Posted in Entrepreneur, journalism

Jamila Bey, Media Mogul — With Your Help


When I think of NABJ and DJTF treasurer Jamila Bey, I think two things — renaissance woman and career chameleon.  She does it all — correspondent; broadcast host; spokesperson; producer; writer; editor; trainer communications director; and consultant.

Bey was very open when she lost her jobs at NPR, and, most recently, at Voice of Russia. While at VOR, she was the creator and host of the weekly radio show “Sex, Politics And Religion Hour: SPAR With Jamila.”  Her show, which regularly featured journalists of color, covered topics including gender policy and politics, race, religion and issues of separation of church and state.

But you can’t keep a good woman down. Bey is now trying to become her own media outlet by launching an Indegogo funding campaign to create a journalism forum online and as an iTunes podcast where news about the issues that are important to us can find a home. She wants to bring her show, “The Sex, Politics and Religion Hour,” or SPAR, will focus on the beating that the First Amendment seems to be taking at this point.

Bey will produce 30 half-hour long shows taking on issues including separation of state and church, First Amendment freedom, politics, and science policy. It will be a forum for discussion and insight, along with actual reporting and investigation.

The goal is to offer independent polling and on-the-ground reporting from Washington, D.C.,  and around the country with a team of correspondents and contributors.  From Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House, to local school boards and state legislatures, Bey’s site will look at news from the point of view that religion shouldn’t get a free pass from scrutiny and fair criticism when looking at its involvement in larger American life.

With the help of campaign contributors, Bey says she will produce stories that will deeply examine the news and news makers to help Americans better understand that the First Amendment can only survive if it’s allowed to stand in the sunshine. Regular readers of this blog know I’m a big supporter of funding good journalism, because if we don’t do it, who will?

Posted in Equipment, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist



I’ve started using my iPad and Brydge keyboard to write my stories when I don’t feel like lugging around my MacBook Pro. In the olden days, I used to use the iTalk app on my phone to record some of the people and events I used in my stories.

But then I found the Recordium ($4.99) app pop up one day on my Apps Gone Free list.  This app, good on the iPad and iPhone, is iTalk on steroids.

Users can highlight the track while playing or recording audio. You can also add
attachments, including  notes, tags, and pictures to any part of the recording, which improves the ability to search for certain items. Check out how Recordium works!

Posted in Awards, Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events


  • The Reynolds Fellowship in Community Journalism is accepting applications. This fellowship is be awarded to “a journalist of accomplishment and promise who is committed to the role of the community press.” Open to journalists working at a U.S. daily and weekly newspapers with a circulation less than 50,000, journalists doing online work for community newspapers, or journalists who have established independent local news websites in communities where the circulation of the local newspaper is less than 50,000. Must be a U.S. citizen. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014. Apply now.

  • The Nieman-Berkman Fellowships in Journalism Innovation are a collaboration between two parts of Harvard (the Nieman Foundation for Journalism and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society). This fellowship involves spending a year in residence in Cambridge, and full participation in both the Nieman and Berkman fellowship communities. Applicants must propose a specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation. Open to working journalists or others who work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity. Independent journalists are also welcome. Deadline: Jan. 31, 2014.Apply now.


  • The Knight-Wallace Fellowships at Michigan is now accepting applications. Spend an academic year at the Univ. of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Fellows devise a personalized study plan with access to UM courses and resources, and are encouraged to nurture their creative and artistic tendencies. Includes twice-weekly seminars as well as domestic and international travel. Deadline: Feb. 1, 2014. Apply now: U.S. and international.

  • The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a 15-20-page paper on a media/politics topic. It is a highly selective program; less than 1% of applicants are accepted. Applications are due by Feb. 1.

  • Applications are open for the  Larry Birger Young Business Journalist Award, which honors the nation’s top young business journalist. The award will be presented March 29 at SABEW’s annual spring conference at the Cronkite School in Phoenix.  It is named after Birger, the former Miami Herald business editor who led SABEW as president in 1977. The award is made possible by a $5,000 gift from rbb Public Relations of Miami, FL. The deadline for entries is January 31, 2014. The award is defined for professional journalists up to age 30. See complete rules and instructions here

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, Perfecting Personality Profiles,” Feb. 5-6 at 4:00 p.m. ET (noon PT). To make your beat coverage more accessible and engaging, you need to focus on people – those in positions of power or influence, and those who consume goods and services, work for wages and pay taxes. In the first hour of this lively two-part webinar, Pulitzer winner Jacqui Banaszynski will explore the characteristics of memorable and accurate profiles, as well as offer a range of profile approaches that can suit your purpose, publication and audience. In the second hour, on Feb. 6, she’ll dive more deeply into the reporting and writing techniques that can help any beat reporter pursue sparkling profiles.

  • Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR) will hold its 2014 Computer-Assisted Reporting Conference in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 27, 2014 – March 2, 2014. Join IRE and NICAR for their annual conference devoted to computer-assisted reporting. Come and learn about tools you need to dig deeper into stories and give readers and viewers the information they want.

