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Archives: March 2012

10 More News Organizations To Follow On Pinterest

If you’re ready to hop aboard the Pinterest bandwagon but don’t know where to start, looking to other news organizations can serve as a source of inspiration. We’ve already shared five ways journalists can use Pinterest, five organizations to follow and how The Wall Street Journal is using the new social pinboard. Here are five more organizations to follow — and possibly to mimic if you like their ideas.

1. ProPublica

Board worth noting: ProPublica’s Fracking Board is a visual way for readers to follow a topic extensively covered by the news organization.

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Social Media Roundup: Lies about social media ROI, investing in your community and more

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 is discussion about why you should invest in your community; existing passion in online communities; big lies of social media ROI; and how to start building an online community.

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Highlight Music for Village Voice

It’s almost the weekend, and you’ve been invited to your roommate’s band’s show tonight. If the cheap beer isn’t a good enough incentive, maybe a byline at the Village Voice is.

As the most open section of the Voice, the music section is vibing for offbeat culture stories with a humorous yet hard-hitting tone. Music editor Maura Johnston wants to know what is happening around New York: an artist with an interesting backstory and NYC ties who’s releasing an album, a micro-scene coalescing, and so on.

For more on word count and editor contact info, check out How To Pitch: Village Voice.

An Experiment with Google+ Hangouts and Code Year

What happens when you combine Codeacademy’s Code Year and Google+ Hangouts? Robert Hernandez is hoping it equals a bunch of journalists learning to code together.

“This is a group DIY Project, where we learn together, teach each other and support our growth,” wrote Hernandez, a professor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism, on the Learn Code for Journalism with Me site. “My goal here is for all of us to grow and improve journalism.”

The experimental project seems to be a good one, so far. Almost 100 people have signed up for it, including some professors from Medill, a competitor to USC. While Hernandez is still working out the specifics, the general plan is to have classes start in April and meet regularly in pre-scheduled weekly Google+ Hangouts to work on a lesson together.

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Online Subscription Solution Raises $1.75M

MediaPass, a subscription manager for websites, announced that it has raised $1.75 million in series B funding. Established to offer monetization solutions for online content, MediaPass offers web publishers, big or small, a simple way to implement paid content models. While developing and applying a paywall can be complicated and time consuming, users of MediaPass simply need to copy and paste a few lines of code. The service is highly customizable, and allows users the options of metered paywalls and choosing specific content that requires subscriptions. Read more

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