Posted in Equipment, Innovation, journalism, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide To New Media

  1. LinkedInHow to not make newcomer mistakes on LinkedIn
  2. JeffBullas.com12 Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make on Twitter If You Want More Followers
  3. Life HackerThe Best Extensions to Make Google Maps Even More Awesome
  4. Mashable12 Best iPhone Apps of 2014
  5. helps journalists automatically analyze thousands of documents
Posted in Education, Innovation, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five + Five – The Mashable Edition: Your Guide To New Media

Mashable has long been one of my go-to websites when it comes to things I can do to improve my digital journalism skills.  So below are great links to 10 Mashable articles that may help you. Enjoy!

  1. From creating charts to managing your inbox, the 11 most useful web tools of 2014
  2. The Tumblr Starter Kit
  3. The 7 Best Uses for Tumblr
  4. Persona Wants to Protect Your Online Reputation
  5. The Beginner’s Guide to SoundCloud
  6. 5 Must-Have Tools for a Killer Presentation
  7. 9 Best Free Image Editors
  8. 7 Things You Didn’t Know Bitly Could Do
  9. How to Optimize Your Profile Photos Across Social Media
  10. 9 Best Free Image Editors
Posted in journalism, Social Media

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

This week’s Fast Five is all about tips to either get you started on blogging or taking your existing blog to the next level.

  1. Blogging Tips – Here’s How To Get That Blog To Take Flight
  2. ProBlogger – How to Get Read: 8 Ways to Take your Blog From Existence to Greatness
  3. Blogging Tips – Use Added Elements to Instantly Improve Your Blog Post
  4. The Next Web – 39 blogging tools to help you work faster, better and land more readers
  5. Blogging Tips – Top WordPress Resource Blogs
Posted in journalism, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five: Your Guide To New Media – The Google Edition

I wish there was just one place that was home to the master list of Google hacks. But until then, check out these five that can be handy right now.

  1. Google – Public Data Explorer
  2. Lifehacker – Create Customizable GeoMaps with Google Sheets 
  3. Gigaom – How get the most out of Google’s apps and services when using an iPad 
  4. Digital Telepathy – Google Spreadsheets: More Useful Than You Thought
  5. Travel – Make your own Google maps
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Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide To New Media

It’s the end of the month, and I need to clean out the Fast Five folder.  So today you get links to 10 great digital resources. Enjoy!

  1. The Next WebWhy we need infographics and how to make them great
  2. Blogging TipsBoo! How to Make a Ghost Blogger Work for You 
  3. Nieman Lab — How ProPublica uses Google Docs to help in reader-backed reporting
  4. ReadWrite — Wix Says You Don’t Need To Learn To Code To Build A Website
  5. Mashable — 5 Virtual Assistants That Are More Productive Than Siri
  6. LifehackerTop 10 Clever Google Search Tricks 
  7. MediaBistro — How Your Google+ Profile Can Help Your Articles Links Stand Out
  8. Petapixel — Shutterfly’s New Interactive Guide Teaches the Basics of Capturing Better Images
  9. GigaOm — More than 250 million global events are now in the cloud for anyone to analyze
  10. Lifehacker — Be an Informer, Not a “Meformer”, To Get More Followers On Social Media


Posted in Education, multimedia journalist

Friday Fast Five + Five: The Google Edition

It seems like every day I learn some new trick or hack with Google.  Say what you want about Google, they have some really cool tools that can help you work smarter. Check out 10 of my finds, below.

  1. GoogleGoogle Media Tools
  2. Knight Digital Media Center — Learn Google Analytics with new, free online course
  3. Read Write — Now You Can Ask Google Search To Compare, Filter And Play
  4. TechCrunch — Context Lets You Search Across Dropbox, Evernote, Spotify & More, All From
  5. The Next Web — Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes
  6. Mashable — The Beginner’s Guide to Google+
  7. — Google at 15: Tips and tools for journalists
  8. Lifehacker — How to Set Up Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts (Properly) on iOS
  9. Mash Social Media — 7 Tips for Sorting Your Gmail Contacts
  10. MediaBistro — How Your Google+ Profile Can Help Your Articles Links Stand Out

Benét J. Wilson serves on the board of the Online News Association. She is the vice president of education for 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 and is theAir Travel Expert for

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Friday Fast Five + Five: Your Guide To New Media, The Video Edition

Are you still trying to figure out your video strategy? These 10 tips can help.

  1. Poynter — What journalists need to know about interviewing for video
  2.  Lifehacker — Five Best Video Converters
  3. SATW Traveler — 10 Best Apps for Taking Video with a Smartphone
  4. Mashable — How to Edit Videos on YouTube
  5. — Timeless tips for video journalists
  6. International Journalists’ Network — How to create news videos with mobile app Videolicious
  7. Old Media, New Tricks — Set up a YouTube account and customize your channel 
  8. PBS MediaShift — Tips for editing video and create mobile apps — with little or no technical skills required
  9. International Journalists’ Network — Top apps for journalists shooting video on mobile
  10. Vimeo — Video editing tips and techniques [VIDEO]