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Addressing The Digital Dependency That Is Impacting C-Suite Opportunities

By Meta J. Mereday, writer/editor and diversity, media and community development expert

There is a growing need to provide corporate etiquette to aspiring executives who may  well have the social media skills and the pop culture savvy to make a name for themselves, but like the corporate culture tools to make an impression that imprints well for a leadership position.

People of color and women have historically experienced discrimination and battled “old boy networks” to gain traction and positions in the board rooms of corporate America. The next wave of executives will need to battle a new entry in the battle to the board room – etiquette.

Playing the game in the business arena in today’s marketplace requires more than the high-speed typing on a Blackberry and having the “B” School credentials, but also understanding the dynamics of the work environment and the social graces that provide the “small and lasting” impressions for success. As a co-founder of national organizations and having served on numerous boards and task forces within the professional services arena, I know the importance of “the etiquette game” and I have counseled many aspiring executive and entrepreneur along the way.

I have watched how the ones who have “gotten it” in terms of understanding the nuances and subtleties of this process have progressed in their careers and/or business enterprises while others who believed that their credentials and gadgets were all that they needed to “make it” in fact, did not.  My mom always taught me that kindness will take you where money cannot.

Just like watching a child taking those first tentative steps or riding their bike without training wheels after you have given them all you think they need to know, watching your fledgling students either take wing and soar, or try too hard with too little and fall flat, can be nerve-wracking. Yet, we need more accomplished diverse professionals out there breaking through that digital dependency model to help our future leaders to fully grasp what being a leader entails.  They need to know that people most often need assurances, understanding and random acts of kindness that do not require a return.  You will be rewarded.

 From the steady and assured handshake to the eye contact and engaging conversation, these are the memorable pointers that get the attention and the call backs.  The post event correspondence and follow-up and even if a deal falls through, stay in touch and highlight a lesson learned.  My latest venture – The Founders Inclusion Group – is a model organization that was established to help bridge those gaps between aspiring executives and the leaders who are looking for the one with that “just noticeable difference” in their next C-suite hire. It is all about etiquette and not about equipment.


Posted in Conferences & Conventions, journalism

Students: Save NOW To Attend The NABJ 2012 Convention

By Ashleigh Atwell, Student Journalist/Blogger and PR Co-Chair of Atlanta Association of Black Journalists Student Consortium, Georgia State University

Ashleigh Atwell

As 2012 progresses and it gets closer and closer to June, journalists, students and scores of other people are preparing for the 2012 NABJ Convention and Career Fair. The convention is a highly anticipated event and rightfully so. Last year, I fundraised to attend the convention and blogged about my efforts, and is something I plan to do again this year. It was a huge risk but it paid off in the end (you can see Ashleigh’s NABJDigital blog post about her efforts to get to Philly here).

Attending the convention gave me a chance to fellowship with media professional s of all levels from fellow students to high-profile names. To me, the NABJ convention embodies everything NABJ stands for: advocacy for and the
education of Black journalists. But don’t take my word for it. There are scores of my peers that share my sentiments.

Since my fundraising campaign, I have talked to several students about the convention and one phrase I hear a lot is “I want to go but it’s so expensive!” If I had a dollar for every time I heard that phrase, I might be able to buy my plane ticket to New Orleans. Students, I get it. After all, I am a broke college
student myself.

However, after attending the convention last year, I have been determined to set aside some time, money and effort to ensure that I make to each one from now one and you should consider doing the same.

Going to NABJ conventions gives you access to hundreds of potential mentors. NABJ professionals are always willing to help students and this willingness is magnified at the convention. I met people sitting in the lobby of the hotel, walking in the street and even on the way to my hotel from the airport.
As soon as they saw my NABJ badge, a connection was formed.

Stephon Dingle

NABJ professionals love and care about NABJ babies and have no problem showing it. Student member Stephon Dingle can attest to this experience. “I embraced the title NABJ baby, believe it or not it has many perks like free meals and sympathy when you look googly-eyed seeing an idol of yours,” said Dingle. “All in all it is an experience that launches you and your career forward.”

