Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Innovation, journalism

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!

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism, Webinars

Calendar of Multimedia Training and Events

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF chair & freelance aviation journalist/blogger

Webbmedia Group has a great mega calendar of events that catches things not covered below.  If you want to subscribe to the calendar, click hereYou 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 Society of Professional Journalists is now taking applications for its Pulliam/Kilgore Freedom of Information Internships.  One intern works in the offices of the Society’s First Amendment legal counsel in Washington, D.C. The other intern works at the Society’s National Headquarters in Indianapolis.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 14.
  • The Poynter Institute is holding an online webinar, “Becoming a More Effective Reporter: Telling Untold Stories,” Jan. 17 through Feb. 11, 2011.  This course will help you improve your ability to find and tell stories off the beaten path. It will open your eyes and ears to story ideas buried in plain sight and show you how to mine communities, cultures and individuals for stories that often remain untold.  The cost is $399.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Independent Journalists Workshop March 21-25.  The workshop will provide journalists with the hands-on training and tools to get started with an online publishing enterprise.  The deadline to apply is Jan. 28.


  • Webbmedia Group is partnering with the National Press Club for a workshop, “10 Tech Trends for Q1,” Feb. 2 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (ET) in Washington, D.C.  Learn about the most interesting emerging technologies coming to market in the next few months that stand to impact your work. This invigorating session will showcase ten tech trends that you need to know now. We’ll explain what they are in plain English, why they matter to you and how you can leverage them to energize your work. The cost is $50, and $25 for press club members.  And check out this Storify of a presentation Amy Webb gave on this topic at NABJ’s 2011 annual conference.
  • The Donald J. Reynolds Journalism Institute is offering a free webinar “Social Media 101, 202, 303,” Feb. 8-10.   Social Media 101 offers the basics for social media newbies.  Social Media 202 is tips for reporters about using social media sites as research tools. Social Media 303 will show how to filter to contain the clutter.
  • Webbmedia Group is partnering with the National Press Club for a workshop, “How To Write a Social Media Policy,” Jan. 19 from 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM (ET) in Washington, D.C. The session will discuss the basic structure of a social media policy, and talk through best practices with a lawyer who specializes in new media. In the second half of this session, small groups will work to create social media policies for your organization. Each attendee will receive a template and workbook to take back to their organizations.  The cost is $150, and $125 for press club members.


  • Polish your skills in computer-assisted reporting (CAR) and learn how to hold local businesses accountable with this free, daylong workshop co-presented by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism and Investigative Reporters and Editors, March 15.  This free workshop precedes the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference March 15-17, for which there is an additional fee.  Click here to register for the free workshop.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its 2011 Multimedia Training Jan. 9-14 and May 15-20. The workshop offers intensive training that covers all aspects of multimedia news production; from basic storyboarding to hands-on instruction with hardware and software for production of multimedia stories. Participants will be organized into teams to report on a pre-arranged story in the Bay Area, and then construct a multimedia presentation based on that coverage.  Applications are due by March 18 for the May training.


  • The International Reporting Project is accepting applications for its spring and fall 2011 fellowships. The fellowships allow U.S. journalists to do original, in-depth reporting projects overseas covering neglected, “under-reported” stories of global importance.  The deadline for the fall application is April 1.
  • The Knight Digital Media Center at UC Berkeley has opened applications for its Web 2.0 workshop Feb. 14-18 and June 13-17.  This training takes participants through the progression of reporting news for multiple digital platforms, starting with quick text posts and moving through photos and video and finally ending with a full multimedia presentation. The workshop provides hands-on training using Twitter and Facebook for reporting and driving web traffic, creating data-driven map mashups, dynamically updating a blog for breaking news, publishing photo galleries and audio slideshows, producing videos and editing videos using Final Cut Pro.  The deadline to apply is April 15 for the June training.
  • The National Conference for Media Reform will hold its annual conference in Boston April 8-11, 2011.  The conference brings together thousands of activists, media makers, educators, journalists, scholars, policymakers and engaged citizens to meet, tell their stories, share tactics, listen to great speakers and build the movement for better media in America.

If you have any items that I’ve missed, please drop me an email via the DJTF Yahoo! Listserv or at benet AT aviationqueen DOT com.  Thanks!

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media, Technology


By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Amy Webb of Webbmedia presented her 10 Tech Trends at last week’s National Association of Black Journalists convention. She outlined 10 trends that will make a big impact in the coming year, explained how and why they matter to and for journalists and then showed practical use cases…often applying the technologies to an audience member during her talk. Enjoy!!

Webbmedia Group | Team

Headquartered in Baltimore, Webbmedia Group has team members in more than a dozen cities, including Miami, NYC and Kyiv (Ukraine). We also partner with BYO Consulting, a community engagement firm that specializes in gaming and high-profile participatory events, and iStrategy Labs, a DC-based social marketing agency.

