Posted in multimedia journalist, News, Social Media, Technology

How-to: RebelMouse

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By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

If you have been following the NABJ Digital blog long enough, then you know that we love social media curation tools like Storify and Storination. For today’s multimedia journalist, these types of things are a God send. No more pilling up blog posts with separate pieces of media from across the Web. Now, you can drag and drop online content (Tweets, photos, urls, etc.) into one cohesive space. While Storify has taken over, I’m excited about one of the newer sites called RebelMouse, it is a little like Storify on Steriods, but packaged up like Pinterest.

What you can use it for:

Let’s get started:

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When you visit RebelMouse, you are given the option to log in or sign up through several different social networking sites. Once logged in, you will see your homepage (pictured below). Your homepage will display all of your connected social media streams.

A screenshot of RebelMouse's dashboard.
A screenshot of RebelMouse’s dashboard.

To start customizing your RebelMouse homepage, go to the “Dashboard” section on the upper right hand corner of the page. Once on your “Dashboard” page (pictured below), you will be able to add which sites’ content you want on your RebelMouse homepage. What’s unique about RebelMouse is that you actually get to invite others (via email or RebelMouse name) to help add to the content, too! This is great for group projects. Depending on your purpose of using this tool, the types of social media accounts you use may vary. If you hover your mouse over each section you are able to edit the content (change the title, add or remove photos and more).

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Connect various social media sites to your RebelMouse site.

For Twitter: You are only allowed to connect one Twitter account. Keep in mind that ALL of the tweets with images and links from that account will appear in the RebelMouse feed, so pay attention to what you post.

*An easy way to filter the content, whether you are working as an individual journalist or you are covering a story with several others, is by using a unique hashtag to make sure that all the content is on one accord.

For Facebook: Like with Twitter, you can connect only one page. **For Facebook, it will post all content that isn’t marked as private.

*If you click on the “Content & Feeds” button (pictured below) that is to the right of the “Sites” button, you get more advanced options to for connecting your social media feeds. There you can add other sites such as Pinterest and Tumblr. By inputting various usernames and hashtags, you are able to filter the content even more. Once you input the username or hashtag, you have the option of choosing how that content is gathered and shared.

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RebelMouse’s advanced filter for your feeds.

**Since RebelMouse is all about what’s visually appealing, the tweets without media (photo or video) will go into your drafts. Facebook posts that are marked private and photos you like on Instagram are also compiled into the “Drafts” section. From the “Drafts,” you can either post or delete the content.

If you are interested in sharing your stream, you can go to the “Embed” section to retrieve the HTML to place in any blog or site or  just use the WordPress plugin. I used the WordPress plugin for my online portfolio as a “front page” to share my favorite news headlines and what I’m reading online at the moment.

Extras: Do you use Google Chrome? Add the “Stick” bookmarklet to your browser so you can add content to your RebelMouse account while surfing the Web.

A screenshot of RebelMouse's dashboard.
A screenshot of RebelMouse’s dashboard.

Add navigation to your site by creating RebelMouse pages for specific topics. At the top of my page (pictured above), I have several tabs going across. To the right of my tabs, there is a “More” button. If you click the pencil to the right of that button, you are able to create, edit and delete specific pages. You can reorder each page by dragging the navigation items by the handle on the left column.

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Edit your navigation pages on RebelMouse.

NABJers, are you using RebelMouse? Let us know in the comments!  And check out the NABJDigital page.

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Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism, Webinar

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern

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.

JANUARY

  • Poynter will host a “Using DocumentCloud: A Digital Tools Tutorial” webinar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. EST. Learn how to build an innovative website using a content management system. In partnership with the Knight Foundation and the American Press Institute. IRE training director Jaimi Dowdell will be the instructor. The cost of the webinar is $9.95.
  • Digital First Media’s Thunderdome is hosting several live chats this month. Mark S. Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter and NABJ member, is hosting the “Social Media as a Storytelling Tool” from 2-3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
  • Join the second Symposium on Computation + Journalism to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Jan. 31, – Feb. 1, 2013. This event brings together leaders in both journalism and computation to discuss and debate current trends and future opportunities.
  • J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability. The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture.
  • Join NPR and Twitter for its #NPRTwitterChat on Twitter Thursday, January 31, from 5-6 p.m. EST. the Human Resources teams at NPR and Twitter are co-hosting an online chat to help you get a handle on effectively using Twitter as a job search resource; and give you valuable insights directly from recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers. Moderated by NPR’s @NPRjobs and Twitter’s @JoinTheFlock accounts, the chat will bring in HR colleagues and hiring managers from both organizations, as well as several leading HR social media experts to answer your questions.