One of the biggest displays of mentorship is the annual NABJ Student Multimedia Project that takes place at every convention. The student project allows students to work side-by-side with professionals to use their skills to produce a convention newspaper and website. The project allows students to
develop their skills in different areas including reporting, video editing, editing and as of this year, public relations. It is a very popular program among students.

Stacie Bailey at the 2010 NABJ convention

“It’s real, hands on experience in a field that is always moving and changing. I made some great friends and I was able to step outside of my comfort zones,” said Stacie Bailey, another student member and two-time student projects alum. “I’m primarily a writer, but I gained experience in shooting and editing video, photography and laying out pages. “

In addition to the student projects, there are a host of workshops and events that allow students to develop skills that imperative in a burgeoning media career. There is a lot of planning and preparing that comes with making it to the convention but it is definitely worth it.

Graduate student Naomi Prioleau considers the convention a great career move. “You learn so much from the workshops and the job fair that they hold simply by listening and asking questions,” she said. “I have already recommended it to
graduating high school students and other students at my alma mater, because it’s the best thing you can do for yourself if you’re an African-American college student.”

Even though the convention is great for professional development, the familial atmosphere is pronounced. As Bailey put it, “Going to an NABJ Convention is like a big family reunion.”

Stephon Dingle on NABJ’s 2011 Convention

Posted in journalism, Social Media

Using Social Media To Say ‘Good Bye’

By Nicki Mayo

Journalists don’t always get a chance to address the audience before leaving a position. Here are some ideas on how to use Facebook, Twitter and the like to talk directly to the people you cover.

Layoffs, buyouts, denied contract renewals and firings on the spot… American newsrooms are looking and feeling more like corpse filled battlefields than the people sent to cover the wars.

When managers deliver the bad news that a journalist is being let go it typically plays out like a Seal Team 6 mission. Fast, swift and stealth. The newsroom is often given a Human Resources crafted email resembling the following:

“John Doe is no longer with the company. We wish him well in his future endeavors.” -Management.

Losing a journalism job does not equal death, but it can sure feel that way when you don’t get a chance to say “goodbye” to your audience.  This is because most news organizations have had to cut costs so aggressively that the traditional newspaper letter, radio address or TV memory montage is not even part of the “usher you out the door” treatment.

‘Don’t Let the Door Hit You…’The dismissal process has changed a lot in this recession.

My experience has been the following pattern.

1. Management…

  • Announces “changes” are coming.
  • Sends out a mass email with the impending doom coming down the pipeline
  • Spontaneously cattle herds a group of employees into a room

2. Human resources bring employees into executives office one-by-one.

3. Fire at will. (all puns intended)

4. Remove the bodies. (A security escort may be involved)

5. Repeat dismissals as many times as necessary to balance the budget. This typically happens in mass around the fourth quarter (October through December) which is also the holiday season.

After all this “yuletide cheer” and an audacious exit, it’s understandable for anger to settle in. But it’s important to remain professional through it all.

Sure you may not have gotten a chance to say “goodbye” on the company dime, but there’s nothing stopping you from using social media to address your audience directly. This is the time to put your Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn accounts to good use to preserve your professional brand.

Your Cheerful Departure
Write or record the “goodbye” you want your audience to see. This is a chance to tell your positive story, minus the negative feelings. So no matter how bad the working relationship was, negative energy has no place in your “goodbye.” Simply put, it looks unprofessional and comes off like sour grapes.

I resigned from my last position in January. I was lucky enough to use my work web page to video record my farewell to the people I covered in Crofton, Maryland. This method is good for offering closure while preserving your professional brand.

Say It With a Picture
I turned to my (then) 3,000-plus friends on Facebook to say “Gotta Go Buffalo” when my contract ended in Western New York. I spent week taking photos with my favorite people around Western New York. Then I posted a photo gallery on Facebook for all to chime in. The 120+ comment thread shows how this wasn’t a one-sided farewell. The audience community wanted to say “goodbye and thank you” too. This method is great for strengthening audience engagement at a time when you are disengaging from your media organization.

