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Archives: November 2011

Tool of the Day: Cuttings.me

Gone are the days when a reporter printed out his or her clips and snail-mailed them to a hiring editor or human resources. In fact, for many young job seekers, this is a scenario they have never encountered and probably never will. Now, almost every single job posting asks applicants to apply online and include links to their work.

If you’re ahead of the game, you already have a blog or website where you collect and showcase links to your best work, Twitter account, LinkedIn, etc. (One of my personal favorites is the website of Craig Kanalley, the new social media editor at NBC News.)

Traditionally, there’s two ways of displaying your articles. One is to make a page on your site, normally called “Clips” or something similar, and fill it with links of your best work. (This is done by copying and pasting the headline of your story and then hyperlinking it.) The second way is to direct readers to an online author archive based at your news organization that shows all the stories you’ve written for that site.

What’s frustrating about both tactics is that they aren’t particularly visually appealing.

Enter Cuttings.me, a new service that provides journalists with a free, online platform to showcase their work. The site launched in October and was created by travel journalist Nicholas Holmes to fill the void he found when he tried to share and upload his work online. Read more

5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Talkin’ Turkey

In this week’s episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we talk with a veteran Butterball turkey expert, introduce our very own 5 Things Muppet, discuss Black Friday deals, and think up interesting things to talk about while watching football. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

For more videos, check out Mediabistro.tv, and be sure to follow us on Twitter: @mediabistroTV

Just In Time For Thanksgiving, Twitter’s Latest Competitor Is Revealed

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, Robert M. Caruso (you may know him as @fondalo on Twitter) has unveiled a new social network set to rival Twitter: Gobbler.

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Three Things I’m Thankful For This Year, Web Journalism Edition

Last year, the contributors to 10,000 Words wrote a short post about what we were thankful for. My contribution? Blackbird Pie, Twitter’s tool that allows you to embed tweets.

This year, I thought I would go a little bit more in depth, by sharing with you three relatively different things in Web journalism that I am thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. And by the way, it goes without saying that all of us owe you—or readers—a huge debt of gratitude. You keep coming back for more, and keep offering us very nice compliments!

So, without further ado, here are (among) the three things I’m thankful in Web journalism this year. Read more

Build Communities For The Long-Term

When you’re going through the process of developing a new communities, one question you need to ask yourself is how long the community will live.

If the community is built around a time-sensitive event or product, with no contingency plan in place once the product or event’s promotion cycle has ended, you should give serious consideration to whether you should even create one to begin with.

Communities are meant to thrive and build steam as time goes on. New members will join, and others will leave. But over time the community will grow.

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