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Ethan Klapper

Journal Register Launches Digital Ninja School

Journal Register Company is putting a new spin on newsroom digital training for editorial employees of its Connecticut properties.

Those employees can now go to Digital Ninja School, a martial arts-themed training program. The program covers five areas that are essential for anyone working in the newsroom of 2012: digital publishing, social media, blogging, video and data journalism. Completing each category gets you a new “belt” — right up to completing all categories, when you get a digital ninja black belt. Read more

Inside The Newsroom Of 1996 (VIDEO)

Election Day Nov. 5, 1996 at The Miami Herald from Robertson Adams on Vimeo.

I just came across this video that was shot on Election Day 1996 in the newsroom of the Miami Herald. The video offers a reminder about how far newsroom technology has come in 15 years.

In this video, people are still using terminals that feature lime-green text on a black background. What is billed as the Herald‘s first digital camera is unboxed–and tested (much to the chagrin of some less than photogenic newsroom colleagues).

My favorite part comes toward the end of the video (at about 27 minutes in), when the paper’s paste up process is shown. Editors deliberate about which of three splash headlines should be used for the paper’s A1 page.

As someone too young to have worked in a newsroom in this era, I find the video fascinating. For those who did work at newsrooms during the paste up era, the video will surely be nostalgic.

And, of course, as you watch, think of how different (and faster) this process is now with all the technology that we take for granted!

Chicago Tribune Could Begin Charging For Content

The Chicago Tribune will build a paywall around its online content and will consider a “creative way” of charging for access, according to Editor Gerould Kern.

Details and a timeline were not available, but Kern said they’re looking into it.

“I think we will begin to charge in a selective way,” he said at a Chicago conference, according to Crain’s Chicago Business.

The Tribune would join the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times as the major newspapers that charge for content. The WSJ has a large paywall, offering a select few free articles chosen by editors. The Times paywall allows for 20 free articles a month. Read more

Twitter Used to Deliver Nevada Caucus Results

Typically when an American news organization provides live election night results, it comes over their Associated Press feed, a subscription that costs thousands and thousands of dollars a year to use. But on Saturday night, the night of the Nevada Caucus, Twitter was also used to deliver live results, directly from their source, the Nevada Republican Party.

The feed, @NVVoteCount, was a partnership between the Nevada Republican Party and Twitter. It used a standard data format — which is also how the AP delivers results to its subscribers. The key difference, of course, was that Twitter was used as the delivery mechanism. Read more

Reuters Releases Social Pulse, A Social Media Hub

Reuters on Thursday released Social Pulse, a social media dashboard that shows what’s hot on social networks, with a focus on business news.

The site is divided into multiple sections: A top articles section, a social sentiment section, a section showing the Klout scores of CEOs, a hot tweets section and a section of stories that are popular on On the right rail is a section called “Live Wire,” a series of hot links curated by Social Media Editor Anthony DeRosa. Read more