Tell Your Side
Sometimes you just want to tell your side of the story. Meteorologist Justin Berk used his Facebook fan page to pen his “Goodbye WMAR, But Not Baltimore” message to viewers. That post garnered more than 500 comments, 50 shares and 720 likes from followers. The letter to viewers detailed Berk’s time in the Baltimore market and what he love most about serving the Charm City community. This method is ideal if you plan to stay in the market and maintain your brand and audience following.

Clean Tweets 
I’ll never forget listening to the “Big Tigger Morning Show” on WPGC-FM Dec. 22 as the host celebrated his birthday on the air. Then reading hours later to find out the 20-year veteran was ousted the same day. Darian ‘Big Tigga’ Morgan posted the following tweet the same day:

“FYI @WPGC & I have agreed 2 part ways. The BigTiggerMorningShow W/ Free is no more! Thanx 4 ya support & stay tuned! Now Back 2 my Bday:) RT”
Tigger is not a journalist, but this was a good example of what could happen to any anchor, reporter and the likes. “Here today, gone tomorrow.” Twitter is a great way to break the news that you’re “no longer with the company.” Just be sure to keep it clean as you respond to inquiries as to what happened from your supporters. This method is a good way to get in front of the story. Word travels fast and rumors more even faster.
There are countless other ways to say good-bye using social media. The key is to always stay professional. Remember you possibly signed a contract with a confidentiality clause that prohibits you from speaking freely of your employment and company privileged information. plus frankly,  it’s just not a good look. My rule of thumb is public knowledge is public. Any secrets and company business should stay within the company. You look like a jaded ex speaking negatively of your previous employer. So just avoid it at all costs. 
Journos,  your reputation and credibility are the legs of your brand. Don’t lose either on your way out the door, you won’t be left with a leg to stand on as you walk into your future.

Nicki Mayo is a multimedia journalist in Baltimore, MD. She has reported and produced for Aol/, YNN Buffalo, WJHL-TV Newschannel 11/, BET News, WJZ-TV13, SNN 6/ and CTV 76 PG County .
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Learning About Business News

By Christopher Nelson, freelance journalist and graduate student, Georgetown University Law Center

Last week I had the privilege of being a Reynolds Center for Business Journalism fellow at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers conference in Indianapolis. It was my first real exposure to business journalism as a concentration.

As a veteran television assignment editor and web producer, I’ve had exposure to lots of breaking news, political stories and natural disasters, yet I’ve never really focused on the economy and business stories. When not helping to get things on T.V., my writing for online outlets most of my work has focused on media and race. At a time in which economic news is such a crucial story, I felt it necessary to look deeper at a subject that every day affects the lives of everyday people.

SABEW as an organization is nearly 50 years old. Their members work at some of the most respected news outlets from across the country, including the Associated Press, Reuters, Dow Jones Newswire, Bloomberg News, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine and a slew of other outlets. When it comes to covering the economy, I learned that SABEW members are not only reporting on the day’s of events, but helping to forecast what’s to come, and taking a look back at how history plays in role in how the economy fairs.

My experience at SABEW actually kicked off before the convention officially got under way as I attended a free daylong training session “Be a Better Business Watchdog – CAR for Business Journalists.”  It was my first opportunity to take a computer assisted reporting class and it immediately opened my eyes.

Jaimi Dowdell, training director for Investigative Reporters and Editors helped show my fellow participants and I on how the data we gathered through research could help us craft stories about a variety of economic stories wherever we were from. It was a great crash course into one facet of business journalism.

Over the course of the next two days, I had the chance to hear from various keynote speakers such as Richard Cordray the new director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, who outlined the mission of his agency, which is currently being built from the ground up.

Cordray said the CFPB is committed to helping educate consumers in a way which allows them to make responsible financial decisions, enforce rules and regulations which keep personal finance companies in line and protect consumers, and study the intersection of the consumers, finance companies, and the economic markets.