  • The Fulbright – National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. This Fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society. Fulbrighters will undertake an in-depth examination of a globally relevant issue, comparing and contrasting how that issue is experienced across borders. Utilizing a variety of digital storytelling tools, including text, photography, video, audio, graphic illustrations, and/or social media, Fellows will tell their stories, or the stories of those they meet, publishing their work on National Geographic media platforms with the support of National Geographic’s editorial team. The deadline to apply is Feb. 28.


  • The UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism is offering eight $10,000 postgraduate Food and Farming Journalism Fellowships in a new program established by Michael Pollan, the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. The fellowship, a project of the Knight Center in Science and Environmental Journalism, is supported by a grant from The 11th Hour Project, a program of The Schmidt Family Foundation. Aimed at early and mid career journalists, the Fellowship presents an opportunity to report ambitious long form stories on the full range of subjects under the rubric of food systems: agricultural and nutritional policy, the food industry, food science, technology and culture, rural and urban farming, agriculture and the environment (including climate change), global trade and supply chains, consolidation and securitization of the food system and public health as it relates to food and farming. The deadline to apply is March 1, and winners will be notified on April 15.

  • The Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism will hold a free workshop, Social Media ROI for Journalists,” March 4 at  4:00 p.m ET (noon PT). In 2013, more and more newsrooms will revisit their social media strategy and ask, “What’s our return on investment?” How do we know if our newsroom is doing social “correctly”? What does this mean for our organization’s bottom line? This free, one-hour webinar will help you answer those questions on March 4.


  • The post-graduate, multimedia fellow manages and maintains the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire’s website. He or she creates multimedia projects for our website, works with undergraduate interns to develop multimedia projects and provides leadership to a team that produces news stories and projects. Qualified applicants must have professional-level expertise in HTML, content management systems and CSS. Applicants must also have high-level skills in reporting and writing, shooting photos and video using a DSLR camera and editing video. This one-year, post-graduate, multimedia fellowship will begin in late summer 2014 and run through mid-August 2015. The fellowship includes a $22,155 stipend, plus free housing in a furnished apartment shared with the program’s undergraduate interns.  The deadline to apply is April 1.


  • The best in the business will gather for more than 100 panels, hands-on classes and special presentations about covering business, public safety, government, health care, education, the military, the environment and other key beats at the 2014 IRE conference June 26-29, 2014 in San Francisco. Speakers will share strategies for locating documents and gaining access to public records, finding the best stories and managing investigations. Join the discussion about how to practice investigative journalism in print, broadcast, Web and alternative newsroom models.

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Posted in Education, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media, All About Blogging

For me, 2014 is the year I plan on taking my blog,, to the next level.  Whether you are a blogging veteran or newbie, below are five great tips for making your blog better.

  1. Blogging Tips — Top 10 New Year Resolutions That’ll Make Blogging More Fruitful in 2014
  2. Blogging TipsHere’s How To Get That Blog To Take Flight
  3. Blogging Tips — Use Added Elements to Instantly Improve Your Blog Post
  4. Blogging Tips — Top WordPress Resource Blogs
  5. SocialBrite — 9 time-saving tips to write more blog posts

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and is the social media/eNewsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  She is also a freelance aviation journalist and blogger.


Posted in Innovation, multimedia journalist



Let’s take a look at Exposure, a service created for those looking for a way to display their photos as a narrative.  The website says it targets “photographers who want a more meaningful and effortless way to publish their work — in the context of a narrative, instead of a feed or single photo on a permalink page. We help you tell a great story, while putting your photography front and center.”

Check out this Exposure of favorite football images of 2013, by Scott Kelby, president and co-founder of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP).



Posted in Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media, The Job Hunting Edition

As we kick off the new year, one resolution that people always do is to improve their careers. To that end, here are some great digital tools to help you with the job hunting process. Enjoy!

  1. Mashable — 10 Résumé-Worthy New Skills You Can Learn in 6 Months
  2. VentureBeat — How LinkedIn is using data to help you find the right career
  3. Mashable — This Resume Alternative Could Land You Your Dream Job
  4. MakeUseOfWhere to study: Navigating the free online education world
  5. Mashable — How to Get Your Resume Past the System and Into Human Hands

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the immediate past chair of the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force and is the social media/eNewsletters editor for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association.  She is also a freelance aviation journalist and blogger.

Posted in Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist



I’ve been playing with different types of presentation software because, frankly, I’m kind of over PowerPoint.  So I’m giving Swipe, which is in beta testing,  a try.

Swipe, developed by a team in Norway, allows user s a simple interface where they can easily drop in text, video (including YouTube and Vimeo), and photos. Once your presentation is done, you can run your slide show from your laptop, tablet or smartphone via a 3G, LTE, WiFi or other network connection. Viewers can follow along using a special URL created for the presentation, and presentations can be made private.

Click here to see a Swipe made by a gentleman showing off his graphics portfolio.