It’s a new year, and it’s not too late to add a work-related resolution — learn new digital skills. Don’t be afraid. We’ve compiled this list of 10 simple things to get you started!
- Hold and record a Google Hangout.
- Step up your game on Twitter.
- Record and upload a story on Soundcloud.
- Create an embeddable map using Google Fusion Tables.
- Try your hand at coding – for free!
- Test out these alternatives to a PowerPoint presentation.
- Learn how to make infographics.
- Take a Skillcrush class on becoming a WordPress developer.
- Whip up an embeddable timeline using Timeline JS.
- Learn Google Analytics with a free online course.
Every week we share five articles/tips/hacks to help you do your job as a storyteller easier and smarter. Here are this week’s entries.
- LinkedIn – 7 Social Login Myths Debunked
- PBS – 6 Great Apps to Help You Write
- BusinessWeek – Five Things Developers Wish Their Nontech Colleagues Knew
- Gigaom – Journalism isn’t just about informing readers, it’s also about helping them take action
- Business Daily – The Best Add-Ons for Google Drive
By Crystal Garner, DJTF Intern
While most college and university journalism programs are drilling the tools and concepts of digital storytelling into the heads of college-aged students, Savannah State University has decided to go for an even younger demographic.
High School Students.
Approximately 20 students will immerse themselves in the campus life of Savannah State University while learning journalism at SSU Media High, a digital magazine and high school journalism camp. The camp, which begins on June 15, will allow students aged 13-17 to spend two weeks producing news and features for a general interest, digital magazine, said Wanda Lloyd, chair of the school’s journalism department and former executive editor of The Montgomery Advertiser.
Lloyd, who became chair of Savannah State University’s School of Journalism last summer, said she got the idea about Media High after noticing high school students on campus for several different summer programs and camps, none of which involved journalism.
With a history of working with Howard University’s high school journalism camp, Lloyd understands that camps like this can provide journalism skills to students while helping colleges attract the best and brightest.
“The work produced in the program will give (students) an upper-leg,” Lloyd said. “My goal is to increase the capacity of journalism in the Savannah area and increase awareness of our mass communication program so students will consider Savannah State University when (choosing) a college.”
Benet Wilson, NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force Vice Chair of Education, says journalism education should start early. She applauds Savannah State University for training the next generation of journalists.
“Programs like Media High give budding reporters a great foundation for their future careers,” Wilson said. “They also give students a taste of what the industry is like, allowing them to make an informed decision as they consider what college to attend.”
Media High will launch this summer under the direction of camp program director Tina A. Brown.
Brown, a professional journalist with 30 years experience, said she hopes to attract curious learners interested in acquiring newsroom skills quickly.
Candidates will be required to write an essay about themselves and why they would benefit from the program, Brown said. Those selected will produce news on multiple platforms, including video and audio, she added.
“Everything will be done online,” Brown said. “Students will cover events on campus and in the community.” Staff and students at the university will serve as mentors in the program, she said, and field trips to local media outlets and to city council meetings are included in the schedule.
The total cost to operate Media High is about $25,000, with the lion’s share of the money coming from public funding: a $14, 000 federal grant; $4,000 from the Dow Jones News Fund; and $2,000 from student participants themselves. Organizers say students will need assistance covering their share of the costs.
While existing funds will pay for the operation of the program, Media High needs money to cover students’ expenses, including meals and housing. Stipulations for current funding precludes program managers from using any of the $16,000 to purchase meals, which Brown estimates will cost $22 a day per student, she said.
Contributions are tax deductible and checks can be made to:SSU Foundation, Inc.,
In care of: Wanda Lloyd, chair of Mass Communications, SSU Media High,
3219 College Street, Savannah, Ga. 31404.
By Crystal Garner, DJTF Intern
In the ever-changing age of digital media, data visualization is king.
Vitaly Friedman, editor-in-chief of Smashing Magazine, an online outlet providing innovative information to Web designers and developers, describes it as a way “to communicate information clearly and effectively through graphical means.” Simply put, it turns information into something visually appealing.
While one of the most sought after skill sets in newsrooms across the globe is spiking in use by news organizations, marketing firms and internet companies, the number of journalists of color who are capable of producing data visualizations is flatlining. Why is it that journalists of color are not flocking to this type of storytelling? If it’s because many don’t understand what it is, the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force is aiming to change that.