Other workshops gave an up close look at how to deconstruct and assess the accuracy of economic development studies, understand the growth in sports business reporting, better tell complex business, and economic stories in a comprehensible, and of course, take a close look at the changing landscape of the media.

SABEW’s conference ended on an up note with its “Best in Business” Awards, which highlighted the remarkable work being done by business journalists across the country and around the world. Whether online, in print, or on television, the stories gave everyone a better sense as to the economy, one of the true forces which truly makes the world go round.

In my next post I’ll explore another important topic, diversity in the business reporting ranks.

Posted in Education, journalism

How To Survive ‘Fun-employment’

By Kirstin Garriss, Desk Assistant, NBC News, Washington, D.C.

When you graduate college, the only thing you want more than that cap and grown, is to be able to answer one simple question: “What are you doing after graduation?”

Thankfully, when I graduated from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill  in May 2011, I had an answer. I was going to be interning with NPR’s Talk of the Nation in Washington, D.C. But that’s all I had…one more internship and one more season to figure out what the heck I was going to do with my life.

Well, my internship came and went and I still had no real job. I had more job experience in the world of journalism but nothing full time. But despite some hurdles, I was able to survive what I like to call ‘fun-employment’. I never heard someone use that phase until this past fall but it helps take the sting off the term unemployment.

Now don’t get me wrong, it was rough not having any steady income for several weeks while living in a new city with the hopes “landing my next gig” but I did it. I made it and the thing is I didn’t do anything special, I just kept living.

After my internship ended and my summer housing expired, I moved in with family in White Plains, Md. (yeah, way out there — about an hour plus from Washington, D.C.) to stay close to the area just in case I could land something there. Thankfully, I didn’t have to wait too long. About a week after I finished my NPR internship, I was hired back with the same show, as a temporary Editorial Assistant — same staff, better pay and more responsibility — awesome, right? Well that only lasted for five weeks before I really became fun-employed full time.

So what do you do when you think you’ve hit rock bottom? Well, let me tell you.

Rest, relax and recharge

When I told my parents that I didn’t have any more temp work with NPR and that I would continue to live in Maryland with family, one of the first things my mom told me to do was rest. She said you’ve been working hard all summer, then you jumped straight into some temp work so just take a break and relax for a few days.

And I did just that. The first day was great, the second day was good but by day three of “resting” I was anxious to be busy again. So when day four hit, I decided to start going to Starbucks or little coffee shops in the area to get a change of scenery from the couch and just surf the web for anything — interesting news articles, internships, blogs and yes, jobs.

Staying in the KNOW

While I was living the fun-employed life, I still continued to keep up with my news. Just because I didn’t have to read the news anymore for a job or an assignment, didn’t stop me from being up-to-date with that was happening. As a journalist, you have to know some news and it’s good to keep up with at least the major news stories affecting your city and of course, your country.

So I made it a religious habit to watch the local news almost every night. I was starting the process of applying for jobs in local news and there’s no better way to see what you could be doing in the future than to watch it every night!

Plus it was good to get to know the market I was living in — get to know the faces, names and local stories that were important to the community because if I did get a D.C. interview those were things I would need to know.

Update your contacts

Even in the midst of my unemployment, I always kept my journalism and past job contacts in the loop with your current situation but I was always hopeful. I never complained about not having a job, I would just update them on how I was doing, tell them about the past work that I had just finished and let them know where I was applying — because you never know who your contacts may know and that could lead to another connection for a potential job.

Apply, apply and then apply some more

And of course, I would apply, apply and then when I thought I was done applying, I would take a break, get some Starbucks and apply for more jobs. It was obviously one of those things you didn’t want to do all day but you had to. You have to constantly apply for jobs and cast your net as far and as wide as you can do you can so you can get that call back, follow up email and even interview.

