Posted in Conferences & Conventions, journalism

Getting Ready for #NABJ40: The Convention TweetChat


With the 40th Annual NABJ Convention and Career Fair only 42 days away, the Digital Journalism Task Force, in partnership with, held its annual TweetChat to get folks ready for the event.

We had a stellar panel of NABJ convention veterans — Kelley Carter, Kirstin Garriss, Marissa Evans, Merdie Nzanga, Sarah Glover, Cindy George, Kathy Chaney, Marcus Vanderberg, Michael Feeney,  Marshall Latimore, Marlon Walker, Marc Willis Marissa Evans and Ashleigh Atwell — who shared their best tips and tricks for navigating the convention. I also want to thank all the #NABJ family members who chimed in with their own convention experiences.

Click here to see the Storify of the event.  And don’t forget to register for the convention, Aug. 5-9, 2015, in Minneapolis. See you there!

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She’s The Boss: Female Media Entrepreneurs of Color Share Their Stories







The Maynard Institute for Journalism Education recently hosted a Twitter Chat with a group of female journalists of color who took their entrepreneurial dreams and turned them into reality. This panel of journalistic businesswomen included: Bobbi Bowman, (left) a former editor for The Washington Post and USA Today, who made the leap into entrepreneurship when she launched the hyperlocal news site, The McLean Ear, which later became McLean Patch; Kelly Virella, a former investigative reporter and editor who is about to start a long form digital magazine called The Urban Thinker, (right); Tomoko Hosaka, Chief Operating Officer at Plympton  (parent company of Rooster, a reading app that picks books for users and delivers them in installments to mobile devices; Karen Lincoln Michel, who blogs at A Digital Native American and is former president of Unity Journalists; and Marisa Trevino, creator of LatinaLista, a news portal for the Latino community. Here are their insights via storify.– Staff Reports



Posted in Conferences & Conventions, journalism

#NABJ13PREP – The TweetChat


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

DJTF Secretary Kiratiana Freelon gathered together NABJ convention veterans and asked them to offer their best advice for being prepared to attend next week’s Annual Convention & Career Fair in Orlando. Click here to see a Storify with some of their and other NABJ members’ best tips!

See you in Orlando!

Posted in Education, Entrepreneur, Innovation, journalism

Digital Journalism Task Force Holds #DJTFCHAT on Entrepreneurial Journalism

By Ameena Rasheed, NABJ Digital Journalism Task Force Intern

DJTF Secretary Kiratiana Freelon held a DJTFCHAT last night on  The HOW, WHAT, WHY and WHEN of Journalism Entrepreneurship.

Her guests were:

Click here to see the Storify of the event.

Posted in Conferences & Conventions, multimedia journalist

Missed #NABJ12? Check Out Storination!

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

We know that everyone couldn’t join us for this year’s fantastic convention in New Orleans.  In a perfect world, we would have had live streaming of the workshops, similar to what they do at the Online News Association’s annual convention.

But since that wasn’t an option due to budget considerations, NABJ went all out with social media.  So many of our members and attendees were on Twitter that at several points last week, we were a trending topic.

Right before the convention, I learned about Storination, a cool web-based tool that allows you to put all the Storifys from a single event — like #NABJ12 — in one place for folks to read and share.  I went on Twitter and begged for a beta code, then sent an email explaining exactly what I wanted to do with the tool. 

I want to thank all those members who did Storifys on key sessions, along with two plenaries, the board meeting and the business meeting.  Click here to see all the Storifys done from New Orleans.  If you did one and it wasn’t included, please email me and I’ll include it. Enjoy!

Posted in Education, journalism, multimedia journalist

NABJ Multimedia Short Course Celebrates 20 Years

By Georgia Dawkins, Producer, Waterman Broadcasting

There’s only one word to describe the 20th Annual NABJ Short Course, EPIC! Forty-two students traveled to Greensboro, North Carolina to step their careers up a notch. Nearly half a dozen veteran short course mentors met them at North Carolina A&T State University to help them on their journey.

