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Archives: December 2012

Five Points Of Inspiration From Engadget’s Responsive Redesign

We all hailed The Boston Globe when it launched its responsive site last year, and Engadet — one of the oldest and largest technology blogs – recently launched a similar redesign. Here are a few points where newspapers and other media can draw inspiration as they move increasingly to responsively designed websites.

1. Display section header as you scroll

This is something I haven’t seen in this style before. For the more extensive, long form articles on Engadget that are broken up by section headers, the title of the header remains at the top of the window as you scroll through. This visual indicator helps those of us with short attention spans to keep track of where we are in a story and remember the the theme for that section. It also helps us feel like we’re being productive — recognition that we’re making progress as we read.

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Students Can Win $5K and Publication With Multimedia Story

Students of the journalism craft have a chance to show off their multimedia skills with The Digital Storymakers Award. Not only do entrants get the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 and publication, but all participants get to use the Atavist’s spiffy software to craft their stories. Here’s how it works: Read more

Freelancers With Multimedia Skills Wanted

“I come from a print background, and I think we have an advantage on the Web,” says Loop21′s newest EIC.

Instead of decrying the decline of print, Lisa Armstrong is embracing it, and making the site truly reflects the ethos of the Internet. “Rather than just presenting information to our audience, we want people to respond. So, whether it’s through some form of social media or on the website, we wanted it to be like we’re having a dialogue about issues that are important,” she said.

Armstrong is actively seeking new writers, and those who are new to the journalism game are just as welcome as seasoned pros. “It’s less about how many years you’ve been in the industry and more about what skills you bring to the table,” she said. And multimedia skills are in high demand. So if you can show off strong writing, reporting and multimedia chops, you might start landing regular assignments.

For more info, read How To Pitch: Loop21. [subscription required]

The Top 50 Undergraduate Journalism Schools?

Here’s a link to send on to all the aspiring journalists in your life, especially if they haven’t picked a school yet. Dan Reimold of College Media Matters, sponsored by Associate Collegiate Press, updated his list of top journalism schools for 2013. It’s a broad list of 50 undergraduate programs with a few notable exclusions — Columbia, Georgetown, Stanford, etc. — mainly because their j-schools are graduate programs or they don’t have specific journalism majors.

Top 50 Journalism Schools

[Top 50 J-Schools word cloud created with Wordle]

If you’re looking to major in journalism or know someone in the hunt for the right college now, this is a solid list to start from of accredited institutions with solid programs beyond the few that people typically toss out as “the best.” Obviously, it’s a subjective list, but based on his perceptions and feedback from alums. And from reading the comments on the post, there’s a lot of discussions on who else should have been added and lots of additional ideas and recommendations for those that were included. It’s a good starting place. I know when I was looking for a j-school I started with a list of reasonably close accredited schools and narrowed it down. This list would have been more useful. And I like that he emphasized digital programs and practical experience — as Reimold put it, “It is strongly biased in favor of programs exciting me in the digital journalism realm and in some way aligned with quality campus media and professional publishing opportunities.” — since that’s what will get the grads hired.

Read the full list: 50 Best Journalism Schools and Programs at U.S. Colleges and Universities [Updated for 2013]

Pocket and Matter Announce Partnership

The content saving platform Pocket (formerly Read It Later) has announced its first publisher partnership with Matter. Those who subscribe to the Kickstarter funded journalism startup will now be able to access its content directly within the Pocket app. It’s a fitting partnership, since Matter does not have an app of its own. Co-founder Bobbie Johnson told The Next Web that they are not pursuing it because “We had raised money from people through Kickstarter to commission journalism, and wanted to use as much of our budget for that as possible: developing an app would have eaten up a vast chunk of our resources.”

Matter published its first piece of longform journalism last month, and you can get it for $0.99 here.

(H/T The Next Web)

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