Using your environment

Even though, I was living an hour and half away from the city, I would still visit the city occasionally; but it wasn’t often because it would 1. Cost money to get there, 2. Money to do things there and 3. I didn’t have a steady income every two weeks anymore. But because I was so close (i.e., not five hours away if I had been in North Carolina) I knew I had to visit it when I could and take advantage of the city and its opportunities.

For example, when I wanted to take a break from applying for jobs, I would search for and then attend any journalism related events in the city — whether it was a forum, event or networking night — if it was journalism related, I was there. And I did that to make sure I continued to get my name out there, to meet new people who worked in D.C. (which is where I wanted to be) and just to keep my sanity while getting out of the house.

And finally, after all this that’s when all my hard work and pure luck combined and I landed my first gig. I was on twitter one day when I saw that the  Washington Association of Black Journalists had tweeted about a Mega D.C. Networking Night and I knew I had to attend. It was hosted by all the area journalism groups, including WABJ/NABJ and the Society of Professional Journalists. With a crowd like that, I knew I would meet some interesting people and possibly some influential contacts. Well, little did I know that I would meet my new boss.

After about two hours of networking, I was heading out and saying goodbye to a woman whom I had met earlier and she quickly said you need to talk to that man over there because he works NBC News! So without any hesitation, I introduced myself, gave him my elevator pitch and we chatted and exchanged business cards. Later that night, I sent a follow up email with all my work — resume, video reel, writing samples (you name it, I sent it) — and then when days, I had an interview, then I landed a job and the rest is history.

Now, I know this may not happen in the exact same way for others but it’s definitely worth a try. But the biggest thing I had to do EACH and EVERY day I was “fun-employed” was to stay POSITIVE — that is key. Yes, you will get frustrated that you don’t have a job. Yes, you will question, did I not get enough experience in school? Yes, you will wonder when will this end? But it’s when you remain positive and when you least expect it that opportunity will come. And if you’ve been ready, then you will get it.

So embrace your fun-employment and don’t let that time get the best of you, make the most of it!

Posted in Innovation, multimedia journalist, Technology

NABJDigital Profiles Web-Based Blogging Tool, “CoveritLive”

By Johnny Ubri-Cardona, public relations major, School Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

CoveritLive,” a web-based blogging tool has been reshaping the way that companies and audiences – primarily journalists and the media – cover and respond to live events. The browser-based application allows users to post and update content, insert images or video, create polls, provide feedback, and manage Q-and-A sessions. CoveritLive also archives each session and provides analytics.

Keith McSpurren, founder of CoveritLive (CiL), established the service in 2007 in Toronto, Canada, in an effort to provide users with the ability to respond and provide live commentary on political and industry events, speeches, sport, and more.

Since its launch, CoveritLive has been used by thousands of writers to attract millions of readers. Its success has been evidenced through its high-profile use from clients such as Yahoo!, Entertainment Weekly, People Magazine, Sports Illustrated, ESPN, General Motors and more. It has been used to cover such events as the 2010 NFL draft, the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and more.

The pivotal factor in the application’s success is in the simplicity of the software. A simple download is required to set up the service and once complete, the user can quickly build and launch a live event and hyperlink it into other webpages. The software provides bloggers with a great opportunity to self-promote events and gain more exposure through social and digital media sites. Also, commentary and multimedia is instantly published without having to refresh and reload the browser. Finally, the software is fully scalable, 100% compatible with all web publishing software, and its seamless platform allows for real-time reporting and social engagement.

Businesses also benefit by using CoveritLive. The application offers a wide array of features to keep company clients satisfied. With CoveritLive, business can easily manage their client’s events using the CiL Agency Platform. Also, CiL gives companies the ability to integrate events into any computer management system, mobile or proprietary social applications

CoveritLive has two pricing and product options: CiL Basic and CiL Premium. Both are available at no cost but CiL Premium’s Enterprise option does have cost associated with its features, which are negotiated with CiL’s parent Digital Media.

CoveritLive is a compatible and comprehensive software tool for bloggers, businesses and journalists looking to enhance event coverage efforts and engage millions of readers and audiences alike.

