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10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You: Notes Now Posted

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

Earlier today, the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with the great people at Knowledgewebb10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy YouThe notes from today’s session are posted.  Even if you were unable to attend, the information in the notes will still be very helpful.  And you can check out the #kwchat on Twitter here.

For the uninitiated, Knowledgewebb, founded by Amy Webb, is a fantastic, members-only digital tools training site.  Members (including me) can take  self-directed classes, watch training videos, attend webinars & live chats and  learn about the latest trends and opportunities in social media, website development, starting small businesses, digital content and more.

I bought my membership back in May 2010 at the advice of NABJ Media Institute Chair Doug Mitchell, who also happens to be the career coach for the website.  Since then, some of the courses I’ve taken include:

Amy is offering NABJ members the chance to join Knowledgewebb with a 30% discount on the yearly $129 price.  Go here and use the code NABJDIGI to get the discount.  Trust me, the membership fee will pay for itself after your first lesson.  And bonus — when you join, Amy and her team will create a personal development road map for you, based on existing content.

If that weren’t incentive enough, Doug Mitchell will be holding a CoverItLive session Feb. 2 from 11:30 to noon: New Year’s (Employment) Resolutions.  And Amy has unveiled a new lunchtime Boot Camp series, 15-minute sessions that offer a quick explanation of a new skill, website or technology for things including Quora, QR codes and Tweetdeck vs. Hoot Suite (I moved from the former to the latter). So I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity!

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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.