FEBRUARY

  • The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting “Databases 102” Feb. 4 in Washington, D.C., in its Bloomberg Room. The class will show how to use databases to make connections in databases where the secrets of governments, companies and candidates are hidden.   The class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” Feb. 5. Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens help attendees find, develop and pitch a winning investigative story idea.
  • The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce picture stories that further the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, February 1, 2013.
  • The Center for Social Media is hosting its annual Media That Matters conference in Washington DC on Feb. 15. It is designed for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communications leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter. The conference costs $100.
  • Social Media Weekend (#SMWknd), a  fun, interactive learning experience with speakers and one-on-one social media “doctoring” to help journalists, media professionals and others learn the basics or advance their skills, is on Feb. 15-17 at the Columbia School of Journalism on 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY. Among this year’s speakers: Mark S. Luckie, Twitter’s manager of journalism & news; Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s journalism program manager; Amanda Zamora, senior engagement editor, ProPublica; Jeremy Caplan, director of education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism; Benét J. Wilson, freelance aviation/travel journalist, blogger; Chris Lesser, recruiting programs lead, AOL; Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer, Columbia University and CNET News blogger; and many more.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation is calling for applicants to its 2013 women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier Grant Program. The grant program will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts. Applications will be accepted until Friday, February 8, 2013.
  • The National Press Foundation is offering all-expenses-paid four-day fellowships for journalists for its 9th annual education program on “Retirement Issues.” The application deadline is 5:00 PM EST Monday, February 11, 2013.

MARCH

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Branding for Journalists: You Being You,” March 5, 2013, at noon or 4:00 p.m., EST. In this free, one-hour webinar, Robin J. Phillips, the Reynolds Center’s digital director, will show you some simple tips to take control of your image, and accentuate the value of who you are and what you do best – apart from your news organization.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is offering an intensive 9-week graduate level certificate program, “Content & Strategy,” which focuses on the strategic implementation and production of digital media content combining seminar style instruction with practical hands-on training. The program is from March 5 through May 2. There will be presentations by world-class trainers, award-winning journalists and industry leaders, including Richard Koci Hernandez, Len De Groot, Jerry Monti. Tuition costs are $5,900.  For more information, click here.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is hosting a two-day, hands-on certification program, “Create Meaning from Data,” focused on communicating complex information with visually appealing charts, graphs and maps. It will be held March 8-9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UC-Berkeley’s North Gate Hall. Tuition costs $645 and there is a 10% early registration discount through Feb. 1. Participants will learn to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of complex statistics and publicly available data, tell stories with interactive GIS maps, and create beautiful and effective graphs and charts. Click here to register.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Power Searching for Business Journalists,” March 19 at noon EST.  In this free, hourlong, online training, Google senior research scientist Daniel M. Russell will offer his tips, techniques and strategies for using Google to find what might seem to be impossible.

MAY

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “Getting the Goods – Interviews that Work,” on May 8-9 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the core purposes, techniques and ethics of the interview process. She will reveal different interview approaches that work best in different situations and that apply to any genre of journalism.  On Day 2, she will focus on interviews that produce not just information, but true stories, rich with character, scene and detail.