“They come with a greater sense of what they want to do,” said program coordinator, Gail Wiggins.

These students are no doubt the crème de la crème, but the short course serves as a reality check for some. The short course day begins with breakfast, newspapers, tweets and morning newscast. Students can be found next to their orange juice, buried in a newspaper preparing for the current event quiz that’s waiting for them in the newsroom.

“The multimedia short course an exceptional experience for me because I was able to experience and thoroughly understand every facet of the television industry,” said Ameena Rasheed, who awarded top honors during the workshop. The 22-year-old Texas Southern University student  said her hard work paid off when she received the award for Outstanding Reporting and Outstanding Stand Up.

Veteran Instructor Damany Lewis of KCRA said, “I think the future is bright for young journalists!” Lewis not only journeys to NC A&T every year, he also gets over to his alma mater, Florida A&M University for their multimedia short course.

These NABJ babies are working with seasoned journalists who show up to give them some tough love. Even keynote speaker, Paula Madison sat down to offer a few one-on-one critiques. Madison was the 2011 NABJ Legacy Award recipient.  The CEO of Madison Media Management and former NBCUniversal Chief Diversity Officer joined the crew on Saturday for the award reception and poured on the wisdom.

“They too can get to where [Madison] is from where they are now,” Wiggins told NABJ Digital. “but don’t forget the hard work and dedication.”

Reflecting on the last two decades, Wiggins realized that time has flown by. “We do it every year. We don’t think any differently.” But the program has grown, whipping hundreds of aspiring journalists into shape over the years. Over the time the focus has expanded from just cracking the diversity ceiling to teaching how to be multimedia and multiplatform journalists. “They come with the essential skills,” said Wiggins. “We have to make sure the students are able to produce for these different platforms.”

If you missed out on this epic celebration, check out the links below for a quick recap.