Amy Webb did a webinar on Jan. 26 for the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force on 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You.  We learned about the coolest tech out there to help us do our jobs better.  And now she does it again at the NABJ Annual Convention & Career Fair, even better than the January event!

I’m at @webbmedia #nabj11 tech tips/trends panel. SO excited! #techtrends
August 5, 2011
.@webbmedia talks about the #Livescribe pen for note-taking in her #techtrends talk. #NABJ11
August 5, 2011
I first learned about the Livescribe pen from @MarioArmstrong, who was a panelist at my NABJ #BrandYou workshop.  He did a demonstration of Livescrbe pen at NABJ’s Watergate II conference back in November 2008. It was cool then, and even cooler now!
@webbmedia suggests reporters use live scribe pen to take digital notes, both audio and text. #techtrends #NABJ11
August 5, 2011
Livescribe :: Never Miss A Word

Livescribe paper-based computing platform includes a smartpen, dot paper and software applications that changes the way people capture, use and share audio and visual information with pen and paper.
We now get to the Google+ part of @webbmedia #techtrends presentation at #NABJ11
August 5, 2011

I joined Google+ about a month ago and I’m still playing with it.  I did use it to live blog the NABJ annual board meeting on Aug. 2, and the reaction to it seemed to be pretty good.  Amy did a great job of explaining why Google unveiled + even after the failure of Wave and Buzz.

Google+ is all about money and ads, says @webbmedia in #techtrends #NABJ11 workshop. This thing rocks! Already learned much about Google+!
August 5, 2011
@Webbmedia’s great pt: Google+ and altered google searches based on user prefs change the SEO game for journalists. #nabj11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
Google plus huddle-good for expert roundtable a la roundtables, short unconferences, and several sources talking a once #NABJ11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
Q: There are too many social networks- how are we supposed to keep? A: “Suck it up!” -@webbusiness #techtrends #nabj11
August 5, 2011
Most of the #techtrends that @Webbmedia are showing are new startups, so they’re great for collaborations w/ news orgs on a budget. #nabj11
August 5, 2011
Amy Webb suggests the #GroupMe app, a group messaging app it’s like a list serve over #text messages #Nabj11 #techtrends @webbmedia NICE!
August 5, 2011

Start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you send a message, everyone instantly receives it. It’s like a private chat room that works on any phone. Each group has a unique phone number. Text that number, and the message goes to everyone in the group.
.@webbmedia says Greplin-incredibly powerful organizing program; search bar for your life. #techtrends #NABJ11
August 5, 2011
Wanna find out information about potential sources? Use @spokeo and @knowem #NABJ11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
KnowEm Username Check – Secure your Brand or Online Identity on Social Media

KnowEm allows you to check for the use of your brand, product, personal name or username instantly on over 550 popular and emerging social media websites. Grab your name and secure your brand before someone else does. Learn more KnowEm now offers an Enterprise Dashboard for Trademark Protection, Search Engine Marketing and SEO Agencies.

I have to admit that many of these information search tools that Amy demonstrated in her presentation were pretty spooky.  It’s amazing how much information is out there about us — and we’re the ones putting it out there, says Webb.  Have you checked out your name on Spokeo?

Spokeo People Search | White Pages | Find People

People search engine and free white pages finds phone, address, email, and photos. Find people by name, email, address, and phone for free.
Another tip – @viewdle is an app that uses facial recognition to automatically tag your friends #NABJ11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
Augmented Reality + Facial Recognition – Viewdle®

Smart technology for smart phones. Viewdle’s best-in class computer vision technology enables the creation of new user experiences that realize the potential of your smartphone through camera-based mobile gaming, networking, social media & marketing. Download Third Eye and SocialCamera to see the newest advancements in intelligent mobile applications!
@acarvin, @Webbmedia just did a Qwiki search on you. Pretty cool stuff. #nabj11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
Qwiki – The Information Experience

A better way to experience information.
Do #precognitive #reporting & gather #information on events before they happen w/ via @webbmedia @ #Nabj11 #techtrends
August 5, 2011
Recorded Future – Temporal & Predictive Analytics Engine, Media Analytics & News Analysis

Recorded Future, The world’s first Temporal Analytics Engine. A new predictive analysis tool that allows you to visualize the future, past or present using media from the web.
Sonar iPhone app lets you track friends, others who are on social networks. @webbmedia on FIRE with these #techtrends, GREAT panel. #NABJ11
August 5, 2011

Sonar is a mobile app that helps you uncover the hidden connections you miss everyday, in real time, in the palm of your hand.

All in all, the session was fantastic.  I encourage you to take a look at the notes Amy created.  You’ll still get great information, but it’s just not the same as seeing Amy live.

