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Why I Donated To The For Journalism Kickstarter — And Why You Should Too!

By Benét J. Wilson, chair, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force & social media/enewsletters editor, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association

Back at the beginning of 2013, the International Journalists’ Network website did a post entitled “Three skills journalists should learn in 2013.”  I’m not sure if they did this on purpose, but number one on the list is coding.  IJE says we need to learn to code in order to “spruce up a blog or to conceptualize remarkable projects.”

So when my friend and fellow Online News Association board member, USC professor Robert Hernandez, told me about a new Kickstarter to fund the For Journalism: Data Journalism For All project, created to teach journalists how to code different languages, I was hooked.

I believe in helping to fund good journalism projects, and For Journalism is the third Kickstarter I’ve supported.  The first was a project to help DJTF Secretary Kiratiana Freelon’s “Kiratiana’s Travel Guide To Multicultural London,” which helped fund her travel to cover the Summer Olympics and write her book.  You can read Kiratiana’s blog post about doing a Kickstarter program here.  The second was to keep Laura Amico’s DC Homicide Watch blog alive after she won a Nieman Fellowship.

Every dollar counts with the For Journalism Kickstarter, which ends on March 11.   Donations range from a low of $5 to a high of $10,000.  I donated $45, which will allow me to take Michelle Minkoff’s charting and visualization course.  So I encourage you to throw some dollars to this worthy project. Depending on how you donate, not only do you help a worthy project, but you can even take the courses!

#WJCHAT – Live at ONA 2011!

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

Every Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m. Eastern, I’m on my computer participating in #wjchat. It’s a weekly Twitter talk where web journalists get together to discuss new tools/technology or ponder issues affecting our industry. Saturday, #wjchat went live at the Online News Association’s annual convention in Boston. Here’s what happened.

#wjchat | A weekly chat where Web journalists share experiences, skills, tech, tips and tricks.

A weekly chat where Web journalists share experiences, skills, tech, tips and tricks.
Hernandez: “Oh my God, it’s so weird to see you guys in real life.” #wjchat #ONA11
SylviaCarignan
September 24, 2011
When journalists talk with each other, we all learn and benefit. #thetruth #wjchat #ONA11
Colin_Jones
September 24, 2011
#wjchat session was amazing. I propose an entire #wjchat conference. Themes for each session and a loose, casual series of Qs and As. #ONA11
Colin_Jones
September 24, 2011
Social media is great for lazy and self-absorbed people. Some of whom are journalists. Imagine! /via @kellyfincham #wjchat #ONA11
NABJDigital
September 24, 2011
#wjchat this is interesting — it’s not just our reporters I’m trying to convince that social media is worthwhile, it’s my editors, too.
asuozzo
September 24, 2011
Why do journalists love twitter and hate blogging? A blogger makes his case. Do you agree? http://t.co/VWcUG4oA #wjchat #ona11
stevesaldivar
September 24, 2011
Q6: How can you encourage non-digital natives to use Twitter? #wjchat #ONA11
wjchat
September 24, 2011
Help reporters see how social media can make their life easier says @jeffhidek (at least I think it was @jeffhidek) #ona11 #wjchat
girljournalist
September 24, 2011
Twitter advice: watch folks you like on Twitter; follow their lists; be real, do not Tweet “I need to pee.” Be brave. #wjchat #ONA11
NABJDigital
September 24, 2011
Q2b (we’re returning): Tell us about how you are managing Twitter? #wjchat #ONA11
wjchat
September 24, 2011
I’ve been using Timely to schedule Tweets – clean, simple interface, basic metrics http://timely.is/ #wjchat
girljournalist
September 24, 2011
A2b: Hootsuite, CoTweet, SocialFlow, Buffer #wjchat
wjchat
September 24, 2011
The danger of worrying about reporters who tweet first, write stories second is you can go too far like @ESPN does. #wjchat
robquig
September 24, 2011
.@jmsummers (#ONA board candidate) says she uses Twitter as a notebook for her @Politico reporting, but does write the story. #wjchat #ONA11
NABJDigital
September 24, 2011
Q4: How do you deal with your reporters who are using too much social media and not getting content on the web? #wjchat #ONA11
wjchat
September 24, 2011
.@webjouranalist handles newbies by explaining how social media fits into the journalism. #wjchat #ONA11
NABJDigital
September 24, 2011
Really interesting to hear about challenges of web producers in terms of story flow. Nice to check in outside my usual world. #ona11 #wjchat
michelleminkoff
September 24, 2011
Our web producers tend to do more tweeting than reporters. So we can manage the flow of info as we’re waiting on stories to come. #wjchat
TribLocalPat
September 24, 2011
Newsroom management should create training opportunities to explain collaboration and then openness to try and fail. #wjchat
nextgenradio
September 24, 2011
Web producers seem a little frustrated. Are newsrooms gving web producers the chance to sell the web as a real opportunity? #wjchat
nextgenradio
September 24, 2011
Love that @chelseabot mentioned the old friendly rivalry we had when she ran @KEYTV and I ran @statesman. It helped us both. #wjchat
robquig
September 24, 2011
SMART: “Don’t hate your competition. Source your competition.” #wjchat
jmsummers
September 24, 2011
More than any other prez, #wjchat was in the spirit of why we’re here. A loose exchange of ideas, not a one-way conversation. #ona11
David_M_Holmes
September 24, 2011
It was the fastest hour of my life.  That session could have easily gone on for at least 2 more hours.  It was great to meet some of the folks I had been Tweeting with on #wjchat for the past year.  It has, and continues to be, a great tool to help keep me up to date with the rapidly changing world of web journalism. So if you have some time to kill, come join us on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time.
I didn’t have time to tweet this earlier… but, wow…. thank you all for coming to #wjchat IRL at #ONA11 … so rad!
webjournalist
September 24, 2011

SXSW Panel Picker Is Open For Voting; Please Support People Of Color

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

It’s that time again — time to pick panels for next year’s South by Southwest Interactive.  Based in Austin, Texas, SXSW was originally created as a way for the city to celebrate and showcase musical talent.  The festival expanded to include films and later, interactive.

The interactive part of SXSW has become THE place to come to hear the latest in digital/social/new and multimedia.  A virtual who’s who from influential companies and media organizations are at SXSW, participating on panels, offering exhibits and hosting evening functions.

The conference has struggled in past years to make their panels more diverse.  So to help them out, below are my picks among the 90 journalism-related panels submitted among the nearly 4,000 overall submissions. Last year, I had the time to go through all the submissions, but this year, I just can’t do it.

I’m already seeing Tweets from folks pushing voters to their panels, so I want to help out our folks.  Please take a look at the list, below, and support them with your votes.  Please let me know if I missed anyone. Voting ends Sept. 2.