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How To Avoid Getting Fired For Your Blog

When I started blogging about journalism, I did so at the urging of a hiring editor (who didn’t, ultimately, hire me but did inspire me). I had all these great digital skills, she told me, but she asked why had I presented her with carbon-based clips (i.e. paper) instead of a URL. I left the job fair and put the years of web design experience I’d been amassing to good work, and by the end of the weekend had built myself a website with clips, a resume, a bio and a blog about, what else, journalism and my place in the evolving industry.

That was a few months before my college graduation. And after putting so much work into the blog, I proudly stamped the URL on my resume and included it in my cover letters to prospective employers. To be honest, the blog’s inclusion wasn’t so much a way to show off my work as to cover my ass. When I interviewed for jobs, I discussed it. When I was hired, I searched the employee handbook and intranet for information about personal blogs. Soon after I arrived, I sat down with the executive editor and we discussed it. See, what kept me up late at night wasn’t the prospect of graduating without a job, but rather I did not want one of those editors to plug my name in Google and come across my blog, assuming I had hid or was hiding it.

I had flashbacks to that period and those decisions when I heard the story of Khristopher Brooks, who was fired this week from the job he hadn’t yet started because of the way he announced his new job on his tumblr blog. Brooks did a silly thing, but in my opinion, the folks he thought would soon be his new bosses did an even sillier one. (In my honest opinion, I think they come off looking out-of-touch and overly cautious for a news organization currently force-feeding its employees the “digital first!” company line, and he comes off probably having dodged a bullet.)

Here’s what got Brooks fired, and then, here’s my been-there-done-that advice on how to not get fired for your personal journalism blog.
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Why Liveblogging Should Be Taught in J-School

Today the latest incarnation of the iPad will be unveiled to the public in a big event in California.

There are many people who are interested in learning about what this new iPad will feature. Will there be 4G? Will it have a retina display? Those questions and more will be answered today.

But since there won’t be a live video feed of the event, how will people find out?

The news will be delivered by people who are liveblogging the event.

Saying that you’re going to live blog an event, and actually live blogging an event are two different things.

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There’s No One-Size-Fits-All Social Media Policy In Journalism

Last week news broke about the new Twitter / social media policy that is being used by Sky News in the United Kingdom.

Usually when you hear the words “news” and “social media policy”, the instinct is to cringe and see how bad the damage is. This is no different.

In some ways the Sky News social media policy is a great poster child for how not to write social media guidelines for journalists.

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Quickly Start Your Own Dropbox-Synced Blog with Scriptogram

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You may remember a few weeks ago when we talked about 3 things journalists can teach themselves over their winter vacations. One of these things is learning how to create a blog so you can showcase your writing. While you could start a blog with any number of services (WordPress, Blogger, etc.), Scriptogram has streamlined this process by allowing you to create your own blog just using a text file and a free Dropbox account. (Dropbox, in case you’re not familiar with the service, is a service which stores your files in the cloud and allows you to access them using a number of different apps across multiple operating systems and mobile platforms.)

Getting set up with scriptogr.am takes less than five minutes, and all you need to begin is a Dropbox account. Once you have that, visit the scriptogr.am website and click Dropbox connect to begin the process.

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Tagging 101 For Newsrooms

Examples of inconsistent tags

If your newsroom has a blogging platform or a content management system that allows you to assign keywords, doing it right and consistently can lead to really interesting ways of sorting, filtering and displaying content.

As trivial as this concept may seem to those of you who read this blog (and are probably of a more tech-savvy breed), you might be surprised to learn that tagging is a concept that doesn’t come easily to newsrooms — and I don’t mean that from a skill set or tech-savviness standpoint. If you have dozens or hundreds of people┬ácontributing┬ápieces of metadata to a single system, there will inevitably be inconsistencies that dilute the quality and usefulness of your tagging system. Read more

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