Knowledgewebb: Try One Free Tool Every Week

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group On Jan. 26, NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with the great people at Knowledgewebb – 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You. The notes from that session are posted. And you can check out the #kwchat on Twitter here.

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, Innovation, journalism

Dear Mom & Dad: Had A Great Time At SparkCamp! Weather Was Fine. Love, Benet

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

So I’m minding my own business, and I get an email back in March inviting me to this thing called SparkCamp June 10-12 at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.  According to the email, this inaugural SparkCamp was  described as “a focused but free-spirited conversation about journalism and media pivoting on a broad theme: `real-time.'”

The event brought together a wide range of participants covering what the organizers called a diverse range of disciplines to explore new ideas and new possibilities in this thing we call journalism.  The organizers, led by Amy Webb of Webbmedia, built SparkCamp along the lines of News Foo Camp, held in December 2010 at Arizona State University.

The event used the unconference format, bringing together people “inside and outside of the news universe” so we could all learn from each other.  We had representatives from traditional and new media, along with representatives from different companies that offer the tools and technology that help us do our jobs better. We even had a few folks from the advertising side of the house to offer their perspective.

I love the unconference format. For the uninitiated, unconference attendees create the panels before and during the event, and attendees also choose which ones they like best.  Instead of being lectured from upon high by a moderator and panelists, sessions have a leader, but everyone in the room is involved in the discussion.

I was thrilled that my session on helping a traditional newsroom adapt more quickly to the new digital world order made the cut.  Other sessions dealt with topics including mastering timelines, next-gen tools, focusing on mobile websites, not apps and how to use crowdsourcing.  There were things that I knew, but there was a lot I didn’t know — and that was OK.  Everyone was on different levels, but no one was made to feel like they were dumb because they didn’t understand some program or a string of acronyms.  We all had something to bring to the table.

There were many great things I loved about SparkCamp, but one that I thought was a stroke of genius was that each invitee had to bring a plus one (mine was Melanie Eversley, DJTF treasurer and an editor at USA Today.)  I felt having us bring a plus one brought a great diversity (in the broadest sense of the word) to the group.  Another great thing was I got to meet folks I’ve followed — and admired — on Twitter, along with meeting others I didn’t know, but was also glad to meet.  And who knew there were so many other aviation geeks among my SparkCamp compatriots (I’m talking to you, BMc and JO’K)??

I came away from SparkCamp energized and still hopeful about the direction of journalism.  If you’re on Twitter, you can follow our conversation via the hashtag #SparkCamp.  And allow me to create a SparkCamp edition of my Friday fast Five and share a tiny amount of the things I learned at SparkCamp:

  1. Arab spring: an interactive timeline of Middle East protests — the U.K.’s Guardian newspaper created this cool, 3D interactive timeline to illustrate key events during this seminal — and ongoing — event.
  2. Japan: After the Wave — used Storify to curate stories in the aftermath (still ongoing) of the tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.
  3. KING5-TV: Stories from February 2001 to March 2011 — this Seattle television station uses the timeline program Intersect to create a storyline.
  4. The Society of Professional Journalists’ Toolbox — SPJ updates this website regularly with all kinds of sites and tools that make our jobs easier and make us more efficient.
  5. The Brain — this is, as the creators say, “designed to help you organize information the way you think. ” You actually have to see it in action to believe it.


Posted in Education, multimedia journalist, Webinar

Knowledgewebb: Try One Free Tool Every Week

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

On Jan. 26,  NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with the great people at Knowledgewebb10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy YouThe notes from that  session are posted.  And you can check out the #kwchat on Twitter here.

Step #3 is try one free tool every week. This is a great piece of advice, because it seems like developers come out with tools every day that can help us all do our jobs better.  Amy Webb gave us some great places to look in the session notes.  But to that end, I’ll share five tools in my Multimedia Tools bookmark folder you may not have heard of.  Do you have some tools to share? Let us know.  And TODAY is the last day for NABJ members to receive a 30% discount off a $129 yearly Knowledgewebb subscription.  Just use the code NABJDIGI.

  1. Volke – this web-based platform allows you to host your own online show or event and have live video discussions with your audience.  See how it works with an episode on Feb. 16 about how to break into broadcasting.
  2. Audioboo – a mobile app and web-based platform that allows you to record and post audio for anyone to hear.  See how Al Jazeera English is using this service to report from Egypt.
  3. Dipity – this free digital timeline website allows you to organize content by date and time. It also allows you to create, share, embed and collaborate on interactive, visually engaging timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, location and timestamps. Check out this timeline on the uprising in Egypt.
  4. ScribbleLIVE – I saw this web-based platform demonstrated by Morgan State University Prof. Allissa Richardson at last year’s NABJ convention.  It allows users to have real-time journalism and audience engagement using a branded website.  Here’s how Canada’s The National newspaper used it to cover local elections in October.
  5. Umapper – This web-based program lets you create cool embeddable Flash maps. Check out this map of closed-circuit TV cameras placed around Sydney, Australia.
Posted in Education, journalism, multimedia journalist, Social Media, Webinar

Who Are Your Digital Gurus?

