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Friday Fast Five + Five – Great Blog Posts From #ONA12

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

I really meant to do more blog posts from last week’s great Online News Association convention, but life has just gotten in the way. So I’m going to kill two birds with one stone — passing along other great posts from ONA and using my usual Friday Fast Five post to do it. Enjoy!

  1. Craig Kannely of Huffington Post was one of the speakers at our great unofficial session at Facebook headquarters.  He also did a great blog post breaking down all the tweets from ONA.  My girl (and NABJ member) @Marissaaevans made the list of top 30 tweeters!!
  2. For those of us who had to decide between attending ONA in San Francisco (me) or Excellence in Journalism in Ft Lauderdale (not me), this Storify from freelance journalist Brian Ballenger offers a nice summary of both — and a promise that they won’t schedule these conferences at the same time again!
  3. I like the approach that Nieman Journalism Lab took with its post — print Tweeting the conference.  An old school method that appeals to my heart – pen and paper!!
  4. Jeff Sonderman of the Poynter Institute offered 12 bite-sized takeaways from ONA, including “Advertising is a cruel game,” NPR’s Matt Thompson said in a business-model presentation.
  5. The WordCount blog offers the top 20 online news highlights from #ONA12. I love the @dan_carino cartoon of Twitter’s (and NABJ’s) Mark Luckie encouraging us to “tweet our beat.”
  6. Steve Buttry (who I finally got to meet), Digital Transformation Editor for Digital First Media, used Storify to admit that “social media is a time suck, like lots of useful journalism tools.”
  7. The Gannett Tumblr has this great post on the best technology tools for journalists.
  8. Reuters social media editor Anthony De Rosa was kind enough to use Google Drive to share all his notes from the convention, ranging from the password for the convention’s free wifi to keynote speaker Jose Antonio Vargas.
  9. Mandy Jenkins of Digital First Media (and a fellow ONA board candidate) used her great Zombie Journalism blog to lay out her ONA board platform. I especially enjoyed this post on shaping the next generation of online journalists.
  10. Finally, the Journalism.co.uk blog offered up its ten lessons for digital journalists from #ONA12.
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Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, multimedia journalist

Top 10 Things I Learned at #ONA12

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Editor’s note: please join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a free webinar tonight at 8:00 p.m. ET on how to craft the perfect workshop proposal for the 2013 convention. Program Committee members Sarah Glover (NBC10 Philadelphia social media editor and PABJ president), Denise Clay (writer/editor, Philadelphia Sunday Sun and adjunct professor at Temple University) and Glenn Proctor (40-year journalism veteran and founder of career services consultancy ReddJob) will offer advice.We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. The webinar is free, but you must register, here.

This was my second time attending the Online News Association’s annual conference, held last week in San Francisco.  Sometimes I feel like I’m learning so much my head hurts.  You can get the complete roundup — sound, blogs, video, etc. — here.  But below are my top 10 items I learned at the show.

  1. I volunteered to stuff bags for conference attendees. We got a free lunch and a great talk with Denver Post news editor Kevin Dale about how his news room covered the Aurora shootings from every conceivable angle. it helped that there were still reporters on staff who covered Columbine (shout out to veteran reporters and institutional memory).
  2. Amy Webb blew us away — again — with her top 10 tech trends, with a twist!
  3. The headquarters for Facebook in Menlo Park and Google News n San Francisco are just as cool as you think they are.  I missed the Twitter tour because it was at the same time as Facebook.
  4. John Keefe of WNYC’s half-day session, Intro to Data Viz, was a standing room only, well worth the $50. John did a truncated version of this session at NABJ 2012, and I plan on bringing him back for the Orlando convention.
  5. Gayle, left and Evans, right.

    I was thrilled to see two NABJ students — Marissa Evans of Marquette University and Anna-Lysa Gayle of Howard University — working hard as part of ONA’s Student projects team (with Boston University’s Michelle Johnson serving as an advisor).

