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#Tip: How to organise your Facebook news feed

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If your Facebook news feed is a muddle of cat pictures, news stories, and yawn-inducing posts from that girl at school you haven’t spoken to in 10 years, you might want some help getting organised.

Luckily Mashable has some great tips for curating a Facebook news feed, including ways to see more (or less) from certain friends and creating personalised news lists – a great way to track news around certain areas and topics.

And even though it’s not possible to eliminate advertisements entirely from the platform, Mashable shows you how to let Facebook know whether those ads for facial hair removal are really relevant for you.


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#Tip: Learn pro tips for community engagement with this Google+ Hangout


Watch this Google+ Hangout featuring tips for community engagement, moderation and building loyal relationships with your audience.

The Hangout, which marked the 2014 Community Manager Appreciation Day, includes advice from Ed Walker, digital development editor at Trinity Mirror, Hannah Waldram, community manager, EMEA, at Instagram, and magazine publisher Marc Thomas.

Ed, who worked with Hannah and Marc on the eBook Connected, wrote on his blog that the three key things he took away from the Hangout were:

  • Keep calls to action simple
  • Offline engagement is just as important as online
  • Give more attention to those readers who are providing positive input, rather than trolls and “drag-me-downs”

You can catch up on the full Hangout here.


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#Tip: Remember these digital newsroom tools for 2014

January 20th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Top tips for journalists
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Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

Apparently inspired by our recent article on key digital skills for journalists in 2014, the Newswhip team put together a list of tools that can help “put those skills into action”.

Verification, newsgathering, data visualisation and productivity all feature among the free tools and are well worth getting to grips with.

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#Tip: How to cover a press conference

January 17th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Top tips for journalists



Attending a press conference can be daunting even for an experienced journalist.

How do you ensure you’re picked to ask your killer question when you’re jostling for attention in a room full of other reporters? And if you do get picked, how do you make sure you don’t blow the opportunity with nerves?

The latest blog from the BBC College of Journalism includes advice for covering press conferences from seasoned journalists Mark Mardell, editor of BBC North America, and Lindsey Hilsum, international editor of Channel 4 News.

Some of their nuggets of advice include:

  • Wear red
  • Sit in the front row – or as near as you can get
  • Take note of body language
  • Make eye contact with “the person calling the shots”


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#Tip: How iOS7 affects reporting from an iPhone

September 23rd, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Mobile, Top tips for journalists

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Apple’s new iOS7 has been greeted with both cheers and cries for its abandonment of skeuomorphism, inclusion of parallax scrolling and host of new features, but what are the practical implications for journalists?

On his #iphonereporting blog, Neal Augenstein is compiling a list of how the changes and upgrades are affecting different apps and the phone’s overall practicality for reporting. He already has a detailed list but is appealing for further contributions and will be adding to

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#Podcast: Business models for investigative journalism

This week we reported that investigative news site Exaro has pulled down its paywall in favour of bringing in revenue through data services.

So, in this podcast we look at how to make investigative journalism pay.

The podcast covers a range of different models, from reader-funded journalism, to organising conferences, to syndication.

We hear from the those behind four investigative journalism sites, each of which has launched within the past two years.

We speak to:

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the iTunes podcast feed.

You can read more articles about each of the four news outlets by clicking on the name of the business: Exaro, Matter, The Muckracker, ThaiPublica.

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#Tip: Sign up to receive this daily newspaper summary

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Image by NS Newsflash on Flickr. Some rights reserved

Adam Shaw, a former business presenter on the Today programme, used to read all the newspapers and summarise them for his own purposes.

He is no longer at Today but continues summarise – and he now shares his notes with others by way of a daily email.

He gets up early and so the email, with a summary of around 12 interesting articles, lands in inboxes by breakfast time.

Many of the articles are related to financial news, but journalists of all beats will no doubt find it a good round-up.

Shaw links to the full article so it is easy to click through and find out more.

To sign up for the list, which is called PressChoice and has around 2,000 subscribers, follow this link.

You can opt out at any time and Shaw tells me he never sends subscriber details to anyone else and never emails anything other than the newspaper round-up and a diary of forthcoming news events.

Here’s a screenshot of part of today’s round-up to give you a taster:


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#Tip: Reporting on local government meetings

Last month, the government published new guidelines setting down the rights of journalists and the general public to film council meetings and report on them via social media.

Richard Taylor, who works for freedom of information site, among other roles, was invited to write a piece for the Guardian on the subject. The final copy wasn’t published, but Taylor published these excellent tips for observing and reporting on public meetings in local government on his blog.

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#Tip: Pointers on reporting local elections

Local elections in the UK are now less than a month away and the helpful folks over at Talk About Local have put together some tools and tips for reporting on the events in a hyperlocal context.

The tools are presented in a public Google doc while a blogpost from media law expert David Banks is also provided to warn against any potential legal pitfalls.

As the Google doc is open source, the Talk About Local team hope users will add their own suggestions to create an “open source toolkit for elections”, so feel free to contribute if you know of any more.

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Washington Post partners with US university to offer journalism scholarship to programmers

February 1st, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Journalism, Training
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Image by espensorvik on Flickr. Some rights reserved

The Washington Post and Northwestern University have teamed up to offer a scholarship opportunity to programmers at the university’s Medill School of Journalism, Media and Integrated Marketing Communications.

The programme will allow programmers to earn a master’s degree in journalism before a paid internship at the newspaper.

Although the Knight Foundation has been supporting the programme since 2008, helping nine people to earn the degree and apply their knowledge in relevant jobs, the Washington Post is the first news industry partner to join the programme.

Emilio Garcia-Ruiz, editor for strategic projects at the Washington Post said in a release that programmers have the type of skill set and knowledge that can help to build “new tools and features that can benefit both readers and reporters”.

There is more information on the release.

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