NABJ, have any of you used CoveritLive to cover a particular event? If so, what kind of event was it? Do you think this service is useful? And if so, how do you think it contributes to the evolution of the journalism industry?

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, multimedia journalist, Social Media, Technology, Webinar

MULTIMEDIA BRAND YOU: PABJ & TABJ Digital Journalism Training

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    Multimedia Brand&YOU @benetwilson @normbond @bobbibooker @KelleyLCarter @AmaniChannel @SmallBizLady @skyphoto @TechLifeSteph @Darishamedia
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 10:18:24
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    @PABJ Multimedia Training. The info is great and informative…but we’re also learning what’s maddening about Skype…#pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:03:33
  3. The day started with Benet Wilson, chair of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force, Program Chair for NABJ’s 2012 Convention and a freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger. She provided an overview of top tech trends, must-have apps and
    social media for journalists.
  4. I started my talk by encouraging folks to get into social media — but to start slow, with one or two platforms. This gives you a chance to see what works best for you. Below are my recommendations of five to try.
  5. Next, I offered up my list of great iPhone apps, below.
  6. I ended my presentation by offering my thoughts about tech trends for journalists coming down the pike, using the wisdom of my tech sensei, Amy Webb of Webbmedia and Knowledgewebb.
  7. After Wilson was entertainment journalist Kelley L. Carter. Carter, co-chair of the NABJ Arts & Entertainment Task Force, discussed her journey as a multimedia freelancer, from
    print journalist to guest expert on HLN/CNN and other media outlets. She talked about how
    she expanded her brand online and provided tips to journalists
    who are interested in crossing platforms. She also provided suggestions to
    journalists on how to find multimedia freelancing opportunities.
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    @KelleyLCarter says her present freelancing career exploded around coverage of MJ’s death…
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:45:38
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    @KelleyLCarter says invest in yourself with a good online reel and website
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:44:26
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    @KelleyLCarter suggests developin an expertise, for her its entertainment journo, and she gets more calls as a freelance expert for tv/radio
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:47:49
  11. Melinda Emerson, AKA ‘The Small Biz Lady,” provided an overview of thinking as an
    entrepreneurial journalist, small business person, and monetizing your work
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    @SmallBizLady Melinda Emerson tells us how to think as an entrepreneurial journalists, small biz person & monetizing ur work online.
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:32:45
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    @SmallBizLady H.E.L.P: Help. Engage. Listen. Promote–
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:16:02
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    Brand yourself online with the 3C’s Content, Community and Commerce #smallbiz chat with @pabj and @SmallBizLady
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:25:08
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    @SmallBizLady says do key research to know your key customer and who you are influencing!
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:28:08
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    @SmallBizLady says its good to have quality content and be an expert but make sure you ate talking with ppl via social media
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:31:01
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    @SmallBizLady says use social media, become an influencer, build a following through social media, monetize ur content
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:39:33
  18. Share
    “@SmallBizLady: The door to wisdom is never shut. – Ben Frankin”
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 18:20:26
  19. Next up was Norm Bond, an international authority on marketing,
    corporate diversity, sales and multicultural issues spoke on Branding
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    @normbond My ‘professional hook’: Tech-life Expert #personalmarketability #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:57:11
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    @normbond says u need a logo that speaks to who you, newsletter, qr code, website, blog talk radio, blog, promo items/biz cards #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:19:35
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    Manage your online presence to leverage your offline presence. @normbond #pabj #TABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:19:56