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

On Jan. 26, the Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with Knowledgewebb entitled 10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You.” Owner Amy Webb went through 10 terrific steps that anyone could take right now to enhance their work.  The notes to that session are here, and you can also take a look at the Twitter chat here.

Step #8 is Find Your Digital Guru, and this one really struck me.  I thought about how much I’ve developed as a digital journalist, and how much further I need to go to continuously improve my craft.  And I think about all the gurus in my life who have gotten me to this point.  I started my digital journey at NABJ’s 2006 convention (my first one) in Indianapolis.  That’s where I sat in on sessions with the Washington Post’s Mark Luckie (former owner of the 10000 Words blog) and Arizona State University’s Retha Hill.  It was the wisdom they imparted there that got me on the road to blogging.

But I didn’t really get into the whole package until almost a year later, in June 2007.  I was covering an airport marketing/communications conference at a beautiful resort in Tucson, Ariz.  It was the last session of the conference’s second day.  Most people had left for happy hour, pool time or a visit to the spa.  But those of us who stayed and listened to Josh Hallett of the Hyku blog and Voce Communications were given a real treat.  Hallett spent his time showing the possibilities of social media in our work and the tools available to help.  I was transformed.

And it also helped that Hallett is an aviation geek (check out his aviation-related photos at his Flickr account) like me.  We spoke the whole time after the conference.  A month later, we met up at the BlogPhiladephia conference, where he introduced me to many social media/new media folks.  After that, I spoke at his BlogOrlando conference for the next two years on how journalists could use social media for their work.  Thanks to Hallett, I was linked into a community of really cool people doing cutting edge stuff that has greatly helped me in my career.

But there are some great gurus within NABJ that are always willing to help fellow members.  You can check out some of them and other journalists of color doing cool things in the multimedia play pen here.  But some of my current NABJ gurus include:

  • Dr. Sybril Bennett, Associate Professor of the New Century Journalism Program at Belmont University and chair, NABJ convention Programming Chair
  • Doug Mitchell, NABJ Media Institute co-chair; Entrepreneurship/Career Coaching/Project Management/Media Consulting/Classroom Teaching
  • Gina Gayle, photojournalist and professor of practice, Univ of Southern Mississippi
  • Dr. Michelle Ferrier, Associate Professor at Elon University and founder,
  • Mario Armstrong, Tech show Host, Commentator, Digital Lifestyle Expert, Small Biz Tech Advocate
  • Natalie McNeal, Southeastern Regional Editor AOL City’s Best; owner, Frugalista website

I have even more outside of NABJ, including Amy Webb.  But by following and befriending gurus, you only improve your own work.  And here’s a gentle reminder: you have until Wednesday to take 30% off the normal $129 year-long subscription to Amy’s Knowledgewebb site.  Use the code NABJDIGI. You won’t be sorry!!

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, journalism, multimedia journalist, News

10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy You: Notes Now Posted

By Benét J. Wilson, DJTF co-chair, Online Managing Editor-Business Aviation, Aviation Week Group

Earlier today, the NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force held a joint webinar with the great people at Knowledgewebb10 Steps to a Tech-Savvy YouThe notes from today’s session are posted.  Even if you were unable to attend, the information in the notes will still be very helpful.  And you can check out the #kwchat on Twitter here.

For the uninitiated, Knowledgewebb, founded by Amy Webb, is a fantastic, members-only digital tools training site.  Members (including me) can take  self-directed classes, watch training videos, attend webinars & live chats and  learn about the latest trends and opportunities in social media, website development, starting small businesses, digital content and more.

I bought my membership back in May 2010 at the advice of NABJ Media Institute Chair Doug Mitchell, who also happens to be the career coach for the website.  Since then, some of the courses I’ve taken include:

Amy is offering NABJ members the chance to join Knowledgewebb with a 30% discount on the yearly $129 price.  Go here and use the code NABJDIGI to get the discount.  Trust me, the membership fee will pay for itself after your first lesson.  And bonus — when you join, Amy and her team will create a personal development road map for you, based on existing content.

If that weren’t incentive enough, Doug Mitchell will be holding a CoverItLive session Feb. 2 from 11:30 to noon: New Year’s (Employment) Resolutions.  And Amy has unveiled a new lunchtime Boot Camp series, 15-minute sessions that offer a quick explanation of a new skill, website or technology for things including Quora, QR codes and Tweetdeck vs. Hoot Suite (I moved from the former to the latter). So I urge you to take advantage of this opportunity!