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

MULTIMEDIA BRAND YOU: PABJ & TABJ Digital Journalism Training

  1. Share
    Multimedia Brand&YOU @benetwilson @normbond @bobbibooker @KelleyLCarter @AmaniChannel @SmallBizLady @skyphoto @TechLifeSteph @Darishamedia
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 10:18:24
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    @PABJ Multimedia Training. The info is great and informative…but we’re also learning what’s maddening about Skype…#pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:03:33
  3. The day started with Benet Wilson, chair of NABJ’s Digital Journalism Task Force, Program Chair for NABJ’s 2012 Convention and a freelance aviation/travel journalist and blogger. She provided an overview of top tech trends, must-have apps and
    social media for journalists.
  4. I started my talk by encouraging folks to get into social media — but to start slow, with one or two platforms. This gives you a chance to see what works best for you. Below are my recommendations of five to try.
  5. Next, I offered up my list of great iPhone apps, below.
  6. I ended my presentation by offering my thoughts about tech trends for journalists coming down the pike, using the wisdom of my tech sensei, Amy Webb of Webbmedia and Knowledgewebb.
  7. After Wilson was entertainment journalist Kelley L. Carter. Carter, co-chair of the NABJ Arts & Entertainment Task Force, discussed her journey as a multimedia freelancer, from
    print journalist to guest expert on HLN/CNN and other media outlets. She talked about how
    she expanded her brand online and provided tips to journalists
    who are interested in crossing platforms. She also provided suggestions to
    journalists on how to find multimedia freelancing opportunities.
  8. Share
    @KelleyLCarter says her present freelancing career exploded around coverage of MJ’s death…
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:45:38
  9. Share
    @KelleyLCarter says invest in yourself with a good online reel and website
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:44:26
  10. Share
    @KelleyLCarter suggests developin an expertise, for her its entertainment journo, and she gets more calls as a freelance expert for tv/radio
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:47:49
  11. Melinda Emerson, AKA ‘The Small Biz Lady,” provided an overview of thinking as an
    entrepreneurial journalist, small business person, and monetizing your work
  12. Share
    @SmallBizLady Melinda Emerson tells us how to think as an entrepreneurial journalists, small biz person & monetizing ur work online.
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:32:45
  13. Share
    @SmallBizLady H.E.L.P: Help. Engage. Listen. Promote–
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:16:02
  14. Share
    Brand yourself online with the 3C’s Content, Community and Commerce #smallbiz chat with @pabj and @SmallBizLady
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:25:08
  15. Share
    @SmallBizLady says do key research to know your key customer and who you are influencing!
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:28:08
  16. Share
    @SmallBizLady says its good to have quality content and be an expert but make sure you ate talking with ppl via social media
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:31:01
  17. Share
    @SmallBizLady says use social media, become an influencer, build a following through social media, monetize ur content
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:39:33
  18. Share
    “@SmallBizLady: The door to wisdom is never shut. – Ben Frankin”
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 18:20:26
  19. Next up was Norm Bond, an international authority on marketing,
    corporate diversity, sales and multicultural issues spoke on Branding
  20. Share
    @normbond My ‘professional hook’: Tech-life Expert #personalmarketability #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 11:57:11
  21. Share
    @normbond says u need a logo that speaks to who you, newsletter, qr code, website, blog talk radio, blog, promo items/biz cards #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:19:35
  22. Share
    Manage your online presence to leverage your offline presence. @normbond #pabj #TABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:19:56
  23. Share
    .@normbond says u need logo that speaks to you, newsletter, qr code, website, blog talk radio, blog, promo items/biz cards #pabj /CHECK!
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:08:18
  24. Bobbi Booker and Darisha Miller discussed recent social media
    mishaps made by journalists and how to turn a PR crisis online into good PR.
  25. Share
    @bobbibooker and @Darishamedia are discussing the tweets by @rolandsmartin that drew attention by @glaad and how to react and respond #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:49:29
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    @bobbibooker says our social media is a branding and we need to extend old school courtesies and relationship building #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 12:46:18
  27. Stephanie Humphrey gave an overview of apps and online tools based on her article. She covered
    Pinterest and what it is, and described miscellaneous technology
    blogs/websites that are good to follow.
  28. Share
    @TechLifeSteph suggests the iRig microphone as a great digital microphone tool to use with ur iPhone #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:10:47
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    @TechLifeSteph is a trained engineer who has parlay-d her tech experience w/ tv appearances & blogging 2 becoming a multimedia journo #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:14:29
  30. Share
    @TechLifeSteph suggests apps- iJournalistPro, CoverItLive, Evernote, Dragon Dictation, WriteRoom, Dropbox, Google Docs, Cloud storage #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:18:10
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    @TechLifeSteph — Consistency is the key with blogging and social media. Good Reminder! #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:30:15
  32. Amani Channel covered visual journalism on the web and general
    multimedia standard practices. He also provided an overview of how he set up
    his own news site, and offered suggestions on how to monetize it.
  33. Share
    @AmaniChannel discusses “Skills to Pay the Bills In a New Media World” #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:37:18
  34. Share
    @AmaniChannel — Get out of your comfort zone! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:41:48
  35. Share
    “More stations are hiring one man band reporters. Multimedia skills will come in handy”
    – @amanichannel #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:41:33
  36. Share
    @AmaniChannel says… You are a Brand! People are watching and listening! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:42:48
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    @AmaniChannel sees shooting and editing trends… video skills, one-man band, dslr cameras, tapeless cameras #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:44:09
  38. Share
    @AmaniChannel digital skills tips- seek freelance opps, guest post, start a blog, leverage social networks, create UGC content #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 13:54:00
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    NEW MEDIA REPORTING use Twitter, Live Stream, Facebook and always SHARE YOUR CONTENT!! #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:01:50
  40. Sarah Glover, PABJ President and photographer/videograher at the Philadelphia Daily News, ended the day with a tutorial on how to how to build a WordPress website.
  41. Share
    #PABJ Sarah Glover giving a awesome presentation on WordPress at the Digital Journalism training. Great organization.
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:12:52
  42. Share
    @skyphoto wordpress tutorial: pick a template that showcases your specialty (broadcast, print, photo, design). #PABJ
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:20:48
  43. Share
    part of my presentation today @ #pabj digital training derived from Michelle Johnson’s presentation at #NABJ11 on building a WordPress site
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 16:57:03
  44. Share
    Journo websites should have at least: resume, about, works samples, contact info, social media feeds (Twitter/FB/blog). #pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 17:16:28
  45. Share
    Learning about making a website using WordPress @pabj multimedia training. Been a really productive set of workshops today.#pabj
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 14:18:50
  46. Share
    Learned a lot today from attending the #PABJ multimedia workshop. a lot of great insight to social media way explained.
    Sat, Mar 03 2012 16:38:54
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Storify: HABJ Mentor Breakfast