JUNE

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “The Business of Me,” June 4-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In this three-day webinar with Mark Luckie of Twitter, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its two-week “Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2013,” June 10-21 at UC-Berkeley. This intensive two-week program provides seminar style and hands-on training in essential skills for digital media production. The institute is ideal for journalists, educators and communication professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersible experience in multimedia content creation through delivery. The cost is $5,400; there’s a 10% discount if you register before May 10.
  • The Online News Association is partnering with the Global Editors Network to present several sessions at the Global News Summit 2013: Hack the Newsroom! (#GEN2013) conference on June 19-21 in Paris, France at Hotel de Ville, 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris. The conference will feature industry experts giving you the tools and strategies you need to help seed, encourage and implement experimentation and start-up culture in your digital newsroom. Registration is open to all ONA members and you can save 30 percent on registration if you purchase your tickets by Feb. 18. Early bird tickets are € 839 ($1,119.95) for GEN and ONA members and € 1,199 ($1,600.31).

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes you to join us from July 31-August 4, 2013 as we gather in Orlando for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair! Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

Posted in Education, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media, Technology

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

1. SlideShareHow to Share Your Digital Stories

2. Dukeo30 Ways to Make Blogging Easier

3. iMedia Connection10 Ways to Promote Your Brand on LinkedIn

4. QKPix7 Essential Items For Your Camera Bag

5. Gizmodo 10 Photoshop Alternatives That Are Totally Free

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, Innovation, News, Social Media, Technology

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern

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 April 2013.

JANUARY

  • The National Press Club Journalism Institute is hosting “Databases 101” (Jan. 28) and “Databases 102” (Feb. 4) classes in Washington, D.C., in its Bloomberg Room. The classes will show how to use databases to make connections in databases where the secrets of governments, companies and candidates are hidden.   Classes do not need to be taken in succession. Each class is $20 for NPC members and $40 for non-members.
  •  The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability. The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture. There is a $35.00 fee to apply. Applicants should submit payment here. Applications are due by Jan. 23.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts. Applications will be accepted until Friday, January 25, 2013.
  • Poynter will host a “Using DocumentCloud: A Digital Tools Tutorial” webinar on Thursday, Jan. 31 at 2 p.m. EST. Learn how to build an innovative website using a content management system. In partnership with the Knight Foundation and the American Press Institute. IRE training director Jaimi Dowdell will be the instructor. The cost of the webinar is $9.95.
  • The Online News Association is hosting ONACamp sessions at the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies’ Digital Conference on Jan. 26 in San Francisco, Calif. and ONA members can attend the full conference January 24-26 for the AAN member rate. The sessions will explore analytics and metrics for growth, newsroom workflow, thinking like a startup and more pertinent topics to help you improve your skills. For ONA members, registration is $224 and $254 for non-members.
  • Poynter will offer a “Write Your Heart Out: The Craft of the Personal Essay” online seminar from Jan. 28-Feb. 22. Discover powerful stories from your life and tell them in ways that will resonate with others, whether online or print. You’ll see how to take those experiences from an idea to an essay that an editor wants to publish and the public wants to read. Keith Woods, vice president of diversity in news and operations at NPR, will be the course instructor. The cost is $429.
  • Digital First Media’s Thunderdome is hosting several live chats this month. The “Tapping Social Media for Newsgathering” chat with Liz Heron, director of social media and engagement for The Wall Street Journal, is from 2-3 p.m. EST on Wednesday Jan. 23. Mark S. Luckie, manager of journalism and news at Twitter and NABJ member, is hosting the “Social Media as a Storytelling Tool” from 2-3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Jan. 30.
  • Join the second Symposium on Computation + Journalism to be held at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta on Jan. 31, – Feb. 1, 2013. This event brings together leaders in both journalism and computation to discuss and debate current trends and future opportunities.
  • J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism and the McCormick Foundation are seeking to fund four women-led media projects that show promise in creativity and sustainability. The McCormick New Media Women Entrepreneurs award provides $14,000 in funding to women who have the vision, skills and experience to launch a new venture.
  • Join NPR and Twitter for its #NPRTwitterChat on Twitter Thursday, January 31, from 5-6 p.m. EST. the Human Resources teams at NPR and Twitter are co-hosting an online chat to help you get a handle on effectively using Twitter as a job search resource; and give you valuable insights directly from recruiters, HR professionals and hiring managers. Moderated by NPR’s @NPRjobs and Twitter’s @JoinTheFlock accounts, the chat will bring in HR colleagues and hiring managers from both organizations, as well as several leading HR social media experts to answer your questions.