On April 29, 2014 from 11a.m. to noon, NABJ Digital hosts a Twitter chat with Faye Anderson of Tracking Change, an advocacy platform to turn data into action; Zach Seward of Quartz, a digital news outlet for business people; and Samantha Sunne of Hacks and Hackers, a grassroots journalism organization. The panelists will answer your questions about diving into data visualization.
The task force decided to put this Twitter chat together as part of its mission to ensure that NABJ’s members have all the skills they need to be the best digital journalists they can be, said Tracie Powell, DJTF co-chair. Since big data is changing the way journalists tell stories, making sure they have the tools and the know-how to use them is important, she said.
“Being able to process data, understand it, extract value from it and communicate it is increasingly a hugely important skill for journalists in helping citizens understand pressing issues using charts, graphics, maps and more,” she said. “Data visualization is not only important because it helps journalists tell better stories, it is important in terms of career advancement.”
To follow the Data Visualization Twitter Chat, use hashtag #nabjdata.
- Join the Society for Professional Journalists’ Free Mobile Newsgathering Webinar [Training] Tuesday, April 15 at 1 p.m. ET.Better apps, newer gear, alternative story approaches. Mobile news gathering continues to evolve. Pick up on the tips and tools you need to improve your smartphone news gathering. You’ll immerse yourself in the best practices for reporting, editing and sharing stories across media platforms. Register by Monday, April 14 at 5 p.m. ET to guarantee your spot. See link for more information.
Learn how to protect yourself and your newsroom from digital security threats at ONACamp at the Indianapolis Star. Join the Online News Association in Indianapolis on Saturday, April 26, for Digital Security for Journalists. This ONACamp is a daylong training and design camp which will offer practical help in keeping digital journalists and their work secure. Attendance is limited to 60 people. Applications are due by April 15 and selected participants will be notified by April 18. The training is free but there is a $5 fee to cover the cost of meals.
The Society for Professional Journalists (SPJ) is working with Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) to offer two-day Watchdog Reporting Workshops for journalists from your region. If your team is chosen, there will be follow-up training opportunities (google meet-ups, webinars, etc) and ongoing story consulting for a limited period of time. The sessions and the follow-up training are free, thanks to the support from Sigma Delta Chi Foundation. You’ll be responsible for any travel costs. We want to ensure that we work with news organizations that not only desire to do better work, but are committed to the effort. Training will take place in Chicago, April 28-29, hosted by Columbia College.
- When news looks like an unending stream of what’s wrong, what’s broken or what’s corrupt, audiences complain that the news is nothing but bad news. The solution for this problem may be to focus on not only problems, but also how people are trying to fix them. The Solutions Journalism Network was founded in 2013 to legitimize and spread the practice of “solutions journalism”: rigorous, compelling reporting on responses to problems. SJN works with newsrooms around the country—including the most hard-hitting, investigation-focused newsrooms such as the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Seattle Times—to help them do solutions-focused stories and series. The webinar will take place Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at 2:00pm Eastern Time. For more information, visit Poynter. This Webinar will give you practical, specific tips for reporting and writing solutions stories, and using them to make your journalism stronger.
- A new initiative established at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism will offer fellowships of up to $15,000 to experienced business journalists starting this spring. Applications will be accepted periodically through 2014. The upcoming deadline for applications is May 15, 2014. The fellowship is open to those with at least five years professional experience in journalism, including freelance journalists, as well as reporters and editors currently working at a news organization. Fellowship applicants should submit a focused story proposal of no more than three pages through the accompanying online form.
- The Global Editors Network hosts the GEN Summit June 11 – 13 in Barcelona. Discover ‘robot journalism’, and be updated about drone journalism and data journalism. This is the event to meet with the media industry influentials and drive business.
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.
The National Association of Black Journalists will hold its 39th Annual Convention and Career Fair in Boston July 30-Aug. 3, 2014. 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.
- The Excellence in Journalism 2014 conference in Nashville will host top news professionals from broadcast, print and digital newsrooms around the country September 4-6, 2014.
- The Online News Association 2014 Conference & Awards Banquet is the premier gathering of highly engaged digital journalists shaping media now. Learn about new tools and technologies, network with peers from around the world and celebrate excellence at the Online Journalism Awards. ONA is looking for your input on sessions for ONA14, Sept. 25-27, in Chicago. Submit your session proposals from March 20 to April 18. Submit one here
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