The Houston Association of Black Journalists recently hosted a mentor breakfast where  local college students engaged with media professionals and discussed the evolving world of journalism. Social Media Correspondent Ameena Rasheed reported live from the event using Storify.

  1. @HoustonABJ will be hosting a Student Mentor Breakfast this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the @HoustonChron. #TwitterNewsChat
    November 10, 2011 5:34:54 PM EST
  2. We will be reporting live from the event through various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, UStream and more.
    November 11, 2011 6:44:40 PM EST
  3. The Social Media Correspondents (@smcorrespondent) use multiple social media platforms to report on pertinent issues. We tell stories dynamically using a myriad of social and multimedia platforms. We are especially interested in telling under told stories in under-served communities.
  4. @smcorrespondent will cover @HoustonABJ’s Mentor Breakfast at the @HoustonChron tomorrow. #TwitterNewsChat
    November 11, 2011 10:47:49 AM EST
  5. The SMC team (l-r) Sara Phipps-Carr, Serbino Sandifer-Walker, Erik Granados and Ameena Rasheed.
  6. November 12, 2011 6:42:48 AM EST
  7. Cindy George, NABJ Parliamentarian and health reporter for the Houston Chronicle, mentions some of the prominent Houston media professionals that will be in attendance.
  8. HABJ Student Mentorship Breakfast speakers include @cindylgeorge @gnormanKHOU @isiahcarey1 @JeromeSolomon @georgehaj
    November 11, 2011 10:19:26 PM EST
  9. HABJ Student Mentorship Breakfast speakers include @NewsWitAttitude @gnormanKHOU @scottbraddock @gilmorecourtney
    November 11, 2011 10:27:30 PM EST
  10. Coming to HABJ Student Mentorship Breakfast: @NewsWitAttitude @gnormanKHOU @scottbraddock @gilmorecourtney @sswalker
    November 11, 2011 10:31:51 PM EST
  11. Students from Texas Southern, Prairie View, University of Houston and HCC were in attendance.
  12. Great place to be this morning at @HoustonABJ @HoustonChron with professional journalists and aspiring journalists!
    November 12, 2011 11:16:48 AM EST
  13. Packed house at the @HoustonABJ Student Mentor Breakfast
    November 12, 2011 11:26:11 AM EST
  14. Great turn out for the HABJ Breakfast!!!
    November 30, 2011 8:51:05 PM EST
  15. There were three panel sessions at the breakfast. Students were told pertinent information about the journalism industry. The SMC team captured all of the footage on video.

