December 20, 2014
Local Fix: Envisioning a Local Social Newsroom, Money Talk, Stunning Visual Journalism
One Good Idea: Explore Restorative Narratives. The Columbia Journalism Review recently profiled IVOH, which has launched a fellowship program to foster more journalism focused on stories of recovery and resilience in local communities. Read more here.
New Tips and Guides for Online Journalism
Reddit Guide for Journalists – Storybench
How News Orgs Should Use Twitter – Parsely
Beginners Guide to Google Analytics – 99 Robots
15 Social Media Tools for Journalists – PBS MediaShift
5 Tools for Social Media Monitoring and Verification – Journalism.co.uk
17 Tools for Content Distribution – Buffer
What Does a Local Social Newsroom Look Like?
On a related note, the New York Times this week released an open-source crowdsourcing tool for anyone to use in their own reporting. Nieman Lab reports that the tool is particularly useful for “asking readers for help in sifting through documents or making sense of disorganized piles of data.” Last year, ProPublica released another crowdsourcing tool for newsrooms to collaborate with their communities around transcribing info locked away in PDF documents. You can read more about “Transcribable” here.
Making Money, Losing Money, Talking Money
Luis Gomez at INN takes a close look at one environmental nonprofit newsroom which is being forced to reorganize in face of funding reduction. And over at the NAA website The Columbia Missourian talks about how it is making “significant revenue” from Google surveys. Finally, Nikki Usher at the Reynolds Journalism Institute rounds up 11 ways to get your news start-up funded.
Lessons for Creating Stunning Visual Journalism
Digiday takes a look at the BBC’s visual journalism unit and offers 5 things we learned about digital video in 2014. The folks at PBS’s POV documentary series rounded up a list of “engagement specialists” who work at the intersection of video and community. In 2012 the Association for Independents in Radio looked at some of the best interactive storytelling of the year – many of the projects still feel relevant today.
Reminder – send tips: I’m working on my yearly post on the best online storytelling of 2014. Each year I highlight really amazing stories and journalists who use the web in creative and powerful ways. I always try to include a mix of local, national and global outlets – so please send me your tips (don’t hesitate to brag!). Just hit reply or send me a link on Twitter: @jcstearns.