  6. My friend (and fellow ONA board candidate Robert Hernandez) asked a great question during the candidates’ forum: where are the people of color at this convention?  Check out this story on diversity at the convention.
  7. Speaking of people of color, NABJ did represent, but I would have liked to see many more members. I did see Sybril Bennett, Retha Hill, LaToya Peterson, Doug Mitchell, Matt Thompson, Mark Luckie, Rick Hancock, Dori Maynard, Michelle Johnson, Lanita Pace-Hinton and Bobbi Bowman (forgive me if I’ve missed you; I’m still jetlagged).
  8. One more item on people of color. There are five of us running for the ONA board. They are: Richard Koci Hernandez, Assistant Professor New Media, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism; Maribel Perez Wardsworth, Digital News Executive, Gannett; Ingrid Sturgis, Professor, Howard University; Robert Hernandez, Professor/Web Journalist, USC Annenberg; and me. See the story (by Marissa Evans) here.
  9. As a new social media editor, I found the session — Social Media Debate: Best Practices vs. Bad Habits — provided great information for those still navigating what is an evolving job title.  But the hashtag for the session, #smpractices, might not have been the best choice.
  10. One word: livestreaming.  Friend (and another board candidate) Greg Linch of the Washington Post did a fabulous job with livestreaming all the workshops again this year. I really want to see this at the NABJ 2013 convention in Orlando.
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5 Reasons Why I’m Running For the Online News Association Board

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Voting for the 2012-13 Online News Association board opened on Saturday, during the annual convention in San Francisco. On that day, the 15 candidates (running for seven slots) outlined their visions for ONA and what they would do if they were chosen to serve. Below are my reasons for running. I hope you’ll support me.

  1. “I Just Wanted To Put A Little Color On The Bridge.” This is a quote from “Star Trek” creator Gene Roddenberry. He used it to describe the Uhura character to the NBC executives when he was selling them on the show. ONA has come a long way, but as current board member Robert Hernandez asked during the candidates’ forum: where are the journalists of color at this convention? I would take that a step further and ask why more aren’t ONA members and what can we do to change that? As a member of the diversity and membership committees, these are questions I would try to answer as a board member.
  2. I Believe That Students Are Our Future. One of the things I love about the National Association of Black Journalists is its embrace of student members, from nurturing college chapters to giving a student a seat on the board. There are too many great journalism schools (UC-Berkeley, USC, Syracuse, Howard University, City University of New York, University of Maryland-College Park, Arizona State University, UT-Austin and Ohio University, to name a few) that don’t have ONA student chapters. This would be a focus of mine, designed to bring in revenue and ensure the organization’s long-term future.
  3. Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks. I’m an old-school print journalist (I started my career on an electric typewriter) who has transformed — thanks to organizations like ONA — into a 21st century multimedia, multi platform journalist. But there are still too many folks of my generation and just below that still lack these skills. As a board member, I would work to pair our younger, more savvy members to help teach older journalists who are open to learning these skills.
  4. To Serve Man (And Woman). You can’t have great organizations like ONA, NABJ and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (I’m a proud member of all three) without stepping up to the plate and serving. With ONA, I served as a judge for the inaugural Google-AP Scholarships. I’ve been a member of the membership and diversity committees. And I brought ONA Camp to the 2012 NABJ convention. I serve as chair of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force, where we use our blog, Facebook and Twitter to disseminate jobs, events, tips, tech and tools for anyone who follows us. We also do monthly free webinars and TweetChats on key topics. I’m in my second year as NABJ Program Chair, responsible for creating workshops and learning labs for the organization’s annual convention. I also do free resume reviews and mentoring for any student or young journalist who asks.
  5. Taking It To The Streets. I’m a West Coast/East Coast girl who’s lived around the world. Board candidate Mandy Jenkins made a good point during her remarks at our forum: ONA is an east/west organization and tends to leave mid-America out of the mix. I would tap my network of SPJ, NABJ, AAJA and NAHJ members in middle America and encourage joint events with ONA and encourage folks to join the organization. ONA should make creating new chapters and holding events in the Midwest, the South, the Mountain region and the Southwest a priority as a way to make the organization more regionally diverse.

In my remarks at the candidates forum, I noted that ONA members have a great slate of potential board members to choose from. You get seven picks; I’d love to be one of them.

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Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Webbmedia Group has a great mega calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click here.  You can also subscribe to this calendar so the information appears on your personal Google Calendar. Just go to the Webbmedia Google calendar, click the “+Google Calendar” icon at the bottom right, and then click “Yes, add this calendar” in the dialog box).  The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism has its training calendar posted for courses through June 2013.

