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Bring Your Voice to The Root

The RootRiding high on the groundswell of pride and honor felt among most members of the black community during President Obama’s 2008 election, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Donald Graham, chairman of The Washington Post, partnered to launch The Root, an online publication covering the nation’s biggest news stories — with an African-American angle.

How does The Root stand out from Huffington Post Black Voices, The Grio and other sites with a similar mission? “We try to differentiate ourselves in the quality of the writing and reporting and in taking perceived wisdom about race and racism and factors that affect the black community and challenging them,” said Lauren Williams, deputy editor. “One of the things that we are noted for is just having really smart content.”

Whether you’re looking to write a reported piece or a personal essay, The Root welcomes submissions from contributors — in fact, half of the site’s content is freelance-written. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Root.

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5 Digital Skills Every Journalist Should Have

multimedia skills“[Journalists] are increasingly being required to take away from time doing actual reporting to do a million other things,” said Menachem Wecker, education reporter for U.S. News & World Report. Which is why, if you want to succeed in the world of new media, having certain digital skills is a requirement. In the latest Mediabistro feature, seasoned journos tell which skills are the most important for journos to have, and give tips on how to boost your social media presence and resume. Below, an excerpt:

1. Social Media Management

Once you’ve written the perfect post, monitor how well it does through platforms like Chartbeat and Google Analytics. Find out how many shares you’re getting through Facebook posts or whether Twitter fans are actually reading your stories or just retweeting them. Then, take it a step further and promote your stories during the times of day when your audience is the largest. Tweetdeck will let you “future post” updates, as will other apps like Twuffer or twitmessenger. Now that social media is no longer just a fad, your goal should be to familiarize yourself with any and all platforms that will bolster the efficacy of your accounts.

For the full list, read 5 Digital Skills Every Journalist Should Have. [subscription required]

Columbia Set To Launch Digital Journalism Center

columbia logo.jpgRecognizing the importance of digital journalism to the future of the industry, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism today announced that it had raised $15 million to launch a new center focusing on just that.

The J-school has finally met a requirement to match a $5 million contribution from The Tow Foundation, setting the stage to establish the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at the Manhattan university. In making its gift in 2008, The Tow Foundation required Columbia to collect an additional $10 million from other sources within two years. This goal was completed with ten gifts, the school said today.

Now, with the funding goals met, Columbia is starting the search for a director to run the center. “The new director, who will serve as a faculty member, will be involved in teaching graduate students; executing and overseeing original scholarly research; collaborating with and studying news organizations; developing and testing new models for creating and delivering information, along with business innovations to support those models; and advising on how to raise additional funds through research and program grants,” the school explained.

Update: Columbia J-School dean of academic affairs Bill Grueskin tells FishbowlNY that he’s hoping to hire a director for the digital journalism center by June 30, after which the center will start to take a more definitive shape. “We want and expect the new director to have some significant latitude in how the Center will fulfill its educational and research missions,” he said.

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