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    .@normbond says u need logo that speaks to you, newsletter, qr code, website, blog talk radio, blog, promo items/biz cards #pabj /CHECK!
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:08:18
  24. Bobbi Booker and Darisha Miller discussed recent social media
    mishaps made by journalists and how to turn a PR crisis online into good PR.
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    @bobbibooker and @Darishamedia are discussing the tweets by @rolandsmartin that drew attention by @glaad and how to react and respond #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:49:29
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    @bobbibooker says our social media is a branding and we need to extend old school courtesies and relationship building #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:46:18
  27. Stephanie Humphrey gave an overview of apps and online tools based on her article. She covered
    Pinterest and what it is, and described miscellaneous technology
    blogs/websites that are good to follow.
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    @TechLifeSteph suggests the iRig microphone as a great digital microphone tool to use with ur iPhone #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:10:47
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    @TechLifeSteph is a trained engineer who has parlay-d her tech experience w/ tv appearances & blogging 2 becoming a multimedia journo #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:14:29
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    @TechLifeSteph suggests apps- iJournalistPro, CoverItLive, Evernote, Dragon Dictation, WriteRoom, Dropbox, Google Docs, Cloud storage #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:18:10
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    @TechLifeSteph — Consistency is the key with blogging and social media. Good Reminder! #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:30:15
  32. Amani Channel covered visual journalism on the web and general
    multimedia standard practices. He also provided an overview of how he set up
    his own news site, and offered suggestions on how to monetize it.
  33. Share
    @AmaniChannel discusses “Skills to Pay the Bills In a New Media World” #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:37:18
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    @AmaniChannel — Get out of your comfort zone! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:41:48
  35. Share
    “More stations are hiring one man band reporters. Multimedia skills will come in handy”
    – @amanichannel #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:41:33
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    @AmaniChannel says… You are a Brand! People are watching and listening! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:42:48
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    @AmaniChannel sees shooting and editing trends… video skills, one-man band, dslr cameras, tapeless cameras #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:44:09
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    @AmaniChannel digital skills tips- seek freelance opps, guest post, start a blog, leverage social networks, create UGC content #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:54:00
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    NEW MEDIA REPORTING use Twitter, Live Stream, Facebook and always SHARE YOUR CONTENT!! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:01:50
  40. Sarah Glover, PABJ President and photographer/videograher at the Philadelphia Daily News, ended the day with a tutorial on how to how to build a WordPress website.
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    #PABJ Sarah Glover giving a awesome presentation on WordPress at the Digital Journalism training. Great organization.
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:12:52
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    @skyphoto wordpress tutorial: pick a template that showcases your specialty (broadcast, print, photo, design). #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:20:48
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    part of my presentation today @ #pabj digital training derived from Michelle Johnson’s presentation at #NABJ11 on building a WordPress site
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 16:57:03
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    Journo websites should have at least: resume, about, works samples, contact info, social media feeds (Twitter/FB/blog). #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 17:16:28
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    Learning about making a website using WordPress @pabj multimedia training. Been a really productive set of workshops today.#pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:18:50
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    Learned a lot today from attending the #PABJ multimedia workshop. a lot of great insight to social media way explained.
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Posted in Equipment, multimedia journalist, Technology