SEPTEMBER

  • Please join the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force for a free webinar on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8:00 p.m. ET on how to craft the perfect workshop proposal for the 2013 convention. Program Committee members Sarah Glover (NBC10 Philadelphia social media editor and PABJ president), Denise Clay (writer/editor, Philadelphia Sunday Sun and adjunct professor at Temple University) and Glenn Proctor (40-year journalism veteran and founder of career services consultancy ReddJob) will offer advice.We’ll also leave time for questions and answers. The webinar is free, but you must register, here.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism presents the free business journalism workshop, “Dig Deeper: Ratios and Red Flags in Financial Statements,” with Michelle Leder of Footnoted.com and Tom Contiliano of Bloomberg on Sept. 27. The afternoon workshop at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism precedes the SABEW Fall Conference there. SABEW offers a $50 rebate for its Fall Conference to attendees of this Reynolds free workshop.
  • The New York Press Club Foundation presents its 20th Annual Conference on Journalism on Sept. 29. The event will feature keynote speaker Joan Walsh, editor-at-large of Salon.com and an MSNBC political analyst, who will discuss the role that partisan media is playing in the current landscape. Participants can get investigative reporting tips from award winning journalists; and learn personal branding. Admission, which includes breakfast and lunch, is just $35 for Press Club members, $50 for non members. Student members get in for just  $10, non-member students $20.

OCTOBER

  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding an evening workshop, “Social Reporting: How to Master Search (and Vet What You Find),” Oct. 1, 7-9 p.m. at 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  This course will provide students with the tried, tested (and free!) tools they’ll need to monitor their beats as news happens, and teach students how to use what they find to enrich their stories. Students will create a “social dashboard” to easily keep tabs on subject areas, and — bonus! — will leave with the ability to filter out the noise they don’t need.  The cost is $30.
  • The Wharton Seminars for Business Journalists Flagship Program is now accepting applications. The flagship program will be held Oct. 21-24 with new faculty and several financial aid options. For over four decades the Seminars have helped journalists gain a better understanding of key business and economic issues via intensive lectures conducted by senior Wharton School faculty.  It will feature sessions on financial statement analysis, executive compensation, innovation and global markets.  The deadline to apply is Oct. 1, 2012.
  • Mashable is holding “Google Analytics Users Great Event (GAUGE),” Oct. 3-4 in Boston.  GAUGE provides valuable insights through expert-led, user-to-user collaborative sessions that are insanely practical. This is not a “come and be spoken to” conference, but rather an opportunity to learn from Google Analytics pros and peers, and share your experience and knowledge.  The cost is $495.
  • The City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism’s J-Camp is holding an evening workshop, “The 25 Most Incredibly Useful iPad and iPhone Apps,” Oct. 10, 7-9 p.m. at 219 West 40th Street between 7th and 8th Ave.  Discover some of the coolest, most handy apps in a whirlwind digital tour. From slick new photo and video apps to the best apps for reading, writing and organizing, we’ll cover a broad range of useful tools, many of which are free. You’ll leave with a handout listing all the apps mentioned, and some new inspiration for making the most of your device. The cost is $25.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley has unveiled its Fall 2012 Multimeida Storytelling series. Video Storytelling is a three-day workshop is an immersion in digital video storytelling, providing hands-on video training in every phase of planning, production and digital delivery. The cost is $1,395.
  • The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) will offer two online courses in English and Spanish on covering marketing concepts such as how to plan for retirement, understanding your 401(k), stock and bond markets, mutual funds and private and public companies under the McGraw-Hill Markets Reporting Program. These courses will be available to U.S. journalists who report in minority communities. The online courses will take place from October 15, 2012 through December 9, 2012. All applicants will be asked to propose a project that they will develop throughout the length of the course. A mentoring period to help participants finalize their projects will then take place from December 10, 2012 until January 18, 2013.
  • Western Kentucky University is holding its Mountain Workshops Oct. 16-21, 2012 in the city of Henderson, Ky.  The Workshops are three workshops in one. A participant can select from one of the three to suit their current need of visual development. The amount of seats offered in each category — Photojurnalism, Picture Editing and Multimedia — are limited. Photojournalism – $625 prior to Sept. 15, $675 after Sept. 15; Multimedia – $775 prior to Sept. 15, $825 after Sept. 15; and  Picture Editing – $625 prior to Sept. 15, $675 after Sept. 15.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Social Media for Audience Engagement” Oct. 22-23 at UC-Berkeley. The two-day workshop will offer comprehensive training on how to leverage the power of social media and storytelling to develop audiences, trust relationships and engagement. Upon completion of this workshop, you will have a grounding in the strategic uses of social media and hands-on experience using the most current social media platforms and technologies. The cost is $845.

NOVEMBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is offering fellowships worth $2,000 for four days of intensive study in how to teach an undergraduate course in business journalism Jan. 2-5, 2013, in Phoenix for its seventh annual Business Journalism Professors Seminar. Fellowships cover the full cost of training, lodging, materials and most meals. In addition, fellows receive help offsetting travel costs. This seminar will cover the essentials of teaching a hands-on course, including financial, economic and writing aspects. It is an opportunity for prospective business journalism professors to learn from experienced instructors and journalism professionals.  The deadline to apply is Nov. 1.
  • Early bird tickets are on sale now for the Mashable Media Summit 2012.  This annual one-day conference will take place on Nov. 2 at the TimesCenter in New York City, where it will unite the brightest minds in media, including journalists, technologists, media executives, entrepreneurs and social media leaders.  The cost is $499.
  • The University of California-Berkeley is holding East Meets West, A Gathering of Literary Journalists on Nov. 10.  The all-day event will be one long conversation about the tradition and the edges of narrative journalism, and will explore how to research and write great stories, where to publish them, and how to collaborate with agents and editors. There will be keynotes, lectures, and practical workshops.  The cost is $250.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “SEC Filings Master Class,” Nov. 13-15. This free webinar with Michelle Leder, who makes her living unearthing news in SEC filings, is designed to help you feel more confident in your SEC-document sleuthing. In just one hour a day Nov. 13-15, you’ll enhance your ability to spot red flags in SEC filings.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Data Driven Maps,’ Nov. 16-17 at UC-Berkeley. This two-day workshop is a hands-on program focused on applying Geographical Information Systems (GIS) tools to visualize data with industry standard techniques. Participants will learn to utilize publicly available map files and data to build layered and informative maps. The cost is $745.

DECEMBER

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Investigating Public Pensions,” Dec. 4. Arizona Republic senior reporter Craig Harris will explain how you can dig into your state’s public pensions.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley’s Multimedia Storytelling series will hold a session, “Visual Essentials for Content Creators,” Dec. 10-14 at UC-Berkeley. The two-day workshop is for journalists and communications professionals interested in building their video and multimedia skills set. This intensive one-week production course focuses on the art and craft of digital storytelling and features hands-on practical skills training.  The cost is $1,750.
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Amy Webb Flips The Script On Top 10 Tech Trends At #ONA12

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Every year, it’s standing room only at Amy Webb of Webbmedia’s session on 10 top tech trends.  She blew away the room when she did the presentation at the National Association of Black Journalists’ convention in Philadelphia (my summary is here).

But at last week’s Online News Association presentation, she changed it up — big time. And because she didn’t release any of the materials after the presentation, if you weren’t there you missed it.  Click here to read my Storify on the event. Enjoy!

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Friday Fast Five – Your Guide To New Media

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

  1. Social Media.bizOwn your online reputation with help from your friends. It is a plug for Reputation.com, but there are some great tips on how you can use different resources to control your online reputation on sites including Google.
  2. Mashable9 Gmail Plugins to Revive Your Productivity. I’m one of those people who is always wrangling my two Gmail accounts. The Boomerang plugin has been a lifesaver for me.
  3. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press — “First Aid” mobile app. This is a very handy tool if you’re reporting on legal issues in the field and need a quick answer or explanation.  The app covers the following topics, by state: Newsgathering; Court access; Public meetings; Public records; Confidential sources; and Libel.
  4. ReadWriteWeb3 Easy Tools for Crafting a Great-Looking Personal Web Page. We are getting close to the time where all journalists will need to have a web page to serve as a calling card for potential employers. This post reviews Flavors, Google+ and Vizify.
  5. Social Brite — What time of day should you post to your Facebook page?  I have my own Facebook page, and I admit — it’s been a struggle to run it, which is why I appreciated the tips in this post.
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Should Journalists Go Wide Instead Of Deep When It Comes To Mastering Skills?

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/newsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

As part of a Nieman Lab series called “Back To School: The Evolution of Journalism Education, Bill Grueskin, dean of academic affairs for Columbia University’s journalism school surmised the following — news orgs want journalists who are great at a few things, rather than good at many.

As a journalist who wants to keep up with the latest tools and technology, sometimes I find my head spinning as I try to decide what I should — and shouldn’t — spend my time learning.  Editors are telling us we need to do more with less.

When I started my career, all I needed was a notepad and pen.  I typed (yes, with a typewriter) my story, gave it to the editor and went on to the next story. These days, I not only have to write the story, but I also need: write a companion blog post; shoot photos and video; and post to Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn (I’ve given up on Google+).

But what I feel is missing is an emphasis on the original skills I learned all those years ago at American University’s School of Communications: writing, editing and reporting compelling stories.  While it’s grand to have all the multimedia tools (don’t get me wrong — I love them), they mean nothing if you can’t write.