and hope it sticks.  But thanks to the advice in this piece — New tricks: Journalists and SEO – searching for the right balance — from Old Media, New Tricks, we all can do better.
  2. How to include a link in a story. I’ve got this one covered.  I actually consider myself the Links Queen.
  3. How to upload a story into a content management system (CMS).  OK, I was a bit fuzzy on this one. This WordPress account seems to have me covered, but for interesting reading, check out this New York Times article on ScribbleLive.
  4. How to shoot a proper photograph.  I took photography in college, but that was back when film was still in fashion. When the job said we had to start taking photos, I found this tutorial from Squidoo to be very helpful.
  5. How to send an attachment in/download an attachment from an email.  My work email allows me to send pretty large files.  But if it’s something I’d rather not have on our servers, I’m a big fan of the free program YouSendIt.
  6. How to operate a video camera.  I knew the basics, again from college, where I majored in broadcast journalism.  But video was that last frontier until a took a week-long course at Poynter Institute last month.  It has already become invaluable.  Sign up for “The Backpack Video Storyteller,” which runs from April 4-8 in St. Petersburg, Fla.  And apply for a scholarship if you’re a member of a minority journalism organization.
  7. How to hold a microphone properly.  I have this one covered after attending the free one-day Podcamp Philly back in 2007.  Check out the PodCamp Community wiki for upcoming events.
  8. How to use an audio recorder.  (see number 8)
  9. How to post a tweet.  Got this one covered too.  I’m a big fan of using Twitter as a journalism tool, and advise you read “How We Use Twitter for Journalism” by Read Write Web (and follow us on @NABJDigital).
  10. How to search the web effectively.  When we think of search, we all think of Google.  But there are many more ways to search the Web effectively for everything from research to multimedia tools.  This article on is a great summary of what’s out there in the world of search.

I hope this has helped.  If you have more resources, please feel free to pass them along!



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