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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 πŸ™‚
  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.

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