FEBRUARY

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Finding Your Best Investigative Business Story,” Feb. 5. Pulitzer winner Michael J. Berens help attendees find, develop and pitch a winning investigative story idea.
  • The Alexia Foundation provides educational opportunities and cash grants to help students produce picture stories that further the Foundation’s goals of promoting world peace and cultural understanding. Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, February 1, 2013.
  • Learn how to create a responsive Web design with this 15-minute tutorial.
  • The Center for Social Media is hosting its annual Media That Matters conference in Washington DC on Feb. 15. It is designed for established and aspiring filmmakers, nonprofit communications leaders, funders, and students who want to learn and share cutting-edge practices to make their media matter. The conference costs $100.
  • Social Media Weekend (#SMWknd), a  fun, interactive learning experience with speakers and one-on-one social media “doctoring” to help journalists, media professionals and others learn the basics or advance their skills, is on Feb. 15-17 at the Columbia School of Journalism on 2950 Broadway (at 116th Street), New York, NY. Among this year’s speakers: Mark S. Luckie, Twitter’s manager of journalism & news; Vadim Lavrusik, Facebook’s journalism program manager; Amanda Zamora, senior engagement editor, ProPublica; Jeremy Caplan, director of education, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism; Benét J. Wilson, freelance aviation/travel journalist, blogger; Chris Lesser, recruiting programs lead, AOL; Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer, Columbia University and CNET News blogger; and many more.
  • The International Women’s Media Foundation is calling for applicants to its 2013 women Entrepreneurs in the Digital News Frontier Grant Program. The grant program will will award three $20,000 grants to entrepreneurial women journalists proposing to use digital media in innovative ways to deliver the news. In addition to seed funding, the program provides coaching from leading entrepreneurs and digital news media experts. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Feb. 8, 2013.

MARCH

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Branding for Journalists: You Being You,” March 5, 2013, at noon or 4:00 p.m., EST. In this free, one-hour webinar, Robin J. Phillips, the Reynolds Center’s digital director, will show you some simple tips to take control of your image, and accentuate the value of who you are and what you do best – apart from your news organization.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is offering an intensive 9-week graduate level certificate program, “Content & Strategy,” which focuses on the strategic implementation and production of digital media content combining seminar style instruction with practical hands-on training. The program is from March 5 through May 2. There will be presentations by world-class trainers, award-winning journalists and industry leaders, including Richard Koci Hernandez, Len De Groot, Jerry Monti. Tuition costs are $5,900 and you save 10% when you register by Jan. 10.  For more information, click here.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC-Berkeley is hosting a two-day, hands-on certification program, “Create Meaning from Data,” focused on communicating complex information with visually appealing charts, graphs and maps. It will be held March 8-9 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at UC-Berkeley’s North Gate Hall. Tuition costs $645 and there is a 10% early registration discount through Feb. 1. Participants will learn to create a clearer, more meaningful picture of complex statistics and publicly available data, tell stories with interactive GIS maps, and create beautiful and effective graphs and charts. Click here to register.
  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free online webinar, “Power Searching for Business Journalists,” March 19 at noon EST.  In this free, hourlong, online training, Google senior research scientist Daniel M. Russell will offer his tips, techniques and strategies for using Google to find what might seem to be impossible.

MAY

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “Getting the Goods – Interviews that Work,” on May 8-9 at noon or 4:00 p.m. EST.  Pulitzer Prize winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the core purposes, techniques and ethics of the interview process. She will reveal different interview approaches that work best in different situations and that apply to any genre of journalism.  On Day 2, she will focus on interviews that produce not just information, but true stories, rich with character, scene and detail.