  16. I’m live on Ustream! Check out my show: 10:20 AM CST
    November 12, 2011 11:20:59 AM EST
  17. Happening now! Tune in!RT @erikmichaelg: HABJ Student Mentorship Breakfast | Houston Chroni – smcorrespondents… #SMCLIVE
    November 12, 2011 10:37:13 AM EST
  18. First session: “Opportunities for Journalists In A Newspaper Newsroom”
    November 12, 2011 10:38:22 AM EST
  19. #HABJ Student mentorship breakfast with @HoustonChron @JeromeSolomon @GeorgeHaj @cindylgeorge & Nicki Britton
    November 12, 2011 10:40:10 AM EST
  20. November 12, 2011 12:12:33 PM EST
  21. The forum started out with addressing what goes on in a “print newsroom,” but with the emergence of new media all forms journalism are mixing together. Print journalism is evolving with technology.
  22. There is no such thing as a print newsroom these days. – @georgehaj #habj
    November 12, 2011 10:40:06 AM EST
  23. As a student journalist, you need to be enterprising. It shows your passion for the industry and that you know how to do your job well.
  24. “Learn how to write” – Jerome Solomon Houston Chronicle
    November 12, 2011 10:49:26 AM EST
  25. “If you don’t have clips or a blog, I’m not going to hire you,” said @HoustonChron’s George Haj, local news editor. #HABJ #TwitterNewsChat
    November 12, 2011 10:46:12 AM EST
  26. You need to be able to show that you can write. This is a craft you need to show that you know how to work on deadline. – @georgehaj #habj
    November 12, 2011 10:43:04 AM EST
  27. Make urself useful to the media! -#GeorgeHaj
    November 12, 2011 11:16:49 AM EST
  28. “We’re looking for dedication. You’ve gotta want it.” -@NickiBritton on how journalism students can get jobs #habj
    November 12, 2011 10:48:39 AM EST
  29. The road to being a journalist is not an easy one. Many of the panelists discussed some of the sacrifices that will have to be made in order to be successful.
  30. You have to be willing to travel. Your first job won’t be in your hometown. #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:03:57 AM EST
  31. It’s not about the money, it’s about doing what you love. Journalism is a sacrifice. -Crystal Issac #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:30:02 AM EST
  32. One panelist said he earned $16,500 in his first TV job. However, don’t be discouraged. #HABJ #NABJ
    November 12, 2011 11:51:03 AM EST
  33. “You need thick skin if you want to be a journalist,” said Crystal Issac, KTRK-TV associate producer. #HABJ #NABJ #TwitterNewsChat
    November 12, 2011 11:45:36 AM EST
  34. Nicki Britton of the Houston Chronicle gave tips for pitching story ideas to journalists.
  35. @NickiBritton says send a strong story idea, pitch your ideas. Don’t ask, be enterprising, find a great story. #HABJ #NABJ #TwitterNewsChat
    November 12, 2011 11:16:42 AM EST
  36. November 12, 2011 6:59:24 PM EST
  37. Mary Benton (left) and Sherea Cary (right). Picture courtesy of
  38. November 12, 2011 6:59:41 PM EST
  39. Todd Smith (left) and Bridgett Joe (right). Picture courtesy of
  40. November 2, 2011 12:18:00 AM EDT
  41. Next panel: “The Changing Landscape of Broadcast Media”
    November 12, 2011 11:19:55 AM EST
  42. Sharing knowledge with the journalists of the future. @isiahcarey1 @scottbraddock Gene Norman/11 & Crystal Issac/13
    November 12, 2011 11:26:03 AM EST
  43. November 12, 2011 6:42:41 AM EST
  44. The panelists gave tips on becoming better reporters.
  45. “You are always a Journalist. You are always working and find stories even when you aren’t looking ” @JeromeSolomon #StudentMentorship
    November 12, 2011 10:56:19 AM EST
  46. Be a sponge. Learn everything. Don’t have a chip on your soldier. – @gnormanKHOU #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:24:53 AM EST
  47. Become indispensable. Learn to adapt quickly to change. – @gnormanKHOU #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:34:05 AM EST
  48. “Focus on the content of what you’re reporting on and not so much on the platform,” says Scott Braddock. #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:38:08 AM EST
  49. You aren’t working for company that issues your check, you work for you. Great advice! @amahouston @scottbraddock
    November 12, 2011 11:53:33 AM EST
  50. Truly believe in yourself and what you’re doing. Follow your heart and continue to push on. #habj
    November 12, 2011 11:55:10 AM EST
  51. @KHOU’s Gene Norman said the late Marvin Zindler told him he was “going to be alright.” Surround yourself with positive people. #HABJ
    November 12, 2011 11:36:19 AM EST
  52. “You are always a Journalist. You are always working and find stories even when you aren’t looking ” @JeromeSolomon #StudentMentorship
    November 12, 2011 10:56:19 AM EST
