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Archives: May 2011

Why Local News Sites Need Twitter In Bad Weather

Over the weekend my hometown was hit by some pretty nasty thunderstorms. While it wasn’t nearly on the scale of what happened in Joplin, MO, the word “tornado” was thrown around a few times in Facebook updates from people in the area.

I don’t live in the area any longer, I have friends and family who do. There are a few different news sources both in town, and regionally, that were covering the storm as it was happening.

But when I wanted to get information about what was happening, I chose Twitter over all of them.

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Where To Find Original, Local Story Ideas Online

Whether you’re an intern new to a community hoping to impress your boss or a long-time reporter hoping to avoid writing about air conditioner and ice cream sales this summer, knowing where to look for original local story ideas can be a game changer. The best way to avoid being given bad assignments is to be busily working on better ones. Luckily, there’s a wealth of such story ideas available right from your cubicle. Here’s where to look: Read more

jPad: Initial Thoughts On Some News/Journalism iPad Apps

Part two in an ongoing series. Click here for part one.

Waiting for me on Thursday after I got home from work was my new iPad 2. I was quite excited – the (relatively long) wait was over and I could start exploring what all the hype over the revolutionary gadget was about!

And, let me say, so far, the device is more than lived up to its hype. Here are some of the relevant news/journalism apps I’ve downloaded to my iPad so far: Read more

Social Media and Online Community Posts From Around The Web

Every Friday I post links to a few of the blog posts that I read during the week that I found interesting and insightful.

Included in this week’s round-up are posts that discuss who really owns the data that appears on social networks; the value of content strategy for creating success in social commerce;  and how Facebook has changed what it means to be a community manager.

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Online News Association Preliminary Schedule Released Today

Today the fine organizers of the Online News Association Conference released the preliminary schedule for the ONA 2011 Conference in Boston.  They’ve also extended the early-bird registration deadline to give potential attendees time to check out the programming. As someone who has attended ONA conferences for the past two years, I’ve found immense value in meeting people in journalism and technology. These are a few of the sessions that stand out to me so far, and why I think they’re important.

Entrepreneuring 3.0 Workshop

Schedule description: Local news entrepreneurs need to know more than just how to launch a news startup these days. You need to know when to add satellite sites, how to expand your distribution pipeline and how to bring in new kinds of revenue. J-Lab returns for another daylong workshop that will focus on staying power, growth and expansion, ad networks, content partnerships and even the new ethical minefields in local news ecosystems.

Why it’s important: We’ve heard a lot about entrepreneurial journalism — over and over again. This workshop goes beyond the act of starting a company and delvs into sustaining that company. The focus on experimentation and potential failure has been great up to this point for getting new ideas up and running, but if we want to create a journalistic future that works, we need to create companies that don’t go under after a few years. Read more