JUNE

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism is holding a free two-part online webinar, “The Business of Me,” June 4-6 at noon or 4:00 p.m. In this three-day webinar with Mark Luckie of Twitter, learn how to brand and market yourself and to pitch your ideas, plus understand the basics of financial and time management. Identify five next steps to advance your career as an entrepreneur.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center is taking applications for its two-week “Multimedia Storytelling Institute 2013,” June 10-21 at UC-Berkeley. This intensive two-week program provides seminar style and hands-on training in essential skills for digital media production. The institute is ideal for journalists, educators and communication professionals interested in a rapid-paced immersible experience in multimedia content creation through delivery. The cost is $5,400; there’s a 10% discount if you register before May 10.
  • The Online News Association is partnering with the Global Editors Network to present several sessions at the Global News Summit 2013: Hack the Newsroom! (#GEN2013) conference on June 19-21 in Paris, France at Hotel de Ville, 5 rue de Lobau, 75004 Paris. The conference will feature industry experts giving you the tools and strategies you need to help seed, encourage and implement experimentation and start-up culture in your digital newsroom. Registration is open to all ONA members and you can save 30 percent on registration if you purchase your tickets by Feb. 18. Early bird tickets are € 839 ($1,119.95) for GEN and ONA members and € 1,199 ($1,600.31).

JULY

  • The National Association of Black Journalists welcomes you to join us from July 31-August 4, 2013 as we gather in Orlando for the 38th Annual Convention and Career Fair! Thousands of journalists, media executives, public relations professionals, and students are expected to attend to network, participate in professional development sessions and celebrate excellence in journalism.

If you have items you wish to include, please email them to me at benet AT aviationqueen DOT COM. Thanks!!

Posted in journalism, Social Media

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

1. All Things DTop Five Social Media Predictions for 2013

2. Open Forum4 Socialcam Tricks for Your Small Business

3. GizmodoHow to Get the Most Out of Google Chrome

4. Mediabistro5 iPad Apps Journalists Should Try For Interviews

5. PBS MediaShift15 Must-Haves Collaboration Tools for Journalists

Posted in journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Four Ways Journalists Can Use Pinterest

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A screenshot of Pinterest’s homepage.

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force intern

Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where you can share and organize images and video through “pins,” has become a popular social media platform since its launch in 2010. In 2012, it was the third most-visited social networking site, as reported by CNN.

As journalists and news organizations look for various ways to interact with its readers and viewers, and users are seeking to engage with more visual social media content, Pinterest provides a platform which can potentially facilitate both sides’ interest in promoting, distributing and sharing content.

Here are four ideas that we’ve gathered from across the Web and compiled together for how journalists can start using Pinterest.

1.  Use compelling photos to share hard news headlines

While Pinterest is most known for its foodie and wedding posts, CTV News has created several boards to chronicle breaking news stories with its Occupy Wall Street, Tragedy and triumph and The World We Live In boards. Al Jazeera created The faces of Egypt’s voters board to capture to feelings of Alexandria’s residents in the historic election to choose the country’s next president.

2.  Give previews of what you are working on

The Houston Press, an alternative weekly publication, releases its print issues every Thursday, but gives its readers a sneak peek at its creative covers every Wednesday on its Under the Covers board. Time magazine also does the same with its TIME Covers board.

For those times where you don’t have that perfect image to sell the story, follow the lead of The Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Quotes board and highlight memorable quotes from your stories. You could also get a little creative and use infographics like on Mashable’s Infographics board, or like The Salt Lake Tribune’s Bagley Cartoons board and share editorial cartoons.

3.  Display photo galleries, feature stories and reviews

It’s no secret that one of Pinterest’s most popular categories is food. The Salt Lake Tribune is taking advantage of that with its SLC & Utah Restaurants & Bars board to share its restaurant and bar reviews. The Orlando Sentinel has boards dedicated to local attractions such as Walt Disney World and Florida Travel. There is also a Feature Pages–Collaborative board, which features pages from newspapers across the nation.

4.  Involve your audience

Some good examples of utilizing user-generated content on Pinterest are CTV’s Canada Through Your Eyes and PBS NewsHour’s Childhood Cancer Awareness: Your PhotosThe New York Times asked for submissions to its Your Holiday Dessert Pins and then featured some of the best pins on its website.

Al Jazeera has a Crowdsourced News board, where users can share newsworthy items that Al Jazeera is and isn’t covering. Al Jazeera also has a web community and daily television show, The Stream, which is powered through social media and citizen journalism, and shares content from its viewers on Pinterest, too.