  53. “It’s the willingness to say yes to everything,” said Jerome Solomon. He’s speaking on how to make your mark as a journalist. #HABJ
    November 12, 2011 10:58:40 AM EST
  54. Award-winning investigative reporter Demond Fernandez who joined KTRK in May 2011 gave valuable advice to young journalists.
  55. The SMC team used a myriad of tools to cover the event.
  56. Loving what the @smcorrespondent (s) are doing at #HABJ Student Mentorship Breakfast…sharing the news as it happens!
    November 12, 2011 11:08:32 AM EST
  57. “@sswalker: @AmeenaRasheed is covering #HABJ mentor session live. She’s using her mobile and iPad. #HABJ #NABJ
    November 12, 2011 11:43:47 AM EST
  58. November 12, 2011 4:57:30 AM EST
  59. Social media correspondent @erikmichaelg uses mobile to cover #HABJ mentor session @HoustonChron. #TwitterNewschat
    November 12, 2011 10:58:02 AM EST
  60. November 10, 2011 2:42:59 PM EST
  61. New panel: “The Important Role of Social Media for Journalists” with @joysewing, @sswalker and @NewsWitAttitude #habj
    November 12, 2011 12:09:40 PM EST
  62. KHOU Digital Media Producer, Nakia Cooper, told students to watch what they post online and build up a marketable brand.
  63. “Control your image,” says @NewsWitAttitude.
    November 12, 2011 12:17:31 PM EST
  64. Social media is about branding yourself! #HABJ
    November 12, 2011 12:13:42 PM EST
  65. Some traditional journalists have a hard time with social networking plans.
  66. “Social media goes against everything you’re taught at a journalist. It puts you in the story.” – @joysewing Fashion Editor at @HoustonChron
    November 12, 2011 12:11:25 PM EST
  67. “We realized people were not coming to our website, they were relying on our Facebook page for news.” – Nakia Cooper from @KHOU
    November 12, 2011 12:04:50 PM EST
  68. You have to come to the public. Go viral and share your information on multiple social media networks. #habj
    November 12, 2011 12:04:34 PM EST
  69. November 12, 2011 12:12:33 PM EST
  70. – @joysewing is now sharing her story about how social media leveraged her interview with Miss Tina and Beyonce’s appearance #habj
    November 12, 2011 12:13:14 PM EST
  71. Joy Sewing spoke on how her story on Beyonce’s surprise trip to Houston went viral. It was shared on Facebook 936 times and on Twitter 96 times. The media blitz was all started by one tweet she said. As a journalist for the Houston Chronicle she notes that her job is to get people reading the Chronicle and using social media helps connect with potential readers.
  72. November 13, 2011 7:25:00 PM EST
  73. Houston Chronicle reporters Joy Sewing and Jerome Solomon. Picture courtesy of
  74. Students were urged to get a mentor to help you guide your way through the industry, but make sure you understand what a mentor actually is.
  75. A mentor relationship is not a social one. Mentors are not friends, they’re here to help you grow professionally. #habj
    November 12, 2011 12:16:45 PM EST
  76. “I’ve had the same mentors for 20 years, they do not look like me and they’re here to help me get to the next level.” – @joysewing
    November 12, 2011 12:15:53 PM EST
  77. Mentorships are not friendship based but building professional relationships.
    November 12, 2011 12:17:04 PM EST
  78. “It’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.” @cindylgeorge #habj
    November 12, 2011 12:49:39 PM EST
  79. November 3, 2011 6:17:00 AM EDT
  80. There was then a breakout session where the students were able to network with industry professionals.
  81. Finally met @AshleyRSmall today!!! 🙂 #HABJ
    November 12, 2011 2:03:13 PM EST
  82. Helping prepare students for the future. The HABJ student breakfast was incredible. Enjoyed listening to all the panelist.
    November 12, 2011 1:24:47 PM EST
  83. RT @Terin_Lynn: Just left the @houstonabj breakfast and it was a major success!! @MaryBenton @sswalker @cindylgeorge @smcorrespondent I had a blast!! #HABJ
    November 12, 2011 1:54:45 PM EST
  84. There was then a question and answer portion where seasoned journalists could further interact with the students.
  85. FOX 26 News reporter and Houston Blogger, Isiah Carey, included some great photos and video included below of the event via his blog:
  86. In the Q&A portion of the @HoustonABJ #StudentMentorshipBreakfast hosted by @HoustonChron!
    November 12, 2011 1:07:13 PM EST
  87. November 13, 2011 7:25:00 PM EST
  88. HABJ Mentor Breakfastl:
    November 13, 2011 5:59:11 PM EST
  89. November 12, 2011 6:59:41 PM EST
    November 12, 2011 7:00:12 PM EST
  91. The journalism students of Texas Southern University with HABJ President Mary Benton.
  92. November 12, 2011 6:42:17 AM EST
Posted in Conferences & Conventions, Education, multimedia journalist, Social Media

