The time has come and like hundreds (thousands?) of fellow journalists around the world, you’ve been let go from your journalism job. So what to do now? Well according to career assessment tests from iVillage and The Princeton Review, there are many post-journalism career options, many of which were…a little off. Here are some of the suggestions:
Child Care Worker
Substance Abuse Counselor
Okay, okay here are some of the more practical suggestions:
If you are still committed to a career in journalism, there are several websites that will assist in finding the perfect media job:
Lauren has experienced a meteoric rise in the online journalism world since her graduation from college. She’s now product designer for Publish2 and a high-profile blogger with equally interesting tweets.
There are a lot of “gurus” and “mavens” on the web, but Amy truly encompasses those words. As head of Webbmedia Group and founder of KnowledgeWebb, Amy truly has her finger on the pulse of online media.
Vadim has his hands on all things multimedia. His resume and accomplishments are miles along and every journalist who wants to be in the know when it comes to online media should absolutely follow him for the latest news.
Ben, a recent J-School grad and current master’s student in ePublishing at City University London, brings a fresh perspective to the journalism Twitterverse. His informative tweets are a mix between great links and great conversation and he’s got a great personality to boot.
Hey it’s 10,000 Words! Following this blog on Twitter is a great way to find out what’s going on behind the scenes, receive useful links that you won’t see here, plus (and here’s the best part) by sending tweets @10000Words you can get instant answers to your multimedia questions and dilemmas.
A widget is an embeddable chunk of code that can be placed on a website, blog or social networking page. The ability to create a widget from scratch often falls outside the technical know-how of even some of the most advanced multimedia journalists and the process is often deferred to “the tech side.” If your newsroom doesn’t have the funds to hire a pricey widget developer (and who does these days?) there are a few inexpensive or free options to provide widgetized content to your readers.
Those who want to provide blog content in widget form can create a Blidget, or blog widget like the example on the right, in literally minutes. The blidget can be branded with a logo and a variety of colors and instantly be made available to fans of your content. A complete guide to creating widgets with Widgetbox can be found here.
iWidgets provides yet another reason to skip the pricey programmers. Multimedia techies with a basic knowledge of web development can create widgets that mimic the look and feel of social networks like MySpace and Facebook and move away from the basic rectangle look that many widgets have adopted. iWidgets touts its “PowerPoint-style drag-and-drop” approach to widget creation which is helpful for those budding widget developers. Creating widgets on the site is visually intuitive and offers great flexibility.
One other online widget creator worth checking is Sprout, which offers video, audio and photo integration. Sprout has a few widget templates to choose from or you can build your own using the site’s Flash-based editor (whose interface has the same feel as working in Flash). Best of all the online service is free.
No matter how a widget is created, it must be created with the user in mind. StickiWidgets has a definitive list of the ten things to consider when building a widget that everyone should read before embarking on a widget-making odyssey.
Now that you know how to create a widget, read this post to see what a good widget looks like.
For the uninitiated, a widget is a piece of a website that can be integrated into another website, blog, social network and often onto a computer desktops. Widgets are a great way to drive traffic to a site by providing continually updated links in a place where the user is more likely to see them. Like RSS, users can access content without actually having to navigate to a site to check for updates. Click here for a more detailed primer on the technology behind widgets.
There widgets for everything on the web, including news. Here are some of the best.
At last check, Hurricane Fay hadn’t made its way to the Florida panhandle, but if it does, or if any storm system should hit the area, anyone with this widget will be the first to know.
The clear winner when it comes to widgets is National Geographic. The site offers 11 different widgets for everything from the Photo of the Day to a U2 widget.
Photo of the Day Widget
Daily News Widget
Place of the Week Widget
The cream of the crop is the Mysteries of the Ancient World Game widget which does what every good widget should do: it encourages interactivity by providing content (in this case a game) that the user would be interested in; it has a stellar and exemplary design that separates it from other online clutter; and it promotes brand identity.
You’ve seen some exemplary widgets, now check out this post to find out how a good widget gets made.