Last, but not least, NABJ experimented with Pinterest boards at the 2012 convention in New Orleans, creating boards on NABJ 2012 New Orleans, NABJ2012, NABJ Fashionistas & Fashionistos and New Orleans Food.

Please share how you’re using Pinterest in your work!

Posted in Education, Innovation, journalism, News, Social Media

NABJ #DJTFchat: 10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Digital Skills in 2013

NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Secretary Kiratiana Freelon hosted a Twitter chat, “10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Digital Skills in 2013,” where she offered up 10 ideas and resource links to use. If case you missed the Twitter chat, we have compiled all of the highlights for you below.

  1. Welcome to the DJTF Twitter chat, 10 Things You Can Do To Improve Your Digital Skills in 2013. #DJTFchat
  2. We’ve got a twitter chat packed with info for you tonight! Before we start let me explain the structure of the chat #DJTFchat
  3. This chat is broken up into 10 topics. With each topic I will tweet links and advice that will help U w/digital skills in 2013 #DJTFchat
  4. I’ll also be looking for examples within each topic from YOU!! I’ll be actively retweeting your advice and links and questions. #DJTFchat
  5. We’ll cover the following topics over the next hour –> 1) Online Portfolio/Branding 2) Data Journalism 3) Infographics #DJTFchat
  6. 4) Hacker Journalism/Coding 5) Everything Facebook 6) Everything Google 7) Social Media Storytelling 8) Hardware #DJTFchat
  7. 1) First up is an easy one – Every journalist needs a portfolio to showcase their best work. There are great tools to create one #DJTFchat
  8. 1) Most journalists can use the structure of a hosted blog on bit.ly/W56f22 to create an online portfolio #DJTFchat
  9. 1) Check out this story on @10000words–>5 Free Sites to Help Journalists Build an Online Portfolio- bit.ly/108Qpcd #DJTFchat
  10. 1) There’s also @carbonmade for a visual online portfolio and @rebelmouse for a social media online portfolio #DJTFchat
  11. Do you have any examples of great online portfolios by journalists? #DJTFchat
  12. 1) Just got an incredible example of an online portfolio by @tracyehopkins!! bit.ly/W59OoN. Amazing layout! #DJTFchat
  13. With everything so digital these days DATA is everywhere, and there’s a story in it #DJTFchat
  14. 2) Did you know that there is a free data journalism handbook online? Download it here –> bit.ly/W57r5l #DJTFchat
  15. 2) Every link you would ever need on data journalism is here! bit.ly/W57r5l #DJTFchat
  16. 2) Check out @Tableau public, a data visualisation platform to make interactive graphs and maps. bit.ly/W57wWR #DJTFchat
  17. 2) The great thing about @tableau is that you can embed the chart into your news site after you make it! #DJTFchat
  18. 2) What were some of your favorite uses of data journalism of the last year? #DJTFchat
  19. 3) INFOGRAPHICS W/the maturation of Pinterest, and Facebook as photo driven social media sites, infographics are more important #DJTFchat
  20. 3) You can use infographics to easily tell a story and now you can even make them yourself if you don’t have a designer! #DJTFchat
  21. Do you have any other resources for infographics that you want to share? #DJTFchat
  22. Pew did great infographic on mobile devices, social media & news: bit.ly/GVdIcc #DJTFchat
  23. If you’re looking to start building infographics, check out easel.ly. It’s a great tool. #DJTFchat
  24. thx. checking out @AmeenaRasheed looking to start building infographics, check out easel.ly . It’s a great tool. #DJTFchat
  25. 4) CODING!! It’s time to learn how to CODE so you can build those entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial projects! #DJTFChat
  26. 4) Check out this study plan by @BrianBoyer, editor of @nprapps Welcome to Hacker Journalism 101…. bit.ly/W58Ton #DJTFChat
  27. 4) This @lifehacker course is AMAZING!! Learn to Code: The Full Beginner’s Guide bit.ly/W596b7 #DJTFCHAT
  28. 4) Is anyone familiar with drupal? I was thinking about exploring it #djtfchat
  29. Our next topic is EVERYTHING FACEBOOK!! That’s it for my prepared tweets so I’m going to need your help on this! #DJTFchat