Tumbling Into Tumblr at ONA 2011

The Online News Association conference does this really cool thing — it allows attendees to pick an “unconference” topic on site and they ran them on Saturday. I was happy to see the one I chose — We’ve Got A Tumblr: Now What? — was one of the three winning entries.

We’ve got a Tumblr! Now what?

You’ve convinced your boss that having that blue dashboard open in a browser tab all day should actually be part of your job … and now what? Let’s come together as the proprietors of media Tumblrs to discuss what works, what doesn’t, how we’re using the platform, and what we dream of doing if we just had 2 more hours in the day.
I was interested in this session anyway, but the bonus for me was that the unconference session was co-hosted by Mark Coatney of Tumblr (who was also on my ONA branding panel) and Phoebe Connelly of Yahoo! News.
“Tumblr: An unholy marriage between Twitter and a blog”-@phoebedoris #onatumblr #ona11
September 24, 2011

Here’s a Tumblr from my friend Jon Ostrower, aka Flightblogger. He’s one of my fellow aviation journalists and avgeeks who travels now the way I did 10 years ago.

FlightBlogger On The Move

Lemon on the level. (Taken with Instagram at Casa Del Popolo) Bins of Legos. NO WAY?! #CanIbe10again? (Taken with Instagram at LEGO Imagination Center) Atlantis’ Gathered Fan Base #sts135 (Taken with instagram) Atlantis: As seen from my iPhone+Binoculars #sts135 (Taken with instagram) A Spaceship waits in the dark.
Monthly: 94 million unique visitors to @tumblr and only 30 million registered users. – @mcoatney #ona11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Frustration w. CMS pushed Mark Coatney @mcoatney to experiment with social media. #ona11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
.@caitlindewey: Another benefit to Tumblr — one person can do it. You don’t need reporters, developers, etc. So so easy. #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
The average Newsweek reader is 57. Move to Tumblr was attempt to engage younger demographic. Smart! #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
General Electric has a cool Tumblr that features pictures of its products.Scroll down and check out those beautiful engine pictures!!
General Electric

This blog features the groundbreaking research and technology that GE has been developing since the days of Edison. Follow us here for a look inside our research labs, manufacturing plants, and archives, as we explore 130 years of innovation. @noahk 30 ft up, shooting at our Jenbacher gas #engine plant in Jenbach, Austria.
Tumblr lets you alter the voice of your publication a bit while appealing to new audience. That IS a pretty sick opportunity. #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
I like that you can quickly get started with a Tumblr with your newsroom content without having to go through painful IT or coding process.  One person can get it up and
How often should news orgs post on Tumblr? At Newsweek, @mcoatney did 5-10/day including curation. #ona11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
The web is a conversation, @mcoatney says. Tumblr allows you to take advantage of that in a way a conventional site does not. #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
People respond to a human voice. Agreed, @CNNMoneyTech is an awesome example: #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Tech Tumblr – Technology News – CNNMoney