My Top 10 List Of Must-Have iPhone Apps For Journalists

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair & freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger

As chair of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force and certified digital media geek, I get asked all the time what are the best apps journalists should have on their iPhones. There’s a lot of great stuff out there, and 10 different journalists would give you 10 different apps.  Below are my picks, but I have many more apps I love to use.

  1. AP Stylebook: OK, this puppy costs $24.99, but I shelled out the bucks for this journalists’ bible.  The app offers searchable listings for the main, sports, business, punctuation and social media sections, and it allows users to make custom entries and notes. It also lets you bookmark things — like datelines — that you tend to seek over and over.
  2. Camera +: I thought the iPhone camera app was perfectly fine. Wrong!! I hate to pay for apps, but this has been worth every penny of the $1.99 cost.  I can use the camera flash as a continuous light.  I can better control and focus my pictures. I can shoot in different modes.  And I can automatically post to Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. Cool!
  3. TIE Photoshop Express and iMovie: You have a cool camera app. Now you need an app to edit and organize your pictures. Photoshop Express is it.  You can crop, change the exposure, add colors and tints and upload to your favorite social media outlets. The MovieCamera app just rocks! You can use your flash to light a scene, it has auto focus, exposure and white balance, you can go hi res and HD AND you can see the sound recording levels.
  4. iTalk: The iPhone comes with a perfectly good audio recorder.  But iTalk (the free version) is SO much more!! You get three levels of recording (good, better and best), a huge red record button and it puts your files in alphabetical order.  You can email smaller files, but need to download iTalk Sync to transfer larger files to your computer.  But if you buy iTalk Pro for $1.99, youcan use Dropbox to transfer your files.
  5. Audioboo:  this app that lets you record up to five minutes of audio and attach a phot, that is easily posted to Twitter, Facebook, Posterous or Tumblr. Some folks even use it for quick podcasts and radio broadcasts.
  6. Evernote: I’m one of those people who is addicted to the Notes function on my iPhone.  But the problem is, Notes is very static and I can’t access it when my phone isn’t around. In comes Evernote.  This app is Notes on steroids.  I can yype a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screenshot. I can snap a pic of a business card.  I can store web pages. I can copy notes from Twitter.  I could go on, but you get the point.  The bonus is that I can access my Evernotes from any device — iPhone, iPad or laptop computer!
  7. Dragon Go/Dragon Diction: The Dragon Go app lets you speak to find the things you need.  This app links you to everything from local businesses to books to maps to weather — all by voice. Keeping it in the family, I also like Dragon Dictation, which records you speaking and allows you to send an email, a tweet or a status update on Facebook.
  8. Ustream: this app allows me to shoot live video from my iPhone. I can also upload the video to my YouTube channel.
  9. Town Hall:  For 99 cents, you can track current and past members of Congress, including links to official sites, news, Wikipedia, OpenSecrets, VoteSmart and GovTrack.
  10. Merriam-Webster Dictionary:  this app is powered by Dragon Diction, allowing you to do voice searches of words. It will even pronounce the words you look up.
Posted in journalism, News

Questionable Teaching Method Or Valuable Journalism Lesson?

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair, freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger

Yesterday, NABJ Student Representative Wesley Lowery posted a story by Jim Romenesko on the allegedly questionable teaching method used by DePauw University Professor Mark Tatge. Tatge, a former reporter for newspapers including the Wall Street Journal.

Tatge teaches an investigative reporting class, and during a recent session, he handed out “a 17-page public-records packet on the arrest of one of their peers,” writes Romenesko. The student was Alison Stephens, a sophomore basketball player, and the packet, all pulled from public records, included her Facebook and Twitter profiles — and a police incident report after being arrested for “public intoxication, minor in consumption, resisting law enforcement and criminal mischief,’ he writes.

And here’s where it got interesting.  Some of Stephens’ friends were in the class and told her about the exercise.  She was embarrassed about her record and upset with the exercise, going as far as calling her parents, who, in turn, called the VP of student life at DePauw.

The university appears to be siding with Stephens. Two of the students in Tatge’s class are editors for the school newspaper, and they admitted that they didn’t run the story because they didn’t want to embarrass Stephens.

In my comment on Romenesko’s Facebook page, I noted that situations like Stephens’ are part of the job of journalism — reporting the good, the bad and the ugly. The students need to learn early that feelings are going to be hurt, and I commended Professor Tatge for giving them a real-life example of what they’re going to face in their careers.

The comments are split on whether Tatge should have used Stephens and whether Romenesko should have used her name and picture in his story.I’m of the view that if it’s in the public record, then it’s fair game. And we all know how private Twitter and Facebook are.

It’s tough and I do feel bad for Stephens, but she has to understand that her own actions created the public record Tatge was able to use in his class. I didn’t do anything wild in college, but  had friends who did. But back then, there was no Facebook, Twitter, cell phone cameras or Internet. There was much more leeway to do dumb things and not have them follow you.

But the times have changed — drastically. And sadly, with the nature of how many public records are so easily attainable these days, Stephens’ records are  something that will always follow her long after she’s left the protective arms of DePauw and her parents.

So, what do you think? Did Tatge go too far, or did he teach his and other journalism students a valuable, real-life lesson?