Archive for the ‘Practical advice’ Category

Using mobile to break free from ‘architectured’ content

By Matt Neznanski There’s a lot of hope for newspapers in capturing some of the emerging (exploding?) mobile market in the coming months and years as phones get smarter and people begin to rely on them more and more for information. But despite the best of intentions, most small newsrooms aren’t prepared to go mobile […]

Live-blogging a big trial: Journalism’s equivalent of long-haul trucking?

By Jake Batsell When a high-profile trial hits town, today’s Web readers expect real-time coverage. But what does that mean for the courts reporter who also has to absorb, interpret and report the fine points of the case? Last week in my Digital Journalism class, I led a Columbia University case study examining the Bakersfield […]

Poynter follow-up: Tracking local audiences with social media

I want to thank everyone for the great feedback following yesterday’s doubleheader of webinar and live chat at Poynter (and Howard and Ellyn for inviting me). There were too many questions to answer and many of them focused on local implications and opportunities regarding social media. So following up on the discussion, let me offer […]

Making the move from enabler to empowerment

By Matt Neznanski Newsroom activists have to do a lot of arm-waving and hand-holding to get reporters to try new ways to tell stories. Sure, newsroom culture and fear have sunk many a well-intentioned multimedia package and most organizations still make online fight for a place at the assignment desk. But sometimes the big hurdle […]

Aggregating local content responsibly with Drupal

By Rick Martin Starting a website and convincing users to participate can be difficult. People can only visit a handful of websites in their daily browsing, so if your website isn’t one of them why not allow them to contribute from the places that they prefer to go? That could be their own blog, or […]

The time to use new technology in journalism conferences is now

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest writer is Pierce Presley, self-proclaimed “Emperor of the Pierce Presley Web Empire,” and a newspaper guy frantically trying to learn new media skills. You can follow him on Twitter at @piercepresley. By Pierce Presley I’m in the final semester of my masters program, and I’m working on a capstone professional project […]

Why the designer holds the key to the future of journalism

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest writer is Adam Westbrook, a multimedia journalist based in London. You can read more from Adam on his blog,, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamWestbrook. By Adam Westbrook Why doesn’t the average consumer pay for news online? We know all the obvious answers: the fact news is free elsewhere; […]

Too much information to follow? Build your own feed generator

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest writer is Rick Martin, a Tokyo-based freelance writer. Read more from Rick at and follow him on Twitter at @1rick. I’m not a programmer. But these days I’m starting to see how some programming skills can really make a big difference to my productivity as a writer. As I pretty […]

Using a public Wave to engage a news audience

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest writer is Hilary Fosdal, who is the Interactive Content Manager for Barrington Broadcasting in Hoffman Estates, Illinois. You can read her blog at and follow her @hilaryfosdal. By Hilary Fosdal Many people are still trying to figure out what to do with Google Wave technology. Not the folks at the […]

Ask focused questions of your data to get more usable answers

Editor’s note: Matt Neznanski (right) is today’s guest writer. You can read more about – and from – Matt on his site. By Matt Neznanski How many reporter’s meetings have you attended where every suggestion to use new technology or different ways to tell stories is met with resistance based on gut feelings about what […]