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#Tip: Remember how to spot and defend against cyber attacks

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As this Scribd story by Jonathan Stray tells us, “journalism is a high risk professions”.

“Even if you’re not working on a sensitive story,” says the assistant adjunct professor at Columbia Journalism School, “you are a target.”

Threat Modeling: Planning digital security for your story‘ is an important document for journalists everywhere in recognising and protecting themselves against from hacking attempts and learning to protect documents that could incriminate sources. As well as highlighting instances when the AP and Washington Post were successfully hacked, Stray gives case studies, exercises and resources that help journalists understand security better.

You may just be working on a feature about cupcakes, but if only one journalist at a news organisation is working on a sensitive story then the whole organisation becomes a target. At the very least, this could lead to the story getting blown but it could also mean a source gets arrested or, worse still, killed.

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#Tip: A guide to the best time for posting to social media and more

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Sorting through the chaos of social media is just as important for readers looking for articles as it is for journalists looking for leads. So it helps to know when you readers are most likely to be online to let them know what stories are important each day, or each week.

Belle Beth Cooper wrote a post, based on research, for social media sharing platform Buffer detailing the best times to post articles or updates to social media networks, publish blogs or send out e-newsletters. Every audience has its idiosyncracies but as a starting point for thinking about how to time posts and updates it is an insightful read.

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#Podcast: Shining a light on ‘dark social’ and other mysterious analytics

September 13th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast
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In this podcast we delve into the curious world of ‘dark social’ and other hard-to-track analytics.

The term dark social is used to describe traffic that appears to be ‘direct’ as there is no referrer, such as Facebook, Twitter or Google, listed.

It may come from people sharing articles on private social platforms, such links pasted into an instant message or shared by email.

But we also go beyond this and explore why some of this mystery traffic may not be dark social, but another sort of ‘dark’.

And finally, we are challenged on whether news outlets are making the most of analytics or are blindly mimicking Silicon Valley in being data-driven but without fully understanding how information should inform decisions.

We speak to:

  • Andrew Montalenti, co-founder and chief technology officer at analytics platform Parse.ly
  • Josh Schwartz, head of data science at real-time analytics platform Chartbeat
  • Joe Alicata, principal product owner at Chartbeat
  • Stijn Debrouwere, Knight-Mozilla fellow working at the Guardian

You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes feed.

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#Tip: Take a look at this list of 8 visualisation tools

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Image by JM. Some rights reserved.

On the Visual.ly blog last week Allison McCartney shared a list of eight tools journalists can use to create maps, timelines and other visualisations, to help tell stories. They included MapBox – which the Financial Times has started using recently – TikiToki, Tableau and many others.

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#Tip: Guide to using Spundge for live coverage

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Image by stevendepolo on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Spundge has published a step-by-step guide on how to embed ‘notebooks’ – which are the places where users can collect content of interest – onto their publishing platforms, and effectively use it as a liveblog of coverage from events by adding content, such as tweets, to the notebook.

Also, here’s more on how journalists can use Spundge to search the web, keep track of areas of interest and collaborate with others on content production.

 

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#Podcast: Building a better comment experience on news sites

August 2nd, 2013 | 1 Comment | Posted by in Online Journalism, Podcast

Just this week the New York Times experimented with a new way to add value to the way comments feature on article pages, with specially selected ‘Reader Perspectives’ brought higher up in the article.

This is part of the Times’s efforts to continue to improve the comment experience for all, and one result is to encourage a greater quality of conversation.

In this week’s podcast we find out more about key strategies taken by a variety of news outlets including tips for growing discussion in the first place, how to encourage a high-quality conversation and a look at the impact of new digital reporting styles on how the comment thread could evolve in the future.

We hear from:

  • Laura Oliver, community manager, the Guardian
  • Marc Lavallee, deputy editor, interactive news, the New York Times
  • Bassey Etim, community manager, the New York Times
  • David Higgerson, digital publishing director, Trinity Mirror, regionals
  • Tom Miller, product strategist, Hearst Magazines UK
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#Tip: Learn how to make YouTube work for you

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By dominicotine on Flickr. Some rights reserved.

The role of video in online journalism is becoming increasingly important and, aside from the basics of filming and editing, there are other ways to make video content more effective online.

YouTube channels can be a successful way to find and engage with an audience, whether for your blog, magazine or news outlet, and at their free-to-join Creator Academy there are lessons on using YouTube to the full. The current course, on how to “maximise your channel”, comprises six lessons on a “self-paced” format.

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#Podcast: New ventures in interactive video

July 26th, 2013 | No Comments | Posted by in Multimedia, Online Journalism, Podcast

This week’s podcast looks at how different news organisations are using interactive video as a means for telling different types of stories, and the broader themes regarding the internet, content and interactivity.

We speak to:

  • Neal Mann, multimedia innovations editor, the Wall Street Journal
  • Jarrard Cole, multimedia producer, the Wall Street Journal,
  • Frederik Neus, head of business development, Zentrick
  • Ben Fogarty, managing executive, Shorthand
  • Mark Bryson, creative director of visual journalism, BBC News
  • Amanda Farnsworth, editor of visual journalism, BBC News
You can hear future podcasts by signing up to the Journalism.co.uk iTunes podcast feed.
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#Tip: Learn to code with Codecademy

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At the LA Times, code and algorithms are scraping stats from automated reports and writing updates for journalists to analyse. Learning to code is fast becoming a life skill so over at Codecademy they have created a free and open network for people to come online and learn from each other.

After a quick sign up, to keep track of your progress, there are simple step-by-step lessons in basic HTML and CSS all the way through to JavaScript, jQuery, PHP, Python and Ruby. Beyond the standard curriculum there are forums, groups and user submitted lessons on a wide range of topics. There are even guides on how to combine different languages to make large web-based projects.

Whether you are a complete beginner or are already making websites, Codecademy has lessons to teach you the ways of the web. Highly recommended.

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#Tip: RSS reader options from TechCrunch

This week Google Reeder was shut down. If you are still looking for a new platform to use instead, TechCrunch has compiled a list of some other options you can take a look at. Back in March, when Google first announced its plans to close the service, we also produced a list of other RSS readers to consider on Journalism.co.uk.

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