Most of last week’s Facebook coverage of focused on Timeline and “real-time apps.” Wasn’t till today that we started to realize just what “real-time apps” actually means: Anything you do, on any app you’ve let connect to Facebook, can be broadcast in realtime. Every story you read on Yahoo.
.@boyreporter, always wise: Tumblr’s a great platform for outlets with longer publication cycles. Easy way to repurpose content. #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Tumblr good for pull quote or single photo from gallery linking back to main site #ona11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Have you seen @ONA’s tumblr? #ONA11 #onatumblr #ONAunCon
September 24, 2011
ONA Issues

2011 Online Journalism Award winners announced! BBC News, Flipboard, the Los Angeles Times, Zeit Online and the Washington Post were among the news and technology organizations that took top honors. Find the full list here on “This quote comes from Tim Harford, who argues that success is really just a product of failure.
I love #ONA #tumblr! #ONA11 #onatumblr I’m starting to see the possibilities, @phoebedoris, @mcoatney!
September 24, 2011
Check out @phoebedoris’s user engagement #Tumblr project for @yahoo: #onatumblr #ONA11
September 24, 2011
Down But Not Out

I have been out of work for two and a half years. After working for AT&T and former AT&T companies for about 17 years in Yellow Page Sales, I was terminated. I was 59 years, 11 months old. I was told that I was terminated because I had a hearing loss.
At @nationalpost, our big breakthru was when our Starbucks graphic start on Tumblr & end up on CNN: #onatumblr #ona11
September 24, 2011
From Tumblr to TV: How our #Starbucks “Trenta” graphic became an online hit | Editors | National Post

This week, the National Post team created a graphic illustrating the size of the new Starbucks “Trenta” cup. In the matter of a day, the graphic went from a post on Tumblr to making an appearance on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show, 360. In our ongoing effort to explore and explain how news spreads, we break…
A favorite #Tumblr discussed: NPR Fresh Air (I love that show): #ONA11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Reblogged from ryancharlesgoodman Followups to our Brad Pitt interview: Poynter looked at Brad’s J-School attendance New York Magazine examines Brad’s eating habits The official font of President Obama’s presidential campaign was Gotham. Everything written on this blog is sung in Comic Sans. Is there a tumblr that collects Tumblrs that have only one post and nothing else?
Tip from @phoebedoris for news orgs: check out Tumblr’s browse-by-subject, and tag posts for subjects hungry for content. #onatumblr. #ona11
September 24, 2011
Plug from the #onatumblr session: If This Then That, a way to automate uploads to various social media platforms #ona11
September 24, 2011
We all love If this, then that: @10000Words on IFTTT: #ONA11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
ifttt / About ifttt

Put the internet to work for you by creating tasks that fit this simple structure: Think of all the things you could do if you were able to define any task as: when something happens (this) then do something else (that). The this part of a task is the Trigger.
Great advice from @phoebedoris take a look at the theme garden, explore how things are laid out, rendered, visualized #ona11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
Hey #onatumblr folks here’s a bitly bundle of great tumblrs mentioned in this presentation #ona11
September 24, 2011 Bundles

9 links in this bundle – Hide PreviewsOrganize Content
Some other great #tumblrs: HuffPost picks: #ONA11 #onatumblr
September 24, 2011
We accept submissions on @ONA’s tumblr, #photo, #dataviz, #onaissues, etc #ONA11 #onatumblr #ONAunCon
September 24, 2011
Everyone following or at the #onatumblr session, please send me your Tumblr sites! I curate #ona11
September 24, 2011