  30. As a person, I don’t know how I feel about being added to the world’s rolodex of 1 billion potential sources. #DJTFchat #DJTFchat
  31. @NABJDigital #graph search can help with sourcing, but contribute to “group think”–if you’re not on FB, you’re out of the story #DJTFChat
  32. 5) Facebook is becoming more important for journalists. Today Facebook released a graph search bit.ly/W59OoN #DJTFchat
  33. 5) Facebook even released an article for journalists on how to use graph search. Read it here–> on.fb.me/108VL7g #DJTFchat
  34. 5) Facebook says the search make it easier for journalists to discover potential sources and public photos on.fb.me/108VL7g #DJTFchat
  35. 5) Another Facebook tool you should use are Facebook GROUPS, which have exploded in the last year #DJTFchat
  36. Groups are good! “@Kiratiana: 5) Another Facebook tool you should use are Facebook GROUPS, which have exploded in the last year #DJTFchat
  37. My Frugalista Facebook group gets better engagement than the “like” page. #DJTFchat
  38. 5) My advice to you is to find the Facebook group that will get you jobs, sources, discounts and insider info! U have to find it! #DJTFchat
  39. 6) Here’s a resource on how to get the most out of Google Chrome (because we know you use it 8 hours a day) bit.ly/W5bnTE #DJTFchat
  40. @benetwilson At @GlobalPost, I found people frequently commented on Google posts I made for business content. #DJTFchat #DJTFchat
  41. @benetwilson I never saw the benefit of using Google . Have other journalists found it beneficial? #djtfchat
  42. I like the app better. RT @EJSham: I never saw the benefit of using Google . Have other journalists found it beneficial? #djtfchat
  43. Useful if U are a techie RT @EJSham: I never saw the benefit of using Google . Have other journalists found it beneficial? #djtfchat
  44. Just SHARE everything on google plus. Great SEO immediately RT @benetwilson: I’ve given up on Google except for hangouts. #DJTFchat
  45. Does anyone have any cool things to share about google? ANYTHING? #DJTFchat
  46. Google hangouts are a good way to hold meeting. “@NABJDigital Does anyone have any cool things to share about google? #DJTFchat
  47. @frugalista Win for Google , but I do love the rich details that come from getting out to interview people. #DJTFchat #DJTFchat
  48. co-sign! @frugalista Google hangouts are a good way to hold meeting. “@NABJDigital cool things to share about google? #DJTFchat
  49. Google hangouts can also be used to interview subjects…like Scientists & Engineers! #hinthint @frugalista @NABJDigital #DJTFchat
  50. I’ve made Google Chrome my main web browser. I love all the apps! #DJTFchat
  51. 6_ Also, Google now has a journalism fellowship bit.ly/W5cgvy for students interested in tech and journalism #DJTFchat
  52. 7) Moving on to our next topic —> all the COOL TOOLS for Social media storytelling!!! #DJTFchat
  53. 7) Now people are building tools and apps that you can use on TOP of social media to give more context. Here we go with a list #DJTFchat
  54. 8) Now let’s just talk about some cool new apps and programs. You got any? #DJTFchat
  55. I love the Google Chrome app Transcribe. Lets me do transcriptions offline. transcribe.wreally.com/ #DJTFchat
  56. 8) @Timetoast let’s you create a timeline and embed it in a website #DJTFchat
  57. I just bought the Sound Note iPad app. Lets me write and record. Touch word & go to recorded part. bit.ly/101pFtU #DJTFchat
  58. Oops looks like we are ALMOST out of time! The last two things I had on my list were 9) Hardware 10) Anything you want 2 talk abt! #DJTFchat
  59. 9) Well I guess I’ll continue. Any new hardware purchases that you all swear by? #DJTFchat
  60. @NABJDigital Mophie – extends the battery life of my iPhone, and that always comes in handy. #DJTFchat #DJTFchat
  61. Sooo much helpful information from this #djtfchat. Taking notes for later! Thanks all 🙂
  62. So, I trolled the @NABJDigital #DJTFchat, but @Kiratiana did an EXCELLENT job! Looking forward to future chats ( I promise to be active!)
  63. Compiled by Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Task Force intern.